PdF Conference 2010 | Speakers

Bill Adair
David All
David All

Marc Ambinder
Saul Anuzis
Philip Ashlock
Julian Assange
Amy Auerbach
Brian August
Bernard Avishai
Alisa Aydin
John Perry Barlow
Michael A. Bassik
Michael Beach
David Bennahum
Ben Berkowitz
Nick Bilton
Heather Blanchard
Mark Bonchek
Cory Booker
Art Brodsky
Aaron Brown
Matt Burton
Dan Cantor
Farai Chindeya
Aneesh Chopra
Jessica Clark
Samuel Coates
Lauren Coleman
Cheryl Contee
Marc Cooper
James Crabtree
Susan Crawford
Christopher Csikszentmihalyi
Anil Dash
Matt DeBergalis
Ken Deutsch
Chris diBona
Stacy Donohue
Esther Dyson
Joe Edelman
Daniel Ellsberg
Bob Ellsworth
Shayna Englin
Paul Everton
Allison Fine
Mindy Finn
James Fishkin
Natalie Foster
Vanessa Fox
Jascha Franklin-Hodge
Stan Freck
Nathan Freitas
Eric Frenchman
Debbie Galant
Cindy Gallop
Chris Gates
Julie Germany
Newt Gingrich
Taegan Goddard
Ken Goldberg
Scott Goodstein
Ryan Gravatt
Brendan Greeley
Adam Green
Peter Greenberger
Robert Greenberg
Steve Grove
Anupam Gupta
Jane Hamsher
Suzanne Hall
Katie Harbath
Scott Heiferman
Felipe Heusser
Heather Holdridge
Andrew Hoppin
Arianna Huffington
Ginny Hunt
Norman Jacknis
Barry Jackson
Jodi Jacobson
Jeff Jarvis
Clay Johnson
Jennifer Jones
Bente Kalsnes
Beth Kanter
Allyson Kapin
Kate Kaye
Andrew Keen
Josh Koster
Gwynne Kostin
Rob Kramer
JD Lasica
Kevin Lee
Josh Levy
Roberto Lovato
Alex Lundry
Chris Lundberg
Liz Mair
Michael Malbin
Jane Mansbridge
Jayson Manship
Richard Masterson
Alexis Matsui
Tom McCormick
Patrick Meier
Ari Melber
Susan Mernit
Ellen Miller
Zac Moffatt
Steve Moore
Evgeny Morozov
Markos Moulitsas
Craig Newmark
Phil Noble
Tim O'Reilly
Ory Orkolloh
Jen Pahlka
Michael Palmer
Eli Pariser
Andrew Rasiej
Tim Reid
Howard Rheingold
Jay Rosen
Scott Rosenberg
Patrick Ruffini
Tracy Russo
Shabbir Safdar
Kari Saratovsky
Jan Schaffer
Nancy Scola
Tom Serres
Clay Shirky
Jonah Sieger
Micah L. Sifry
Ravi Singh
Josh Silver
John Simms
Bryan Sivak
Alex Skatell
Mark Skidmore
Marc Smith
Katie Stanton
Rachel Sterne
Lisa Stone
Jed Sundwall
Stephanie Taylor
Benoit Thieulin
Jim Tisch
John Tolva
Mike Turk
Katrin Verclas
Fernanda Viegas
Jimmy Wales
Martin Wattenberg
David Weinberger
Conor White-Sullivan
Emily Williams
Erica Williams
Rob Willington
Nathan Woodhull
Jon Worth
Deanna Zandt
Barnett Zitron
Ethan Zuckerman

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Bill Adair
Creator and Editor of PolitiFact.com

Bill Adair is the creator and editor of PolitiFact.com, which won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2009. He also serves as the Washington Bureau Chief for the St. Petersburg Times. He's worked in Washington since 1997 and has covered Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, national politics and aviation safety. Adair is the author of "The Mystery of Flight 427: Inside a Crash Investigation," a behind-the-scenes account of how the National Transportation Safety Board solved one of the biggest mysteries in aviation. He is the winner of the Everett Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress and the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award. He lives in Arlington, Va. with his wife and three children.

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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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Marc Ambinder
Politics Editor of the Atlantic

Marc Ambinder is politics editor of the Atlantic and chief political consultant to CBS News. A multiplatform journalist since he began his career, Marc covers the intersection of politics and policy, national security and technology, and the presidency. He blogs 24/7; follow him on Twitter (@marcambinder).

At ABC News, he helped to found the influential “Note” and covered the 2004 presidential race from the road. At the Hotline, he started the nation’s first online-only reported political news blog, Hotline On Call. He is a contributing editor to National Journal, and his work has appeared in publications ranging from the New York Times to the Weekly Standard. Among other honors, he received a Dupont Silver Baton for his help producing Katie Couric’s influential interview with Sarah Palin in 2008. Marc is a 2001 graduate of Harvard College, an aviation buff, is addicted to police scanners, and he roots for New York sports teams. A multiplatform journalist for nine years, Marc Ambinder is politics editor of the Atlantic and chief political consultant to CBS News. Marc covers the intersection of politics and policy, national security and technology, and the presidency. At ABC News, he helped to found the influential “Note.” At the Hotline, he started the nation’s first online-only reported political news blog, Hotline On Call, and his award-winning politics blog at the Atlantic is considered an indispensible by senior White House officials, by politicians, policy-makers, political activists and interested Americans of all stripes. In 2009, he shared the Dupont Silver Baton awarded by Columbia University for his help producing Katie Couric’s influential interview with Sarah Palin He is a 2001 graduate of Harvard College.

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Saul Anuzis

Saul Anuzis served as Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party from 2005-2009 and was a candidate for Chairman of the Republican National Committee in 2009. His previous political and government service included working with Newt Gingrich at American Solutions, Jack Kemp’s 1988 Presidential campaign, serving as Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Dick Posthumus, Chairman of the MI Senate Republican Campaign Committee and serving on the MI House Republican Campaign Committee.

Anuzis was asked by RNC Chairman Michael Steele to head up the Transition Team on Technology and led the RNC's first Tech Summit during which over 7,000 activists from around the country participated online, via live video feeds or in person.

Most recently, the RNC created a new standing Committee on Technology and Anuzis was asked by Chairman Steele to not only serve on this committee but also serve as it's Chairman. Anuzis is the first non-RNC member to hold such a post. He also serves as a consultant the House Policy Committee chaired by Congressman Thaddeus McCotter.

Anuzis is co-founder and co-owner of Quick Connect VOIP, which is a broadband and VOIP provider in Michigan. He and his partner also own Quick Connect USA which is a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier providing local and long distance service to their customers. He serves as Chairman of both companies.

Anuzis also serves as a Managing Partner of Coast to Coast Strategies, LLC which provides strategic planning, consulting and business development services. He sits on the Advisory Board of several technology companies including BlueSwarm, Victory Solutions and RAP Index. He served on several non-profit boards as well as a Gubernatorial Appointee to the Michigan Jobs Commission and the Michigan Export Development Authority and a member of the Teamsters Union.

Saul Anuzis studied Economics at the University of Michigan in Dearborn. He is the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Lithuania. He and with wife of 24 years, Lina have 4 sons, enjoy skiing, scuba diving, their Harley and sailing.

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Philip Ashlock
Open Government Program Manager at OpenPlans

Phil is the Open Government Program Manager at OpenPlans, a non-profit organization that develops technology and media to improve civic services, urban livability, and local democracy. Phil's specific focus is to facilitate collaboration between cities on the development of open standards and best practices around open government initiatives. Recently Phil has been helping to direct and mediate the development of the Open311 standard so that cities can leverage web enabled 311 services in an open and interoperable way.

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Julian Assange

Born in Australia to a touring theatre family, Julian attended 37 schools and 6 universities. As a teenager he became Australia's most famous ethical computer hacker. Later, in the first prosecution of its type, he defended a case in the supreme court for his role as the editor of an activist electronic magazine. He was instrumental in introducing the internet to Australia and co-founded Australia's first free speech ISP. He also founded the 'Pickup' civil rights group for children. A prolific programmer and consultant for many open-source projects and his software software is used by most large organizations and is inside every Apple computer. He was the co-inventor of 'deniable cryptography' a system used protect human rights workers from torture. He studied mathematics, philosophy and neuroscience. He has broken stories in most major venues, travelled extensively and has been a subject of several books and documentaries. He is also the co-author of Underground published by Random House.

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Amy Auerbach

Amy Auerbach launched her professional career in the non-profit space before becoming a leader in the digital advertising industry. This combination of experience gives her a unique perspective on a variety of sales and marketing challenges for all types of clients.

For the past eleven years, Amy has led the digital media efforts for a distinguished list of clients at some of the best media agencies. Most recently SVP, Digital at Initiative Media, her contributions secured the digital media planning and buying of both Bayer Consumer Healthcare and The Home Depot, both long-term traditional clients who previously worked with other companies for their digital needs. Other digital leadership roles include stints at PHD, Media Contacts, and Euro RSCG managing clients including Discovery Communications, HBO, Chrysler, ING Direct, Vonage, Intel, Volvo, and New Balance. Amy’s success in the digital space is attributed to her strict focus on continuous improvement and excellence in client service. She has an unparalleled passion for industry growth, realizing the impact of digital media on all aspects of life and work. Amy co-founded “212,” New York’s online advertising club and served at its treasurer for three years. She frequently contributes to industry publications and serves on panels at industry conferences.

Before her advertising career, Amy worked in the non-profit sector coordinating the funding of health and human services in the Northeast Florida region for Jacksonville Community Council Inc as a community planner. She earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology from University of North Florida. Amy lives in downtown Manhattan with her husband Mike Raphone. She enjoys traveling, motorsports, and cooking.

You can find out more about Amy here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/amylinkedin

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Brian August

Brian August is the Director of Media and Content at Watchitoo http://Watchitoo.com/, a two-way multiple live streaming platform that allows users to collaborate in real time, while viewing a broad array of rich media. An attorney with more than 20 years of digital media experience, Brian has had an array of legal and strategic business roles with numerous internet technology and video start-ups. Previously, Brian was an in-house media attorney at NBC, SVP of Titan TV Media as well as the founder and President of Webster Hall Digital. In 2008, Brian created Event Horizons, a unique conference that explored the frontier of how video, mobile and social tools can be seamlessly integrated into live events.

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Bernard Avishai

Bernard Avishai is Adjunct Professor of Business at Hebrew University. Most recently, he was Visiting Professor at the Fuqua School of Business and Senior Fellow at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He is former Dean of the Raphael Recanati International School and Director of the Zell Entrepreneurship Program, at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.

Avishai has written widely on intellectual capital, business strategy, and on education and the corporation, in Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Strategy and Business, and other business publications. He is also the author of a comprehensive case study for Motorola University, Motorola in China: The Duties of the Global Economy, which traces the course of the company’s entry strategy in the PRC. He has written dozens of articles on politics and international affairs in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Harper's, Fortune, and many other publications. He is author of the entry on Knowledge Management in MBA in a Box (Joel Kurtzman, ed.) Most recently, he reviewed Paul Krugman’s, The Return of Depression Economics, for The Nation, and is working on the American auto industry following his cover story, “The Connected Car,” about the Chevy Volt’s networked ecosystem, in Inc. Magazine.

From 1986 to 1991, Avishai was strategy and technology editor of Harvard Business Review, where he brought to publication over 60 articles on quality management, technology strategy, and corporate learning. He was, from 1992 to 1996, the head of product development at Monitor Company, and from 1998 to 2001, the International Director of Intellectual Capital at KPMG LLP. He holds a Ph.D. in political economy from the University of Toronto, and has published three books on the political economy of Israel and the Middle East conflict, most recently, The Hebrew Republic: How Secular Democracy and Global Enterprise Will Bring Israel Peace At Last, (Harcourt, 2008). Avishai was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987 for his work on the writer Arthur Koestler, which has appeared in the New Yorker, Partisan Review, and Salmagundi. He blogs at TPM Café and bernard avishai dot com.

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Alisa Aydin

Alisa Aydin has held a number of positions in development, marketing and communications at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and currently serves as Managing Director of Direct & Interactive Marketing. A graduate of Yale University and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she lives in Manhattan.

