PdF 2009 | Speakers

Ann Aikin
David All
David Almacy
Davar Ardalan
James Assey
Jason Barnett
Michael Bassik
Jennifer Bell
Gina Bianchini
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Eric Boehlert
Becky Bond
danah boyd
David Burch
Matthew Burton
Sheila Campbell
Andy Carvin
Matt Compton
Mike Connery
Cheryl Contee
Michael Cornfield
Ana Marie Cox
Colin Delany
Ken Deutsch
Jack Dorsey
Vincent Ducrey
Esther Dyson
Beka Economopoulos
Dr. Mark Elliott
Kety Esquivel
Ali Felski
Allison Fine
Mindy Finn
Fabrice Florin
Susannah Fox
Judith Freeman
Eric Frenchman
Karl Frisch
Dan Froomkin
Jim Gilliam
Dan Gillmor
Keli Goff
Heather Gold
Scott Goodstein
Adam Green
Peter Greenberger
Steve Grove
Max Harper
Tristan Harris
Clay Haynes
Jon Henke
Todd Herman
James Heywood
Ilyse Hogue
Heather Holdridge
Jeanne Holm
Sara Holoubek
Andrew Hoppin
Hank Hultquist
Tara Hunt
Rep. Steve Israel
Sujatha Jahagirdar
Jeff Jarvis
Clay Johnson
Dave Karpf
Kate Kaye
John Kelly
Abby Kirigin
Josh Koster
Gwynne Kostin
Cyrus Krohn
Maria Teresa Kumar
Vivek Kundra
Heather Lauer
Levana Layendecker
Roz Lemieux
Blair Levin
Olivia Ma
Stan Magniant
Liz Mair
Mark McKinnon
Ari Melber
Amanda Michel
Ellen Miller
Greg Miller
David Moore
Rep. Jerry Nadler
Craig Newmark
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen
Beth Noveck
Mark Pesce
Andrew Rasiej
Frank Rich
Diane Rinaldo
Amanda Rose
Jay Rosen
Scott Rosenberg
Simon Rosenberg
Joe Rospars
Alec Ross
Patrick Ruffini
Douglas Rushkoff
Blake Rutherford
Leslie Sanchez
Nancy Scola
Clay Shirky
Micah Sifry
Josh Silver
Nate Silver
Scott Simon
Rachel Sklar
Jacob Soboroff
Ben Stein
Jed Sundwall
Tanya Tarr
Sean Tevis
Baratunde Thurston
Joe Trippi
Dave Troy
Karen Tumulty
Michael Turk
Andrew Turner
Jose Antonio Vargas
Katrin Verclas
Jim Walsh
David Weinberger
Nicola Wells
Michael Wesch
Marcy Wheeler
Morley Winograd
Deanna Zandt
Todd Ziegler
Randi Zuckerberg

Ann Aikin
Center for Disease Control

Ann Aikin works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in health marketing on the Interactive Media Team. She leads the new media research activities and works to develop innovative health communications products that engage users and expand the reach of CDC’s science. Additionally, she recently began leading the social media strategy for CDC’s emergency communications responses, including the novel H1N1 pandemic. Before working for CDC, she spent two years in the U.S. Peace Corps, working for the Jamaican Ministry of Health and the Kingston and St. Andrew Health Department.

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David All
President of The David All Group, LLC

David All is the Internet. And he believes you are too.

The shift of the World Wide Web to a place where real people spend a majority of their time persuaded David to start The David All Group, LLC (davidallgroup.com) in January 2007. At DAG, David works with a small team of highly-skilled web strategists and conversation engineers who collaborate with a select group of clients to help them communicate smarter and better amplify their message. DAG's diverse set of valued clients include blue chip companies, trade associations, nonprofits, political organizations and candidates.

David is the co-founder of Slatecard.com, called a "Facebook for Republican candidates" by Wired which is a utility to empower Republican grassroots activists. In 2007, he started TechRepublican.com, a group blog focusing like a laser on the intersection of Republican politics and technology which in April 2009 was awarded the Golden Dot Award for the Best Blog in National Politics.

When David grows up, he would like to be the mayor of the greatest city in America: Columbus, Ohio. Until then, he's pretty content walking his French Bulldog, Jackson, and buzzing around on his 1973 Honda motorcycle (with a helmet).

David was humbled to be named a Rising Star by Politics Magazine in June 2008 for his past and present efforts pushing and pulling Republicans to the modern world. In October 2008, he was honored to be named one of the "Top 10 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics" by PoliticsOnline and the World e-democracy Forum in Paris, France.

David served as communications director for Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA), the vice-chairman of the House Republican Conference, from 2004 to 2006. There he helped position Kingston as the "king of the blogosphere" on Capitol Hill; Kingston won the 2007 Golden Dot People's Choice Award for being the 2006 Online Politician of the Year. He has also been a speechwriter for a U.S. Senator, a communications director for a Senate race, a campaign manager for a heated Congressional race, and a lifeguard.

David will tell you that Republican political genius Lee Atwater is his political hero and that he was most inspired by Howard Dean's campaign manager, Joe Trippi, who got this whole people-powered Revolution started. He believes that the Internet will save politics (from itself) and, if he could have one wish granted, it would be to provide free high-speed Internet to everyone in the world.

He lives in downtown Washington, DC where he's often seen taking pictures with his Nikon D300 of friends, family, animals, buildings, and neat looking people that he meets along the way. You can follow David on Twitter (@DavidAll).

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David Almacy
Senior Vice President, Edelman

David Almacy is a senior vice president in Edelman’s Digital Public Affairs practice. A native of the Washington, DC area, David brings over 15 years of experience at the intersection of government, public relations, marketing, politics and digital communications.

Prior to joining Edelman, David spent almost two years as vice president of Digital Strategies (Studio D) with Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, probably best known as the longtime agency of record for Microsoft. In 2007, David was named as one of PRWeek‘s Top 40 Under 40.

Previously, David was the White House Internet and e-communications director under President George W. Bush. In that role, he managed online communications strategy, served as an official spokesman for Internet press and bloggers and acted as a liaison to the federal government Web manager community. He was also the primary owner of the White House Web site (WhiteHouse.gov) and spearheaded its comprehensive redesign in March 2007.

Additional background and experience includes stints with the Republican National Committee, Washington Business Journal, C-SPAN, GovTech Solutions and the U.S. Department of Education.

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Davar Iran Ardalan
Weekend Edition, NPR

Davar Iran Ardalan is in charge of Weekend Edition at NPR -- and seven million listeners are tuning in. As the head of morning programming on the weekends, she oversees Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday, two of NPR's most popular newsmagazines. Introducing her own pace and sensibility, she has expanded audience interactivity, while continuing to produce an amazing array of stories -- enlightening and entertaining stories, American stories -- on everything from race and politics to the meaning of citizenship.
The two NPR Weekend Morning newsmagazines have a combined listenership of seven million.

As a veteran NPR producer, Ardalan has produced hundreds of stories from profiles of Iran's Revolutionary Guard and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, to actor and philanthropist Paul Newman to music features on legend Herbie Hancock and guitarmaker Paul Reed Smith, to a cooking segment with culinary wizard Alton Brown.

Ardalan is also the creative force behind Soapbox, the on-line blog component to Weekend Edition. Soapbox has allowed Weekend Edition listeners to peer behind the scenes, to get to know the show in a more informal way. The blog has also been a forum to enlist listener stories when planning a major series on race and politics or to suggest questions for Liane Hansen to pose to legendary singer Joan Baez.

Prior to coming to Weekend Edition, Ardalan worked as a Supervisory Producer on Morning Edition. Ardalan helped shape the daily newsmagazine, and was responsible for other decisions on the show that required elaborate coordination and planning — such as shaping Morning Edition broadcasts from Baghdad, Kabul and New Orleans.

Ardalan began as a temporary production assistant in July 1993 and a year later she moved to a full-time production assistant position at Weekend Edition Sunday. After spending nearly twelve years as a field producer, teaming with NPR hosts and correspondents to report on topics including girls in New York gangs, gambling in Atlantic City casinos, and Islam in cyberspace, Ardalan transitioned to Morning Edition in January 2005. In April 2002, Ardalan and NPR's Jacki Lyden received a Gracie award from the American Women in Radio and Television for the NPR documentary "Loss and Its Aftermath," the story of Israeli and Palestinian parents speaking about the deaths of their children in the conflict.

Her given name, Iran, inspired the 2004 NPR/American Radioworks series, "My Name is Iran." In the stories she explored the country for which she was named, tracing her Iranian heritage and her own experiences after the 1979 Islamic revolution. The struggle of a nation as reflected in her family's story led to a memoir, My Name is Iran published by Henry Holt in January 2007.

Ardalan's career in the American media began in 1991 at KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, N.M., A year later, she made the switch to radio as a reporter at KUNM-FM in Albuquerque. She produced award-winning cultural and news stories on health and environmental concerns in Los Alamos for which she won first place in documentaries from the Associated Press in New Mexico.

Ardalan earned a B.A. in communications and journalism from the University of New Mexico. She was born in San Francisco and has also lived and worked in Iran as a television newscaster. Ardalan attended elementary and middle school at Iranzamin International School in Tehran and graduated from Brookline High School in Brookline, M.A. Away from NPR, she is the mother of four.

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James Assey
NCTA

James Assey currently holds the position of Executive Vice President of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. Prior to his position at NCTA, Mr. Assey was a long time staff member on the U.S Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation chaired by U.S Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI). Most recently, he was Senior Democratic Counsel to the committee, and earlier was Senior Democratic Counsel on Communications and Media Issues. Mr. Assey also served as Telecommunications Counsel for U.S Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC). Mr. Assey has also held positions as Communications Associate in the Washington, D.C office of Willkie, Farr and Gallagher, Law Clerk for the Honorable Cameron M. Currie in the U.S District Court for the District of South Carolina, and Legislative Assistant to Senator Hollings.

Mr. Assey is a graduate of Stanford University and earned his JD from Georgetown University Law School. Mr. Assey is also a current adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University Law School.

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Jason Barnett
Executive Director, The UpTake

Jason Barnett is co-founder and Executive Director of The UpTake [http://theuptake.org/], a video-based media organization dedicated to training citizen journalists and publishing their work. The UpTake has recently garnered a great deal of attention through its revolutionary coverage of the political conventions in 2008 and the Minnesota US Senate recount and trial.

He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his wife, daughter and son, and has been a stay-at-home dad, feeling strongly that someone needs to be home to protect the cats from the two small humans.

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Michael Bassik
Chief Digital Officer, Air America Media

Michael Bassik is Chief Digital Officer of Air America Media, the nation’s leading progressive media network. Michael is responsible for managing Air America’s digital strategy to drive traffic, grow listenership, and generate profit.

Prior to joining Air America, Michael helped build the nation’s largest online political marketing firm at MSHC Partners, where he served as Vice President of Interactive Marketing. He previously worked at America Online where he directed political and advocacy advertising strategy.

Michael has received numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious Rising Star Award from Politics Magazine and the first-ever joint award for Excellence in Digital Media from Yahoo! and the American Association of Political Consultants. He was named a Top 50 Politico to Watch by The Politico and was nominated to the Top 10 Changing the World of Internet and Politics by PoliticsOnline. He serves on the Board of Advisors to the American Democracy Institute, Mobile Commons and the eVoter Institute.

Michael is a frequent guest lecturer at universities across the country and has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angles Times, The International Herald Tribune, and Advertising Age. He holds degrees from The University of Pennsylvania and American University’s Washington College of Law.

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Jennifer Bell
Executive Director, VisibleGovernment.ca

Jennifer is Executive Director of VisibleGovernment.ca, a non-profit that promotes online tools for government transparency in Canada.

Jennifer has a background in launching software start-ups. Prior to starting VisibleGovernment.ca, she was on the seed management team of Tungle, which was recently named one of Canada’s top web 2.0 startups to watch. Previously, she was a software developer, architect and product manager for Nimcat Networks, which was sold in 2005 for $43M. Jennifer has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan, and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from McGill University.

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Gina Bianchini
Ning.com

Gina Bianchini is the co-founder and CEO of Ning, a platform for creating your own social network for anything. Prior to Ning, she was co-founder and president of Harmonic Communications, which was acquired by Dentsu. She has also held positions at CKS Group and Goldman Sachs & Co. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford Business School.

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg
New York City

Michael R. Bloomberg is the 108th Mayor of the City of New York. Born on February 14, 1942 in Boston and raised by middle-class parents in Medford, Massachusetts, he was taught at an early age the values of hard work and civic responsibility. He attended Johns Hopkins University, where he paid his tuition by taking loans and working as a parking lot attendant during the summer. After college, he went on to receive an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 1966, he was hired by Salomon Brothers to work on Wall Street.

He quickly rose through the ranks at Salomon, where he eventually oversaw the trading firm's information systems, which enabled him to gain a keen understanding of the importance of technological innovation to a successful business. In 1981, Salomon was acquired, and he was squeezed out by the merger. With a vision of an information company that would use emerging technology to bring transparency and efficiency to the buyers and sellers of financial securities, he began a small start-up company called Bloomberg LP in 1981. Today, Bloomberg LP has over 275,000 subscribers to its financial news and information service. Headquartered in New York City, the company has more than 10,000 employees in 150 cities worldwide.

As his company grew, Michael Bloomberg started directing more of his attention to philanthropy, donating his time and resources to many different causes. He has sat on the boards of numerous charitable, cultural, and educational institutions, including Johns Hopkins University, where, as chairman of the board, he helped build the Bloomberg School of Public Health into one of the world's leading institutions of public health research and training.

Already deeply involved in civic affairs, he officially entered public life in 2001, when he entered the race for Mayor of the City of New York. His election came just two months after the tragic attacks of 9/11, at a time when many believed that crime would return, businesses would flee, and New York might never recover. Instead, under Mayor Bloomberg's forward-looking leadership, and with his determination to build on the spirit of unity that defined the city after the attacks, New York rebounded faster and stronger than anyone expected.

In his first term, Mayor Bloomberg cut crime 20 percent; created jobs by supporting small businesses; unleashed a building boom of affordable housing; expanded parks and worked to revitalize the waterfront; implemented ambitious public health strategies, including the successful ban on smoking in restaurants and bars; expanded support for community arts organizations; and improved the efficiency of government. In addition, fulfilling a campaign promise, he won control of New York's schools from the broken Board of Education, and began turning around the nation's largest school district by injecting standards into the classroom and holding schools accountable for success. As a result, graduation rates have increased by more than 20 percent, and reading and math scores have both risen to record levels.

In 2005, Mayor Bloomberg was re-elected by a diverse coalition of support that stretched across the political spectrum. In the first half of his second term, while balancing the budget and driving unemployment to a record low, Mayor Bloomberg took on a number of new challenges. He launched an innovative program to combat poverty that encourages work and makes work pay. He began a far-reaching campaign to fight global warming and give New York City the cleanest air of any major U.S. city. And he co-founded a bipartisan coalition 15 mayors - which has grown to more than 350 mayors - to keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals and off city streets.

When the current financial crisis hit and the national economy entered a serious recession, the Mayor launched a Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan to bring the City through the downturn as quickly as possible. The Plan is focused on creating jobs for New Yorkers today, implementing a vision for growing the City's economy over the long-term, and building affordable, attractive neighborhoods across all five boroughs.

Mayor Bloomberg is the father of two daughters, Emma and Georgina.

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Eric Boehlert
Author

Eric Boehlert is the author of Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press (Free Press, 2009), as well as Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush. (Free Press, 2006). He works as a Senior Fellow for Media Matters and before that was a writer for Salon.com and Rolling Stone.

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Becky Bond
Political Director at CREDO Mobile and Working Assets

Becky Bond is the political director at CREDO Mobile and Working Assets, a company that has raised $60 million for progressive change through donation linked products. Working with the Student PIRGs, CREDO launched the seminal 2006 study of the effect of text messaging on "get out the vote," demonstrating a 4 percentage point lift in voter turnout from SMS. For the 2008 election, CREDO Mobile created an online widget for filling out voter registration forms online that was used by over 2 million voters as well as a system for locating your polling place via SMS. Becky also serves on the board of the New Organizing Institute.

