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6th Annual Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) to Feature Preeminent Minds and Practitioners in Politics, The Internet and New Media

Taking Place June 29th and 30th at Frederick P. Rose Hall (Jazz at Lincoln Center), PdF’s 2009 Theme is: "We.gov"

Submitted by: Personal Democracy Forum

Categories: Corporate Social Responsibility, Events

Posted: Jun 04, 2009 – 12:18 PM EST

 

Jun. 04 /CSRwire/ -

Keynoters Include:
Frank Rich, Vivek Kundra, danah boyd, Craig Newmark, Jack Dorsey, Esther Dyson, Mark McKinnon, Susan Crawford, Nate Silver, Todd Herman, Jeff Jarvis, Joe Rospars and Many More

Sponsors Include:
AT&T, Google, Meetup, The Bivings Group, Mobile Commons and EchoDitto

New York, NY - June 2009 - On Monday, June 29th, and Tuesday, June 30th, 2009, America's foremost leaders and luminaries from all segments of the Internet, new media and political arenas will converge in New York at Lincoln Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall, for the 6th annual Personal Democracy Forum (www.personaldemocracy.com/conference). Personal Democracy Forum is the world's largest conference examining how technological advances and Internet trends are reinventing politics, democracy, society and government.

Now in its sixth year, the two day event will be the most comprehensive to date, as an unprecedented cross-partisan roster of more than 1,000 opinion makers, political practitioners, technologists, journalists and bloggers converge to network, exchange ideas and explore the explosion of voter-generated content in 2008; the prospects for a new kind of e-democracy and collaborative governance; and all the ways the Internet, social networks, and mobile communications are fostering more transparency, accountability and innovation. This year's theme is "We.gov," focusing attention on how people are using the Internet and interactive communications technologies to transform governance through political campaigns, media, and civic action. Individuals can receive conference updates and share ideas with the organizers thru twitter.com/pdf2009.

"The Obama campaign and the election of 2008 ended the argument as to whether the Internet matters in politics. Now the political and media establishments are rushing to catch up to and define what democracy in the 21st century will be," said Andrew Rasiej, founder and executive producer of the Personal Democracy Forum. "Technology is changing civic society in ways that are challenging politicians, advocates, and organizations across the political spectrum to rethink their entire strategy for success."

"The new question we're tackling this year is 'Can we .gov, and how?'," added Micah Sifry, PdF's curator and the editor of techPresident.com. "After an election that saw an explosion of mass participation in all aspects of the process, now net-powered citizens expect to engage similarly with their government-how is Washington responding? We're going to hear from top public officials from both sides of the aisle, as well as top activists, who are all at the leading edge of answering this question."

The five main thematic tracks to be covered at PdF 2009, include:

  • State-of-the-art online politics and advocacy.
  • Exploring and defining government 2.0
  • New organizing opportunities, tools and challenges.
  • How to best build community and raise money online with social media
  • The future of political journalism, blogging and networked media.
Participants of the 2009 PdF include:

David All, David All GroupJim Gilliam, WhiteHouse2.org
David Almacy, Bush White HouseDan Gillmor, Center for Citizen Media
Davar Ardalan, NPR Weekend EditionKeli Goff, author, Party-Crashing
James Assey, NCTAHeather Gold, comedian/activist
Jason Barnett, TheUptake.orgScott Goodstein, Obama '08
Michael Bassik, Air AmericaPeter Greenberger, Google
Gina Bianchini, Ning.comSteve Grove, YouTube
Eric Boehlert, author, The Bloggers on the BusMax Harper, Obama '08
Becky Bond, CREDO MobileTristan Harris, Apture
danah boyd, Microsoft ResearchTodd Herman, Republican National Committee
David Burch, TubeMogulJames Heywood, Patients Like Me
Sheila Campbell, USA.govIlyse Hogue, MoveOn.org
Andy Carvin, NPR social media deskJeanne Holm, NASA.gov
Steven Clift, e-democracy.orgSara Holoubek, TEMPO
Mike Connery, Future MajorityAndrew Hoppin, NYSenate.gov
Cheryl Contee, Fission StrategiesTara Hunt, author, The Whuffie Factor
Ana Marie Cox, Air AmericaSujatha Jahagirdar, USPIRG
Susan Crawford, White House National Economic CouncilJeff Jarvis, Buzzmachine
Ken Deutsch, Morningside AnalyticsClay Johnson, Sunlight Labs
Jack Dorsey, TwitterDave Karpf, University of Pennsylvania
Vincent Ducrey, Government of FranceKate Kaye, ClickZ
Esther DysonAbby Kirigin, TipJoy
Dr. Mark Elliott, CollabforgeJosh Koster, Chong Designs
Kety Esquivel, National Council of La RazaGwynne Kostin, Dept. of Homeland Security
Ali Felski, Sunlight LabsCyrus Krohn, Republican National Committee
Allison Fine, author, MomentumVivek Kundra, CIO, U.S. Govt
Mindy Finn, Romney ‘08Heather Lauer, The Pickens Plan
Fabrice Florin, NewsTrust.netRoz Lemieux, Fission Strategies
Susannah Fox, Pew Internet CenterStan Magniant, Linkfluence
Judith Freeman, New Organizing InstituteLiz Mair, Republican National Committee
Eric Frenchman, McCain '08Mark McKinnon,McCain ‘08
Ari Melber, The Nation
Amanda Michel, ProPublicaJosh Silver, Free Press
Ellen Miller, Sunlight FoundationScott Simon, NPR Weekend Edition
Greg Miller, Open Source Digital Voting FoundationRachel Sklar, Abrams Research
David Moore, OpenCongress.orgBrian Stelter, The New York Times
Janice Nall, Centers for Disease ControlJed Sundwall, Captura Group
Craig Newmark, CraigslistTanya Tarr, AFSCME
Rasmus Nielsen, Columbia UniversitySean Tevis, candidate for Kansas state rep
Beth Noveck, WH Office of Science and Technology PolicyBaratunde Thurston, The Onion
Mark Pesce, digital anthropologistDave Troy, TwitterVision
Maria Teresa Peterson, Voto LatinoKaren Tumulty, Time
Frank Rich, The New York TimesMichael Turk, NCTA
Diane Rinaldo, TPM MediaAndrew Turner, geoCommons
Amanda Rose, TwestivalJose Vargas, The Washington Post
Scott Rosenberg, author, Say EverythingDavid Weinberger, Berkman Center
Joe Rospars, Obama '08Nicola Wells, Center for Community Change
Alec Ross, U.S. State DepartmentMichael Wesch, Kansas State University
Patrick Ruffini, The Next RightMarcy Wheeler, FireDogLake.com
Douglas Rushkoff, author, Life Inc.Deanna Zandt, digital activist
Blake Rutherford, Blake's Think TankTodd Ziegler, Bivings Group
Leslie Sanchez, CNNRandi Zuckerberg, Facebook
Nancy Scola, techPresidentSurprise Guests, TBA
Clay Shirky, New York University
Nate Silver, Fivethirtyeight.com

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