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John Perry Barlow

John Perry Barlow has been writing and thinking about politics on the Internet since 1985 when, still a Wyoming rancher, he first jacked into it. He was raised in local Wyoming politics, where both his father and grandfather were presidents of the State Senate. He ran for the same same senate seat as a Republican and lost by only one vote despite being a freely confessed acidhead and songwriter for the Grateful Dead. He also served on various state and local boards.

He was, for some years, the Republican County Chairman in Sublette County, Wyoming, arguably one of the most conservative places in the non-Islamic world, and was Western Wyoming Campaign Coordinator for Dick Cheney during his first campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978.

In 1990, he co-founded, with Mitch Kapor and John Gilmore. the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization that defends freedom of expression and universal access to information. EFF has been at the forefront of preventing electronic voter fraud, electronic journalist's rights, development of anonymity servers to enable political expression under repressive regimes, and many other initiatives and legal cases aimed at empowering citizens. He served as its Vice Chairman for 20 years and remains a member of the EFF Board.

He was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School in 1997 and in 1998, was one of the co-founders of Harvard Law School's Berkman Center on Internet and Society, where he also served as a fellow.

He is the author of the Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace and is credited with having been the first person to apply that name to the social and political space created by digital telecommunications.

Mr. Barlow is the father of three grown daughters and lives in Mill Valley, California, Pinedale, Wyoming, and New York City.

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Michael A. Bassik

Senior Vice President Michael A. Bassik manages Global Strategy Group’s digital practice, delivering winning interactive marketing strategies to GSG’s political, non-profit and corporate clients. A frequent lecturer on emerging political and digital trends, Michael is the recipient of the first-ever joint award for Excellence in Digital Media from Yahoo! and the American Association of Political Consultants and has won over 90 industry awards on behalf of his corporate and political clients.

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Michael Beach
Founder of Targeted Victory

Targeted Victory is a leader in online advertising, mobile communications, social networking, and integrated data management for political candidates and causes.

Prior to joining Targeted Victory, he served as the National Victory Director for the Republican National Committee. In his role, Michael oversaw a 50-state voter turnout program for the 2007-08 election cycles.

Prior to that, he served as the Political Director for the Nevada Republican Party during the 2006 campaign cycle. Before joining the Nevada Republican Party, Michael was at the Ohio Republican Party during the 2004 campaign cycle in the 72 Hour Department.

He attended undergraduate at the Ohio State University where he earned a bachelors’ degree in both Economics and Political Science and is currently working on a master’s degree in Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University."

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David S. Bennahum
President and CEO of the American Independent News Network

David S. Bennahum is President and CEO of the American Independent News Network (AINN), which publishes a network of investigative news sites in six states and Washington D.C. (www.tainews.org). AINN reaches over 500,000 readers a month. Reporters with AINN have won over 40 awards for excellence in journalism. David’s career in new media began as a founding writer with Wired magazine in 1994. His reporting on the rise of the Internet and its impact on our culture was published in The New York Times, New York magazine, and The Economist. David’s business career included guiding online strategy for several Fortune 500 corporations and partnership in a New York-based private equity fund that invested in next generation wireless mobile services. He is a magna cum laude 1990 graduate of Harvard University.

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Ben Berkowitz
Co-Founder and CEO of SeeClickFix.com

Ben Berkowitz is a co-founder and CEO of SeeClickFix.com. He has created web tools for government, traditional media and social media that enhance
civic participation and sustainable communities. He has been featured in the New York Times and Business Week for the early success and adaption of SeeClickFix by local media and municipal governments. He remains active in his local Farmer's Market and the Upper State Street Association both of which he co-founded in New Haven, CT.

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Nick Bilton

Nick Bilton is the Lead Technology Writer/Reporter for The New York Times Bits Blog. He has a background in user interface, journalism, hardware hacking, research, data visualization, etc. etc.

Nick is currently working on a new book title I Live in the Future: & Here's How It Works The book will explore the effects our bite sized culture is having on our brains -- looking at key research taking place in neuroscience and memory labs around the world. He will also explore the new narrative that is being formed at unabridged speeds around us, and when we look 2 to 20 year out, how it will effect our culture, work and brains.

Nick has worked in numerous different industries within the context of design, research & development, technology and storytelling. He is currently the Design Integration Editor for The New York Times and the User Interface Specialist & Researcher for The New York Times Research & Development Lab working on a variety of research projects and exploring technologies that could become commonplace in the next 2-10 years. His work in the R&D Labs includes exploring and prototyping content and interaction on futuristic flexible digital displays, a vast array of mobile applications and devices,Times Reader 2.0 , Print-to-mobile SMS, Semacode integration, data visualization, content in the living room and context aware sensors. Nick is also the co-founder, with Michael Young, of Shifd.com, a startup within The New York Times that helps people shift content easily between multiple devices.

Outside of The Times, Nick helped co-found NYCResistor, a hacker space in Brooklyn which offers hardware and programming classes and allows people to collectively work on innovative open source hardware and robotics projects. Nick also is also an Adjunct Professor at NYU / ITP teaching a class called 1, 2, 10, & 'Sensors As Reporters'.

Prior to working at The Times, Nick worked in the film industry with Mirimax Films and the advertising & branding industry as a Creative Director... and although he is not proud of it, he designed the first Britney Spears doll.

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Heather Blanchard

Heather Blanchard is a co-founder of CrisisCommons, a global network of volunteers who use creative problem solving and open technologies to help people and communities in times and places of crisis. Before the Commons, Heather spent seven years at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As a public servant she helped launched the first Office of Public Liaison, was Deputy Director of the Ready Campaign. She built relationships and encouraged public-private partnerships with owners and operators of information communication technologies on such issues as cybersecurity, social media and crisis informatics. She has a deep knowledge of domestic incident response coordination and has supported several disasters including Hurricane Katrina, Midwest Floods and Hurricane Ike. She has contributed to several national policy documents including the National Response Framework and the National Disaster Recovery Framework. Ms. Blanchard received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Radford University. She also participated in Harvard University’s Leading in a Crisis program and Oxford University’s Comparative Law and Policy’s Summer Institute on Global Media and Technology Policy.

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Mark Bonchek

Mark Bonchek is the CEO of Truman Company, a specialist in collaborative communities that engage citizens, consumers, and leaders through innovation, learning, and social impact. As an entrepreneur and digital architect, Mark has played a central role in the creation of online and offline communities including the U.S. Department of Education’s Open Innovation Portal, the Economist.com online debates, and the IBM Center for CIO Leadership. Previously, Mark was the COO of TomorrowLab at McKinsey & Company and the Director of the Political Participation Project at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab. He is the co-author of the book Analyzing Politics and a Director of the Qindred Foundation. Mark holds an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University. His doctoral thesis, completed in 1997, predicted the rise of social media, citizen journalism, and the success of President Obama’s online campaign strategy.

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Cory Booker

The Honorable Cory A. Booker, 39, is the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. He took the oath of office as Mayor of New Jersey’s largest city on July 1, 2006 following a sweeping electoral victory.

Elected with a clear mandate for change, Mayor Booker has begun work on realizing a bold vision for the City. Newark’s mission is to set a national standard for urban transformation by marshalling its resources to achieve security, economic abundance and an environment that is nurturing and empowering for individuals and families.

Mid-way through his first term as Mayor, Mayor Booker and his Administration have made meaningful strides towards achieving the City’s mission. As of July 1, 2008, Newark, New Jersey led the nation among large cities for reductions in shootings and murders, achieving decreases of more than 40% reductions in both categories. Radical transformation of the Newark Police Department under Mayor Booker’s leadership, together with the deployment of over 100 surveillance cameras throughout City, has led to Newark setting the nationwide pace for crime reduction.

Among other recent notable achievements in the past two years, under Mayor Booker’s leadership, the City of Newark has committed to a $40 million transformation of the City’s parks and playgrounds through a ground-breaking public/private partnership. The Booker Administration has also doubled affordable housing production within the last two years.

Mayor Booker has also been instrumental in setting up model programs for returning ex-offenders and innovative programs dealing with at risk youth and empowering fathers to thrive in meeting their obligations.

Mayor Booker’s political career began in 1998, after serving as Staff Attorney for the Urban Justice Center in Newark. He rose to prominence as Newark’s Central Ward Councilman. During his four years of service from 1998-2002, then-Councilman Booker earned a reputation as a leader with innovative ideas and bold actions, from increasing security in public housing to building new playgrounds. This work was the foundation for his leadership as Mayor. For this work, he has been recognized in numerous publications, including, among others, Time, Esquire, New Jersey Monthly (naming him as one of New Jersey’s top 40 under 40), Black Enterprise (naming him to the Hot List, America’s Most Powerful Players under 40) and The New York Times Magazine.

Reflecting his commitment to education, Mayor Booker is a member of numerous boards and advisory committees including Democrats for Education Reform, Columbia University Teachers’ College Board of Trustees and the Black Alliance for Educational Options. Mayor Booker received his B. A. and M. A. from Stanford University, a B. A. in Modern History at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and completed his law degree at Yale University.

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Art Brodsky

Art Brodsky is communications director of Public Knowledge. He is a veteran of Washington, D.C. telecommunications and Internet journalism and public relations.

Art worked for 16 years with Communications Daily, a leading trade publication. He covered Congress through the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other major pieces of legislation. He also covered telephone regulation at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and at state regulatory commissions. In addition, he has covered the online industry since before there was an Internet, coming in just after videotext died but before the World Wide Web. Art was later an editor with Congressional Quarterly, with responsibilities for the daily and Web coverage of telecom, tech and other issues. In addition to writing for Public Knowledge’s blog, Art’s work also appears on Web sites such as Huffington Post and TPM cafe. He has written for publications as diverse as the Washington Post, TomPaine.com, World Tennis magazine and the World Book encyclopedia. He was also a commentator on the public radio program, Marketplace, and appeared on C-SPAN, MSNBC and other media outlets.

On the PR front, Art worked as communications director for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and for the Washington, D.C. office of Qwest Communications International.

Art graduated from the University of Maryland in December 1973 with High Honors and a degree in government and politics. He received an MSJ degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in June 1975. He and his wife, Liz, live in Olney, MD. They have two daughters.

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Aaron Brown
Senior Product Manager, Google

Aaron Brown, PhD is a senior product manager at Google, where he is responsible for product strategy for the Google Health initiative as well as for other projects within Google Research. Previously, Dr. Brown was a director at IBM, where he was most recently responsible for IBM's portfolio of information access, search, and text analytic software products and solutions. At IBM, Dr. Brown also held roles in strategic alliance development for IBM Software Group and as a research staff member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Dr. Brown has authored 4 patents and over 20 peer-reviewed papers. He received his PhD and MS in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an AB in Computer Science from Harvard College.

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Dan Cantor
Executive Director of the Working Families Party of New York

Dan Cantor is the Executive Director of the Working Families Party of New York, one of the 3 minor parties with official ballot status in New York State. The WFP is a community-labor party dedicated to advancing the interests and values of the middle-class, working-class and poor. The WFP operates under New York’s unusual “fusion” voting system that allows it to avoid the “wasted vote” and “spoiler” problems which otherwise plague third parties under the American “winner-take-all” system.

Since the WFP’s founding in 1998, the party has “cross-endorsed” or “fused” with nearly 5000 candidates running for local, state and federal office. In 2008, more than 210,000 New Yorkers voted on the WFP line. In terms of issues, the WFP has focused on wages, housing, health care and taxes. Among its policy successes were the $2.00 per hour increase in the minimum wage that passed in Albany in 2004, reform of the Rockefeller Drug laws, passage of the Fair Share Tax Reform Act, and the Green Jobs-Green NY Act of 2009."

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Matt Burton

Matthew Burton was an intelligence analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2003 to 2005. He is now a technology consultant to the U.S. Government. He also writes frequently on technology’s impact on democracy and government.

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Farai Chideya

Farai Chideya has combined media, technology, and social justice during her 20-year career as an award-winning author and journalist. Currently, she is developing a new public radio show and digital news project, Pop and Politics Radio. From 2006 to 2009, she hosted NPR’s News and Notes, a daily program about African-American issues. She is a contributor to radio and television outlets; and lectures on issues including race, politics, and digital media at corporations, universities and nonprofits. Previously she has worked for CNN, ABC News and Newsweek. She has won awards including a National Education Reporting Award and a special award from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association for coverage of AIDS.