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danah boyd
Microsoft Research

danah boyd is a researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a Fellow at the Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She recently completed her PhD in the School of Information at the University of California-Berkeley.

Dr. boyd's dissertation "Taken Out of Context: American Teen Sociality in Networked Publics" focused on how American youth use networked publics for sociable purposes. She examined the role that social network sites like MySpace and Facebook play in everyday teen interactions and social relations. She was interested in how mediated environments alter the structural conditions in which teens operate, forcing them to manage complex dynamics like interacting before invisible audiences, managing context collisions, and negotiating the convergence of public and private life. This work was funded by the MacArthur Foundation as part of a broader grant on digital youth and informal learning.

At the Berkman Center, danah co-directed the Internet Safety Technical Task Force to work with companies and non-profits to identify potential technical solutions for keeping children safe online. This Task Force was formed by the U.S. Attorneys General and MySpace and is being organized by the Berkman Center.

Dr. boyd received a bachelor's degree in computer science from Brown University and a master's degree in sociable media from MIT Media Lab. She has worked as an ethnographer and social media researcher for various corporations, including Intel, Tribe.net, Google, and Yahoo! She also created and managed a large online community for V-Day, a non-profit organization working to end violence against women and girls worldwide. She has advised numerous other companies, sits on corporate, education, and non-profit advisory boards, and regularly speaks at industry conferences and events.

danah maintains a blog on social media called Apophenia - http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/

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David Burch
Director of Research and Marketing, TubeMogul

In addition to authoring all of the company's data-driven research, David leads marketing and public relations for TubeMogul. Prior to joining TubeMogul, David spent the first several years of his career as a Content Manager for Delivery Agent, where he worked on digital strategy for top media companies. David is frequently quoted as an expert in online video, including in The New York Times, Wired and AdAge. He received his BA in Political Economy from UC Berkeley.

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Matthew Burton
Technology Consultant

Matthew Burton was an intelligence analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2003-2005. While there, he became a key Intelligence Community (IC) advocate for better Web-based collaboration and analysis tools. He left the IC to attend NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, where he built virtual communities and studied online collaboration. He is now a technology consultant and independent software developer to the federal government. He lives in New York. His online home is matthewburton.org.

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Sheila Campbell
Team Leader for the USA.gov Government Web Best Practices Team

Sheila Campbell is the Team Leader for the USA.gov Government Web Best Practices Team, which provides training, guidance, and practical tools to help government web managers improve their websites. In this role, she oversees Webcontent.gov, Web Manager University, and the activities of the Web Content Managers Forum, a group of over 1,300 federal, state, and local web managers. She serves as co–chair of the Web Managers Advisory Council, part of the Interagency Committee on Government Information that recommended policies and guidelines for all federal public websites to comply with the E-Government Act of 2002.

Previously, Sheila served as a Senior Content Manager for USA.gov, the U.S. government's official web portal. In this role, she managed the redesign of USA.gov (formerly FirstGov.gov) in 2003, led various usability testing efforts, and launched the U.S. government's first Spanish-language portal, GobiernoUSA.gov.

Before joining USA.gov, Sheila served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Peace Corps, where she coordinated day-to-day operational, policy, and communications activities, including the development of the Peace Corps' first intranet.

Sheila has a B.A. in Political Science and French from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Andy Carvin
NPR

Andy Carvin (http://www.andycarvin.com) is Senior Strategist for National Public Radio's Social Media Desk. As coordinator of NPR's social media strategy, he has helped NPR programs learn how to use user-generated content, crowdsourcing and social networks to promote dialogue and collaboration with the general public.Prior to coming to NPR in 2006, Andy was the director and editor of the Digital Divide Network (http://www.digitaldivide.net), an online community of more than 10,000 educators, community activists, policymakers and business leaders in over 140 countries working to find solutions to the digital divide. Andy is also author of the PBS blog learning.now (http://www.pbs.org/learningnow), which focuses on the impact of Internet culture on education.Andy is the creator of the pioneering online education resource EdWeb: Exploring Technology and School Reform (http://www.edwebproject.org), launched in 1994. Named by NetGuide magazine as "One of the Top 50 Places to Go Online," EdWeb was one of the first websites to the impact of telecom policy reform on education. Andy is the founder and moderator of WWWEDU, the Internet's oldest and largest email forum on the role of the Web in education, and DIGITALDIVIDE, the Internet's premiere discussion group for examining policies and practices promoting digital opportunity.In 2005, MIT Technology Review magazine named Andy to their TR35 list, an annual list of 35 of the world's leading high-tech innovators under the age of 35.In December 2001, Andy was named by District Administration magazine as one of America 's top 25 education technology advocates. Andy received similar honors from eSchoolNews in 1999 when they named him a member of its Impact 30 list of education technology leaders. He is a former member of the board of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), which advocates policies advancing the role of information technology in schools. From 1999 to 2001, he served on the Board of Directors for the Asia/Pacific Center for Justice and Peace, a consortium of NGOs that promotes democracy, freedom of speech and freedom of religion across Asia .Andy holds a bachelor of science in rhetoric and a master of arts in telecommunications policy from Northwestern University , where he received the prestigious Annenberg/Washington postgraduate policy fellowship. While living in Illinois, he was co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Chicago-area arts weekly, Art+Performance. Andy has traveled extensively around the world and has written about his adventures in popular online travelogues. He has published extensively through his blog, Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth (http://www.andycarvin.com), where he has produced more than 120 podcasts and video blogs from nearly 20 countries. He also serves as a field correspondent to the hit video blog, Rocketboom (http://www.rocketboom.com). In 2002, he completed co-producing the independent documentary Thai Boxing: A Fighting Chance, which has aired in more than 140 countries on the National Geographic Channel.

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Matt Compton
Communications Director for Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

Matt Compton is the communications director for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. Before joining the DLCC, Matt worked as a writer and editor for a policy organization in Washington, DC, and he remains a contributor for The Democratic Strategist. He previously worked for the North Carolina House Democratic Caucus

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Mike Connery
Author

Michael Connery is the author of Youth to Power: How Today's Young Voters Are Building Tomorrow's Progressive Majority, a book about the role of the Millennial Generation in progressive politics. He blogs about youth activism at FutureMajority.com, and is an occasional contributor to the blogs MyDD, and TechPresident.

Michael is a Board Member of the Young Voter PAC, an At-Large member of the DNC Youth Council, and sits on the Advisory Board of HeadCount, a non profit that registers young voters at live music events. In 2003, he was the cofounder of a similar organization called Music for America, and served as its Communications Director and Web Editor in 2003 and 2004. In 2008, he was a National New Media Fellow with the Center for Independent Media.

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Cheryl Contee
Partner at Fission Strategy

Cheryl Contee, Partner at Fission Strategy, specializes in helping non-profit organizations and foundations use social media for social good. She is also the co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics writing as Jill Tubman on one of the top 10 black blogs online, She has over 13 years of award-winning interactive expertise and previously served as lead digital strategist for Fleishman-Hillard for the West Coast in San Francisco. Cheryl has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Magazine, BBC and CNN among other media appearances. Cheryl's work in the interactive sphere has been recognized with over 20 awards. She received her B.A. from Yale University and has an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

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Michael Cornfield
720 Strategies

Michael Cornfield (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Vice President for Research and Media Strategy at 720 Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based public persuasion firm specializing in integrated (online/video/print) grassroots-oriented communications. Cornfield creates and delivers webinars, workshops, and supplemental materials to clients on a variety of advocacy communication topics. He is also a leader in 720 Strategies’ new reputation management practice. (A current list of webinar/workshop topics and a description of the practice are available on request.)

Dr. Cornfield is a political scientist (Ph.D., Harvard University) and author of two books about the Internet and American politics: Politics Moves Online: Campaigning and the Internet (The Century Foundation Press, 2004) and (with David M. Anderson) The Civic Web: Online Politics and Democratic Values (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). He is an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) of The George Washington University, where he has taught the core course on strategy and message development since 1994. His analysis of how the Obama campaign successfully used the Internet in 2008 was published by Pearson/Longman in April 2009, as a chapter in The Year of Obama: How Barack Obama Won the White House, a book edited by Larry J. Sabato. (For full text of chapter, click on the first link embedded in the update, linked to above.)

Dr. Cornfield is interviewed frequently by the press about online campaigning and American presidential politics, and has lectured on these subjects around the world. With Alan Kelly, he commented weekly on the 2008 presidential election for Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s “POTUS ‘08” channel.

Cornfield lives in Arlington VA with his wife Kathryn Mimberg and son Matthew.

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Ana Marie Cox
Air America

The writer who made Washington politics irresistibly naughty, knows the town, the politicians and the issues, and in her hilarious and enlightening presentations takes us on an eye-opening journey right into the muck of it all.

Ana Marie Cox is the Washington Editor of TIME.com. Cox joined TIME in March 2006, as a contributing writer. In her role as Washington Editor, she will be coordinating TIME.com’s political coverage as well as continuing to create features and essays for both the print and online editions.

Her speeches, equal parts gossip, humor, politics and policy are as entertaining as they are educational.

Ana is the bestselling author of Dog Days, The New York Times called the novel, "Brisk, smart, smutty, knowing and very well-written." adding, "if this sparkly, witty, occasionally vicious little novel is any indication of Wonkette's talent, then Cox ought to log out of cyberspace and start calling herself Novelette.” She was founding editor of Wonkette, one of the most popular and influential blogs of her time (found at http://wonkette.com); under her tenure, Wonkette was known for its sharp, sarcastic, intelligent voice, and for its mixture of heady political discourse with some of the more salacious gossip from inside the Beltway.

She is at work on her next book, an anthropological study of young conservatives.

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Colin Delany
Founder & Editor, Epolitics.com

Colin Delany is founder and editor of Epolitics.com, a website that focuses on the tools and tactics of Internet politics and online advocacy. Launched in July of 2006, Epolitics.com received the Golden Dot Award as "Best Blog - National Politics" at the 2007 Politics Online Conference. The site also features an "Online Politics 101" e-book.

Delany started in politics in the early '90s in the Texas Capitol (where public service is considered a contact sport) and moved into the online political world in 1995. In 1999, during the first Internet boom, he helped to start a targeted search engine for politics and policy, which lasted about as long as such ideas usually do. Since then, Delany has worked as a consultant to help dozens of political advocacy campaigns promote themselves in the digital world, and between 2003 and 2007 was the Online Communications Manager at the National Environmental Trust. He also plays bass in a rock and roll band.

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Ken Deutsch
Morningside Analytics

Ken Deutsch is the Director of Strategic Services and Partnerships at Morningside Analytics. In his role at Morningside, he partners with leading online agencies and advocates to provide data from social network analysis to assist them in targeting their online campaigns.

Since the early 1990s, Ken has been a leader in foreseeing and utilizing the Internet as a public affairs tool. With a background in grassroots campaign management, he oversaw the development of: the first public affairs websites; the first integration of user data into online grassroots mobilization; and the first blogger relations practice. Earlier in his career, Ken founded the Internet Solutions practice at Issue Dynamics, Inc. (IDI), served as Field Director for Public Citizen and was the principle field organizer for Earth Day New York City 1990 (one of the largest political demonstrations in history).

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Jack Dorsey
Creator, Chairman and co-founder of Twitter

Creator, Chairman and co-founder of Twitter.

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Vincent Ducrey
French Government New Media Advisor.

After a successful entrepreneur career in France, Vincent turned to politics. He joined Nicolas Sarkozy's Internet team during his successful 2007 campaign for the Presidency. During the campaign, Vincent focused his work on online mobilisation and influence. He was among the first to set up a presence on social network sites for politician leaders.

In March 2008, Vincent was asked to join the Private Office of the French Government spokesman. Vincent has been involved in a range of new government media initiatives including, in January 2009, helping to set up the "New Media Advisers Club”.

In October 2009, Vincent is publishing his first book, "HUB Management", based on his wide practical experience and research. Using the HUB concept, Vincent will introduce the new framework to “maximise global influence in real time"

Vincent, 31, has an international background. He has lived in England and Brazil and now lives in Paris. He is also an amateur photographer.

Vincent holds a Master in Business Engineering.

http://vincent.ducrey.com

Esther Dyson
EDventure Holdings

Esther Dyson is one of the best known and most respected names in high-tech. Since the early 1980s, she's been intimately involved in every major development in computing technology and her insights have been the best guide to the future of technology innovations and their impact on business, society and individuals.

Esther's primary activity is investing in startups and guiding them as a board member. She specializes in online services and, more recently, IT and healthcare/genetics, and space travel.

Emerging markets. Esther began angel investing in Central and Eastern Europe, first traveling to Russia in 1989. She now has board seats and investments in several companies in the region. She speaks Russian. More recently, she has been spending a lot of time in India and some in eastern Asia and Africa.

Esther Dyson does business as EDventure Holdings, having reclaimed the name of the company she owned for 20-odd years before selling it to CNET Networks in 2004.

She has created a series of publications that have become primary sources for insight into technology, business and investing, beginning with Release 1.0, a monthly newsletter published by her from 1982 until 2006.

Other publications include Release 2.0, her 1997 book; Release 3.0, her bimonthly column for the New York Times; and Release 0.9, her blog on the Huffington Post.

She has advised a variety of government officials worldwide on policy issues ranging from economic development and telecom tariffs to open source software pros and cons.

Esther Dyson was named by Fast Company to its list of the Most Influential Women in Technology.

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Beka Economopoulos
Fission Strategy

Beka Economopoulos has 15 years experience as a grassroots field and online organizer, working with local, national, and international NGOs. Beka is currently the Vice President at Fission Strategy, a consultancy specializing in Web 2.0 and new media approaches to online advocacy, organizing, marketing, and communications. Prior to joining Fission, Beka directed the Online Organizing team at Greenpeace USA for four years, managing online/offline integration, volunteer management, leadership development, and online social networking and social media strategy. Beka is a senior trainer and Advisory Board member at the New Organizing Institute, the only formal training institution for online organizing in the U.S.. She is also a co-founder of Not An Alternative, a volunteer-run non-profit organization based in Brooklyn, New York, whose mission aims to integrate art, activism, technology and theory in order to affect popular understandings of events, symbols and history.

http://www.fissionstrategy
Twitter: @bekamop

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Dr. Mark Elliott
Director & Chief Consultant, Collabforge

Dr Mark Elliott is founder, Director and Chief Consultant of Collabforge, a Web strategy and IT development firm specializing in enabling collaborative engagement outcomes, especially in government contexts.

In late 2007 through mid 2008, Mark led Collabforge’s re-engineering of the City of Melbourne’s ten-year planning process in order to enable a collaborative outcome that would include its large and diverse stakeholder groups as well as the global public. This re-engineering included the successful development and integration of a wiki-based collaborative environment for both internal collaboration and external public consultation. The result was a multi award-winning and world’s first city plan to be developed in a truly collaborative fashion: FutureMelbourne.com.au. Since then, Mark has overseen and delivered social media and Web 2.0 oriented, participatory governance projects to the Australian state, local and federal governments as well as multinational corporations.

Prior to founding Collabforge, Mark completed a PhD investigating the underlying dynamics and mechanisms that drive and enable online mass collaboration. Mark's PhD was examined by Internet luminary Howard Rheingold and Francis Heylighen, a leading thinker in the areas of cybernetics and complex adaptive systems. Mark publishes and presents regularly on his work and research through a range of international fora, organizations and institutions.

For Mark's weblogs, see Collabforge.com and Mark-Elliott.net.

