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5th Annual Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) Expands to Two Days; Features Preeminent Minds in Politics, the Internet and New Media

Published 05-22-08

Submitted by Personal Democracy Forum


Keynoters Include:

Elizabeth Edwards, Michael Arrington, Vint Cerf, Craig Newmark, Arianna Huffington, Lawrence Lessig, Mayhill Fowler, Ana Marie Cox,
Robert Scoble, Josh Marshall, Douglas Rushkoff, Joe Trippi, Jason Calacanis, Cyrus Krohn, Van Jones and Many More

Sponsors Include:

Mozilla, AOL, Microsoft, Meetup and EchoDitto

NEW YORK, NY, - May, 2008 - On Monday, June 23rd, and Tuesday, June 24th, 2008, America's foremost leaders and luminaries from all segments of the Internet, political and blogosphere arenas will converge in New York at Rose Hall, the new home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, for the annual Personal Democracy Forum( - the preeminent conference examining how Internet technology and trends are reinventing politics.

The forum will feature an unprecedented cross-partisan roster of speakers and panelists-individuals who are altering the landscape of the electoral process, political action and communication in our wired world on a daily basis. Now in its fifth year, the Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) is expanding to a two day event covering not only how the Internet is impacting campaigns and elections, but also how governance is changing.

"The 2008 election has shown that technology has become a truly disruptive force in American politics," said Andrew Rasiej, Founder and Executive Producer of the Personal Democracy Forum. "The political establishment and mainstream press are only beginning to catch up with a new generation of political players who are creating powerful new ways for ordinary citizens to get involved, change each other’s opinions, and influence the outcome of the election. Voter generated content-moving through YouTube, Facebook and MySpace - is completely upending traditional political power structures and changing the course of history."

"The big question as we look forward to 2009 is how all of this voter-generated online activism will change the governing process," added Micah Sifry, PdF's curator and the editor of "We've expanded the event to two days because we know the Internet tsunami is starting to hit government too, and it's time to rethink e-democracy, collaborative governance-and how the Web is fostering more transparency and accountability into the process."

Topics that will be covered at the 2008 PdF:

    "¢ The top political technology innovations of 2008
    "¢ Open fundraising and how to create Internet "money bombs"
    "¢ Mastering the new world of online political video
    "¢ Re-inventing political media with the rise of the semi-pro
    "¢ The changing roles of the "net-roots" and the "right-roots"
    "¢ Converting online supporters into on-the-ground volunteers
    "¢ Unblocking the future of mobile politics
    "¢ Big fish in small fishbowls: How bloggers are upending local politics
    "¢ The inside scoop on what worked and what didn't from the Presidential campaigns
    "¢ Ideas that spread win: How to go "viral"
    "¢ How "Wiki Government" can work
    "¢ Open data, open government and the problem of corruption
    "¢ Creating better debates with and without television
    "¢ The cross-partisan politics of transparency
    "¢ Design principles for online democracy: Connecting government and constituents in the Internet age
    "¢ How to embrace voter-generated content
    "¢ New ways of making and spending money online
    "¢ National tech policy: Which way forward?
    "¢ Social technology and how the Internet can save the planet
    "¢ The rise of dynamic data-driven journalism
    "¢ Redefining leadership in a networked age

Participants of the 2008 PdF include:

    David All, Web strategist, David All Group
    Jed Alpert, Mobile Commons
    Michael Arrington, TechCrunch
    Michael Bassik, MSHC
    Robert Bluey, Heritage Foundation
    Becky Bond, Credo Mobile
    Lee Brenner, MySpace Impact Channel
    Jason Calacanis,
    Vint Cerf, Google
    Robin Chase, Zipcar
    Steven Clift,
    Ed Cone, Ziff Davis Enterprise
    Henry Copeland, Blogads
    Ana Marie Cox, Time
    Michael Dale,
    Ami Dar,
    Paul Davis, Voter Genome Project
    Matt deBergalis, ActBlue
    Chuck Defeo, Townhall
    Esther Dyson, EDventure
    Elizabeth Edwards, John Edwards ‘08
    Greg Elin, Sunlight Labs
    Matt Ewing, Operation Democracy
    Allison Fine, Author, Momentum
    Mindy Finn, Mitt Romney '08
    Mayhill Fowler, Off The Bus
    Catherine Geanuracos, LiveEarth
    Julie Barko Germany, Institute for Politics, Democracy & The Internet
    Dan Gillmor, Center for Citizen Media
    Joe Green, Project Agape
    Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films