She has written the novel Kiss the Sky; and three nonfiction books: Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters; The Color of Our Future; and Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans.

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Aneesh Chopra
United States Chief Technology Officer

Aneesh Chopra is the United States Chief Technology Officer and in this role serves as an Assistant to the President and Associate Director for Technology within the Office of Science & Technology Policy. He works to advance the President’s technology agenda by fostering new ideas and encouraging government-wide coordination to help the country meet its goals from job creation, to reducing health care costs, to protecting the homeland. He was sworn in on May 22nd, 2009. Prior to his appointment, he served as Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia from January 2006 until April 2009. He previously served as Managing Director with the Advisory Board Company, a publicly-traded healthcare think tank.

Chopra was named to Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and
Drivers issue in 2008. Aneesh Chopra received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and his M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School. He and his wife Rohini have two young children.

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Jessica Clark

Jessica Clark directs the Center for Social Media’s Future of Public Media project, and is a Scholar in Residence at American University’s School of Communication. The co-author of Beyond the Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media, (The New Press, 2010), she is a Knight Media Policy Fellow at the New America Foundation.
Over the past few years, Jessica has worked on a series of research projects examining the shifting media ecology, including reports on best practices in digital journalism for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the prospects for news within public broadcasting for Harvard’s Berkman Center, and the role of new media in youth civic engagement for University of London’s Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media. She regularly contributes articles on media and culture to PBS MediaShift and The American Prospect.

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Samuel Coates

Samuel Coates left university half-way through to take up his first full-time political job - as a UK Conservative blogger. As Deputy Editor of the popular ConservativeHome.com site he was at the forefront of developing online politics in the UK.

Samuel later left the blogosphere to work for Conservative Party leader (and now Prime Minister) David Cameron as a speechwriter. With the 2010 General Election on the horizon he then took up a role in the party's headquarters, co-ordinating various elements of its online campaigning and communications.

He has a strong interest in the development of civil society - and how the internet can be a catalyst for that. He is also working on an English version of "Le guide de l'influence" - a practical guide to handling real-time information, and integrating traditional media with new media.

You can follow Samuel on Twitter here http://www.twitter.com/samuelcoates.

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Lauren Coleman

Lauren DeLisa Coleman is CEO of Punch Media Group (PMG), a firm specializing in reach the 18-34 demographic across online and mobile phone platforms. PMG's forte is helping businesses fold social media and live online experiences into mobile and offline in order to create fully integrated conversations.

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Cheryl Contee

Cheryl Contee, Partner at Fission Strategy, specializes in helping non-profit organizations and foundations use social media to create 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. Cheryl is included in The Root 100 list of established and emerging African-American leaders. Fast Company has named her one of their 2010 Most Influential Women in Tech. She has over 13 years of award-winning interactive expertise and previously served as Vice President and lead digital strategist for Fleishman-Hillard’s West Coast region in San Francisco. Cheryl has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Magazine, BBC, and CNN, among other media appearances. She is also proud to serve on several boards and advisory committees: Netroots Nation, BlogHer, Blogging While Brown, Applied Research Center, and CommonGoods.Net. She received her B.A. from Yale University and has an International Executive M.B.A. from Georgetown University. In her spare time, Ms. Contee enjoys hiking, yoga, movies and tai chi sword.

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Marc Cooper
Journalist and Author

Award-winning journalist and author Marc Cooper has reported on politics and culture from across the country and around the world for 35 years. His work has appeared in outlets ranging from The Atlantic, Harpers and The Los Angeles Times to The Nation, Village Voice, Playboy and dozens of other publications. Marc has produced and reported documentaries for Christian Science Monitor Reports, CBS News and PBS Frontline. For 10 years he served as host and executive producer of the nationally syndicated Radio Nation. He is a former Senior Editor at The Huffington Post and was editorial coordinator of the HuffPost's innovative OffThe Bus Campaign '08 citizen reporting project. Marc is the author of three non-fiction books including the L.A. Times best-seller "Pinochet and Me." He is currently an Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Annenberg Digital News at the USC Annenberg School.

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James Crabtree
Writer, and MySociety.org Trustee

James Crabtree is journalist and technology evangelist. He is current an editor and essayist at Prospect, Britain's leading monthly magazine of politics and ideas, although he will shortly take up a new position as the Comment Editor of the Financial Times. Outside of journalism, James is also a trustee of the charity mySociety.org, the UK's leading creator of civic engagement and political transparency websites. Before returning to journalism, James worked in the British government (as a policy advisor at the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit), and has advised politicians of all parties on technology policy. Before that he was a director at the think tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research, and also spent a number of years living in the United States, first as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University, and as senior policy advisor at the New Democrat Network, another think tank. As a writer, James has worked the Economist, while his articles have appeared in Wired (where in March 2010 he published a major article on David Cameron and the "digital conservative party"), the Financial Times, the Guardian, The American Prospect, and others.

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Susan Crawford

Susan Crawford joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School on July 1, 2008. She then left to co-lead the FCC Agency Review team for the Obama-Biden transition (11/08-1/09), and served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009). She rejoined the Michigan faculty in January 2010. As an academic, she teaches internet law and communications law. She was a member of the board of directors of ICANN from 2005-2008 and is the founder of OneWebDay, a global Earth Day for the internet that takes place each Sept. 22. Ms. Crawford received her B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and J.D. from Yale University. She served as a clerk for Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (Washington, D.C.) until the end of 2002, when she left that firm to enter the legal academy. Susan, a violist, also lives in New York City.

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Christopher Csikszentmihalyi

Chris Csikszentmihályi cofounded and directs the MIT Center for Future Civic Media (C4). C4 works to develop social and technical systems that allow communities to research and reflect on their condition, and to take action in their interests. He also founded the MIT Media Lab's Computing Culture group, which creates unique media technologies for cultural and political applications. Trained as an artist, he has worked in the intersection of new technologies, media, activism, and the arts for 16 years, lecturing, showing new media work, and presenting installations on five continents and one subcontinent. He was a 2005 Rockefeller New Media Fellow, and a 2007-2008 fellow at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and has taught at the University of California at San Diego, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and at Turku University.

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Anil Dash

Anil Dash is a pioneering technologist and blogger whose site at Dashes.com began in 1999 as one of the earliest and most influential blogs on the Internet. Dash is the founding Director of Expert Labs, an independent non-profit which creates new web technologies to help policy makers in the White House and the rest of the Federal Government tap into the expertise of the public. Dash is also the first partner in Activate, the new consulting firm that advises companies at the intersection of media, entertainment and technology.

Prior to these positions, Dash was Chief Evangelist at Six Apart Ltd, where he joined as the first employee at the world's leading blogging company, and that work was proceeded by roles in the newspaper and music industries.

He is a recognized expert on web technology, web culture and the software industry. A frequent public speaker, Dash has delivered keynote presentations around the world about the future of social communication online, the relationship between social and traditional media, and the evolution of social web technologies for government, science and culture.

Dash is regularly featured on television, radio, print and blogs including the Washington Post, Wired, MSNBC, CNN, ABC News, the BBC and NPR. His personal blog's role in popularizing web culture has been recognized in venues ranging from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to the Houston Chronicle, which labeled him a "legendary blogger". Dash has published over half a million words in the first decade of his blog's existence, earning a place as one of the top ten most influential people in New York City from NowPublic in 2008 and being named the second most media-connected person in technology by Forbes in 2010. Dash has had his works showcased in museums including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and he has been addressed institutions around the world including UC Berkeley, Columbia, Princeton and New York University. He is also a member of the advisory board for the Web 2.0 conference in New York City, and is a United Nations Social Media Envoy in the effort to control malaria.

Dash lives in New York City with his wife Alaina Browne, general manager of esteemed food community Serious Eats. Dash's personal blog can be found online at dashes.com and on nearly every social network as "anildash".

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Matt Debergalis

Matt DeBergalis is the Chairman and Founder of ActBlue. Matt founded
ActBlue in 2004 to leverage Democratic activists as effective political
evangelists in their communities on- and off-line. ActBlue has raised
over $120 million dollars, powering netroots fundraising at all levels
of the ballot. Now the nation's largest source of funds for Democratic
campaigns and organizations, ActBlue represents an alternative vision
for grassroots funded politics. Featured in the New York Times for his
innovative political work, Matt manages ActBlue's core technology
infrastructure. Matt holds M.Eng. and S.B degrees from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Ken Deutsch
Director of Strategic Services and Partnerships at 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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Chris diBona
Open Source and Public Sector Programs Manager,Google.

Chris DiBona is the open source and public sector programs manager at Mountain View, Ca. based Google. His team oversees license compliance and supports the open source developer community through programs such as the Google Summer of Code and through the release of open source software projects and patches. In the public sector space, he looks after Google Moderator, the polling locations API. Additionally, he is on the board of Our Good Works, a non-profit that looks after the volunteer matching website Allforgood.org.

Mr. DiBona is an internationally known advocate of open source software and related methodologies. He occasionally appears on the This Week in Tech and Cranky Geeks podcasts. He is a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management and has a masters in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, he serves on the advisory board of imeem, a San Francisco, Ca. based social networking firm.

Before joining Google, Mr. DiBona was an editor and author for the website Slashdot.org . Additionally, he coedited the award-winning essay compilations "Open Sources" and "Open Sources 2.0" and writes for several publications. He was the host of Floss Weekly with Leo Laporte and made a number of appearances on TechTV's "The Screensavers."

His personal blog can be found at http://dibona.com and he can be reached via email via chris@dibona.com

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Stacy Donohue

Stacy brings broad technology, strategy and financial expertise to ON’s Media, Markets & Transparency initiative, leading the Government Transparency investment area. In this role, Stacy works to encourage accountability and effectiveness in government by increasing people’s access to credible information about government activities and money in politics. Stacy also makes investments across all investment areas within Media, Markets & Transparency.

Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Stacy spent nine years at Hewlett-Packard in senior roles spanning strategy, corporate development, and merger and acquisition transactions. Previously, Stacy was a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group, where she provided analysis and consulting for clients across multiple industries from health care to financial services. Stacy began her career as an Associate in Corporate Finance at JPMorgan Chase & Co. She received an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School, an MA in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA from Yale University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

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Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson is chairman of EDventure Holdings and is an active angel investor. She worked on the Harvard Crimson during her college years and began her serious career as a fact-checker for Forbes Magazine. There she learned about business and also learned the value of accountability and disclosure. Currently, she sits on the boards of Meetup (where she keeps an office), 23andMe, Airship Ventures, Eventful, Evernote, NewspaperDirect, WPP Group and Yandex (Russia). Her investments/advisory seats include Factual, FluidInfo, IBS Group (Russia), Icon Aircraft (light sport aircraft), Keas, LiveJournal (Russia), PatientsLikeMe, Space Adventures and Xcor Aerospace (rockets).

Dyson is also a member of the NASA Advisory Council and chairman of its Technology and Innovation Committee. From October 2008 to March 2009, she trained as a cosmonaut in Star City outside Moscow.

Finally, Dyson is a director of the Sunlight Foundation, dedicated to transparency in government, and StopBadware, dedicated to the eradication of malware.

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Joe Edelman

Joe Edelman is Founder and CEO of Citizen Logistics, a startup which focuses on use of mobile technology to coordinate real-world interaction and community engagement. In this capacity, he works out the implications of mobile technology for social capital formation, for resource sharing, and for event coordination. Before starting Citizen Logistics, Edelman was instrumental in scaling CouchSurfing.com from 100,000 members to more than a million members, and in designing the trust and reputation metrics and rules involved. CouchSurfing connects 180 people per hour with a stranger and a place to stay, and has led to more than 4 million real-world positive experiences between strangers, and 100,000 close friendships.

He is passionate about using the web and mobile devices to create community, build friendships, and bring people together in the real world, and this passion has brought him from stunt groups like ImprovEverywhere to disaster relief operations to alternative schools. In fifteen years of work with research labs and internet startups, including research work at the MIT Artificial Intelligence lab, Paul Allen's Interval Research, and a research faculty position at Dartmouth College, Edelman has remained focused on the problems of the real-time, real-world web, and the use of computational tools to navigate continuous data sources.

