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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.

The Floor is Yours: A Q&A about Bosnia's New Issues Platform

The Floor is Yours: A Q&A about Bosnia's New Issues Platform

By Evan Summers | April 17, 2015

We sat down (via Google Hangouts) with NDI’s Asja Kratovic, Resident Program Officer in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), to discuss the recently released Imate Rijec website. Based on the Issues DemTool, the site brings together the voices of politicians and citizens on some of Bosnia’s most pressing social and political issues. Check out our Q&A with Asja below:

Q: What is Imate Rijec and how was the idea for the site first born?

A: Our inspiration for the site came from a desire to create an open space for two-way, direct communications between citizens and politicians in real time. That type of space is what Imate Rijec (which means “The Floor is Yours”) provides. Featuring video responses from more than 20 different politicians from nine political parties, as well as videos from citizens in three of the largest cities in Bosnia, the platform highlights the stances and positions of a wide variety of people on a series of relevant and popular political issues.

Other teams around NDI have pursued sites like this before, including the team in Belarus with their ePramova.org project. After speaking to the Belarusian team about their platform, we decided to move forward with a regional nonprofit called Dokukino to customize and develop NDItech’s The Issues DemTool to fit our needs.

Zambia Elections: Using Facebook for Targeted Messages

Zambia Elections: Using Facebook for Targeted Messages

By NDI Tech | February 19, 2015

A special guest post by Phil Brondyke (@brondyke) from NDI’s Elections team.

Presenting the analysis of election day observation to the right audience is a critical component of citizen monitoring organizations’ outreach strategies, and one of which NDI has provided technical assistance to partners on for decades. In some countries where NDI works, Facebook has become synonymous with the Internet, and the use of Facebook for election day outreach has become an increasingly useful tool for communicating with certain audiences.

During January’s snap presidential election in Zambia, the Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) was able to combine Facebook-optimized infographics that showed the findings of their PVT with targeted advertising campaigns to broaden their organization’s digital footprint in a very narrow timeframe.

Facebook estimates that there are roughly 900 thousand users in Zambia (for reference, there are about 4.2 million in Kenya and around 900 thousand in Zimbabwe) so the potential audience was limited, but is disproportionately under thirty five years old (76%). This is a critical demographic for communicating competitive election information. By contrast, two of the three largest newspapers have print circulations of 29,000 and 25,000, while the largest is estimated at 40,000, according to EISA.

PeaceTech Summit at USIP

PeaceTech Summit at USIP

By Evan Summers | September 23, 2014

I had the opportunity to attended the United States Institute of Peace’s Engineering Durable Peace Summit last week (#peacetech), an event hosted at USIP as part of their launch of the new

DemTools Launch - Our Storify

DemTools Launch - Our Storify

By Evan Summers | August 14, 2014