Steve Grove, YouTube
Catherine Geanuracos, LiveEarth
Mary Katherine Ham,
Jane Hamsher, FireDogLake
Anthony Hamelle, Linkfluence
Justin Hamilton, Rep. George Miller
Scott Heiferman,
Amy Holmes, CNN
Matthew Hurst, Microsoft
Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post
Alex Hunsucker,
Jeff Jarvis, Buzzmachine
Van Jones, Green For All
Kate Kaye, ClickZ
Cyrus Krohn, Republican National Committee
Justine Lam, Ron Paul '08
Brian Lehrer, WNYC
Lawrence Lessig, Change Congress
Peter Leyden, New Politics Institute
Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo
Ellen Miller, Sunlight Foundation
David Moore,
Vijay Ravindran, Catalist
Craig Newmark,
Wendy Norris, Colorado Confidential
Beth Noveck, New York Law School
Jonah Peretti, BuzzFeed
Mark Pesce, Co-inventor, VRML
Jay Rosen, PressThink
Alec Ross, Barack Obama '08
Tracy Russo, John Edwards '08
Patrick Ruffini, The Next Right
Douglas Rushkoff, author, Open Source Democracy

Liza Sabater, Daily Gotham
Sarah Schact, Knowledge As Power
AJ Schuler, Commonsense Media
Robert Scoble,
Matthew Sheffield,
Clay Shirky, Author, Here Comes Everybody
Ben Smith,
Tom Steinberg,
Sarah Stirland, Wired
Victoria Stodden, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard
Matt Stoller,
Mark Tapscott, Washington Examiner
Zephyr Teachout, Duke Law School
Joe Trippi, John Edwards '08
Mike Turk, Consultant, eCampaign Director, Bush-Cheney '04
Michael Van Winkle, Sam Adams Alliance
Jose Antonio Vargas, Washington Post
Katrin Verclas, MobileActive
Austin Walne, Fred Thompson '08
MP Tom Watson, UK Cabinet Office
Morley Winograd, Co-author, Millennial Makeover
Randall Winston, Facebook Causes
Tim Wu, Columbia Law School
Ethan Zuckerman, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard
And Surprise Guests TBA


The Personal Democracy Forum will feature keynote speeches and interactive panels with technology leaders and political strategists who are rewriting the rules of political contests and redefining democracy in our wired world. Learn how to optimize the use of technology in campaigns, how to master the new media system of blogs, social networks, virtual communities, podcasting, mobile phones and online video; and how to raise money, move messages and impact voting more effectively.


Monday June 23rd, and Tuesday June 24th, 2008, 8:00 am-6:00 pm
(Registration begins at 7:00 am)
For details, please visit


Frederick P. Rose Hall-Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th Street
New York, NY


Conference registration waived for media
Media must RSVP to:
Justin Kazmark


General Registration: $695
Early Bird Registration (through May 31st): $595
Nonprofits: $100 discount
Student (valid student ID required at door): $300 discount
Register online at:

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Technology and the Internet are changing democracy in America. We envision this site as one hub for the conversation already underway between political practitioners and technologists, as well as anyone invigorated by the potential of all this to open up the process and engage more people in all the things that we can and must do together as citizens. Over the coming weeks and months, we are going to experiment with various ways of nurturing and expanding this conversation, ranging from blogging to investigative journalism, interviews, profiles and guest columns. The focus is going to be on new tools, processes, uses and trends--not on scoring partisan political points. We value your input and ideas.

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