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Daniel Ellsberg

Daniel Ellsberg was born in Detroit in 1931. After graduating from Harvard in 1952 with a B.A. summa cum laude in Economics, he studied for a year at King’s College, Cambridge University, on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. Between 1954 and 1957, Ellsberg spent three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as rifle platoon leader, operations officer, and rifle company commander.

From 1957-59 he was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows, Harvard University. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard in 1962 with his thesis, Risk, Ambiguity and Decision. His research leading up to this dissertation—in particular his work on what has become known as the “Ellsberg Paradox,” first published in an article entitled Risk, Ambiguity and the Savage Axioms—is widely considered a landmark in decision theory and behavioral economics.

In 1959, Ellsberg became a strategic analyst at the RAND Corporation, and consultant to the Defense Department and the White House, specializing in problems of the command and control of nuclear weapons, nuclear war plans, and crisis decision-making. In 1961 he drafted the guidance from Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the operational plans for general nuclear war. He was a member of two of the three working groups reporting to the Executive Committee of the National Security Council (EXCOM) during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

Ellsberg joined the Defense Department in 1964 as Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs) John McNaughton, working on the escalation of the war in Vietnam. He transferred to the State Department in 1965 to serve two years at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, evaluating pacification in the field.

On return to the RAND Corporation in 1967, Ellsberg worked on the top secret McNamara study of U.S. Decision-making in Vietnam, 1945-68, which later came to be known as the Pentagon Papers. In 1969, he photocopied the 7,000 page study and gave it to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; in 1971 he gave it to the New York Times, the Washington Post and 17 other newspapers. His trial, on twelve felony counts posing a possible sentence of 115 years, was dismissed in 1973 on grounds of governmental misconduct against him, which led to the convictions of several White House aides and figured in the impeachment proceedings against President Nixon.

Ellsberg is the author of three books: Papers on the War (1971), Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers (2002), and Risk, Ambiguity and Decision (2001). In December 2006 he was awarded the 2006 Right Livelihood Award, known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” in Stockholm, Sweden, “. . for putting peace and truth first, at considerable personal risk, and dedicating his life to inspiring others to follow his example.”

Since the end of the Vietnam War, Ellsberg has been a lecturer, writer and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era, wrongful U.S. interventions and the urgent need for patriotic whistleblowing.He is a Senior Fellow of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

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Bob Ellsworth
Senior Technical Fellow, RNC

Bob Ellsworth brings his extensive technical and managerial experience to the RNC as its Senior Technical Fellow. In this position, architected the new RNC digital platform and coordinated the integration of multiple best-in-class vendors. He provides leadership in managing development of online tools for digital marketing, social connecting, activism, learning, and fundraising. He oversees the internal developers, project staff, and vendors involved in reshaping the technology platform for an organization founded in 1854 that is the major force in outreach to over half of the country.

Bob has considerable experience in the tech side of the political and non-profit sector, including: founding eContributor, one of the first (1998) online giving/marketing platforms that powered Bush 2000, the RNC, DCCC, and a number of Senatorial and Congressional campaigns as well as portals such as Voter.com and Speakout.com; first hire and COO for Network for Good, the world’s largest online giving portal; Director of Corporate Philanthropy Systems for Kintera (now Blackbaud); and founder of Charitech, a consultancy specializing in social technologies for major nonprofits, including American heart Association, Christopher Reeve Foundation, Heart and Stroke (Canada), and Charity Aid Foundation (UK.)

In addition, Bob currently holds two U.S. Patents for commercial electronic products and has five patents pending for various software business processes in the gaming and consumer Internet sector. None of that matters for his favorite job – dad to Claire, who, at 4, is more partial to her iTouch than her dad.

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Shayna Englin
Principal of Englin Consulting, LLC

Shayna Englin puts her experience identifying and mobilizing supporters online and offline to work for progressive non-profits, causes, and political candidates.

From her roots in Colorado as an organizer for Colorado NARAL, to her role as Fundraising Practice Manager at Mindshare Interactive Campaigns (now Verilion), to her leadership as Program and Political Director at the Women’s Campaign Forum, Shayna has been on the cutting edge in producing innovative and effective plans, programs, and materials that yield results: dollars raised, votes won, and policy changed.

Shayna earned a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and teaches graduate classes in strategy and communications at Georgetown University and at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.

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Paul Everton
CEO, Visible Vote

Paul Everton is CEO and Founder of Visible Vote for which he was recently honored as a top innovator at the Chicago Innovation Awards. He has over 18 years of experience in Information Technology, Programming Techniques, Network and Infrastructure design, and business development.

Everton developed Visible Vote in 2009 to help strengthen the pipeline between people and their legislators. Before that, he developed complex network architecture designs for Fortune 100 clients while working for a San Francisco-based firm. He began his career designing Security infrastructures for nation’s most secure government organizations.

Everton is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a specialization in network security and cryptography techniques. He currently resides in Chicago.

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Allison Fine

Allison is the author of the award-winning book Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age (Wiley & Sons, 2006). Her new book, The Networked Nonprofit, co-authored with Beth Kanter, will be published by Wiley & Sons in June 2010.

She is a Senior Fellow on the Democracy Team at Demos: A Network for Change and Action in New York City. In 2008, she published a paper on young people and activism commissioned by the Case Foundation call Social Citizensbeta, and edited a collection of essays, Rebooting America, about 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.

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Mindy Finn

Mindy Finn, a Republican political strategist, has dedicated her career to citizen-powered politics in the digital age. Finn and Patrick Ruffini head Engage, a leading digital strategy firm, where they have worked on some of the toughest battles in recent political history.

Engage worked on Senator Scott Brown’s landmark victory in Massachusetts, managed Governor Bob McDonnell’s online campaign in Virginia and ran online advocacy efforts for the Republican Governors Association in the New Jersey Governor’s race. They currently work on over a dozen electoral, issue advocacy efforts, and corporate public affairs campaigns.

Additionally, they own iContribute, a grassroots fundraising marketing platform for politics.

In the 2008 cycle, Finn served as the Director of "e"Strategy for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Through her team's efforts, the campaign was recognized for such innovative efforts as Sign Up America!, MittTV, the Create Your Own Ad contest, and the Five Brothers' Blog.

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 frequently on TV and radio speaking about her work, including on Hardball, CNN, C-SPAN, PBS and NPR.

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!

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James S. Fishkin
Director, Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University

James S. Fishkin directs the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University where he teaches Communication and Political Science. He holds the Janet M. Peck Chair in International Communication at Stanford and is Chair of the Dept of Communication. He is the author most recently of When the People Speak: Deliberative Democracy and Public Consultation (Oxford University Press, 2009) as well as a number of earlier books including Democracy and Deliberation (Yale University Press 1991) and The Voice of the People (Yale University Press, 1995) and (with Bruce Ackerman) Deliberation Day (Yale University Press 2004). His Deliberative Polling® projects have provided a new method of public consultation in countries around the world ranging from the US and Canada to Britain, Italy, Bulgaria, Australia, Hungary, Poland, Brazil, Argentina, China, Thailand, Northern Ireland, Denmark and European wide for the entire EU. More details can be found at the Center for Deliberative Democracy site http://cdd.stanford.edu.

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Natalie Foster
New Media Director for the Democratic National Committee and Organizing for America

Natalie Foster is the New Media Director for the Democratic National Committee and Organizing for America, the official grassroots fighting force backing up the President’s agenda. With a 50-state staff and grassroots network of millions of supporters, OFA and the DNC combine cutting edge field-based organizing and online mobilization to help ordinary Americans create real and lasting change.

Prior to the DNC, Natalie built and directed the Sierra Club’s Online Organizing department, designed to bridge the online, communications, and field organizing at the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental group. Previously, Natalie was Deputy Organizing Director for MoveOn.org, where she developed and ran online to offline actions, and helped build a volunteer-led action network around the country. She's organized on progressive issues for nine years.

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Vanessa Fox

Vanessa Fox, called a “cyberspace visionary” by Seattle Business Monthly, is an expert in understanding customer acquisition from organic search. She shares her perspective on how this impacts marketing and user experience at ninebyblue.com and provides authoritative search-friendly design patterns for developers at janeandrobot.com. She’s also an entrepreneur-in-residence with Ignition Partners, Contributing Editor at Search Engine Land, and host of the weekly podcast Office Hours. She previously created Google’s Webmaster Central, which provides both tools and community to help website owners improve their sites to gain more customers from search and was instrumental in the sitemaps.org alliance of Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft Live Search. She was named one of Seattle’s 2008 top 25 innovators and entrepreneurs. Her book, Marketing in the Age of Google, provides a blueprint for incorporating search strategy into organizations of all levels.

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Jascha Franklin-Hodge

A Blue State Digital founding partner, Jascha brings more than a decade's experience in software development in the corporate, nonprofit, and political spheres to his role as BSD's Chief Technology Officer. He manages the company's technology staff and operations out of BSD's technology center near downtown Boston, including our infrastructure, the maintenance and enhancement of the BSD Online Tools, and our technology client services.

For Gov. Howard Dean's groundbreaking 2004 presidential campaign, Jascha led the technology team responsible for scaling, securing, and maintaining a high-visibility, high-traffic Web site, which received praise from both the political and tech communities for its usability, reliability, and depth of functionality.

Jascha studied computer science at MIT, and lives in Boston.

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Stan Freck

Stan Freck is the director of Cloud Computing for Microsoft’s US Public Sector organization. In his current position at Microsoft, Freck is focused on integrating the company’s cloud computing strategy with its traditional on-premises business for customers in the Federal government, State & Local governments, education, and healthcare. Stan has over 25 years of industry experience, with the last 13 at Microsoft, following over a decade at BDM International (now part of Northrup-Grumman). During his career, Stan has led US and international organizations within engineering, marketing, and sales and has held senior leadership roles for teams including Microsoft.com, Microsoft Southeast Asia, Microsoft Online, and now Microsoft US Public Sector.

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Nathan Freitas
New York State Senate, Office of the CIO

Nathan Freitas has been writing code since he was eight and hasn’t stopped looking for problems to solve ever since. A lifelong mobile technology enthusiast, his career has included work on DARPA-funded research projects, popular consumer products, award-winning digital art pieces and groundbreaking technology for activism. Mr. Freitas also recently designed and taught a new graduate course entitled “Social Activism using Mobile Technology” at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication Program. He works as a member of the NY State Senate’s CIO Office focused on open services and mobile applications.

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Eric Frenchman

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:http://www.ericfrenchman.com

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Debbie Galant
Editor-in-Chief, Baristanet.com

Debbie Galant is founder and editor-in-chief of Baristanet.com, which was named the best placeblog in America in 2007. Before that she was Jersey columnist for The New York Times. Galant is also the author of three novels, the latest being "Cars from a Marriage.

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Cindy Gallop

Cindy Gallop's background is brandbuilding, marketing and advertising - she started up the US office of ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York in 1998 and in 2003 was named Advertising Woman of the Year. She is the founder and CEO of www.IfWeRanTheWorld.com, a radically simple web platform designed to help change the world one microaction at a time, which launched in beta with a demo at TED 2010, and of www.makelovenotporn.com, launched at TED 2009. She acts as board advisor to a number of tech startups and consults, describing her consultancy approach as 'I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.'

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Chris Gates

Chris Gates is the first Executive Director of PACE, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement. PACE is a philanthropic learning collaborative and was founded in 2005 to bring more philanthropic attention to the issues of democratic practice and civic engagement, and to encourage more members of the philanthropic community to make these areas a part of their funding priorities. In this role Gates works with both large and small foundations across the country to help them further their work in this field. He also speaks extensively around the country and around the world on many aspects of civic engagement, including civic education, leadership training, community problem solving, political reform and democratic renewal.

He previously served for eleven years as President of the National Civic League, a national, non-profit organization with offices in Denver and Washington, D.C. The National Civic League is the United States’ oldest good government organization, founded 115 years ago by Teddy Roosevelt, and focuses on revitalizing America’s democracy at the local level. Before serving as President, Gates served for eight years as Vice President of NCL.

Prior to his work with the National Civic League, Gates ran a consulting practice that worked with both communities and corporations to help them deal with issues of change. These strategic planning efforts helped his clients better align their practice and structure with their goals and aspirations. Prior to that he served as the Communications Director of the Piton Foundation and as a speechwriter and policy aide to then Colorado Governor Richard Lamm.

