DemTools

DemTools Through the Ages

DemTools Through the Ages

By Chris Doten | December 08, 2021

I’m delighted that the NDI DemTech team has hit another major milestone with a fresh iteration of the Democracy Toolkit, DemTools. For anyone reading this blog, it’s probably self-evident that we live in an increasingly digital world, and for an expanding majority of humans everywhere on Earth being able to engage online is a requirement to make best use of their abilities and maximise their impact.

DemTools: Tech tools and Approaches

DemTools: Tech tools and Approaches

By Jesper Frant | November 16, 2021

Over the past decade, NDI’s DemTools project has harnessed the power of open source technology – you may have heard DemTech talk about Apollo, Civi, Fix My Community and DemGames. Now, we’re kicking it up a notch by expanding the universe of DemTools beyond the tools that NDI directly hosts for partners through its DemCloud hosting service.

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.

Coming Soon: The Cybersecurity Handbooks

Coming Soon: The Cybersecurity Handbooks

By Evan Summers | August 04, 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 | June 22, 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 | June 16, 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 | August 20, 2015

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.”