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Kety Esquivel
New Media Manager for NCLR (the National Council of La Raza)

Esquivel has over ten years of experience in the non-profit, private and political sectors. She directed Latino outreach for the Clark Presidential Campaign. Her work has taken her to China; and Ethiopia with UNECA. She spent three years coaching executives on human capital and diversity in the US, Canada and Latin America. Esquivel graduated from Cornell University where she served on the Board of Trustees. She is a published author and the founder of www.CrossLeft.org. She is a co-founder of the Institute of Progressive Christianity and the Sanctuary, www.promigrant.org. Esquivel has served on several boards, including that of the Backbone Campaign and the New Leaders Council. She has been a speaker at Netroots Nation, SXSW and the Center for New Words. Her commentary has been featured and quoted in stories for the Wall St. Journal Online, HITN, PBS, XM radio, CNN, Televisa and Univision. She is currently the New Media Manager for NCLR (the National Council of La Raza).

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Ali Felski
Senior Designer, Sunlight Foundation

Ali Felski is Senior Designer at the Sunlight Foundation, where she helps promote government transparency. In addition to her work at Sunlight including many of the Sunlight Labs projects and the noteworthy Redesigning the Government series, she is an award-winning designer in her own work. A recipient of a South By Southwest Web Award for her personal site, and recognized by the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington, her work has been featured in numerous publications including Smashing Magazine and Six Revisions. Prior to joining the Sunlight team, she worked in the intelligence community, and served as a designer for the Washington Post. She holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design and hails from the tip of Northern Michigan..

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Allison H. Fine
Author and Activist

What happens when blogs, Facebook and cell phones intersect with illiteracy, hunger, AIDs and many other worthy causes? Connected activism results; the intersection of easy-to-use social media tools and idealistic activists. Allison Fine writes about this explosive intersection in her award-winning book, Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age (Wiley & Sons, 2006).

She is a Senior Fellow on the Democracy Team at Demos: A Network for Change and Action in New York City, Allison’s research and writing focuses on the intersection of social media and social change. She has recently published a paper on young people and activism commissioned by the Case Foundation, Social Citizens, and edited a collection of essays, Rebooting America, of transformative ways to reinvent 21st century democracy using new media tools.

Allison hosts a monthly podcast for the Chronicle of Philanthropy called Social Good and writes her own blog, A. Fine Blog. She is also a Senior Editor at the Personal Democracy Forum. Her articles have been published in the Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is also a frequent contributor to Huffington Post, Personal Democracy Forum, Alternet and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Allison served as the C.E.O. of The E-Volve Foundation in 2004-2005, and was the Founder and Executive Director of Innovation Network, Inc. from 1992-2004. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and New York University, and was a Trustee and Fire and Police Commissioner of Sleepy Hollow, New York.

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Mindy Finn
Engage

Mindy Finn is well known in grassroots politics for her work in leveraging technology to promote democracy at the legislative, campaign and political committee level. She and partner Patrick Ruffini lead Engage, a cutting-edge right-of-center political consulting firm where they direct and help execute political strategy for a dozen statewide, congressional and issue advocacy campaigns.

In the 2008 election cycle, Finn served as the Director of "e"Strategy for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. She directed the web video, social networking, blog outreach, user-generated content efforts, email list building and online advertising. Through her team's efforts, the campaign was recognized for such innovative efforts as Sign Up America!, MittTV, mini-Mitt, the Create Your Own Ad contest, and the Five Brothers' Blog, and for bringing in over $25 million over the Internet.

In 2007, Finn was selected by Campaigns & Elections as a Rising Star in American politics. She was profiled in a cover story for The Washington Post as part of its Political Operatives series and featured in Glamour magazine’s story on 10 political powerhouses under 40.

Finn previously served as Deputy Director of the Republican National Committee's eCampaign and Deputy Webmaster for Bush-Cheney '04. Both entities won the Golden Dots for their superior websites.

Finn has appeared on Hardball, CNN, PBS' the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NPR, BBC Radio and local networks speaking about the role of new media and technology in the political process. She has spoken at numerous political and new media related conferences.

Finn started her career on Capitol Hill, serving in both the Senate and House in press and legislative roles. She lives in Washington, D.C. and originally hails from Houston, Texas. Yeehaw!

Fabrice Florin
Executive Director of NewsTrust.net

Fabrice Florin is executive director of NewsTrust.net, a social news network devoted to good journalism. His previous ventures include: Handtap, a leading-edge wireless content service for mobile phones; shockwave.com, a leading web entertainment site at Macromedia; Apple Computer's Multimedia Lab, a new media R&D group; and Videowest, a producer of rock journalism for ABC, MTV and public TV. Fabrice earned four patents for his interactive TV work at Apple and was recently elected an Ashoka Fellow for his work as social entrepreneur. Check Fabrice's full bio online:
http://www.newstrust.net/about/bio_florin.html

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Susannah Fox
Associate Director, Digital Strategy, Pew Internet

Susannah Fox leads the Project's health research and oversees the Project's digital strategy. Some of her recent reports include: Twitter and status updating; Generations Online in 2009; and The Engaged E-patient Population.

Fox is the former editor of the website for U.S. News & World Report magazine. She has also worked as a researcher for RealNetworks and for The Harwood Group. Fox graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in anthropology.

Fox contributes to e-patients.net, a multi-author blog about health and health care, and you can follow her on Twitter: @SusannahFox.

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Judith Freeman
Executive Director of the New Organizing Institute

Judith is the co-founder and Executive Director of the New Organizing Institute, a training, research and development organization for technology-enabled organizers, activists, staff, and leaders. In 2008 Judith was on a short leave from NOI for a five month position on the Obama new media team, coordinating their field and new media efforts. Previously, she was the senior political strategist at the AFL-CIO, where she also co-founded the Analyst Institute. During the 2004 presidential election, she worked on the Kerry campaign's internet operations. She advises political campaigns, unions and non-profit organizations on organizing, targeting, strategy and technology infrastructure. She worked for 5 years in technology at the University of Chicago where she also organized with social justice organizations.

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Eric Frenchman
John McCain '08

Eric Frenchman is founder of the online advertising and marketing consulting firm PardonMyFrench and Chief Internet Strategist for the D.C-based online advertising agency, Connell Donatelli Inc.

During the 2008 cycle, Mr. Frenchman directed the online advertising for the McCain-Palin campaign. Eric also managed the online political advertising for a number of other candidates and advocacy campaigns including the Republican National Committee. Eric’s work for the McCain campaign was featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, Wired, and many other national and regional publications. Connell Donatelli Inc. and Eric were an integral part of the McCain for President Campaign since the campaign’s inception and were just honored by The American Association of Political Consultants for Best Use of New Technology Award in 2008.

PardonMyFrench is a boutique agency headquartered in New Jersey that provides highly personalized marketing recommendations for large and small corporations. PardonMyFrench has provided digital strategy and online media buying support for companies such as Diageo, Bank of Montreal, Sirius, Genworth Financial and many others starting in 2005.

Since 1998, Eric has managed multi-million dollar online advertising and CRM campaigns for AT&T, DLJdirect, Harrisdirect, and BMO Investorline. He has been a leader in search engine marketing and online advertising and has personally directed $175+ million in online advertising. In 2003, Harrisdirect was recognized as the Best Financial Advertiser. By 2005, it was ranked the 17th largest online advertiser in the US.

Eric Frenchman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Rutgers University and a master’s in business administration from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management.

An avid gamer, Eric shares his expertise and insights about online political advertising and life in the digital age on his “PardonMyFrench” weblog: www.ericfrenchman.com.

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Karl Frisch

Karl Frisch is a Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, the nation's premier progressive media watchdog, research and information center. A fixture on the progressive talk radio circuit, Frisch has also appeared on major news outlets like ABC News, MSNBC and CNN. His weekly column runs regularly in newspapers throughout the country. Over the past dozen years, Frisch has worked for numerous candidates and political organizations at the local, state and national level. After leaving his post as deputy communications director at the California Democratic Party in 2003, Frisch worked as multimedia communications director and member of the renowned web-team for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. In 2005, he was press secretary for Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) on the House Rules Committee helping to expose Republican ethics abuses in Congress. The following year he served as national press secretary at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in an election cycle that saw Democrats regain the Senate majority. Prior to his work in progressive politics, for several years Frisch worked for Republicans including former Iowa Congressman Jim Nussle and the 2000 presidential campaigns of Tennessee's Lamar Alexander and Arizona Senator John McCain. A media critic, experienced political operative and technology enthusiast, Frisch speaks regularly about the intersection of technology, media and politics.

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Dan Froomkin

For the past five and a half years, Dan Froomkin has written a daily column/blog about the White House for The Washington Post’s Web site. His central theme is accountability, and he uses extensive and carefully curated links to news Web sites, blogs and other sources to support his arguments. Dan is also deputy editor of NiemanWatchdog.org, a Web site from the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University that encourages reporters to hold the powerful accountable. Dan previously worked at The Post’s Web site. He joined The Post in 1997 as senior producer for politics and was second-in-command of editorial operations from 2000 to 2003.

Before that, Dan spent ten years as a daily newspaper reporter for the Winston-Salem Journal, the Miami Herald, and the Orange County Register. In 1995, he was a Michigan Journalism Fellow. In 1996, he served as Editor of New Media for Education Week.

Dan has also taught journalism at the American University Graduate School of Communication and the Poynter Institute. He grew up in Washington, D.C.

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Jim Gilliam
Activist

Jim Gilliam is a geeky activist with big ideas. Shortly before the 2008 election, Jim started White House 2, a website imagining how the White House might work if it was run completely democratically by thousands of people over the internet. He is currently turning this into NationBuilder, a platform anyone can use to bring democracy to their government, business, or non-profit in a radical and fun new way.

Shortly after the Iraq war started in 2003, Gilliam hooked up with award-winning filmmaker Robert Greenwald to research Uncovered: The War on Iraq, and tell the stories of dozens of government insiders, from CIA officers to weapons inspectors, all desperate to tell the world that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. Released in just four short months, the film reached millions of people worldwide without any corporate distribution, based entirely on activists holding thousands of free screenings in their homes, churches, and small businesses. The grassroots political documentary was born, and Jim later evangelized the model at numerous film festivals and created a free web service, Brave New Theaters, enabling any filmmaker to use the same techniques to tell stories the traditional media is too afraid to touch.

Following up on the success of Uncovered, Gilliam innovated with Robert Greenwald’s next three films, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, and Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers. Outfoxed forever branded FOX News as Republican propaganda, severely damaging its ability to control the news cycle and public opinion. In the two years after Wal-Mart was released, the company completely changed its brand, logo, tagline, and ditched its smiley mascot, a brand Gilliam turned against them with “Evil Smiley.” Iraq for Sale led to Senate hearings on war profiteering and increased oversight of military contractors. It was also the first film to ever raise a substantial portion of its funds from small donations online — $260,000 from over 3,000 donors.

But 6 months to make a film was still too long, so in 2006, Brave New Films, a non-profit Gilliam co-founded with Robert Greenwald and Rick Jacobs, began making short YouTube videos on a wide range of political issues, from corporate greed to health care. The Real McCain video series dominated YouTube, and was the only negative link about McCain on the first page of Google’s search results. The McCain Mansions video started a devastating political meme when McCain couldn’t remember how many houses he owned. By the 2008 election, these videos had been seen 40 million times, and Brave New Films was 1 million members strong.

Prior to his activism and filmmaking career, Gilliam worked at Lycos in the late 90’s, one of the first internet search engines. In 2000, he launched Business.com as its Chief Technology Officer with Jake Winebaum from Disney and funding from Primedia, Reed-Elsevier, Mort Zuckerman, and the Financial Times. The company was sold in 2007 for $400 million to R. H. Donnelly.

Gilliam was honored in 2008 with Take Back America’s second annual Maria Leavey Tribute Award for his behind-the-scenes work building the progressive movement at Brave New Films. He has fought cancer twice, and is the enormously grateful recipient of a bone marrow transplant and a double lung transplant. His work has been featured in publications like the New York Times, Forbes, and the Washington Post. His blog, “Make the Future,” is available at jimgilliam.com.

http://www.jimgilliam.com/about

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Dan Gillmor
Center for Citizen Media

Dan Gillmor is director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship and Kauffman Professor of Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication. The project aims to help students appreciate the startup culture of risk-taking, and to foster new media products and services.

Dan is also director of the Center for Citizen Media, a project to enhance and expand grassroots media and its reach. The center is an affiliate of ASI and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He is author of "We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People" (O'Reilly Media, 2004), a book that explains the rise of citizens' media and why it matters. He is working on a new book/website entitled "Mediactive: A User's Guide to Networked Media."

From 1994 until early 2005 Dan was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley's daily newspaper, and wrote a weblog for SiliconValley.com. He joined the Mercury News after six years with the Detroit Free Press. Before that, he was with the Kansas City Times and several newspapers in Vermont. During 2005 he worked on media projects at Grassroots Media Inc.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Vermont, Gillmor received a Herbert Davenport fellowship in 1982 for economics and business reporting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. During the 1986-87 academic year he was a journalism fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied history, political theory and economics. He has won or shared in several regional and national journalism awards. Before becoming a journalist he played music professionally for seven years.

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Keli Goff
Author

As an expert on youth and minority voters Keli Goff emerged as one of the most recognizable political pundits of the 2008 presidential election cycle. She has appeared on numerous national programs including: “The CBS Early Show,” CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” FOX News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” MSNBC’s “Verdict with Dan Abrams” and BET’s “The Truth with Jeff Johnson” for which she was a contributor. She has also served as a source for news outlets ranging from the Wall Street Journal to USA Today.

A popular blogger, since January 2008 Keli has served as a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Her contributions to the site are regularly referenced in and republished by other news outlets due to their online popularity. She previously served as an editorial contributor to RushmoreDrive.com and as a contributing blogger to GIANT Magazine’s “NewsOne” blog. She was also the in-house election expert for Seventeen Magazine’s Electionista blog. Keli’s writing has also appeared in UPTOWN Magazine, where she penned the cover story for the publication’s election issue that featured her interview with filmmaker Spike Lee.

Keli is the author of the critically acclaimed book Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence (Basic Books, March 2008), which includes interviews with voters and high profile leaders, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons on the rise of “Generation Obama.” The Washington Post called Party Crashing “engaging” and Arianna Huffington declared that it “Should be on the nightstand of candidates on either side of the political aisle.”

Previously Keli worked in communications and politics, including stints as a congressional aide and later Campaign Manager for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Keli holds a B.A. from New York University and a Master’s degree in Strategic Communications from Columbia University. A native of Texas, her foray into politics, and subsequently media, began with an internship on Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign.

www.keligoff.com

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Heather Gold
Comedian

Heather Gold is a comedian who tours North American and is best known for her geek roots, and ability to help people get real in public and scale useful conversations. She's made over 24,000 chocolate chip cookies in her hit solo show "I Look Like An Egg, but I Identify As A Cookie" which was named Best of the Bay and showed at Ars Nova in NY.

Heather has appeared with performers like Maria Bamford, Bill Irwin and Margaret Cho, written for Alan Cumming and appeared in Wired, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Tech TV, shift TV, CBC radio, Air America, the San Jose Mercury News, Salon.com, Curve and a pilot for LOGO.

Heather uses performance as a lab, bringing insights Net and communication insights through engaging keynotes at companies, conferences and colleges like O'Reilly's Web 2.0, Google, Kenyon and Scripps College. Heather created and hosts the uniquely-named talk show the Heather Gold Show which features leading web innovators, artists and the people formerly known as the audience about our biggest questions.

Much to her parents' delight, she has degrees from Yale and Northwestern Law. To her geek cred, she worked on a team at Apple who helped created webcasting, and on a start-up that designed a precursor to the iPod.

Heather is one of the co-founders of Equality Camp, an effort to help democratize the marriage equality movement. Her recent marriage was recognized by California and, more enduringly, by Marie Claire.