Gates is currently a member of the board of the California Center for Civic Renewal and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He has previously served on the boards of the Council for the Advancement of Citizenship and INDEPENDENT SECTOR. He has also served as co-chair of the board of the Civic Practices Network and co-chair of the Saguaro Seminar, a research project organized by Robert Putnam and based at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government working to find ways to build social capital in America.

Gates is also active in his community, where he is the founder and Chair of the Colorado Institute for Leadership Training, a former board member of Leadership Denver, and a member of Denver’s City Club. He is a regular instructor at the University of Denver’s Leadership Program, the University of Colorado’s Graduate School of Public Affairs, Leadership Denver, and Roaring Fork Leadership. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Denver Zoo.

Chris is a Colorado native who graduated from Fairview High School in Boulder. He received an honors degree in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, where he studied the interaction between the public and private sectors. He also studied political economics at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England on a Rotary Scholarship. In addition, Gates was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law degree by Elizabethtown College in 2006.

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Julie Germany

Julie Barko Germany is the Vice President Digital Strategy at DCI Group. She previously served as the director of the Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet and director of marketing and communications for The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.

Julie is the principal author and editor of several publications, including Constituent Relationship Management for State Legislators; Best Practices for Political Advertising Online; Constituent Relationship Management: The New Little Black Book of Politics; and Person-to-Person-to-Person: Harnessing the Political Power of Online Social Networks and User-Generated Content; The Politics-to-Go-Handbook: A Guide to Using Mobile Technology in Politics; and The Political Consultants’ Online Fundraising Primer. She co-authored Putting Online Influentials to Work for Your Campaign, and she has authored chapters in The Routledge Handbook of Political Management; Campaigning for President 2008: Strategy and Tactics, New Voices and New Techniques; Voting in America; and Rebooting America. She has appeared in national and international newspapers, magazines, and media, including MSNBC, C-SPAN, Fox News, CBS, and NBC. In 2008 Julie was honored as a Rising Star by Campaigns and Elections’ Politics Magazine.

She worked as a writer, editor and program manager for international initiatives in Korea, Ukraine, Haiti and the United States. Julie is a founding board member of Young Champions, a non-profit that addresses youth health issues, and a founder of Mobile Monday DC, the local chapter of an international community of mobile technology experts and enthusiasts.

As an undergraduate, she studied Literature, Philosophy and Classics at Messiah College. Julie also studied at Keble College, Oxford University. She was a Pew Younger Scholar of Literature at the University of Notre Dame. She received an M.A. from The George Washington University, where she was a University Fellow.

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Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich, was the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999.
He is chairman of the Gingrich Group, a communications and consulting firm that specializes in transformational change, with offices in Atlanta and Washington. He serves as general chairman of American Solutions for Winning the Future (www.americansolutions.com), is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. and is an honorary chairman of the NanoBusiness Alliance. Gingrich is also a news and political analyst for the Fox News Channel.

Gingrich was first elected to Congress in 1978 where he served the 6th District of Georgia for twenty years. In 1995, he was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served until 1999. The Washington Times has called him “the indispensable leader” and Time magazine, in naming him Man of the Year for 1995, said, “Leaders make things possible. Exceptional leaders make them inevitable. Newt Gingrich belongs in the category of the exceptional.”

His experiences as the son of a career soldier convinced him at an early age to dedicate his life to his country and to the protection of freedom. He received his bachelor’s degree from Emory University and master’s and doctorate in Modern European History from Tulane University . Before his election to Congress, he taught history and environmental studies at West Georgia College for eight years.

He resides in Virginia with his wife, Callista. The Gingrich family includes two daughters, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren.

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Taegan Goddard
Founder and Publisher, Political Wire

Taegan D. Goddard is the founder and publisher of Political Wire, one of the earliest and most influential political web sites. Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.

Goddard is also co-author of You Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country, including the Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Christian Science Monitor.

Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.

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Ken Goldberg

Ken Goldberg is craiglist Distinguished Chair in New Media and Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, with secondary appointments in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and in the School of Information. He's Director of the Berkeley Center for New Media. Goldberg received a PhD in Computer Science from CMU in 1990 and studied at the University of Pennsylvania, Edinburgh University, and the Technion. From 1991-95 he taught at the University of Southern California, and in Fall 2000 was visiting faculty at MIT Media Lab. Goldberg directs the Berkeley Laboratory for Automation Science and Engineering where he and his students pursue research in robotics and geometric algorithms Goldberg and his students have published over 150 refereed research papers and edited four books. In 2004, Goldberg co-founded the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering and served as Founding Chair of its Advisory Board. Goldberg was named National Science Foundation Young Investigator in 1994 and NSF/Whitehouse Presidential Faculty Fellow in 1995. Goldberg was elected to two terms as Vice-President of Technical Activities for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He is the recipient of the Joseph Engelberger Award (2000), the IEEE Major Educational Innovation Award (2001) and was elected IEEE Fellow in 2005.

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Scott Goodstein

Scott Goodstein – Founder of Revolution Messaging, LLC 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. For more info visit http://revolutionmessaging.com or follow his team on Twitter: (@REVMSG).

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Ryan Gravatt

Ryan Gravatt speaks politics and technology, and he speaks both in plain english. Mr. Gravatt is an online strategist who specializes in using Web sites, e-mail and search engines to drive a message to an audience to encourage activity and engagement. Mr. Gravatt is recognized as an expert in developing online strategies for political campaigns, issue advocacy and grassroots-mobilization planning. His clients use Web sites and e-mail messaging for elections, crisis communications, public affairs advocacy, outreach to grassroots supporters or for earned media.

Mr. Gravatt first worked in politics and public affairs as a newspaper reporter. He worked in Tallahassee, Florida for the Florida Times-Union as a capitol reporter covering higher education, banking and finance regulation, and environmental legislation. He also wrote for the internationally syndicated Scripps-Howard News Service, in Washington, D.C., where he covered Congressional action. After the stint in the nation's Capitol, the Birmingham Post-Herald hired Gravatt to be its bureau chief in Montgomery where he covered politics, elections, banking and finance regulations, energy issues, legislative sessions and national news occurring in Alabama. In 2000, the Alabama Associated Press Editors awarded Gravatt for his superior coverage of the indictments of the suspects in the 1963 bombing of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. These experiences in newsrooms and in the halls of capitols give him a unique perspective on public affairs communications."

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Brendan Greeley

Brendan Greeley is the technology and policy correspondent for The Economist, before which edited that paper's multimedia section. From 2005 to 2007 he was the blogger-in-chief for the public radio show Open Source, which served as a model for the integration of web and broadcast. His freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal Europe, the Los Angeles Times and on American public radio. Brendan lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife, two daughters and a Labrador retriever that lives for cheese.

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Adam Green

Adam Green is co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (BoldProgressives.org ), a 400,000-member grassroots online organization that helps elect bold progressive members of Congress and advocate on progressive policy issues.

For four years, he worked as Director of Strategic Campaigns and Civic Communications Director for MoveOn.org.He also blogs on sites such as HuffingtonPost.com, DailyKos.com, and OpenLeft.com -- where he has written repeatedly about good online organizing having a "theory of change."

Previously, Adam served as the Democratic National Committee’s press secretary in Oregon for the 2004 presidential campaign and communications director for the New Jersey Democratic Party in 2003 and 2004. Adam is a graduate of GWU’s political communication program -- where he now teaches a course on Internet & Politics -- and received his law degree from the University of Virginia.

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Robert Greenberg
CEO of G&H International Services Inc.

Robert Greenberg is founder and Chief Executive Officer of G&H International Services Inc., a Washington D.C. based consulting firm that provides services to enhance the safety and security of communities across the nation. In particular Mr. Greenberg works with the Federal government to develop and implement initiatives and programs to assist the local, state and federal emergency services community as well as the critical infrastructure and key resource (CIKR) sectors. Mr. Greenberg’s current focus is to assist government agencies in using innovative technologies to establish a more collaborative government. In particular he is working with the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to implement the Virtual USA initiative as well as the First Responder Communities of Practice. Both of these initiatives are designed to create a technical and cultural shift in the way in which the emergency services community collaborates and shares information.

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Peter D. Greenberger

Peter joined Google in May 2007 to build and manage a new political sales team dedicated to providing Google solutions to electoral campaigns, committees, and issue advocacy groups. Following a successful 2008 campaign season and the creation of a permanent political sales force, Peter now leads Google’s industry relations team focused on strengthening the company’s ties within the advertising world.

Prior to entering the private sector, Peter spent ten years working on presidential, gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and Congressional campaigns. 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. Peter was recognized as a Rising Star by Politics Magazine in 2008 and was recently selected one of the Top Ten Changing the World of Internet & Politics by PoliticsOnline.

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Steve Grove
Head of News and Politics, YouTube

Steve Grove directs the news and political content strategy and programming for YouTube, where he works to connect YouTube's vast user community directly with news organizations and political leaders. He developed the CNN/YouTube Debates, YouTube Direct (YouTube's citizen reporting platform), and in February 2010 brought YouTube users to the White House for an exclusive interview with President Obama. Steve blogs regularly at www.citizentube.com, and worked at the Boston Globe and ABC News prior to joining in YouTube in 2007.

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Anupam Gupta
President & CEO, Mixpo

Mixpo is an advertising technology company that mixes the brand impact of TV with the dynamic power of the web. Anupam is responsible for directing Mixpo’s overall vision and strategy. He has a ceaseless passion for solving the complex problems that ad agencies and media companies face in today’s multi-media world. Anupam believes that the real needs of advertising and media clients provide the true roadmap for the business. Before joining Mixpo, he led the product management and marketing teams for several MSN online services at Microsoft. He holds an MBA from Cornell University and an undergraduate engineering degree in computer science from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, in India.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher is the founder and publisher of Firedoglake.com, a leading progressive blog. Her work has also appeared on The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, AlterNet, The Nation, and The American Prospect. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Al Jazeera, PBS, and the BBC. She is the author of the best-selling book Killer Instinct, and she has produced such films “Natural Born Killers” and “Permanent Midnight.” Jane currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Firedoglake.com is best known for its groundbreaking coverage of the Valerie Plame case and liveblogging of the Scooter Libby trial. FDL features energetic reporting on the leading issues of the day and features weekly Book Salons with such authors as John Dean, Naomi Klein, Matt Taibbi, and Paul Krugman. FDL has also raised millions of dollars for progressive candidates and causes.

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Suzanne Hall

Suzanne Hall (@SuzKPH) is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. She is the New Media Advisor for the Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau in Washington, D.C. Her previous assignments include press and consular assignments at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, where she served from 2005 – 2008 including during the rescue of three U.S. citizens held captive by the FARC for more than five years. She also served at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium from 2002 - 2004. Suzanne previously worked as a Country Manager for Central & Eastern Europe at the U.S. Trade & Development Agency.

Suzanne received her B.A. from SUNY Binghamton in 1999, and her M.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 2001.

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Katie Harbath

Currently Katie Harbath works at National Republican Senatorial Committee as their Chief Digital Strategist in charge of all their online efforts. Previously she worked at DCI Group, a public affairs firm in DC, where she oversaw all of their internet operations and online activities for clients. An active participant in online campaigning and communications since 2003, Harbath has also spoken at forums on how to best utilize the Internet in politics including Personal Democracy Forum and the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet at George Washington University. In 2009 she was named a Campaigns and Elections Rising Star.

Before re-joining DCI Group as a director in the Online Services division in 2008, Harbath was the Deputy eCampaign Director for Rudy Giuliani’s Presidential Campaign. There, she was responsible for the Mayor’s day-to-day Internet strategy including development of his campaign Web site, blog management, online videos and social networking.

Prior to the Giuliani campaign Harbath held her first job at DCI Group in the Online Services division as a Senior Account Manager. She originally joined the firm after working as a Communications Director for a Congressional campaign in Ohio.

During the 2004 cycle, Harbath worked at the Republican National Committee where she was responsible for GOP.com – the national party’s Web site.

