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Making technology work for democracies

Yves Leterme

Advances in technology, particularly information communications technologies (ICTs), have arguably helped to improve the way we do things, if not revolutionised our lives. Increasingly, our computers, tablets, smartphones and other similar gadgets have become indispensable in our day-to-day routines.

At the same time, ICTs brings with them a corresponding set of challenges and vulnerabilities. It is these same advantages and disadvantages that ICTs bring to democracy, making it easy for citizens and the electorate at large to connect with their candidates and politicians in deciding the direction of the country. +READ MORE

Message from the Secretary-General
Yves Leterme on technology and democracy
Election technology: precondition for transparent elections or pretext for questioning electoral integrity?

More countries around the world are increasingly embracing technology to strengthen their electoral processes. Clearly there are setbacks, but as technology matures, some expect that, sooner or later, fully automated elections will become unavoidable and even a requirement for a credible and transparent electoral process. +READ MORE

In Europe’s upcoming elections, cybersecurity is the show to watch

In the immediate future, Europe should expect an increase in hacking of elections and countries would do well to step up their cyber protection. Many pundits believe Europe is coming out of its elections ‘red zone’, however four more critical elections will take place in Europe’s heartland, all within a one month. +READ MORE
How technology can make party and candidate financial data more transparent?

We’ve witnessed, in recent years, significant progress in the use of ICT to enhance transparency in the field of political finance. A growing number of countries across the world have built systems that enable political parties and candidates to file their income and expenditure reports online. +READ MORE
Fighting political corruption and organised crime with early warning and graphic information systems

Retrospective action to combat the political-criminal nexus is limited and costly. However, technological advancements have created a space for innovation, and in recent years, permitted the field of early warning systems and forecasts to flourish. +READ MORE
The role of technology in identifying and avoiding electoral risks

There is an aspect of the application of digital technologies in elections which, although important for successful elections, does not attract as much spotlight. Namely, the power of ICTs to store, compute, and visualise vast amounts of data is becoming increasingly critical in providing electoral management bodies with the situational awareness needed for effective management of electoral risks.  +READ MORE
Kenya: the potential and limitations of electoral technology

The general election in Kenya is now a protracted process, with a fresh presidential poll scheduled. This is a result of the unprecedented nullification of the presidential election result by the Supreme Court of Kenya. The National Super Alliance presidential election petition claimed there had been deliberate manipulation of the electronic results transmission system and associated documentation. +READ MORE
Featured event

Join us for a live chat on our Facebook page on 31 October at 16:00 CET – as we sit down to discuss the interlinkages between democracy and technology with Peter Wolf (Technical Manager for International IDEA's Electoral Processes and Constitution-Building programmes).  +READ MORE

Featured publications
Introducing Biometric Technology in Elections

This guide provides an overview of key concepts and considerations for all stakeholders involved in discussions about the application of biometrics in elections, both for voter registration before an election and for voter verification at polling stations on election day.
Open Data in Electoral Administration

The aim of this publication is to encourage electoral management bodies to increase the application of open-data principles. It provides guidance for improving the practice of data publication towards a more open approach.

ICTs and Constitution-Building Technology Fair

In 2015 International IDEA, in partnership with Google Docs and Google Ideas, organized the ICTs and Constitution-Building Tech Fair for technology entrepreneurs to present services, platforms and products that could be used in constitution-building processes.
Certification of ICTs in Elections

This publication provides guidance on what the certification of ICTs for elections can and cannot achieve, outlines the relationship between the legal and technical requirements for certification, and presents a quality-assurance framework that summarizes best practices for planning and implementing certification.

Introducing Electronic Voting: Essential Considerations

This Policy Paper outlines contextual factors that can influence the success of e-voting solutions and highlights the importance of considering these factors before choosing to introduce new voting technologies.
Electoral Management Design: Revised Edition

This Handbook was developed for electoral administrators and those involved in reforming electoral management bodies (EMBs). It provides comparative experience of and best practices on EMB structures and funding models, as well as means for evaluating performance.

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