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Scott Goodstein
CEO - Revolution Messaging, LLC

Scott Goodstein was External Online Director for Obama for America, and developed the campaign’s social networking platforms. His pioneering work included running the first political campaign effort to launch niche based social networks like BlackPlanet, Eons, MiGente, AsianAve, Disaboom, etc. He built the campaign’s lifestyle marketing strategy and developed the “street team” materials used in battleground states. Goodstein also created and implemented Obama Mobile, an advanced communication strategy that included text messaging, downloads, interactive voice response communication, a mobile web site (WAP), and even an iPhone application. Prior to his work at Obama for America, Goodstein worked for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and over two dozen progressive political initiatives. In 2004, Goodstein co-founded Punkvoter.com and Rock Against Bush which became a $4 million young voter mobilization effort. He has also run political trainings for the National Democratic Institute, UNICEF, Democracy for America, and The Campaign Management Institute.

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Adam Green

Adam Green is cofounder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), which helps progressive candidates run effective campaigns and win. He is also CEO of Change Congress, a reform group formed by Prof. Lawrence Lessig to fight corruption and take on special-interest influence on Congress. Adam formerly served as Director of Strategic Campaigns for MoveOn.org.

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Peter Greenberger
Google

Peter joined Google in May 2007 to build and manage a new Elections & Issue Advocacy sales team dedicated to providing Google solutions to political campaigns, committees, and issue advocacy groups.

Previously, Peter grew the public affairs division of New Media Strategies, a Web 2.0 marketing firm, working with clients such as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Discovery Networks, Ford Motor Company, the Granholm for Governor campaign, Wachovia, the Washington Redskins, and XM Satellite Radio.

Prior to joining New Media Strategies, Peter spent ten years working on presidential, gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and Congressional campaigns. Most recently, he managed Congressman Brad Carson's 2004 United States Senate campaign in Oklahoma – cited by political analyst Stu Rothenberg as the best run Democratic Senatorial campaign of the cycle.

During the Clinton Administration, Peter worked in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs as the Director of Congressional Correspondence. In this role, he coordinated all written communications between the White House and the Congress.

Peter graduated from Yale University and earned a master's degree with distinction in Comparative Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2008, in recognition of the Google Election team’s success in introducing online advertising to the political world, Peter was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections’ Politics magazine.

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Steve Grove
YouTube

Steve Grove is the head of news and politics at YouTube. Steve’s role at YouTube includes managing You Choose ‘08, a hub of candidate-created YouTube channels featuring campaign videos, speeches, and originally-created content. Steve also runs Citizentube, YouTube’s highly popular political vlog, which highlights political content on YouTube and invites discussion and comments. Steve also oversees citizen journalism content on the site. He previously worked at the Boston Globe and ABC News.

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Maxwell Harper
Filmmaker & Social Entrepreneur

Max Harper, 27, is a filmmaker and social entrepreneur. Some of his first advocacy videos played on the JumboTrons of Colorado Springs' mega churches in a project uniting small organic farms and christian churches over shared values and local-marketing opportunities. In 2005 he formed a production company producing video content and strategy for a variety of clients spanning the organizational spectrum; from small organic farmers and community arts foundations to major national environmental NGO's and television networks. In July of '08, Harper entered the New Media/Video Department at the Obama Campaign headquarters in Chicago at the run-up to the general election. There he piloted the concept for the Blueprint for Change videos and produce/direct/edited countless others - constituency outreach profiles, voteforchange.com PSAs, my.barackobama.com training videos, etc. After producing videos for Change.Gov on the Presidential Transition Team, Max directed the video program for Energy Action Coalition's Power Shift 2009, the nation's largest youth summit on climate change, clean energy and green jobs. Max runs IB5k's DC-based video strategy consulting and production team - currently contracting with Health and Human Services providing video content and agancy-wide new media/video strategy and operations consulting for Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

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Tristan Harris
CEO, Apture

Tristan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Apture (www.apture.com), the first platform that lets anyone create a connected media experience and be the guide. Apture's technology lets web site owners tap the content sources on the web to link a specific photo, a bill from Congress, clip a specific time in a video, or even a section of a Wikipedia article into their website, and present it in a way that generates empathy and understanding. Tristan's career spans the open, free content world of Wikia and Wikipedia to the user interface engineering world of Apple, where he has two pending patents. Tristan was a Mayfield Fellow with the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and stopped out of the Stanford Computer Science Masters program to start Apture. He was a featured speaker about the Semantic Web at the Online News Association conference, and frequently is asked to speak at universities.

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Clay Haynes
Director of Marketing, Catalist

K. Clay Haynes joined Catalist in 2009 as the Director of Marketing with nearly a decade of campaign management experience. Most recently Clay led the North Carolina Coordinated Campaign where he helped create and execute a winning campaign strategy that helped propel Kay Hagan into the U.S. Senate. In the 2008 presidential primary, Clay built core components of Hillary Clinton’s national field operation, working in the headquarters and on the ground in 7 states. Previously, Clay designed and managed campaigns for Harold Ford Jr. for U.S. Senate, and Jeff Smith in a 2004 Congressional effort hailed by the Rothenberg Report as “one of the surprise campaigns of the year”. A native Tennessean, Clay is the proud owner of a blue heeler dog named Democrat.

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Jon Henke
Internet Strategy and Communications Consultant for Arts+Labs

Jon Henke is an Internet Strategy and Communications Consultant for Arts+Labs, a technology policy coalition. He has worked for the Fred Thompson and George Allen campaigns, the Auto Alliance and numerous other public affairs and business organizations. Previously, he was the New Media Advisor to the Senate Republicans in Senator McConnell’s Senate Republican Communication Center. Congressional Quarterly said he “launched one of the first and most successful blogger outreach operations on the Capitol Hill, one that has served as a template for other offices”, and the DC Examiner’s Mark Tapscott called him “one of the sharpest New Media strategists on the Right.” He has been a blogger since 2003 at QandO.net and TheNextRight.com.

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Todd Herman

Todd Herman is the Director of New Media for the Republican National Committee where he is responsible for building and maintaining the digital touch-points for the Republican Party. Prior to this, he was a serial entrepreneur in digital media, a Microsoft Executive, MSNBC Video Evangelist—in a long ago life, he was a radio talk show host most remembered for contributing to the defeat of Speaker Thomas Foley. By far his most important role is as a Father and Husband.

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James Heywood
PatientsLikeMe

An MIT engineer, Jamie entered the field of translational research and medicine when his brother Stephen was diagnosed with ALS in 1998 at the age of 29. With experience in design, information technology, systems modeling, neuroscience and industrial engineering, Jamie brings a unique perspective to drug discovery and medicine. The scientific and business innovations he developed at ALS TDI and PatientsLikeMe have been transforming the intersection of biotechnology and pharmaceutical development, personalized medicine, and patient care.

Currently, Jamie serves as chairman of PatientsLikeMe, where he provides the scientific vision and architecture for its patient-centered medical platform. He co-founded the company in 2005 with his youngest brother, Benjamin, and friend, Jeff Cole. Named one of “15 companies that will change the world” by CNNMoney, PatientsLikeMe is a personalized research and peer care platform that allows patients to share in-depth information on treatments, symptoms and outcomes. This novel open model allows clinicians, providers, and the pharmaceutical industry to better understand diseases and the patient experience. Patients experience improved care and the ability to actively partner with industry to accelerate and influence the development of new treatments and biomarkers.

In 1999 shortly after Stephen was diagnosed, Jamie founded the ALS Therapy DevelopmentInstitute (ALS TDI), the world’s first non-profit biotechnology company, where he served as CEO until 2007. Pioneering an open research model and an industrialized therapeutic validation process, Jamie led ALS TDI to become the world’s largest and most comprehensive ALS research program. The journal Nature captured succinctly the broader implications of ALS TDI’s program, saying it succeeded in “prompting a broad reappraisal of the way that drugs are tested in animal models of neurodegenerative disease in general.” The comprehensive in-vivo validation program Jamie developed was unable to replicate the published preclinical studies of the field that lead to human trials calling into question the standards that allowed many drugs to be tested on patients. Today, ALS TDI continues to grow and runs large-scale discovery and informatics program focused on finding an effective pathway for treating ALS.

Jamie is a frequent speaker, media pundit and an active investment advisor. His work has been profiled in the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, BusinessWeek, 60 Minutes, Science, Nature as well as in Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Wiener’s biography, His Brothers Keeper and the Sundance award-winning documentary, “So Much So Fast.”

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Ilyse Hogue
Director of Political Advocacy and Communications for MoveOn.org

Ilyse Hogue is the Director of Political Advocacy and Communications for MoveOn.org. Ilyse directs the paid and earned media program for the Political Action Committee and ran messaging strategy through the 2008 election cycle. She has been with the organization since 2006, previously serving as Campaign Director and continues to help oversee political strategy and manage relationships with national coalitions and lawmakers. Before joining MoveOn, Ilyse spent seven years as a Program Director for the Rainforest Action Network (www.ran.org), working to pressure Wall Street to institute environmental and social screens on lending and investment.

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Heather Holdridge
Director of Political Advocacy, Care2

Heather serves as the Director of Political Advocacy for Care2 (http://www.care2.com), the largest social network empowering civically active people to discover, share and take action. She works to connect Care2’s 11 million members to non-profits doing political work and campaigns, and to provide a forum for organizations to promote their message and mission. Care2’s members are interested in making a difference in the world, supporting progressive advocacy on issues as varied as women’s rights, environmental issues, human rights, animal rights, consumer issues and progressive politics.

In 2008, Heather led the effort to develop and launch Care2’s Election2008 Channel, which included daily video-blogging from the Democratic Convention in Denver and interviews with non-profit leaders and elected officials. She’s currently serving with the team to develop a long-term communications and blog strategy for Care2’s recently-launched Cause Channels.

Prior to Care2, Heather was a partner and Online Organizing Director for the Carol/Trevelyan Strategy Group, working with clients across the progressive spectrum to develop online campaigns and communications strategies. She specialized in customizing content for the Web, and working to develop viral interactive media. Her work included the development and growth of the Creative Multimedia department at CTSG, including executive producer and co-writer for media that have won several Pollie awards.

Heather also served as the Director of Legislative Services for Project Vote Smart, a non-partisan voter information service, which included tracking and translating key Congressional votes and aiding reporters with their research.

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Jeanne Holm
Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA/JPL

Jeanne Holm is the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA/JPL. Ms. Holm leads NASA’s Knowledge Management Team, which helps to gather, provide access to, and reuse the knowledge gathered over the many missions of the US space agency to support future missions and to help drive innovation. Her team’s solutions are helping to drive how people will manage space missions in the future, learn virtually, and share lessons learned. Her latest activities involve the transformation of NASA into a learning organization through innovative techniques in developing communities of practice, driving collaboration through advanced gaming and virtual worlds, and connecting people and information for predictive analysis and social networking. Her products include InsideNASA, the NASA Engineering Network, the NASA Portal, Communications Materials Review System, and many others. Jeanne chairs the US Federal Knowledge Management Working Group with 700 members from across the globe and representing 50 US government agencies. Jeanne chairs a group for the United Nations in the international aerospace community setting standards for how space missions should manage knowledge in the future, and serves on several international standards and conference boards. In addition to her work for NASA, Jeanne serves as the primary architect for KM at the Air Force Space and Missile Command and the Missile Defense Agency.

She graduated from UCLA and Claremont Graduate University. She is an instructor at UCLA and Pepperdine University and her courses focus on KM strategies, information systems, web design, and social network analysis. She has been awarded numerous honors, including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for leadership (twice), for her work on the Galileo and Voyager spacecraft, three Webby’s from The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, Competia’s 2003 Champion of the Year, best practices from the APQC for “Using Knowledge Management to Drive Innovation”, “retaining today’s knowledge for tomorrow’s workforce”, and “Social Networking and Expertise Location”. Most importantly, she has successfully led NASA’s KM efforts to win the Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) award three years in a row (the only government agency to win more than once).

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Sara Holoubek
Consultant, Columnist & SEMPO President

Sara Holoubek is a corporate strategy consultant, advising growth firms and investors in the interactive technology and advertising sector. Ms. Holoubek is also a contributing editor of DMNews, covering digital trends. In 2009, Ms. Holoubek was elected President of the Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization (SEMPO) board of directors. She also serves on the New York Board of Directors of the Step Up Women's Network.

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Andrew Hoppin
Chief Information Officer for the New York State Senate

Andrew Hoppin was appointed as the first ever Chief Information Officer for the New York State Senate in February 2009 with a mission to dramatically improve government transparency, citizen participation, and operational efficiency for the Senate through technology. The CIO's Office works in three main realms: opening up the Senate's legislative and administrative data for public access (for transparency), overhauling the Senate's internal communications and collaboration infrastructure (for efficiency), and launching new Web 2.0 / social media technologies for the Senate (public participation). The new NYSenate.gov website, launched in May, has been heralded as a leading example of the use of "Web 2.0" technologies by a legislature, inviting citizens to become creators of content on the site as well as consumers of content, and including interactive websites for every Senator and every Committee of the Senate.

Previously, Andrew co-founded the NASA CoLab program at NASA Ames Research Center, which aimed to increase efficiency and transparency at NASA by building new partnerships between NASA and external communities of practice such as the entrepreneurial technology
community, the global open-source software movement, and constituents in the virtual world of ">Second Life." Andrew has also served as an online strategy consultant to leading technology-driven non-profit organizations such as the Craigslist Foundation.

As an entrepreneur, Andrew has co-founded or directed business development for DEABrasil, a political campaign technology firm, GoodStorm (acquired by Zazzle), a progressive eCommerce venture that helps organizations raise money to support themselves, Trellon, a leading open-source software consulting firm for online community building, and Moonfront, an aerospace design consulting firm. He also directed business strategy for CivicSpace Labs, a developer of open-source software and communities for online organizing and advocacy borne out of Howard Dean and Wesley Clark's 2004 Presidential campaigns. In 2003, Andrew founded the largest local grassroots group in the national Draft Clark movement, New York for Clark, and later joined the Campaign to help manage the campaign’s voter data and web application development. As a consultant, he has executed marketing campaigns for leading technology startups such as mobile messaging provider Jaiku (now Google) and online geographic data provider N Space Labs.

Andrew serves on the Advisory Boards of Netroots Nation (formerly Yearly Kos), the Space Generation Foundation, Yenza and the New Organizing Institute. He also represents the Space Generation Advisory Council at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) in New York.

Andrew is a graduate of the NASA Academy and the International Space University, and holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Brown University and Berkeley in Planetary Sciences and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management respectively.

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Hank Hultquist
Vice President, Federal Regulatory, AT&T

Hank joined AT&T (then SBC) in 2004. He represents AT&T at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on a number of issues including broadband and Internet policy, video and media policy, intercarrier compensation, and universal service. He is a member of the Board of Directors and the of the Wireless Communications Association (WCA) and serves on the North American Numbering Council (NANC). Prior to joining AT&T, he was with MCI for eight years. Hank is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two children.

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Tara Hunt
The Whuffie Factor

Tara 'missrogue' Hunt is a longtime attendee of Personal Democracy Forum, a contributor to Rebooting America and is excited to make her first time appearance on the stage at PDF. Her recently published book, The Whuffie Factor, focuses on the importance of social capital in B2C relationships and pinpoints the rise of online communities as the force that makes social capital unavoidable for businesses going forward. Tara believes that social capital is deeply intertwined in the workings of capitalism and can no longer be ignored. Tara is passionate about behavioral economics and is currently doing research for her next book on employing both the psychology and economics of happiness as the basis of your successful business model.

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Rep. Steve Israel
Congressman, NY-2

Congressman Steve Israel represents New York’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes the Long Island towns of Huntington, Babylon, Islip, Smithtown and Oyster Bay. Israel serves on the House Appropriations Committee - one of the most powerful committees in Congress; and previously served on the House Armed Services Committee and Financial Services Committee.

He is considered a legislative leader on the issues of:

  • Renewable energy and climate change
  • Middle class economic growth
  • Middle East security, religious freedom and human rights
  • Defense and national security

He was first sworn-in in 2001 and is now serving his 5th term in the House.