She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science. Harbath is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Scott Heiferman
Co-Founder & CEO of Meetup

Scott Heiferman is Co-Founder & CEO of Meetup, the world's largest network of local community groups. Over 50,000 Meetups (self-organized community events) happen each week. Millions of people, in over 100 countries, ""use the internet to get off the internet"" and form local community using the Meetup platform. Meetup is built on the idea that every town everywhere needs support groups, playgroups, bookclubs, business circles, running groups, community action groups, etc... whatever's important to people, a local community group can help them. Meetup is now self-sustaining (profitable), growing fast, and pursuing a long-range goal of a ""Meetup Everywhere about Most Everything"" so that everyone has access to local community when needed. Previously, Heiferman co-founded Fotolog, a photo sharing network where over 30 million people, mostly in South America, have uploaded nearly a billion photos. He also founded i-traffic, a top online ad agency in the 90s. He then fled the ad industry and was influenced by 9/11 to start Meetup. Scott graduated from The University of Iowa, then worked at Sony as their ""Interactive Marketing Frontiersman"". He is an angel investor in Betaworks, Founders Collective, Virgance, 20x200, and others. Scott received the Jane Addams Award from the National Conference on Citizenship and was named an MIT Technology Review ""Innovator of the Year"". He's @heif

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Felipe Heusser
Founder and Director of the Smart Citizen Foundation (Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente)

Felipe is the Founder and Director of the Smart Citizen Foundation (Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente), a Latin American NGO based in Chile that promotes Transparency and Accountability through citizen participation and web 2.0. Based on successful experiences in Europe and the US. www.votainteligente.cl is one of the first interactive platforms in Latin America to provide information and web tools which allow citizens to account Government and politicians.

Felipe has work experience from both NGO and Public Sector where he has been Director of Legal Affairs for the NGO Un Techo para Chile, Lawyer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Chile), and Senior advisor for the Vice-Minster of Labour (Chile).

Felipe is a researcher in the fields of Transparency, Freedom of Information, and Accountability policies. He is a Lawyer graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and holds a Master degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics (LSE), where he is currently a PhD Candidate in the Government Department (LSE). Recently, Felipe has been featured as one of Chile's 100 young leaders (El Mercurio, Revista el Sábado, Rank 100 young leaders: 2009).

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Heather Holdridge

Heather Holdridge is a Vice President for Digital at Fenton Communications, heading up the digital practice in Fenton’s Washington, DC office.

Heather served for four years as the director of political advocacy for Care2, the largest progressive civic engagement social network. She worked to connect Care2’s 11 million members to non-profits doing political work and advocacy campaigns, and to provide a forum for organizations to promote their message and mission. At Care2, Holdridge 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 also worked to develop a long-term communications and blog strategy for Care2’s recently-launched Cause Channels.

Prior to Care2, Holdridge was a partner and online organizing director for the Carol/Trevelyan Strategy Group (CTSG), working with clients across the progressive spectrum to develop online campaigns and communications strategies. She specialized in customizing content for the Web and developing viral interactive media. She was instrumental in developing and growing CTSG’s Creative Multimedia department, including serving as executive producer and co-writer for several Pollie-award wnining campaigns. She previously served as the director of legislative services for Project Vote Smart, a non-partisan voter information service.

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Sara Holoubek
CEO, Luminary Labs

Sara Holoubek is the CEO of Luminary Labs, a strategy and innovation consultancy. She has worked with a broad range of clients including Sanofi-Aventis, LexisNexis, BMW, Texas Instruments, startups Clickable, Conductor, drop.io and Symposia Group, and agencies within the WPP family and the Aegis Group family.

Prior to founding Luminary Labs, Ms. Holoubek served as Chief Strategy Officer for iCrossing and as a strategist for interactive agencies Organic and Blue Dingo. From 2009-2010, Ms. Holoubek also served as the President of the Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization (SEMPO) board of directors. She also serves on the New York board of directors for the Step Up Women’s Network.

Ms. Holoubek is a frequent public speaker and has been widely quoted in publications such as The Washington Post, WSJ.com, Adweek, DMNews, ClickZ, and Internet Retailer. She holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa and an M.B.A. from HEC in France.

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Andrew Hoppin

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. Within a year, the Senate's new online presence became
widely acclaimed as one of the formost national examples of Gov 2.0 in
practice, with citizens invited to become creators of content as well
as consumers, and including interactive websites deployed for every
Senator and every Committee of the Senate.

Andrew was elected by his peers to serve on the New York State CIO
Leadership Council, and was recently named 2010 New York State Public
Sector CIO of the Year by GovTech.

Previously, Andrew co-founded the NASA CoLab program at NASA Ames
Research Center, which increased efficiency and transparency at NASA
by building new partnerships between NASA and external communities of
practice. He has also founded several startup technology companies
and has served as a strategy consultant, Advisor, or Board member for
leading technology and political organizations such as the Craigslist
Foundation, Netroots Nation, the Space Generation Advisory Council and
the New Organizing Institute.

Full bio and contact information at: http://globehoppin.com/about

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Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of twelve books. She is also co-host of ""Left, Right & Center,"" public radio's popular political roundtable program, and is a frequent guest on television shows such as Charlie Rose, Real Time with Bill Maher, Larry King Live, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow Show.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that has quickly become one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2006, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people, and in 2009 she was named to the Financial Times’ list of 50 people who shaped the decade.

Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

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Ginny Hunt

Ginny Hunt is the Global Communications and Public Affairs Manager in the Washington D.C. office of Google, Inc. In her role at Google, Ginny builds partnerships and initiatives with campaigns, non-profits and governments to make the public sector more accessible and participatory through the use of technology. Ginny brings to Google a background in national political campaigns, foreign policy and coalition building.

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Norman Jacknis
Director, Cisco’s IBSG Public Sector Group

Dr. Norman Jacknis, Director, Cisco’s IBSG Public Sector Group (the company’s open innovation and strategic advisory group), is a globally recognized expert in government innovation and transformation. Dr. Jacknis has extensive executive and leadership experience in local and state government. Before joining Cisco in Feb. 2008, Jacknis served more than ten years as CIO and commissioner of
Westchester County, NY government, where he was responsible for all of the government’s technology, Internet and broadband activities, as well as technology-based economic development. In addition to the County, he provided these services to municipalities and other non-profit community organizations.

Dr. Jacknis served as co-chair of the technology and architecture committee of the New York State CIO Council, participated in the Federal/State/Local Partnership for Intergovernmental Innovation and continues as the technology adviser to the County Executives of America. Prior to his public service, Dr. Jacknis had diverse experience as an executive in the software industry, with emphasis on Internet applications and distributed computing. Under his leadership, Westchester County won numerous awards, including the Center for Digital Government’s top ten digital counties in the country, American City & County's Crown Communities Award for technology and, most recently, one of the global top seven Intelligent Communities. Government Technology Magazine selected him as one of the nation’s “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers who, using technology … broke bureaucratic inertia to better serve the public“ – a list which included not just technology leaders, but elected officials as well.
At Cisco, since 2008, he has worked extensively and in-depth with the National Association of Counties and the US Conference of Mayors. For the Mayors, he is developing a strategy for the economic viability of American cities in 2030. In addition to his work on economic development, he has also worked with governments on the creation of collaborative environments for citizens to
deliver public services. His recent written work includes a blog for state/local elected executives, a chapter for the book, “CIO Leadership for Cities & Counties: Emerging Trends and Practices” and an article in Engineering News Record.

Jacknis received his Doctorate, Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Princeton University. Among many activities beyond his work, he is Chairman of the Fairfield-Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management (a national association of CIOs and senior IT executives), Chairman of Westchester’s Internet society (WATPA, founded in the early 1990s), Chair of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, President of the New York Metropolitan Library Council, among several leadership positions in the library community.

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Barry Jackson

Barry has spent 15 years in the government-relations arena working in various capacities on political campaigns, in a lobbying capacity and on issue campaigns. At the AARP, he is responsible for recruitment, education and mobilization of activists in the growing AARP grassroots advocacy program.

A graduate of the University of Memphis, Barry has spent time as a lobbyist in Tennessee, a regional coordinator and lobbyist in nine Southern states, and working for national health-care organizations organizing online and offline grassroots networks and advising on national and state issue campaigns. An enthusiastic early convert to the potential of online advocacy, Barry was tapped by the American Cancer Society's to lead the effort to establish that organization's online advocacy program.

Before his current job managing AARP’s grassroots program, Barry was employed by the Lance Armstrong Foundation, where he was responsible for establishing a national grassroots structure focused on achieving policy change through the application of community-organizing strategies integrating both online and offline activities.

At AARP he is responsible for planning and coordinating issue campaigns that engage millions of AARP members. These campaigns include the recent Health Action Now campaign that utilized a broad array of tactics; educating and mobilizing millions of AARP members around health reform.

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Jodi Jacobson

Jodi L. Jacobson is a long-time leader in the health and development community and an advocate with extensive experience in public health, gender equity, human rights, environment and demographic issues. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of RH Reality Check.

Previously, Ms. Jacobson was the Director of Advocacy at American Jewish World Service, where she is established a new department, leading the organization’s efforts to mobilize the American Jewish community toward ending the genocide in Darfur, fighting global AIDS, ensuring access to quality basic education worldwide, addressing the global food crisis, and promoting global debt relief and effective anti-poverty policies, among other issues.

Before joining AJWS, Jodi served as founder and Executive Director for 13 years of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) (est. 1994), an organization that monitors and seeks to promote accountability of US international policy to women’s reproductive and sexual health and rights. During Ms. Jacobson’s tenure, CHANGE grew into an internationally known advocacy organization on public health and human rights, produced cutting-edge research on international policies and programs, and became a leading source of information and advocacy for international and domestic movements, academics, program managers and the media. Under Ms. Jacobson’s leadership, CHANGE developed an outreach list of researchers, advocates, and policymakers throughout the world, and a media contact list of over 2,000 reporters representing every region of the world.

Ms. Jacobson is frequently sought out by the media for comment on issues related to public health. She has been quoted extensively the Lancet, BMJ and The Economist and national daily news media including The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. She has written numerous articles and papers, and is the co-author of 10 books, including 8 volumes of State of the World, and others such as Women's Empowerment and Demographic Processes: Moving Beyond Cairo (Edited by Harriet Presser and Gita Sen, 2000, Oxford University Press).

Prior to establishing CHANGE, Ms. Jacobson was a consultant to numerous organizations in the environmental and reproductive health and population fields, including the International Women's Health Coalition, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Population Council, and the Women's Environment and Development Organization. Her previous work experience includes a position as Senior Policy Analyst for Energy and Environment at the National Governor's Association (fellowship), and as a Senior Researcher at the WorldWatch Institute (1985 to 1994) where she did groundbreaking work on international environment and population issues.

Ms. Jacobson has testified before Congress on several occasions, has been a principal player in the 2006 and 2004 International AIDS Conferences (Toronto and Bangkok) and was a member of two United Nations Expert Groups on Population and Development leading up to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). She was active in both the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, and in U.S. preparations leading up to the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women. Ms. Jacobson has degrees in economics and environmental science and many years of practical and professional experience in public health.

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Jeff Jarvis

Jeff Jarvis is former TV critic for TV Guide and People, creator of Entertainment Weekly, Sunday Editor of the NY Daily News, and a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner. He is now president & creative director of Advance.net and blogs at Buzzmachine.com.

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Clay Johnson
Diretor of Sunlight Labs

Clay Johnson is Director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation. Prior to joining Sunlight Foundation, Clay was one of the four founders of Blue State Digital, a firm born out of the Dean campaign that was also responsible for Barack Obama's web presence. Johnson was the lead programmer for Dean for America. Prior to entering politics, Johnson was a technologist at Ask Jeeves. 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.

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Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones is Vice President – Diverse Markets and Post Sale Communications for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. She and her team are responsible for leading the joint planning and execution of integrated marketing aimed at improving sales, maintaining and increasing customers within Diverse Markets. This includes leveraging the assets of AT&T towards becoming Best in Class in the industry in addressing the unique needs of these segments, sharing in their increasing economic clout and being the “Brand of Choice” for these consumers. Her organization is also responsible for post sale communications to all AT&T consumer customers, which is any communication provided to a customer after an order is placed that is not primarily promotional in nature.

Jennifer has held a number of leadership positions within AT&T in a variety of areas including Sales, Finance, Marketing and Offer Management. Prior to joining AT&T 22 years ago, she was a financial planner with the investment firm of Merrill Lynch.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Jennifer is a graduate of the University of
Michigan and Wayne State University (MBA). She is a former officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and a Gulf War (I) veteran.

