Elections

User Experience Testing

User Experience Testing

By Ben Lynch | August 30, 2018

As anyone who has spent time in tech knows, “designing good software” is as complicated as the term is simple. It’s easy to come up with ideas and improvements for your products. But the actual implementation is full of pitfalls that keep you from a high quality product. Buggy code will make your product unusable; feature creep can make it overly complex; and poor user experience (UX) design can make it impossible to navigate.

NDI, Software Development, and the Long Haul

NDI, Software Development, and the Long Haul

By Chris Doten | August 23, 2017

I was recently discussing with a colleague what software development means to a non-profit like NDI. My thinking on this has evolved quite a bit over the seven (!?) years I’ve been working in international development, drawing on our team’s successes - and failures.

Liveblogging Cote d'Ivoire Parliamentary

Liveblogging Cote d'Ivoire Parliamentary

By Chris Doten | December 18, 2016

Bonjour Cote d'Ivoire!

Sarah and I are on the ground here with POECI for the parliamentary elections today - we'll be sharing some anecdotes from the field as time permits. Most recent at top.

Weekly Roundup 8/15/2016

Weekly Roundup 8/15/2016

By Sophia Sokolowski | August 15, 2016

Good afternoon, Readers! The official results are in, reporting that President Edgar Lunga of the Patriotic Front party was re-elected in a closely contested vote for the 2016 Zambia presidential and National Assembly elections. 90% of polling stations during the elections, which were held last Thursday, opened around 6:30am, and some remained open until 2am due to the high volume of voters.

Redundant Department of Redundancy

Redundant Department of Redundancy

By Chris Doten | August 11, 2016

It’s election day in Zambia where I’m working with the fabulous @CCMG_Zambia crew. For those of you unfamiliar with NDI’s work with elections and technology, there’s some great stuff in our blog archive like this, that, and this other thing.
 
We’re using the Apollo DemTool for election data management, which makes things pretty easy since it’s a well oiled machine at this point. (ed. note: we all lost about a month off our life when the "well-oiled machine" abruptly threw a sprocket this AM. Test test test, people.) The TimbaObjects team is adding some useful new functionality, including better quality assurance logical checks- when it’s been cleaned up you’ll find it in our GitHub repository.
 
With a solid cloud-hosted database in place the main challenge today (apart from, you know, the actual work of monitoring the election, which is done by the 1566 monitors, 103 district supervisors and 40 datacenter staff) becomes keeping everyone connected - and that’s where we’ve put most of our effort so far. To keep this datacenter up and running, we need internet and, to get internet, we need power.
 

Weekly Roundup 8/8/2016

Weekly Roundup 8/8/2016

By Sophia Sokolowski | August 08, 2016

Happy Monday, Readers! Google Maps is taking the Olympics from sport enthusiasts’ TVs and into their homes - you can now dive into the heart of the favelas of Rio through Beyond the Map.

You’re Invited! - 21st Century Technology: Transforming Global Politics

You’re Invited! - 21st Century Technology: Transforming Global Politics

By Christine Schoellhorn | November 25, 2015

On December 9, NDI will unveil DemTools 2.0, which upgrades and expands NDI’s existing suite of tools that promote democratic practices through the Internet, along with three innovative new applications for managing government petitions, crowdsourcing community problems, and open data, mapping and visualization.

If you are in Washington, D.C., we would like to invite you to join us for this event. RSVP here.