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Sujatha Jahagirdar
Student PIRGs’ Political Director

Sujatha Jahagirdar is the Student PIRGs’ Political Director. Prior to this position, Ms. Jahagirdar served as the Program Director for the Student PIRGs New Voters Project during the 2008 election cycle. She has appeared widely in numerous media outlets – including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and News Hour with Jim Lehrer, providing analysis of youth vote trends and mobilization techniques and testified before Congress regarding the importance of reducing barriers to young voters at the polls. Prior to this role, she served as the Clean Water Advocate for Environment California, a statewide environmental organization. In this role, she authored and generated media coverage for several reports that documented pressing pollution issues facing California water supplies, including A Clean Water Future for California; Lakes and Bays and Down the Drain: The Impact of Groundwater Contamination in Six Communities. Ms. Jahagirdar also coordinated CALPIRG's Water Watch Community Organizing Program and served as a campus organizer at the University of California Los Angeles. Ms. Jahagirdar graduated with distinction from Yale University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science.

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Jeff Jarvis
Buzzmachine

Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do?, writes about media and the internet on his blog, Buzzmachine.com, and in a column for the Guardian. He heads the interactive program at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly, Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News, president of Advance.net, and a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner. He is a partner at news startup Daylife.

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Clay Johnson
Director of Sunlight Labs

Prior to joining Sunlight, Clay was one of the four founders of Blue State Digital, the progressive left's premier technology and online strategy firm. This firm, which was born out of the Howard Dean campaign, was also responsible for Barack Obama's Web presence. At Blue State Digital, Clay was responsible for developing the organization's brand and building its initial client roster. He also had a hand at building some of the company's early technical tools. Before joining Blue State, Johnson was the lead programmer for Dean for America in 2004, overseeing the development of grassroots tools like GetLocal, DeanLink and Project Commons. Prior to entering politics, Johnson was a technologist at Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com) where he helped to develop the company's Web syndication product. He also started the first Internet Knowledge Exchange, KnowPost.com, and worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence at a Venture Capital firm, but still claims that he learned the most from his first job -- as a waiter at Waffle House in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Dave Karpf
Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University's Taubman Center for Public Policy

Dave Karpf is a recently-minted PhD political scientist from the University of Pennsylvania, having just defended his dissertation a week prior to PdF. He currently is serving as a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University's Taubman Center for Public Policy. Dave's research explores the internet's impact on political advocacy group, with a particular interest in new organizational forms such MoveOn, Organizing for America, and the DailyKos blogging community, as well as the internet's implications for the existing interest group population. Additionally, Dave serves as Fifth Officer on the Sierra Club Board of Directors and is the former National Director of the organization's student-run arm. Dave's research has appeared in the Journal of Information Technology and Politics and the Institute for Politics, Democracy, and the Internet's Politics and Technology Review.

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Kate Kaye
Senior News Editor at ClickZ and Author of the recently published book, “Campaign '08: A Turning Point for Digital Media"

Few people can say they've followed digital political advertising since 2002, but Kate Kaye is one. Today Kate is a trusted source on the topic, discussing it at speaking engagements and in interviews for television, radio, print, and digital media outlets. In her current role as Senior News Editor at ClickZ, Kate created the publication's section dedicated to covering the digital marketing and advertising components of the 2008 presidential campaigns. Kate was also Associate Editor and contributing writer for Personal Democracy Forum in 2005 and has spoken and moderated at several previous PDF conferences.

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John Kelly
Morningside Analytics

John Kelly is the founder and lead scientist of Morningside Analytics. His research blends Social Network Analysis, content analysis, and statistics to solve the problem of making complex online networks visible and understandable. John has an M.Phil. from Columbia University, and has studied communications at Stanford and at Oxford’s Internet Institute. He is an Affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.

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Abby Kirigin
CEO & co-founder of tipjoy.com

Abby Kirigin is the CEO & co-founder of tipjoy.com: simple social payments for great people, causes and content. Her expertise is in user experience design. Before Tipjoy, she worked on UI design for mobile phones, intranets, and government research projects. Her hobbies are DIY home improvement, interior design and crafting. Abby has a master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Josh Koster
Chong and Koster

Josh Koster is the Managing Partner at Chong and Koster, a Washington based new-media advising firm that does Progressive Aggressive Media. Josh's past clients include a presidential campaign, four senate campaigns, seven house races, nonprofits, a statewide ballot initiative, 527's, numerous local and municipal races as well as select corperate clients. He is credited with pioneering long tail political paid media, coining the term Long Tail Nanotargeting, and co-pioneering the self-microtargeting campaign websites. In addition to his new-media experience, he has written and analyzed polls, written radio and print campaigns, won on TV, and has personally raised more then a million dollars for democratic candidates and causes. His work has been covered by Politics Magazine, ArsTechnica, ClickZ and TechPresident, to name just a few. He graduated from Duke University in 2008 and is currently 24.

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Gwynne Kostin
New Media for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Gwynne Kostin is Director, New Media for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where she drives the use of new technologies to solve business problems and applies new media technologies to old government communications. She launched the first policy blog at a cabinet-level agency, developed a multi-agency a web disaster communications model, led the integration of web properties and policies following a merger of 22 agencies, established a search engine optimization program, and created the department’s first social media strategy.

Gwynne provides leadership for all department public Web sites, including 7 major sites, tens of thousands of pages, and millions of visitors each month. Prior to joining public service, she spent ten years in new technologies, including founding a successful Internet start-up for an association and leading strategic Web communications in health care and education. She oversaw Web and print communications and directed integrated branding efforts. Gwynne has also worked with local governments and nonprofits in developing risk management strategies. She enjoys talking to interesting people and figuring out how things work.

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Cyrus Krohn
Fmr. e-Campaign Director, Republican National Committee

Cyrus Krohn is the former publisher of Slate, an online political news magazine. Krohn now is in charge of the internet aspects in the eCampaign Department of the Republic National Committee.

In 1996 Krohn helped start the web magazine Slate. Krohn also held a position as a producer onLarry King Live and Crossfire as well as managing the political advertising division of MSN and an executive producer of MSN video. Krohn then moved on to director of election strategy at Yahoo!.

After a six month vacancy in the eCampaign Department at the Republic National Committee, Krohn was hired to fill the position where he oversees all aspects of their internet effort.

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Maria Teresa Kumar
Voto Latino

Named by Hispanic Magazine as among the top Latinas in Government and Politics, Maria Teresa Petersen is the founding Executive Director of Voto Latino, a youth organization targeting acculturated Latinos in civic participation. Under Maria Teresa's leadership, Voto Latino launched the first national mobile texting campaign to register voters in 2006, received various marketing awards for its unique programs including a Webby Award nomination, created the Celebrity Coalition chaired by actor Rosario Dawson, and established media partnerships that include MySpace, iTunes Latino and MTV. During the 2008 presidential elections, Voto Latino’s work concentrated in five battle ground states. It witnessed a 5% increase in Latino voter participation in those states above the national average.

In addition to serving as a frequent political commentator on various MSNBC shows including Hardball and Morning Joe, Maria Teresa appears on CNN’s AC360, Fox, Telemundo, and NPR. National conferences including Net Roots Nation, Harvard Law School Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, Prudential, and Tide’s Momentum seek her to speak on politics, technology, and Latino issues.

Maria Teresa started her career as a Legislative Aide for former Democratic Caucus Chairman Vic Fazio managing international trade and appropriations. She is a Women’s Media Center fellow, a Woodrow Wilson Public Policy International Affairs fellow, a National Hispana Leadership Institute fellow, sits on the boards of Latino Leader's Network and Latina PoderPAC. She is a recipient of numerous awards for leadership including the White House Project’s EPIC Award, an Imagen Foundation Award, and a Hunt Alternative Fund Prime Mover nominee. Maria Teresa holds a Masters from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelors from University California, Davis in international economics.

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Vivek Kundra
White House CIO

Vivek Kundra was appointed as the first CIO of the United States by President Obama in March 2009. In this capacity, he directs the policy and strategic planning of federal information technology investments and is responsible for oversight of federal technology spending. The U.S. CIO establishes and oversees enterprise architecture to ensure system interoperability and information sharing and ensure information security and privacy across the federal government.

Vivek has been recognized among the top 25 CTO's in the country and as the 2008 IT Executive of the Year for his pioneering work to drive transparency, engage citizens, and lower the cost of government operations. Prior to joining the Obama administration, he served in Mayor Fenty's cabinet as the CTO for the District of Columbia and Governor Kaine’s cabinet as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia. His diverse record also includes technology and public policy experience in private industry and academia.

Following his appointment, President Barack Obama said, "Vivek Kundra will bring a depth of experience in the technology arena and a commitment to lowering the cost of government operations to this position. I have directed him to work to ensure that we are using the spirit of American innovation and the power of technology to improve performance and lower the cost of government operations. As Chief Information Officer, he will play a key role in making sure our government is running in the most secure, open, and efficient way possible."

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Heather Lauer
Pickens Plan

Heather Lauer has an extensive background in issue advocacy and grassroots organization. Since July 2008, she has been responsible for overseeing the online strategy of the Pickens Plan, a campaign to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil through the use of alternative energy. The Pickens Plan has been widely recognized for its groundbreaking use of social media tools to organize and activate 1.5 million supporters.

Previously, Heather was a Partner at DCI Group LLC, a strategic public affairs and global issues management firm based in Washington, DC. During her 12 years with DCI, Heather worked on a variety of domestic and international issue campaigns for trade associations and Fortune 50 companies in the areas of telecommunications, energy, technology, health care, and homeland security. While at DCI, she was also the Publisher of TCSDaily.com, an online journal of public policy news, commentary and analysis focused on free-market issues in the United States and Europe.

Heather has worked on several political campaigns at the national and state levels. In 2004, she directed the political floor operation at the Republican National Convention. She also managed voter contact programs for New York Governor George Pataki’s successful re-election campaign in 2002. Her first campaign experience was working in the War Room of Bob Dole’s presidential campaign in 1996. Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business Administration from Georgetown University. She is also the author of Bacon: A Love Story (HarperCollins, May 2009). Heather currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona and Fairfield, Idaho.

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Levana Layendecker
Director of Online Campaigns for Health Care for America Now

Levana Layendecker is the Director of Online Campaigns for Health Care for America Now. Health Care for America Now is a grassroots coalition mobilizing millions to win a guarantee of quality, affordable health care we all can count on. Ms. Layendecker intends to use internet tools to engage voters to hold Members of Congress accountable to passing real health care reform, and to influence the media to have a substantive debate on health care. Previous to her work with Health Care for America Now, Ms. Layendecker worked as Web Communications Director for the American Friends Service Committee, and as a consultant for online campaigns with other progressive organizations. Ms. Layendecker became an online organizer after working as a campus organizer and canvass director for the State PIRG's (Public Interest Research Groups.) She recently obtained a Master's degree in Governmental Administration from the Fel's Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC.

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Roz Lemieux
Founder and Partner at Fission Strategy

Roz Lemieux is a founder and partner at Fission Strategy, an Internet strategy and web development firm that helps organizations leverage social media for social good. Prior to co-founding Fission Strategy, Lemieux served as the Executive Director of the New Organizing Institute -- the premiere training institute for tech-savvy progressive grassroots organizers. Ms. Lemieux worked for MoveOn.org Political Action through the 2004 and 2006 election cycles. Prior to joining MoveOn, she operated an independent consulting business, conducting online campaigns for progressive candidates and causes. She got her start in online organizing in 1999, serving as the Feminist Majority Foundation’s web team director.

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Olivia Ma
YouTube

Olivia Ma is the News Manager and part of the News & Politics team at YouTube. She manages the news programming on the site, working with professional news organizations, amateur journalists, and citizens documenting the events happening around them. Last fall she launched YouTube's first major journalism program, Project: Report, a contest for aspiring journalists produced with the Pulitzer Center and has worked on many of YouTube's political initiatives around the 2008 election.

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Stan Magniant
Vice President & General Manager of Linkfluence

Stanislas Magniant is Vice President & General Manager of Linkfluence inc. (RTGI Group), an international Social Media Monitoring & Measurement firm based in Washington D.C., Paris and Berlin.

A professional with over 10 years of experience in Europe and in the US, in the field of online strategies for corporate and public affairs clients, Stanislas joined mindshare Interactive Campaigns shortly after graduating from the Graduate School of Political Management in 2000. Prior to joining linkfluence Inc., Stanislas founded and managed the online PR department of Publicis | Net Intelligenz in France, an award-winning agency advising corporations and institutions on their social media strategy.

Stanislas Magniant is also the founder of Netpolitique.net. a leading French-language covering online politics.

Stanislas graduated from the Sorbonne (Master’s degree in Political Communication) and GWU’s Graduate School of Political Management. He is a fellow of the Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust.

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Liz Mair
Strategic Manager with New Media Strategies

Liz Mair is an online communications expert, new media adviser and blogger, who served as the Republican National Committee’s Online Communications Director during 2008. There, she led an aggressive and groundbreaking online media outreach effort aimed at electing John McCain, Sarah Palin and Republicans across the country.

She has subsequently utilized that experience, her extensive knowledge of the blogosphere and new media, and diverse array of online media contacts to further the objectives of an array of public affairs clients.

Born and raised in Seattle, Liz is a former corporate lawyer who holds an MA in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a certificate in Political and Social Sciences from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.

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Mark McKinnon
John McCain '08

For 25 years, Mark McKinnon has been helping solve complex strategic challenges for causes, companies and candidates, including President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain,
Governor Ann Richards, Congressman Charlie Wilson, Lance Armstrong and Bono.

According to Broadcasting and Cable magazine, McKinnon is one of “a handful of players behind every big decision, consensus or roadblock in Washington…putting a unique, sometimes hidden stamp on the outcome of today’s debates.”

McKinnon is an award-winning media producer and communications strategist who has served as principal media advisor for hundreds of corporate and political campaigns around the world. He has been awarded more than 30 Pollie and Telly awards, honoring the nation’s best political and public affairs advertising.

Former President Bush says of McKinnon, “I was really impressed by Mark’s creativity,
and I was particularly impressed by his honesty." Senator McCain, in his typical straight talk fashion, says, "He’s almost a genius." And President Obama calls McKinnon “a class act.”

McKinnon is co-chair of Arts+Labs, a collaboration between technology andcreative communities that have embraced today’s rich internet environment to deliver innovative and creative digital products to consumers.

President Bush appointed McKinnon to serve as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the independent, autonomous entity responsible for all U.S. government sponsored, non-military, international broadcasting. He currently serves on the board of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and lectures at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

McKinnon attended UT Austin and served as editor of the award-winning university newspaper, The Daily Texan. He spent several years in Nashville working as a song-writer with Kris Kristofferson. And was wildly unsuccessful. McKinnon also is a two-time Ironman finisher. His quality of life is exceptionally enhanced by the enduring love and patience of his wife, Annie (whom he met before he could drive), and his daughters, Brita,
23 and Kendall, 20.

McKinnon is a weekly columnist for The Daily Beast. (www.thedailybeast.com/author/mark-mckinnon)

Ari Melber
The Nation

Ari Melber is the Net movement correspondent for The Nationmagazine, a writer for The Nation’s blog and a columnist for Politico. During the 2008 general election, Melber traveled with the Obama Campaign on special assignment for The Washington Independent. He previously served as a Legislative Aide in the U.S. Senate and as a national staff member of the 2004 John Kerry Presidential Campaign. He is also a contributing editor at Personal Democracy Forum, and has appeared at previous PDF conferences.

As a commentator on public affairs, Melber frequently appears on national television, including NBC, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, FOX News and Bloomberg News, and he has been a featured speaker at Harvard, Yale, Columbia and NYU, among other institutions, and he has been quoted by publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine and Time. He also helped found “Ask The President,” a project to inject citizen questions into White House press conferences, which Columbia Journalism Review dubbed “an idea whose time has come.”