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Bente Kalsnes

Bente Kalsnes is a techpolitics enthusiast and communication advisor at Origo.no, a Norwegian social network. She has a MA in communcation technology from Georgetown University, Washington DC.

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Beth Kanter

Beth is the author of Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media (http://www.bethkanter.org), one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits and co-author of The Networked Nonprofit, published by J. Wiley (http://bit.ly/networkednonprofit). Beth is the CEO of Zoetica, a company that serves nonprofits and socially conscious companies with top-tier, online marketing services. In 2009, she was named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the most influential women in technology and one of Business Week's "Voices of Innovation for Social Media." She is the Visiting Scholar for Social Media and Nonprofits for the Packard Foundation.

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Allyson Kapin
Partner, Rad Campaign

Allyson has been named one of ""Top Tech Titans"" by the Washingtonian, one of the Most Influential Women In Tech by Fast Company and one of the top 30 women entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter by Forbes for her leadership role in technology and social media. As Founding Partner of Rad Campaign she leads the firm's client and online strategic services. For over a decade Allyson has helped non-profit organizations and political campaigns create dynamic and award-winning websites and online marketing and recruitment campaigns. She works side-by-side with her clients to meet their web needs and maximize their online effectiveness to create real world impact. As part of the first generation of online advocacy experts, Allyson has a thorough understanding of the rapidly changing world of online activism. She is an expert in the latest trends in social networking, blogging, online video, and other online tools and strategies and advises her clients on how to cost effectively incorporate them into their Internet plans and online campaigns. Her campaigns have been recognized with several prestigious web awards and featured on several top media networks ranging from CNN to NPR and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Allyson has spearheaded campaigns for organizations ranging from American Rights at Work to National Breast Cancer Coalition and Save Darfur Coalition. She has also been a featured speaker on web design, Internet marketing and social media at national conferences. In 2007 Allyson founded Women Who Tech : A Telesummit for Women in Technology working in the non-profit and political campaign world featuring Arianna Huffington of HuffingtonPost.com and Joan Blades of Moveon.org. As the founder of Women Who Tech she champions women who are inspiring change and transforming technology. She also serves as an expert for news reporters who are writing about women in technology. Allyson sits on several Advisory Boards including the New Organizing Institute, the Green It Consortium and the Planning Committee for NTEN's NTC (link) conference as well as O'Reilly's Gov 2.0 Expo. Allyson started the Radical Tech blog for Fast Company focusing on trends in technology and Web 2.0 and serves as the Blogger-In-Chief for one of the top-ranked nonprofit communications blog Care2's Frogloop

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Kate Kaye

Kate Kaye is a Senior Editor at ClickZ News, an online publication covering the digital advertising and marketing industry. She is a daily reporter and editor for the original news source, covering beats including digital political campaigns and government regulation of the industry. Kate is the author of “Campaign ’08: A Turning Point for Digital Media,” the only book focused on the paid digital media efforts of the 2008 presidential campaigns. She began reporting on the interactive ad industry in 1999 and has spoken at several events and in interviews for television, radio, print, and digital media outlets.

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Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen (@ajkeen) is an Anglo-American entrepreneur, broadcaster and author. He is the author of the 2007 international hit "CULT OF THE AMATEUR: How the Internet is killing our culture" which has been published in sixteen different languages and was short-listed for the 2008 Higham’s Business Technology Book of the Year award. He is a co-founder of NOW.tv (www.now.tv) the Executive Producer of the Future of Creativity show on Harvard Business Review (www.hbr.org), an advisor to Arts & Labs (www.artsandlabs.com), and the author the forthcoming "DIGITAL VERTIGO: Inequality, Anxiety & Loneliness in the Social Media Age" to be published in 2011 by St Martins Press.

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Josh Koster

Josh Koster is the Managing Partner at Chong Designs LLC, a Washington based new-media advising firm specializing in digital marketing and brand management for progressive candidates and select corporations. Josh has consulted for a presidential campaign, three senate campaigns, six house races, nonprofits, a ballot initiative, a 527 as well as numerous local and municipal races, as well for companies and non-profits.

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Gwynne Kostin

Gwynne Kostin is Co-Director of the new Center for New Media & Citizen Engagement at the U.S. General Services Administration. Gwynne works on making it easier for the government and the public to engage with each other to meet citizen’s expectations of participation & collaboration by developing new media technologies, tools, practices and policies. Her team will soon launch an open (to feds) blog platform that meets federal policy requirements, a tool for agencies to host challenges and prizes and a new federal-wide social intranet.

Before coming to GSA, Gwynne was Director, New Media for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. There, she launched the first policy blog at a cabinet-level agency, developed the federal web disaster communications model, integrated web comms following the merger of 22 agencies, and created the department’s first social media strategy. Prior to public service, she founded a successful Internet start-up for an association and led strategic communications in health care and education. Gwynne attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (go blue!) and has been raising her family in the city of Washington. She enjoys talking to interesting people and figuring out how things work.

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Rob Kramer

Rob has spent the past 20 years as a successful entrepreneur and executive in
the media, technology, environmental, and non-profit sectors. He is the CEO
and co-founder of PopRule - a web technology company that drives branded
social and political actions on the web and mobile platforms. Previously, Rob
was CEO of Uprizer, an Intel-funded peer-to-peer enterprise software company
that sold in 2005. From 1993 to 1999, Rob was Co-Founder and CEO of Moving
Pixels, an independent computer animation studio in Los Angeles. He began his
career as President and Executive Producer of Pagan Films, a major label music
video production company. Since 2003, Rob has been Chairman of Global Water
Trust, a Santa Monica based non-profit that provides clean safe water to
schoolchildren throughout the developing world (e.g. Haiti, Bangladesh, Nepal,
Kenya). Rob serves on the Board of Sustainable Business Council LA and on the
LA Committee for Global Green. Rob has been a featured speaker on water
issues at MIT, Stanford, UCLA, and Brown.

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JD Lasica
Founder of Socialbrite.org & Socialmedia.biz

J.D. Lasica is a consultant, strategist, public speaker and author who
is considered one of the world's leading experts in social media. He
is founder of Socialbrite.org, a learning hub and sharing community
that brings together top experts in social media, social causes and
online philanthropy. He also runs Socialmedia.biz, a consultancy that
offers strategic business services. J.D. launched Ourmedia.org, the
first video hosting and sharing site, a month before YouTube. CNET
named him one of the 100 top media bloggers in the world. You can
follow him on Twitter at @jdlasica.

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Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee Didit Founder. Chairman & CEO, has been an acknowledged Search Engine Marketing (SEM) expert since 1995. Kevin’s years of SEM expertise provide the foundation for Didit’s proprietary Maestro search campaign technology. Didit’s unparalleled results and client profit lift have earned Didit recognition not only among marketers but also as part of the 2007 Inc 500 (#137) as well as a #12 position on Deloitte’s Fast 500. Kevin’s “Paid Search Strategies” column for ClickZ is read by thousands, and his book, “The Eyes Have It: How to Market in an Age of Divergent Consumers, Media Chaos and Advertising Anarchy” has been widely praised. Kevin’s second book:The Truth About Pay-Per-Click Search Advertising was released and immediately followed by Search Engine Advertising both books include a code redeemable for $200 in free Microsoft Advertising (adCenter) ad credits for new advertisers. A founding board member of SEMPO and its first elected Chairman Kevin is also active on DMA and IAB Committees. The Wall St. Journal, Business Week, The New York Times, Bloomberg, CNET, USA Today, San Jose Mercury News and other press quote Kevin regularly. Kevin lectures at leading industry conferences plus: NYU, Columbia, Fordham and Pace Universities. Kevin’s expertise is also valued by Wall Street he has briefed analysts and clients of JP Morgan, RBC, UBS, Piper Jaffray, Goldman Sachs, Citicorp & others. Kevin earned his MBA from Yale School of Management in 1992 and lives in Manhattan with his wife (a New York Psychologist) and kids. Kevin was recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2008 and 2009 Award Finalist in Metro New York Area and received the 2008 Direct Marketing Club of New York, Mal Dunn Leadership Award.

In addition, in 2008, Kevin Lee and partner David Pasternack launched a social entrepreneurship venture, www.We-Care.com a web technology that generates passive donation revenue for non-profit causes including schools, universities, associations, clubs and houses of worship.

In 2008 Didit launched a subsidiary, PowerProfiles.com, the official Dun & Bradstreet Online Business Directory. The D&B online business directory is the only place that businesses can validate and claim their D&B business listing for free, both adding and correcting information in their profile. Enhanced profiles are also available.

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Josh Levy

Josh Levy is the online campaign manager at Free Press, the media reform organization, where he develops and implements Internet-based campaigns and strategy. Before joining Free Press, Josh was managing editor of Change.org and associate editor of techPresident.com and Personal Democracy Forum. His analysis of the intersection of technology and politics has been covered in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Salon, NPR, ABC News, AOL Politics and XM Radio, among others. He holds a B.A. from the University of Vermont and an M.F.A. in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College.

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Roberto Lovato

Roberto Lovato a writer and commentator with New America Media. and a Co-Founder of Presente.org, the country's pre-eminent online Latino advocacy organization. Roberto designed and led the Basta Dobbs campaign, the successful effort to remove Lou Dobbs from CNN. He also founded the Latino Alliance for Internet Freedom and was the chief business strategist with New America Media. He is also a frequent contributor to The Nation and the Huffington Post and his work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Der Spiegel, Utne Magazine, La Opinion, and other national and international media outlets. Roberto has also appeared as either a source or commentator in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and Le Monde and in English and Spanish language network news shows on Univision, CNN, Democracy Now and Al-Jazeera. Lovato was also featured on PBS, where he made a recent appearance on Bill Moyers Journal and figured prominently in an hour-long PBS documentary, ‘Latinos 08.’

On the creative electronic front, Roberto has produced programming for NPR, Pacifica and the Univision Television Network, where he helped develop and produce Hora Cero, one of that networks first documentary series about immigration in the United States.

Prior to becoming a writer, Lovato was the former Executive Director of CARECEN, which was the largest immigrant rights organization in the country. He led CARECEN’s 90-plus staff people during the fight against California's Proposition 187, which gave birth the contemporary immigrant rights movement. Roberto has also worked on human rights issues in wartime El Salvador. You can find him posting regularly on media, migration, politics and other issues at his blog, www.ofamerica.wordpress.com.

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Chris Lundberg

Chris Lundberg is the co-founder of DemocracyInAction and Wired For Change and is the technical genius behind Salsa, the SaaS, these organizations provide. Since 2003, he has been chiefly responsible for the technical direction and management of the organizations, bringing visionary thinking to software development and keeping Salsa far ahead of the curve. Prior to his first stint in entrepreneurship, he spent nearly a decade in the software industry. Chris has managed teams developing software for the Library of Congress, worked with the Department of the Navy to develop satellite communications software, and consulted for Accenture developing telecom Internet solutions. Prior to that, he produced internet solutions for the financial and entertainment sectors as Director of Applications at Opion, Inc. A strong open source user and advocate, Lundburg is pretty sure that access to organizing technology is the only thing keeping the winged monkeys at bay. He holds degrees in both Mathematics and Aerospace Engineering, and is a (Virginia Tech) Hokie and aspiring rock star.

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Alex Lundry

Alex Lundry is a political pollster, microtargeter, data-miner and data-visualizer. He spends most of his time searching for big ideas hidden inside of big data. He has visualized historical tax receipts, White House visitor logs, ideological estimates of Supreme Court justices (called a "very cool graphic" by the Washington Post), and hundreds of thousands of survey interviews. In 2009, Politics Magazine named him a "Rising Star."

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Liz Mair

Liz Mair is an online communications expert, new media adviser, political consultant and blogger. She serves as Vice President of Hynes Communications, focusing on communications and political strategy for clients including Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s Freedom First PAC.

During 2008, Liz served as Online Communications Director at the Republican National Committee, where she led an aggressive and groundbreaking online media outreach effort. In her work for Hynes Communications, she utilizes that experience, her extensive knowledge of the blogosphere, new media, and politics generally and diverse array of media contacts to further client objectives.

Liz is also a sought after guest speaker, having presented at conferences including CPAC 2008, BlogHer 2008, PDF 2009, IPDI 2009, PDF Europe 2009, and the 2010 NH STEWARD conference.

