DemTools

DemTools: Tech tools and Approaches

DemTools: Tech tools and Approaches

By Jesper Frant | November 24, 2021

Democratic processes have struggled to keep up with the rapid pace of technological change, but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced democratic actors to accelerate their adoption of technology as traditionally in-person activities moved to online platforms. However, as groups conduct more work online, they become increasingly vulnerable to surveillance, advertising, and authoritarian influence.

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 | November 24, 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.

Coming Soon: The Cybersecurity Handbooks

Coming Soon: The Cybersecurity Handbooks

By Evan Summers | November 24, 2021

Democratic organizations of all stripes are facing increasingly complex cyber threats. And while global awareness of cybersecurity is increasing, there’s still a lot of work to do. While some democratic actors are taking steps to protect themselves, most tend to be reactive. Many don’t see themselves as possible cyber targets until it’s too late.

 

Digital ID: A Tool for Inclusion, or just Confusion?

Digital ID: A Tool for Inclusion, or just Confusion?

By Elizabeth Sutterlin | November 24, 2021

A legally recognized form of identification can fundamentally impact our ability to exercise our economic, social, and civil rights in their everyday life. Taking part in many routine tasks - such as accessing social service benefits, receiving medical care, opening a bank account, or even making a phone call - now rely on showing proof of a legal ID. Those without an ID can be barred from these services, as well as from fundamental democratic processes, like  voting, running for office, or participating in the political life of a community. 

Hello, World!

Hello, World!

By Jade Collins | November 24, 2021

Hello! My name is Jade Collins and I’m thrilled to be joining the NDI DemTech team as a Project Assistant.

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have been immersed in an environment that fosters technology-driven innovation. This part of my identity, combined with my multicultural upbringing, influenced my professional trajectory towards technology and international relations. I have since gained firsthand experience in the use of digital technology for enabling inclusive, transparent, and democratic dialogues as well as open access to information.

The Next Big Step for Campaigns: Taking Mobile Canvassing Technology on the Road

The Next Big Step for Campaigns: Taking Mobile Canvassing Technology on the Road

By NDI Tech | November 24, 2021

Cross-posted from NDI's DemWorks blog; written by Kate Cyr

“Data is what makes or breaks campaigns,” says Chris Doten, NDI’s senior manager for technology and innovation. “Knowing the voting population, what they like, don’t like, where you should be focusing your efforts -- that’s what drives how candidates and their staff interact with the community.”

Aegir Beavers

Aegir Beavers

By Chris Doten | November 24, 2021

Just wrapped up a great time at #NYCcamp. NDI hasn't participated in this particular open source hootenanny previously, and I was really impressed.