Melber received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he was an editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. He serves on the advisory board of the Roosevelt Institution and is a member of the American Constitution Society and the National Security Network.

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Amanda Michel
ProPublica

Amanda Michel is the Editor of Distributed Reporting at ProPublica.org. She recently directed HuffPost's OffTheBus, a ground-breaking citizen journalism site. She has also worked as an online organizer and strategist for political campaigns, including the Dean and Kerry Internet teams. She is a co-founder of the New Organizing Institute.

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Ellen Miller
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Sunlight Foundation

Ellen S. Miller is the co-founder and executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington-based, non-partisan non-profit dedicated to using the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency. She is the founder of two other prominent Washington-based organizations in the field of money and politics -- the Center for Responsive Politics and Public Campaign -- and a nationally recognized expert on transparency and the influence of money in politics. Her experience as a Washington advocate for more than 35 years spans the worlds of non-profit advocacy, grassroots activism and journalism. Ms. Miller’s work has recently been featured in Washingtonian Magazine (“100 Tech Titans,” May, 2009), Fast Company, (“The Most Influential Women in Technology,” January, 2009), WIRED Magazine (“15 People The Next President Should Listen To,” October, 2008), The Chronicle of Philanthropy (“Seeking Online Exposure,” January, 2008). Ms. Miller also served as Deputy Director of Campaign for America's Future, the publisher of TomPaine.com and a senior fellow at The American Prospect. She spent nearly a decade working on Capitol Hill. She blogs regularly at SunlightFoundation.com.

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Greg Miller
Chief Development Officer for the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation

The cornerstone of our democracy is fair and accurate elections. In a digital society, voting increasingly relies on technology. Clearly, America’s elections systems are becoming “critical democracy infrastructure” and such must be transparent, open source, and publicly owned. And that’s exactly what Gregory spends all his waking moments pursuing.

Gregory is the Chief Development Officer for the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation (“OSDV”). He leads all aspects of the Foundation’s resource development, alliances and corporate partner development, public outreach, and government and legal affairs. OSDV is tackling the lack of trustworthy elections technology. This Silicon Valley based effort – known as the TrustTheVote Project – is designing and building next generation voting systems to serve as a draft standard for how election technology should work to ensure trust. OSDV takes an “open source” approach. All results are publicly owned and freely available for adoption by any election jurisdiction. The work is done through a collaborative volunteer effort led by a small staff of senior technologists to ensure complete transparency.

Mr. Miller has 28+ years of technical and business experience in development and eventual commercialization of the Internet, dating back to the ARPANET and CSNET. He is a trained computer scientist, with graduate business education, and a law degree focused on intellectual property, technology law, and public policy. Greg’s technical background includes TCP/IP network architecture, user interface design, and object-oriented software development. Gregory is also active in the American Bar Association addressing technology law and public policy issues, including Cyberlaw, Information Privacy & Security, and Internet Governance. Greg is also a member of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, and a sustaining member of the Internet Society.

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David Moore
OpenCongress

David Moore is the Project Manager of OpenCongress.org. OpenCongress combines official government information with news coverage, blog commentary, and social wisdom to filter up what's really happening in Congress. The site is an open-source, not-for-profit joint project of the Participatory Politics Foundation and the Sunlight Foundation. David lives in Brooklyn, NY and can be contacted at: drm@ppolitics.org.

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Rep. Jerry Nadler
Congressman, NY-8

“Jerry Nadler not only represents New York well, but he has represented the United States very well.”
– Former President Bill Clinton

Congressman Jerrold “Jerry” Nadler represents the Eighth Congressional district of New York. The Eighth, one of the nation’s most diverse districts, includes Manhattan’s Upper West Side below 89th Street, the Theater District and Times Square, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, SoHo and Wall Street, and the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Borough Park, Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Bensonhurst.

Nadler began his political career in 1976 in the New York State Assembly, where he served for 16 years. In 1992, following the death of Congressman Ted Weiss, Nadler was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election and has served in Congress ever since. He was re-elected to his eighth full term in 2006, receiving a resounding 85 percent of the vote.

In 2007, with the Democrats in control of Congress, Nadler was given the honor of serving as the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
He is also the highest ranking northeastern member of the House Transportation Committee, as well as an Assistant Democrat Whip, affording him the opportunity to work on a daily basis to craft and shape the major laws that govern our country.

Throughout his career, Nadler has been a champion of civil rights, civil liberties, safe and efficient transportation and a host of progressive issues such as access to health care, support for the arts and protection of the Social Security system. He is considered an unapologetic defender of those who might otherwise be forgotten by the legal system or the economy and is especially respected for his creative and pragmatic legislative approaches to problems. He also has particular expertise and policymaking prominence on issues facing Israel and the Middle East.

Locally, Nadler is a major advocate for increased funding of New York’s mass transit system, better subway service and a more intelligent regional freight policy. For many years, he has stood virtually alone in decrying downstate New York’s isolation from the national rail freight system and its almost total reliance on truck-borne freight. He has long advocated a cross harbor rail freight tunnel to address that problem.

Nadler’s district also includes Ground Zero, the site where the Twin Towers once stood. Since the 9/11 attacks, he has been a leader in Congress on addressing the health and environmental impacts of the collapse of the World Trade Center on first responders, area residents, workers and students. He continues to demand that the Environmental Protection Agency conduct proper testing and clean up of the affected areas.

Nadler is a graduate of Crown Heights Yeshiva, Stuyvesant High School, Columbia University and Fordham Law School. He lives on the West Side of Manhattan with his wife, Joyce Miller. They have one son, Michael.

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Craig Newmark
Craigslist

Craig Newmark was born December 6, 1952, in Morristown, NJ. He is best known as the founder and an active customer service rep of the San Francisco based craigslist

Newmark used an e-mail list as a way to share information with his friends in San Francisco starting in early 1995. He launched the first community site fore San Francisco in late 1995. As of April 2009 craigslist was receiving more than 22 billion page views per month, and had community websites in over 570 cities with over 50 million unique community members worldwide.

craigslist is a platform where people can help one another with basic needs, like housing and jobs. The site has a culture of trust, based on shared values like “treat people like you want to be treated.” craigslist’s philosophy is to let the on-line community participants play an active role in policing the information that is shared on the list, and to make classifieds and personal ads free to its community members.

Newmark attended college at Case Western Reserve University where he originally wanted to be a physicist, before switching to computers which resulted in Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 1975. Newmark continued his education at Case Western, receiving his Masters of Science in Computer Science in 1977. His thesis was entitled "Fundamental Models of Computer Systems and Their Relationship to Information Security."

In 1976, Newmark started his business career with IBM and spent nearly 17 years there until moving on to working in programming for companies such as Charles Schwab, Bank of America, and various other consulting firms. In those days he was fluent in Java, Perl, MySQL, and HTML.

Newmark is a vocal advocate of working with other people who use the Internet to scale up to large numbers, and ways that everyone can pitch in with a few dollars to improve society like DonorsChoose.org, microfinance in the West Bank with KIVA.org or Lendforpeace.org.

Newmark also believes in using the net to support Veterans rights through such groups as Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, IAVA.org, and for public service including such groups as the Sunlight foundation, the Federal Web Managers council, and the Consumers Union. Newmark continues working with various offices of the government and is an active practitioner in social media and advises groups on use of social media.

Craig resides in San Francisco's Cole Valley. Between bird watching and testing out new technology, he remains a critical part of craigslist’s customer service, mostly dealing with spammers and scammers. He is an avid fan of science fiction and actually enjoys TV. “He needs to get out more.”

You can see what Craig is up to on his blog at cnewmark.com and he is active in sharing his “Tweets” on twitter.com/craignewmark as well as blogging on Huffingtonpost.com/craig-newmark , and sharing information on his Facebook page facebook.com/craignewmark

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PdF 2008

Redefining Leadership in a Networked Age

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen
PhD Student, Columbia University

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is a graduate student in communications at Columbia University. After brief stints in politics and working in government and higher education in his native Denmark, he came to the United States in 2005 to do research on the intersection between new technologies, old organizations, and forms of participation.

His academic work on political campaigns, journalism, and social movements has appeared in journals like New Media & Society, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, and Mobilization. In addition, he has written for various Danish newspapers and periodicals, including Politiken, Information, and Vision.

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Beth Noveck
United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government

An expert on the impact of technology on legal and political institutions, Beth Simone Noveck directs the Institute for Information Law & Policy (http://www.nyls.edu/infolaw), New York Law School's center for the study of intellectual property, technology and information law. Prof. Noveck teaches in the areas of intellectual property, innovation and constitutional law as well as courses on electronic democracy and electronic government. She is the author of the forthcoming book Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger,and Citizens More Powerful (Brookings Institution Press).

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Mark Pesce
Inventor, Writer, Educator and Futurist

Known internationally as the man who fused virtual reality with the World Wide Web to invent VRML, Mark Pesce has been exploring the frontiers of media and technology for a quarter of a century.

His work has kept him on the forefront of emerging developments in science, technology and media. With a unique ability to make abstract concepts clear for lay audiences and to further the knowledge of the technologically savvy, he is a highly sought-after public speaker, lecturing throughout the world on a variety of topics – from the latest trends on the Internet, to current developments in neuroeconomics, to the future of design in an energy-conscious world. Pesce is first and foremost a storyteller, taking everyday examples from the world around us, then using these to illuminate the finer features of world that seems to be changing more rapidly every day.

The author of five books and numerous articles, Pesce is widely respected as a technologist, futurist, philosopher and communicator who can translate abstract concepts into concrete explanations. Mainstream publications such as Forbes ASAP, TIME Digital, WIRED and The New York Times have profiled him and his views on the interactive era. A well-respected journalist, Pesce has written for WIRED, Feed, Salon, PC Magazine, and The Age. For the last three seasons, Pesce has been a panelist on the hit ABC show The New Inventors.

From 2003 to 2006, Pesce chaired the Emerging Media and Interactive Design Program at the world-renowned Australian Film Television and Radio School. His mandate - to bring cinema and broadcast television into the interactive era - led him to create a program that encouraged creative vision and
is now producing a generation of award-winning entertainment professionals who are shaping the media of the 21st century.

Pesce currently holds an appointment as an Honorary Associate in the Digital Cultures programme at the University of Sydney, and in 2006 founded FutureSt, a Sydney media and technology consultancy. Working with clients such as Telstra, Lonely Planet and SanDisk, Pesce brings his encyclopedic knowledge of technology together with a consumer-focused sensibility to refine clients’ products and strategies.

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PdF 2008 | Mark Pesce on Hyperpolitics (American Style)

Andrew Rasiej
Personal Democracy Forum

Andrew Rasiej is a social entrepreneur, futurist, and Founder of Personal Democracy Forum, an annual conference and community website focusing on and promoting the intersection of politics and technology. He is also the co-founder of techPresident, an award winning group blog that covers how the 2008 Presidential candidates are using the web, and howvoter generated content (a term he coined) is affecting the campaign. In the 2004 Presidential race he served as Chairman of the Howard Dean Technology Advisory Council. In 2005 he ran a highly visible campaign for Public Advocate of New York City, running in the Democratic primary on a platform to bring low cost wireless internet access to all New Yorkers.

He writes a bi weekly column for www.politico.com and he appears as an expert on the Internet and politics major media and major international news outlets.

Mr. Rasiej along with his partner Micah Sifry are also senior technology advisers for the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington D.C. based organization that focuses on using technology to expose corruption in Congress and facilitates citizen engagement and oversight.

Mr. Rasiej is the founder of www.MOUSE.org (Making Opportunities for Upgrading Schools and Education), an educational nonprofit organization started in 1997 to connect public schools to the internet. Mouse is active in over 100 public schools in New York City and has programs based on its student led tech support model operating in over 20 countries around the world.

Mr. Rasiej is a co-founder of www.mideastwire.com, which is a Beirut based news service which translates opinion pieces from newspapers in all 22 Arab countries, Iran, and the Arab media Diaspora and makes them available over the web to English speaking governments, corporations, media, and educational institutions.

In the aftermath of the September 11th tragedy, Mr. Rasiej helped organize local technology professionals to provide relief and recovery to small businesses and schools in lower Manhattan. Soon after, he proposed the creation of a National Tech Corps that would augment the National Guard and provide emergency technical, communication, and database support in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist strike. This idea, now called NetGuard, was approved in a bill by the US Senate by a vote of 97 to 0 and is now being implemented by the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Rasiej is a member of the Board of Directors of www.poptech.com an annual social innovation conference. He serves on numerous advisory boards for technology firms and various not for profit organizations. He is a graduate of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and past recipient of the prestigious David Rockefeller Fellowship Program administered by the New York City Partnership. He lives and works in New York City where also is a founding partner in Ed’s Lobster Bar, the purveyor of New York City’s best Lobster Roll.

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Frank Rich
New York Times

Frank Rich became a New York Times OpEd columnist in 1994 after serving as the paper’s chief drama critic from 1980-1993. His weekly 1,500-word essay helped inaugurate the expanded opinion pages that the Times introduced in the Sunday Week in Review section in 2005. He has written about culture and politics for many national publications. His books include Ghost Light: A Memoir and, most recently, The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina. Mr. Rich is also a creative consultant at the television network HBO, where he helps initiate and develop new programming. A native of Washington, D.C., and graduate of Harvard, he lives in New York City with his wife, the novelist and journalist Alex Witchel.

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Diane Rinaldo
TPM Media LLC

Diane Rinaldo is Vice President of Sales at TPM Media, a web based news organization and parent of TalkingPointsMemo. The site focuses on national and political news coverage.

Rinaldo joined TPM Media earlier this year to launch the company's first in house advertising business. As Vice President of Sales Rinaldo is responsible for developing innovative new advertising models and building direct relationships with ad agencies and national marketers.

Rinaldo joined TPM from Yahoo! Inc where she was director of the political advertising unit during the 2008 election, working with political campaigns and committees and DC ad agencies, and leading Yahoo! to a dominant position in display advertising. While in that role Rinaldo's team developed ground breaking user targeting by working with ad agencies to match user data to voter files.

Prior to that Rinaldo was Managing Director of the Retail Category at Yahoo!. In that position Ms. Rinaldo pioneered the first consumer research that studied how people use online search in the shopping process.

Previously Rinaldo opened the first East Coast sales office for Microsoft’s MSN and had a career in traditional media at Warner Bros and advertising agencies Foote Cone & Belding and Benton & Bowles.

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Amanda Rose
Creative Strategy Director at The Glasshouse

Amanda Rose is currently Creative Strategy Director at The Glasshouse, a member-based organisation which aims to support, encourage and inspire entrepreneurs across all sectors. She is the lead organizer of Twestival, an international all-volunteer effort to use social media like Twitter to raise money for worthy causes. She is also an advisor to BrightOne.uk.org - a volunteer run communications consultancy for the third sector; the co-founder of SPACE2 Consultancy, a film and event locations management consultancy; and a consultant with charity: water and Live Earth.

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Jay Rosen
PressThink

Jay Rosen teaches journalism at New York University and is a former chair of the department. He is the author of PressThink, a weblog about journalism and its ordeals (www.pressthink.org), which he introduced in September 2003. On Twitter he is @jayrosen_nyu. In July 2006 he announced the debut NewAssignment.Net, his experimental site for pro-am, open source reporting projects. In 2007-08 he was the co-publisher, with Arianna Huffington, of OfftheBus.Net, a collaboration between NewAssignment.Net and the Huffington Post.

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Scott Rosenberg
Author

Scott Rosenberg is a cofounder of Salon.com and author of the new book Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters, as well as Dreaming In Code. He blogs at wordyard.com.

At Salon, Scott served as technology editor and, from 1999 to 2004, as managing editor and vice president for editorial operations. He also started the Salon Blogs program in 2002 and began his own blog as part of it. Before leaving Salon in 2007 to write Say Everything he conceived and prototyped the Open Salon blogging community.

