Social Media

CrowdTangle, a Useful Tool in NDI’s Social Media Monitoring Toolkit

CrowdTangle, a Useful Tool in NDI’s Social Media Monitoring Toolkit

By Jade Collins | August 12, 2021

Technology and Internet usage have skyrocketed in recent years, and the National Democratic Institute’s DemTech team has recognized the need for acquiring resources, and using new tools to better understand these ecosystems. To that end, NDI has been working to develop tools, methodologies, networks and guidance for online election monitoring, civic technology, and a host of other subjects relating to social media and information integrity.

Looking Ahead with Optimism

Looking Ahead with Optimism

By Derek Turner | January 21, 2021

There are some bright spots on the horizon for 2021. I’m looking forward to some of the positive developments in the world of campaign technology and tech company practices from the 2020 elections in the United States being extended to the rest of the world.

Meet Ranking Digital Rights: Holding Corporations Accountable

Meet Ranking Digital Rights: Holding Corporations Accountable

By Grace Chimezie | January 30, 2020

At NDI we believe that technology can have a positive role to improve civic discussion, fuel grassroots advocacy, and amplify citizen's voices, but in recent times it has become all too clear that the transformations ushered in by major technology companies also pose risks to democracy and human rights.

Using Redis as a Twitter Ingest Buffer

Using Redis as a Twitter Ingest Buffer

By Jason Baumgartner | April 06, 2017

Why use Redis?

 

Using Redis is a great way to buffer ingest operations in the event that there is a database issue or some other piece of the process fails. Redis is fast. Extremely fast. Up to hundreds of thousands of SET and GET operations per second fast. That’s just using one Redis server (Redis is single-threaded, so to distribute the load, multiple Redis servers can run simultaneously — one per core). For most raw data ingest, Redis won’t even break a sweat against data feeds as large as Twitter’s firehose service.

Counter Speech in the Age of the Islamic State

Counter Speech in the Age of the Islamic State

By Morgan Frost | March 24, 2016

On February 26th, The Washington Institute hosted an event on Internet Security and Privacy in the Age of the Islamic State, featuring Monika Bickert he head of global policy management at Facebook. Social media platforms are now grappling with countering terrorist extremism as well as other forms of hateful online violence such as bullying.  

Hello, World (and all who inhabit it)

Hello, World (and all who inhabit it)

By Jonathan Goodwin | August 26, 2015

Greetings, citizens of Earth! I must inform you that I am Jonathan and am the newest addition to NDItech’s stellar ICT team. In May, I graduated from Purdue University in political science and spent most of my summer managing a canvassing office in DC for a clean water campaign. I’m very excited for this new phase in my life and to serve as a project assistant for ICT.

Hello, World!

Hello, World!

By Nathaniel Kim | July 09, 2015

Hello World, my name is Nathaniel Kim! I’m an incoming graduate student at Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program and a new project assistant here at NDItech.

For the past few years, I’ve been studying Arabic in Cairo and working with refugees from all around the Middle East and Africa. In Egypt, I was able to see how the proliferation of internet access, smartphones, and cloud-based applications empowered refugees and Egyptians alike to organize, pool resources, and tell the world what they see on a daily basis.