Before Salon he wrote on theater, movies, and technology for the San Francisco Examiner for a decade and was honored with the George Jean Nathan Award for his reviews. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, and many other publications. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and two sons.

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Simon Rosenberg
President and Founder, NDN

Simon Rosenberg is President and Founder of NDN, a leading progressive think tank and advocacy organization.Simon has worked in national politics and the media world for more than 20 years. He started his career in network television, as a writer and producer at ABC News for five years, before working on the Dukakis and Clinton Presidential campaigns. On the Clinton campaign, he was a member of the famous 1992 Clinton War Room. After the campaign, Simon worked at the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Leadership Council and then started what is now NDN in 1996.

During his time at the helm of NDN and its predecessor organization the New Democrat Network, Simon has helped elect more than 50 new members to the Senate and House of Representatives, has been an influential champion of a new and more modern agenda for the nation, has been an innovator in helping progressives reach out to and communicate with Hispanic voters, and has been a leader in creating a 21st century progressive movement.

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Joe Rospars
New Media Director, Obama for America & Founding Partner, Blue State Digital

A Blue State Digital founding partner, Joe served as the New Media Director for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, where he oversaw all online aspects of the unprecedented fundraising, communications and grassroots mobilization effort.

Joe led a wide-ranging program that integrated design and branding, web and video content, mass email, text messaging, and online advertising, organizing and fundraising.

Prior to the Obama campaign, Joe led BSD's work with Gov. Howard Dean at the Democratic National Committee; during Dean's campaign for party chairman; and at Democracy for America. Joe was a writer and strategist in New Media for Dean's 2004 Presidential campaign.

He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the George Washington University.

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Alec Ross
Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Alec Ross serves as Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In this role, Alec is tasked with maximizing the potential of technology in service of America’s diplomatic and development goals.

Prior to his service at the State Department, Alec worked on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team's Technology, Innovation & Government Reform working group. During the 2008 presidential campaign, he guided Obama for America's 500+ member Technology, Media & Telecommunications Policy Committee under the leadership of committee chairman Julius Genachowski.

In 2000, Alec Ross and 3 colleagues co-founded One Economy, a global nonprofit that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information about education, jobs, health care and other vital issues to low-income people. During his time at One Economy, it grew from a team of four people in a basement, to the world's largest digital divide organization with programs on 4 continents.

Alec started his career as a sixth grade teacher in inner-city Baltimore through Teach for America and is a frequent essayist and public speaker. Alec and his wife Felicity are the parents of three young children.

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Patrick Ruffini
Online Strategist

Patrick Ruffini is an online strategist dedicated to helping Republicans and conservatives achieve dominance in a networked era. He has seen American politics from every vantage point — as a campaign staffer, activist, and analyst. Patrick currently advises Republican candidates and organizations on mastering new media, with a disciplined focus on Web site, e-mail, and blog strategies shaped by years of experience in the field. From 2005 to 2007, he served as eCampaign Director at the Republican National Committee, overseeing the Party’s online strategy for the 2006 election cycle.

His tenure saw unprecedented outreach to the online community, breakthroughs in online fundraising, and successful initiatives in the emerging worlds of social media, online video, and text messaging. Even during a difficult election cycle, the RNC’s relationship with the blogosphere grew closer and stronger than ever. Beyond these
successes, the RNC’s eCampaign serves as the Republican Party’s R&D arm for innovation on the Internet, where no major development online goes unnoticed or is left untapped. In this role, Patrick advises Republican candidates and organizations at all levels on best practices for winning online.

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Douglas Rushkoff
Author

Douglas Rushkoff is the author, most recently, of Life Inc: How the world became a corporation and how to take it back. He has published ten bestselling books about media, society and change, that have been translated to over thirty languages. He lectures around the world, hosts The MediaSquat on WFMU radio, makes Frontline documentaries - including The Merchants of Cool - and teaches at the New School University. He is best known as the originator of the terms media virus, social currency, and digital natives, as well as for applying open source principles to government, religion, and economics.

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PdF 2008 | Doug Rushkoff on the New Renaissance

Blake Rutherford
Blake's Think Tank

Blake Rutherford, 30, is the administrator and chief content provider of Blake’s Think Tank, a public affairs blog focusing on the intersection of politics and media in Arkansas and beyond. Mr. Rutherford also serves as the Director of Public Communications at Stone Ward, a full service communications agency with offices in Little Rock and Chicago, where he oversees all earned media strategy. He is frequent commentator in Arkansas on issues related to social media and politics and speaks regularly on the impact social media is having on politics and journalism in Arkansas. His blog was recently recognized by The Washington Post as one of the best state political blogs in America.

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Leslie Sanchez
Republican Campaign Strategiest

Author, political analyst and former advisor to President George W. Bush, Leslie Sanchez is known for her straightforward style and in-depth understanding of the political and cultural landscape inside and outside Washington, DC. A columnist and commentator, Leslie was part of CNN’s award-winning 2008 election coverage. For her work, Hispanic Business magazine named her one of the nation’s “100 Most influential Hispanics.”

Leslie is the founder and CEO of Impacto Group LLC, a premium communications and market research firm, which specializes in defining social and economic trends affecting women and the emerging U.S. Hispanic community.

Leslie is also a regular contributor to CNN’s AC360 blog and author of the critically acclaimed book Los Republicanos: Why Hispanics and Republicans Need Each Other (Palgrave Macmillan, August 2007), which debunks the cultural and political myths about Hispanics and Republicans alike. The fall 2009 release of Leslie’s second book, You’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe: Michelle, Sarah, Hillary and the Shaping of the New American Woman (Palgrave Macmillan), investigates what the future holds for women, the impact of social media on their voting habits, the rising political influence of women of color and the drastically changed landscape for women world wide.

Leslie was appointed executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans in 2001. Prior to this role, she served as spokesman and deputy press secretary at the Republican National Committee where she was one of the principal architects of the Republicans’ first-ever multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at Hispanic voters. She also worked as a legislative aide to U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla (TX-23), responsible for immigration and border security issues as well as Appropriations for the Departments of Justice, State, Treasury and Transportation.

A veteran of numerous local, state and national campaigns, her analysis has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, and online media outlets such as CNN.com. In addition to her work as a political contributor for CNN, she has also appeared regularly on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNBC, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Univision, Telemundo and leading programs, including NBC’s “Nightly News,” the “Today Show,” the CBS “Early Show” and PBS’ “News Hour with Jim Lehrer.” Additionally, her commentary is featured in the PBS documentary “Latinos ‘08,’” which examines the presidential election through the prism of ethnic politics.

Leslie holds a Master in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree from The George Washington University.

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Nancy Scola
techPresident

Nancy Scola is a former staffer for the House Committee on Government Reform where she covered both online communications and technology policy. Before that, Nancy developed research techniques in the non-profit sector for an organization focused on the development of urban neighborhoods. And before that, she was a grad student in anthropology. She is now an aspiring writer focusing on culture, politics, technology, and more. She blogs at nancyscola.com and lives in Brooklyn.

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Clay Shirky
Author

Mr. Shirky teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, and is the author of Here Comes Everybody, about the rise and growing importance of social media.

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PdF 2008 | Clay Shirky on Politics As If Everybody Can Participate

Micah Sifry
Personal Democracy Forum

Micah L. Sifry is Editor and Curator of the Personal Democracy Forum, a daily website and annual conference that covers the ways technology is changing politics. He is also the co-founder and editor of TechPresident.com, an award-winning group blog on how the American presidential candidates are using the web and how the web is using them. In addition to organizing the annual Personal Democracy Forum conference with his partner Andrew Rasiej, he consults on how political organizations, campaigns, non-profits and media entities can adapt to and thrive in a networked world. In that capacity, he has been a senior technology adviser to the Sunlight Foundation since its founding in 2006. He and Andrew also co-author the “Politics 2.0” column for the Politico.com.

From 1997-2006, Sifry worked closely with Public Campaign, a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on comprehensive campaign finance reform, as its senior analyst. Prior to that, he was an editor and writer with The Nation magazine for thirteen years. He is the co-editor (with Andrew Rasiej, Allison Fine and Joshua Levy) of Rebooting America, co-author with Nancy Watzman of Is That a Politician in Your Pocket? Washington on $2 Million a Day (John Wiley & Sons, 2004), author of Spoiling for a Fight: Third-Party Politics in America (Routledge, 2002) and co-edited The Iraq War Reader (Touchstone, 2003) and The Gulf War Reader (Times Books, 1991). He is also an adjunct professor at the Political Science Department of the City University of New York/Graduate Center, where he teaches a course called “Writing Politics.” His personal blog is at micah.sifry.com. He has a BA in Politics from Princeton and a MA in Politics from New York University and lives with his family in Hastings-on-Hudson.

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Nate Silver
FiveThirtyEight.com

Nathaniel Read Silver is an American statistician, journalist, and writer. After residing in Chicago, Illinois for thirteen years, he moved to New York City in 2009.

Silver first gained public recognition for inventing PECOTA, a system for forecasting the performance and career development of Major League Baseball players, which he sold to and then managed for Baseball Prospectus from 2003 to 2009.

In 2007 Silver began to publish analyses and predictions relating to the United States presidential election, 2008, initially under the pseudonym "Poblano." At first this work appeared on the political blog Daily Kos, but in March 2008 Silver established his own website, FiveThirtyEight.com. On May 30, he revealed his real name to his readers and dropped the use of the "Poblano" moniker on his website. By summer of that year, he began to appear as an electoral and political analyst in national print, online, and on cable news media.

In April 2009 he was named one of The World's 100 Most Influential People by TIME Magazine.

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Josh Silver
Free Press

Josh Silver is the executive director and co-founder of the nonpartisan Free Press, the leading national organization working on media and technology policy in the public interest. Mr. Silver was previously campaign manager for the successful Clean Elections in Arizona ballot initiative; director of development for the cultural arm of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; and director of an international youth exchange program. He has published widely on media, telecommunications, campaign finance and other public policy issues. Josh has been profiled the Wall Street Journal and featured in outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Salon, C-SPAN and NPR. He speaks regularly on media and technology issues and blogs at The Huffington Post.

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Scott Simon
NPR

Scott is one of America's most admired broadcasters and writers. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.

His radio show, NPR's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon, has been called by the Washington Post, "the most literate, witty, moving, and just plain interesting news show on any dial," and by Brett Martin of Time-Out New York "the most eclectic, intelligent two hours of broadcasting on the airwaves." Scott has won every major award in broadcasting, including the Peabody, the Emmy, the Columbia-DuPont, the Ohio State Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the Sidney Hillman Award. He received the Presidential End Hunger Award for his coverage of the Ethiopian civil war and famine, and a special citation from the Peabody Awards for his weekly essays, which were cited as "consistently thoughtful, graceful, and challenging." He has also received the Barry M. Goldwater Award from the Human Rights Fund. Recently, he was awarded the Studs Terkel Award.

He has hosted many television specials, including the PBS's State of Mind, and Voices of Vision. The Paterson Project, won a national Emmy, as did his two-hour special from the Rio earth summit meeting. He co-anchored PBS's Millennium 2000 coverage in concert with the BBC, and has co-hosted the televised Columbia-DuPont Awards. He also became familiar to viewers in Great Britain as host of the continuing BBC series, Eyewitness, and a special on the White House press corps. He has appeared as a guest and commentator on all major networks, including BBC, NBC, CNN, and ESPN.

Scott has contributed articles to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times of London, The Guardian, and Gourmet among other publications, and won a James Beard Award for his story, "Conflict Cuisine" in Gourmet. He has received numerous honorary degrees.

Sports Illustrated called his personal memoir Home and Away, "extraordinary…uniformly superb…a memoir of such breadth and reach that it compares favorably with Fredrick Exley's A Fan's Notes." It was at the top of several non-fiction bestseller lists. His book, Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball, was Barnes and Nobles' Sports Book of the Year. His novel, Pretty Birds, the story of two teenage girls in Sarajevo during the siege, received rave reviews, Scott Turow calling it, "the most auspicious fiction debut by a journalist of note since Tom Wolfe's. . . always gripping, always tender, and often painfully funny. It is a marvel of technical finesse, close observation, and a perfectly pitched heart." His next novel, Windy City, will be published by Random House in March, 2008. It is a political comedy set in the Chicago City Council.

Scott is a native of Chicago and the son of comedian Ernie Simon and Patricia Lyons Simon. His hobbies are books, theater, ballet, British comedy, Mexican cooking and "bleeding for the Chicago Cubs." Simon appeared as Mother Ginger in the Ballet Austin production of The Nutcracker. He is married to Caroline Richard, a fan of the Yankees and the French national soccer team. They have two daughters, Elise and Lina.

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Rachel Sklar

Rachel Sklar is the Editor-at-Large for Mediaite.com, coming soon to the screens of media addicts everywhere. She is the former Senior Contributing Editor for the Huffington Post and was the founding editor of the site's Eat The Press page. She has contributed to the New York Times, the Village Voice, Glamour, New York Magazine, the Financial Times, and numerous publications in her northern homeland of Canada, and has been a frequent guest on networks including CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, with varying degrees of makeup. She works with media strategy firm Abrams Research and continues to write for a wide variety of publications.

Rachel recently launched the online charity site Charitini.com, which promotes micro-giving by allowing donors to substitute a small charitable donation for a "birthday drink" for a friend. She tried it for her birthday and woke up the next day with great karma and no hangover. Get her all liquored up for a good cause here.

Rachel is the author of A Stroke of Luck: Life, Crisis and Rebirth of a Stroke Survivor (with Howard Rocket, Canada: 1998), a contributor to several anthologies and is currently working on Jew-ish, a humorous book about cultural identity. She was recently named to Heeb magazine's "Heeb 100," Chatelaine magazine's "Canadian Women to Watch" and the Globe & Mail's "Ten Famous Canadians You've Never Heard Of," which she thinks was a compliment, and was a nominee for Webutante Queen, which she thinks was a joke. She was formerly a corporate lawyer in New York and Stockholm, where she never learned to like herring.

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Jacob Soboroff
Executive Director, Why Tuesday?

Jacob Soboroff is the correspondent for AMC News on the AMC network and executive director of Why Tuesday?, a non-partisan group working to increase voter participation. He was a contributor to Weekend Soapbox from NPR Weekend Edition and to the PBS series WIRED Science. During college, Jacob was a part-time advance man for NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and then for presidential candidate Howard Dean. He got his MA in political theory and philosophy from NYU. You can also find him on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, and of course, via e-mail.

Why Tuesday? is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)3 organization founded in 2005 to raise awareness about the state of America's voting system and to find solutions to increase voter turnout and participation in elections. Using technology, Why Tuesday? provides a platform for national dialogue about the current voting system, problems with our current voting system, and solutions that can directly improve the voting process, increase registration and drive turnout. The Why Tuesday? documentary video blog has been seen millions of times across multiple online and traditional media platforms, including national and international news outlets. Why Tuesday? was the recipient of the Film Your Issue Award as well as being the only non-mainstream news outlet nominated for the 2008 Webby Award for Best Political Blog. In 2009, Why Tuesday? was nominated for the Webby Award for Best Activist Website, and selected as an Official Webby Honoree for Best Politics Blog and for two episodes of the Why Tuesday? documentary vlog.

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Ben Stein
CTO and Co-Founder of Mobile Commons

Benjamin Stein is the CTO and co-founder of Mobile Commons, whose web-based application empowers non-profits and political organizations to create mobile programs based around text messaging and voice calls. With a background in both the financial and medical industries, Ben has extensive experience with high availability systems with a focus on security and data sensitivity. He is an active member of the New York open-source and Ruby communities, interested in ways technology can improve local communities and civic engagement. He has a BS in
electrical and biological engineering and a Master's in medical image processing, both from Cornell University.

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Jed Sundwall
Captura Group

Jed Sundwall is the director of social media marketing for Captura Group. At Captura Group, he has developed social media outreach strategies for USA.gov, GobiernoUSA.gov, and PayPal. Prior to joining Captura Group, Jed worked at Eventful, where he developed and managed a social campaigning platform used by Barack Obama for President, John Edwards for President, Mike Huckabee for President, and Ron Paul for President. His work at Eventful yielded coverage in CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Politico, Wired.com, Slate.com, and the Associated Press.

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Tanya Tarr
Director of Legislative and Political Mobilization with the Texas American Federation of Teachers

Tanya Tarr is the Director of Legislative and Political Mobilization with the Texas American Federation of Teachers. Previously she served as a Political Analyst for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and as Data Manager for Working America, AFL-CIO. She is a veteran of local, state and federal campaigns. Tarr was recently named a Rising Star of 2009 by Campaigns and Elections' Politics Magazine's , recognizing people under 35 years old who have already made a significant mark in political consulting or advocacy.

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Sean Tevis
OpenKansas.org

Sean Tevis is an Information Architect in Kansas who ran for State Representative in Kansas in 2008. Faced with the challenge of raising money and awareness for his first
political campaign he tried something different - even for the Internet. He posted a simple web-comic telling his story called "Running for Office: It's Like A Flamewar with a Forum Troll, but with an Eventual Winner" [http://seantevis.com/3000] to illustrate his absurd hometown political reality. The comic strip raised more than $109,000 and earned Tevis coverage in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, NPR's Morning Edition and other media. He's recently co-founded OpenKansas.org - an association determined to bring actionable legislation to promote transparency and openness is state governments.

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Baratunde Thurston
The Onion, Jack & Jill Politics

Baratunde Thurston is a comedian and vigilante pundit. He was nominated for the Bill Hicks Award for Thought Provoking Comedy, declared a Champion of the First Amendment by Iowa State, and called “someone I need to know” by Barack Obama. Baratunde is the co-founder of Jack & Jill Politics and performs regularly in New York City, where he works by day as Web Editor and politics czar for The Onion. He will be hosting Popular Science’s “Future Of” on the Science Channel this August, and he lives in Twitter.

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Joe Trippi
Democratic Campaign Strategist

Joe Trippi – heralded on the cover of The New Republic as the man who “reinvented campaigning” – is widely recognized as one of America’s leading and most influential political strategists.

Born in California, Trippi began his political career working on Edward M. Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1980. His work in presidential politics continued with the campaigns of Walter Mondale, Gary Hart, Richard Gephardt, Howard Dean and, most recently, John Edwards.

Trippi has run and consulted on numerous presidential, senate, congressional, gubernatorial and mayoral races. These include the successful campaigns of U.S. Senator Alan Cranston of California, Mayor Tom Bradley of Los Angeles, Governor Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, and Congressman Tim Holden of Pennsylvania.

In 2004, as the National Campaign Manager for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, Trippi pioneered the use of online technology to organize what became the largest grassroots movement in presidential politics. Through his innovative use of the Internet for small-donor fundraising, “Dean for America” raised more money than any Democratic presidential campaign to that point – all with donations averaging less than $100.

According to The Atlantic magazine, Trippi’s influence on Democratic Party politics has been profound and lasting:

“The small-dollar Internet donor base attracted by Dean and flogged relentlessly by Trippi has transformed the party’s fundraising. Every single campaign uses Trippi-patented tactics to raise money. The men and women Joe Trippi cultivated on Dean’s staff have stormed the gates and occupy positions of power in major party and campaign offices.”

In 2008, Trippi signed on with Senator John Edwards’ presidential bid as a senior advisor, focusing on messaging, Internet strategy and online engagement. He was also responsible for producing the campaign’s television spots, which were widely applauded as “innovative” and “highly creative” and among the best spots of the 2007-2008 election cycle.

Trippi also has an extensive international resume. In 1993, he worked for then PASOK leader Andrea Papandreou’s successful campaign of Prime Minister of Greece, as well as for his son, George Papandreou, in 2007. Trippi advised former British Prime Minister Tony Blair during his successful bid for a third term in 2005. In 2006, he worked for Romano Prodi on his winning race for Prime Minister of Italy. In 2007, Trippi consulted on text messaging strategies to the opposition Action Congress (AC) Party in Nigeria.

In addition to his political work, Trippi has consulted with a number of leading corporations including MasterCard, Toyota, DaimlerChrysler, SES Americom, LabCorp, IBM, Lionsgate Films, BestBuy, MSNBC, Wave Systems, and Progeny Linux Systems. Trippi is especially acclaimed within the technology community. In 2004 he won Wired Magazine's Rave Award for his use of innovative technology in politics. Leading Internet companies, from Yahoo!, to Google, to Bebo invite him to speak to their employees and affiliates.

Joe Trippi has been profiled in The New York Times, The New Republic, Fast Company, The Atlantic, The Washington Post and The New York Times Magazine. He is a CBS News political analyst and former Harvard University Fellow.

Trippi is the author of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Democracy, the Internet and the Overthrow of Everything,” the story of how his revolutionary use of the Internet combined with an impassioned, contagious desire to overturn politics-as-usual grew into a national grassroots movement – and changed the face of American politics forever.

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Dave Troy
TwitterVision

David is the founder and chairman of Roundhouse Technologies, a firm specializing in developing technologies surrounding social media and geography. David is a serial entrepreneur and has founded several technology firms including Popvox LLC and ToadNet, Inc, which he sold to Landmark Communications in 2004. David is a longtime contributor to the Asterisk open-source PBX project and has also created plugins for Ruby on Rails. In 2006, he developed an innovative distributed call center technology using Asterisk and Rails which volunteers used to reach out to over 1M voters. In 2007 he created Twittervision.com and Flickrvision.com, which are real-time visual representations of posts to Twitter and Flickr; both were displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and at other museums around the world. In 2008, he acted as technology lead on Twitter Vote Report, which won "Best Mashup of 2008" from the George Washington University Institute of Politics and Democracy. That was followed in 2009 by Inauguration Report, which allowed for citizen reporting from the 2009 Inauguration festivities. He is founder of Beehive Baltimore, a coworking facilty in Baltimore, Maryland, and is also founder of Baltimore Angels, an angel investment group. David lives with his family near Annapolis, Maryland and enjoys cooking and flying small airplanes.

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Karen Tumulty
National Political Correspondent, TIME

Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for TIME, has written or co-written three dozen cover stories for the magazine and posts several times a day on TIME.com’s political blog, “Swampland.” Her extensive list of TIME cover stories includes the now-iconic “How the Right Went Wrong,” a look at how political conservatives lost their footing, which featured a crying Ronald Reagan as its cover image (March 2007).

Tumulty, who was named national political correspondent in 2001, has also written profiles of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney, as well as dozens of stories about the 2008 presidential campaign from Washington and from the campaign trail. She has also held positions with TIME as congressional correspondent and White House correspondent.

Before joining TIME in 1994, Tumulty spent 14 years at the Los Angeles Times, where she covered a wide variety of beats. During her time there, she reported on Congress, business, energy and economics out of Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C.

In 1982, Tumulty was awarded the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business and financial journalism, and, in 1993, she won the National Press Foundation Edwin Hood Award for diplomatic correspondence.

Tumulty is a native of San Antonio, Texas, where she began her career at the now-defunct San Antonio Light.

Tumulty holds a B.S. from the University of Texas-Austin and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is married to Paul Richter, who covers the State Department for the Los Angeles Times. They have two sons, Nicholas and Jack.

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Michael Turk
Vice President of Industry Grassroots, National Cable & Telecommunications Association

As Vice President of Industry Grassroots for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Michael Turk is working to build a robust grassroots activist base for the cable industry. Using experience gained in more than 10 years of campaign politics and Internet activism, Turk is employing traditional grassroots organizing and sophisticated web based tools to carry the cable industry’s message to Congress and state legislatures.

Before joining NCTA, Turk served spent 12 years in campaign politics. He has advised
three Presidential campaigns – Quayle 2000, Bush-Cheney ’04, and Fred Thompson 2008 - on technology and online activism, and has helped numerous state, local, and federal candidates get elected.

After serving as eCampaign Director for Bush-Cheney 04 and overseeing what was, at the time, the most sophisticated online campaign in history, Turk served as the eCampaign Director at the Republican National Committee overseeing the Internet operations and online activism for the Republican Party.

In his professional career, Turk has lived at the intersection of politics and technology - crossing from the political, to the commercial and into government. Beginning in 1994 with the creation of one of the first state party websites on the Internet, he has served as the e-Government Portfolio Manager for Government-to-Citizen projects at the Office of Management and Budget; redeployed the Department of Energy’s internet presence at energy.gov; and worked with Grassroots Enterprise - an Internet focused public affairs firm - as a technology and activism consultant.

Turk is also a prolific writer. He co-authors the cable industry’s blog on telecommunication policy at CableTechTalk.com, is a contributing author for TechPresident and the Personal Democracy Forum, and also maintains his own blog at www.KungFuQuip.com.

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Andrew Turner
geoCommons

Andrew Turner is the CTO at FortiusOne, the company behind GeoCommons, a geospatial visualization and analytics platform. Andrew is focused on collaboration and user-generated content around location and time. He is actively involved in open-data projects such as OpenStreetMap and VoteReport, as well as open-source projects like Mapstraction and GeoPress. He is a huge proponent of open-source software and geospatial standards to assist communities and organizations. Andrew wrote the O’Reilly shortcut “Introduction to Neogeography” and “Trends in Where2.0” business report in Spring 2008. He is also published in MacTech and Make magazine on his home-automation hacking.

Previously, Andrew was an aerospace engineer building airships, spacecraft and real-time immersive simulators. He received his B.S in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Virginia and his Masters from Virginia Tech.

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Jose Antonio Vargas
Washington Post

Jose Antonio Vargas is a reporter for the Washington Post, where he covers the intersection of politics and the Internet. Previously, he wrote about video game culture and race and demographics, among other topics, and his 2006 series on HIV/AIDS in Washington is now the subject of The Other City, a feature-length documentary film slated for release in 2010. He won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team that covered the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. He's also written for the Philadelphia Daily News and the San Francisco Chronicle, and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He once taught a class called "Storytelling 2.0" at Georgetown University and currently sits on the advisory board for the Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, housed at American University.

Find him on Facebook, Twitter andYouTube. E-mail him atjose@joseantoniovargas.com.

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Jim Walsh
Senior Vice President, Wired for Change

Jim Walsh is the senior vice president of Wired for Change, a technology firm that offers online campaign tools and development services to hundreds of Democratic campaigns and Progressive organizations via the Salsa platform. Throughout his career, Jim has worked for numerous candidates at the local, state, national level.

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David Weinberger
Berkman Center

Dr. David Weinberger writes about the effect of technology on our ideas. He is a co-author of "The Cluetrain Manifesto" and the author of "Small Pieces Loosely Joined." His latest book is "Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder." He writes the well-known blog Joho (www.JohoTheBlog.com). His work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, USA Today, Wired, Salon, The Guardian, Foreign Policy and many others. He is a commentator on National Public Radio and is a columnist for KMWorld and Il Sole 24 ore. He has been a strategic marketing consultant to startups and Fortune 500s, and was an Internet adviser to the Dean and Edwards presidential campaigns. He is a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society and has a Ph.D. in philosophy.

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Nicola Wells
Organizer, FAIR

Nicola Wells is an Organizer for FIRM, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement a national coalition of grassroots immigrant rights groups, a project of the Center for Community Change. Nicola focuses her work on organizing grassroots components of federal policy campaigns, as well as providing technical assistance to grassroots organizations including help with integrating social media into community organizing. Recently, Nicola has helped organize the Immigrant’s Rights Cellphone Action Network a national immigration action alert and news text message network. She is author of FIRM’s Online <--> Offline Organizing Cookbook, a resource tool on social media organizing for grassroots organizers. She is also the founder of Standing FIRM!, the blog of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement. Prior to coming to the Center, Nicola worked in Paris at the national headquarters of SOS-Racisme, one of the leading immigrant rights organizations in France. Nicola began working for immigrant rights as a volunteer at Casa del Migrantes in Tijuana, Mexico in 2002 and has since researched and organized on immigrants rights in Chicago, D.C., Philadelphia and Paris, France.

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Michael Wesch
Kansas State University

Dubbed "the explainer" by Wired magazine, Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the impact of new media on society and culture. After two years studying the impact of writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he has turned his attention to the effects of social media and digital technology on global society. His videos on culture, technology, education, and information have been viewed by millions, translated in over 15 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide. Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, and he was recently named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. He has also won several teaching awards, including the 2008 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities.

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Marcy Wheeler
Firedoglake.com

Marcy Wheeler blogs as “emptywheel” at the political blog Firedoglake.com and is the author of Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy. She’s best known for her pioneering coverage of the Scooter Libby trial. More recently, she has gained attention by scooping the traditional press on several key details of the Bush torture program.

For a PhD from the University of Michigan, Marcy studied the literary-journalistic “feuilleton.” The “feuilleton” was a key contributor the growth of the industrial newspaper in nineteenth and twentieth Europe and Latin America, but in some contexts also served as a medium for dissent. That research into the intersection between new technologies, markets, and democratic discussion greatly informs Marcy’s blogging.

Prior to moving to blogging full time in 2007, Marcy provided documentation and training consulting, most recently for five years with the auto industry.

Marcy is the 2009 winner of the Hillman Prize for blog journalism.

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Morley Winograd
Author, NDN Fellow

Morley Winograd is the executive director of the Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM) at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He is also the president and CEO of Morwin, Inc., a government reform consulting company. He served as senior policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore and director of the National Partnership for Reinventing Government (NPR) from December 1, 1997 until January 20, 2001. He is co-author of Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube, and the Future of American Politics (Rutgers University Press, 2008) and Taking Control: Politics in the Information Age. His lectures on the topic of technology's reshaping of America have won wide praise in forums as diverse as the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, Los Angeles' Town Hall, Harvard's JFK School of Government, and Bologna University's John Hopkins School of International Affairs.

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Deanna Zandt

Deanna Zandt is a media technologist and consultant to key progressive media organizations including AlterNet and Jim Hightower's Hightower Lowdown, and hosts TechGrrl Tips on GRITtv with Laura Flanders. She specializes in social media, and is a leading expert in women and technology. Zandt works with groups to create and implement effective web strategies toward organizational goals of civic engagement and empowerment, and uses her background in linguistics, advertising, telecommunications and finance to complement her technical expertise. She has spoken at a number of conferences, including the National Conference on Media Reform, Bioneers, America's Future Now (formerly "Take Back America,") Women Action & The Media, and provides beginner and advanced workshops both online and in person.

In January 2009, Deanna was chosen as a fellow for the Progressive Women's Voices program at the Women's Media Center. She also serves as a technology advisor to a number of organizations, including Feministing, The Girls & Boys Projects and Women Action & The Media.

In addition to her technology work, Deanna writes and illustrates graphic stories and comics, and volunteers with dog rescue organization Rat Terrier ResQ

http://www.deannazandt.com/

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Todd Ziegler
The Bivings Group

Todd Zeigler oversees all of the client work performed by the firm and plays a key role in all of TBG’s business and product development initiatives. In his time at The Bivings Group, Todd has managed online public relations and marketing campaigns for the firm’s biggest clients, including the American Petroleum Institute, Fred Thompson for President, Edison Electric Institute, the International Center for Journalists and the Pickens Plan. In working with these clients and others, Todd has developed ambitious e-advocacy programs and custom Internet applications, helped manage crisis and created and implemented online communities.

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Randi Zuckerberg
Facebook

Randi Zuckerberg manages marketing initiatives at Facebook, where she has led the company’s US election and international politics strategy, as well as pioneered several large media partnerships. Included in The Hollywood Reporter’s 2008 Digital Power List, Randi has led projects ranging from the ABC News/Facebook Presidential Debates to the CNN/Facebook Inauguration Day Partnership and Comcast’s Facebook Diaries. Most recently, Randi represented Facebook as a correspondent for CNN.com’s Inauguration Day and State of the Union live broadcasts.

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