She has also guest-commentated for the BBC, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX, MSNBC, NPR, and the Lars Larson show, among others.

Born and raised in Seattle, Liz lived in the United Kingdom for ten years.

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Michael Malbin

Michael J. Malbin is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Campaign Finance Institute, which is a nonpartisan research institute affiliated with The George Washington University. He is also a Professor of Political Science, University at Albany, State University of New York. One of the country’s leading scholars of campaign finance, Malbin has been writing extensively in this field for more than three decades. Earlier this year, The Campaign Finance Institute, American Enterprise Institute and Brookings Institution jointly released a major report entitled, Reform in an Age of Networked Campaigns: How to Foster Citizen Participation through Small Donors and Volunteers that was co-authored by Malbin, Anthony J. Corrado, Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein.

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Jane Mansbridge

Jane Mansbridge is the Adams Professor at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She is the author of Beyond Adversary Democracy and Why We Lost the ERA, and editor of Beyond Self-Interest, Feminism (with Susan Moller Okin), and Oppositional Consciousness (with Aldon Morris). Her articles include “Everyday Talk in the Deliberative System” and “The Place of Self-Interest and the Role of Power in Deliberative Democracy.” She is currently working on studies of political representation, democratic deliberation, and everyday activism in social movements.

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Richard Masterson

Rich is a serial entrepreneur who loves the creative process and is a pioneer in online marketing. After a successful Internet IPO in 1999, Rich devotes much of his time to private equity investments, philanthropy and family. He is an avid skier, sailor, NY Giant fan and spends much of his spare time on the Acela between New York and Washington D.C. visiting clients and developing online solutions. In addition to his political clients, Rich has helped craft the online strategies for industry leaders such as Microsoft, IBM, AT&T and American Express. Rich is a graduate of James Madison University, The Harvard Executive Education Program and was the first entrepreneur in residence for the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Alexis Matsui

Alexis Matsui works with some of The Bivings Group's biggest clients as senior associate on the client services team. During her time at TBG, she has helped to manage the day-to-day site efforts behind the Pickens Plan and the International Journalists' Network, and worked on the information architecture and strategy behind sites like Tribe Effect and the Idaho Transparency project, among others. Alexis came to the Bivings Group after heading up the Online NewsHour's Vote 2008 site during the 2008 election cycle and earning a Masters in New Media from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

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Tom McCormick
Senior Vice President, Creative and Production Services, The Bivings Group

Tom McCormick has primary responsibility for shaping and implementing the creative elements in all of the firm's projects. Tom manages a team of five graphic designers and provides overall vision for all the firm's creative projects. Tom has expertise in Web and multimedia design and development of print collateral. He also has extensive experience in designing easy-to-use interfaces for Web-based products and websites. Since joining The Bivings Group, Tom's team has designed award-winning websites for clients including the American Petroleum Institute, Business Roundtable, Chlorine Chemistry Council, Siemens and the Pickens Plan. Before joining The Bivings Group, Tom worked at Proxicom, a business Internet solutions company and Freeloader, Inc., a push marketing start-up. Tom holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Maryland - College Park, where he majored in Studio Arts.

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Patrick Meier
Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi and the co-founder of the International Network of Crisis Mappers

Patrick Meier is the Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi and the co-founder of the International Network of Crisis Mappers. At Ushahidi, Patrick recently launched and spearheaded deployments in Haiti and Chile. He was previously the co-director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning. Patrick has consulted for numerous international organizations including the UN, OSCE and OECD on crisis mapping and early warning projects in countries ranging from the Sudan and Thailand to East Timor and Colombia. Patrick has an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and is completing his PhD at The Fletcher School/Tufts University. He is also an alum of the Sante Fe Institute's (SFI) Complex Systems Summer School. Patrick blogs at iRevolution.net

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Ari Melber

Ari Melber is a correspondent for The Nation magazine, a writer for the magazine’s blog, and a columnist for Politico. In the 2008 presidential election, Ari traveled with the Obama Campaign on special assignment for The Washington Independent. This year, he authored a 74-page special report for techPresident analyzing the first year of Organizing for America, which Northwestern political scientist Daniel Galvin called “the most comprehensive and insightful account of Obama’s ‘Organizing for America’ to date.” Ari has appeared as a commentator on public affairs on 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. Previously, he served as legislative aide in the U.S. Senate and as a national staff member of the 2004 John Kerry Presidential Campaign. Ari received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.

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Susan Mernit

Susan Mernit is the founder of Oakland Local, a news & community hub for Oakland, CA focused on environmental, food, development and social justice issues, and the recipient of a 2009 New Voices grant from J-Lab at American University. She is also the consulting web strategist for The Center for Investigative Reporting's California Watch project.

A former VP at AOL and Netscape, and a former Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was the consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge in 2008-09, as well as a consultant to organizations including Salon.com & TechSoup Global, where she led the re-design of their portal.

Mernit spent summer 2008 at TechStars, incubating a company that died; that experience has super-fueled her energy. She is a contributing editor at BlogHer, a blogger, and a co-founder of Public Media Collaborative, a volunteer group focused on training nonprofits, ethnic media & community groups on using social media tools.

A popular trainer and speaker, Mernit works regularly with The Knight Digital Media Center at USC's Annenberg School, and with The Maynard Institute, and is the Keynote program chair for the October 2009 Online News Association conference in San Francisco.

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Ellen Miller

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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Zac Moffatt

Zac Moffatt is currently a partner with Targeted Victory, a leader in online advertising, text messaging, social networking, and integrated data management for political candidates and causes. Along with technology services, Targeted Victory provides comprehensive web design and development services and strategic campaign management. Prior to joining Targeted Victory, Zac served as the Deputy Director for Statewide efforts at Freedoms Watch. In this role, Zac oversaw the day to day operational management of 12+ million dollars of expenditures – efforts that included TV, internet, mail, phones, polling, research and strategy.

Prior to Freedoms Watch, Zac served as the RNC Director of Political Education, where he oversaw 33,000+ hours of training in 18 months. In 2006, Zac served as the Victory Director for the Maryland Republican Party for Governor Robert Ehrlich and Senate candidate Michael Steele. He has also served as the Deputy Field Director for William Weld's New York Gubernatorial campaign and field director for Central Oregon for President George W. Bush’s reelect. Before joining the Weld campaign, Zac worked at the 55th Presidential Inaugural Committee where he was the Deputy Director for Operations in the Office of Public Liaison and at the 2004 Republican National Convention where he was an Associate Director for External Relations.

Prior to the Convention, Zac served as the Associate Chief of Staff for Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City following the Mayor's successful election in 2001. Zac is a graduate of Stanford University, where he majored in Political Science and History.

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Steve Moore

Steven Moore is an international political consultant who specializes in using data mining and micro-targeting technology for voter targeting via mail, telephones and the Internet.

Currently, Moore is serving as Chief of Staff to Congressman Peter J. Roskam. Roskam was one of just thirteen Republicans to buck the national Democratic trend in 2006, gaining just more than 51% of the vote against a severely injured female Iraq War veteran in one of the highest spending, highest profile races in the country. In Roskam’s first re-election campaign, the Congressman gained 58% of the vote in President Obama’s home state, outperforming John McCain by 16 points in Illinois’ 6th district.

Prior to working for Roskam, Moore worked on numerous international political engagements, including consulting to Boris Yeltsin’s 1996 re-election campaign and conducting a 12,000 sample poll in Iraq.

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Evgeny Morozov
Contributing Editor to Foreign Policy

Evgeny Morozov is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy and runs the magazine's influential and widely-quoted "Net Effect" blog about the Internet's impact on global politics (neteffect.foreignpolicy.com). Morozov is currently a Yahoo! fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Prior to his appointment to Georgetown, he was a fellow at the Open Society Institute, where he remains on the board of the Information Program. Before moving to the US, Morozov was based in Berlin and Prague, where he was Director of New Media at Transitions Online, a media development NGO active in 29 countries of the former Soviet bloc.His book about the Internet and democracy is published by PublicAffairs this fall.

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Markos Moulitsas

Markos Moulitsas is founder and publisher of Daily Kos, the largest political community in the country. His third book, American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right, is due out in September.

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Phil Musser
Partner of NetPower Strategy

Phil Musser is Partner of NetPower Strategy, a new media company, and President of New Frontier Strategy, a firm that specializes in political consulting and corporate communication. Additionally he serves as a senior advisor to Governor Tim Pawlenty’s “Freedom First” political action committee.

Phil is co-founder and treasurer of RebuildTheParty.com, an online platform that advocates for a more aggressive integration of technology in the modern republican campaign.

Since 2007, Phil has been involved in the debate over the future of technology in politics. He has been a firsthand witness to the best practices of 2008 and the latest trends in online campaigning, as well as the strategic use of the internet to organize and motivate voters to donate, enroll, and turnout for a variety of political organizations and causes.

Phil also has a long history in professional politics. He has managed political organizations and campaigns at all levels, and worked every job in a campaign environment. He has a particular focus on the work of Republican governors and has served as both the Executive Director of the RGA, and as senior advisor to a wide variety of current and former Governors."

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Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark is the founder of craigslist.org, a site where people can
help each other with everyday needs including housing and jobs. The site
has a culture of trust, based on shared values like "treat people like you
want to be treated." He currently works as a customer service rep, in no managerial role. Previous experience includes thirty years working with
computers for IBM, GM, Charles Schwab & Co, and Bank of America.

He's also working with a wide range of groups using the Net to help each
other out, like Donorschoose.org, the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of
America, Kiva.org (microfinance) and Consumer Reports. He's working on the
advisory board of Wikipedia, considering customer service and trust
issues.

Craig is also actively engaged with government workers on multiple levels
to use the Net for superior public service, and with Sunlight Foundation
for government accountability and transparency.

He's not as funny as he thinks he is, but sometimes can't help himself. Craig no longer wears a plastic protector and thick black glasses that are
taped together, but is still a nerd.

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Phil Noble

Phil Noble is one of the top experts in the US and internationally on the use of the Internet in the civic sector - politics, public affairs, government, and media.

Noble is the founder of PoliticsOnline and its affiliated company Phil Noble & Associates, an international public affairs consulting firm. Founded in 1995, PoliticsOnline is responsible for over a dozen major innovations and industry first. The firm has developed major e-democracy and interactive civic projects for such clients as the BBC, European Union, United Nations, AOL, Amnesty International, Reuters and numerous political parties, NGOs, corporations and others

Noble is a veteran of over 350 political campaigns and public affairs projects in 40 states and 30 countries and he has worked to elect the head of state in 15 countries. He and his companies have received numerous awards and recognitions for their work in the US and internationally. Noble has held teaching and advisory positions with the Institute of Politics of the Kennedy School at Harvard, University of Amsterdam, George Washington University, and University of Southern California.

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Tim O'Reilly

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. In addition to Foo Camps ("Friends of O'Reilly" Camps, which gave rise to the "un-conference" movement), O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the Web 2.0 Summit, the Web 2.0 Expo, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, the Gov 2.0 Summit, and the Gov 2.0 Expo. Tim's blog, the O'Reilly Radar, "watches the alpha geeks" to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community.Tim's long-term vision for his company is to change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. In addition to O'Reilly Media, Tim is a founder of Safari Books Online, a pioneering subscription service for accessing books online, and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, an early-stage venture firm.

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Ory Orkolloh

Ms. Ory Okolloh the co-founder and Executive Director of Ushahidi (www.ushahidi.com). She also writes one of the most popular blogs in the Kenyan sphere at Kenyan Pundit. and is the co-founder of Mzalendo, a website that tracks the performance of Kenyan Members of Parliament. Ory graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and with a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is a frequent speaker at conferences including TED Global and Poptech on issues around citizen journalism, the role of technology in Africa, and the role of young people in reshaping the future of Africa

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Jen Pahlka
Founder, Executive Director and Board Chair, Code For American

Jennifer Pahlka (Founder, Executive Director and Board Chair) has spent the past 15 years in the company of the technology elite. After graduating cum laude from Yale University, she went to work in the non-profit sector, but soon found herself in the business-to-business technology media world, running the Game Developers Conference. She spent eight years at CMP Media where she led the Game Group, overseeing GDC, Game Developer magazine, and Gamasutra.com; there she also launched the Independent Games Festival and served as Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association. Recently, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly Media, and co-chaired the successful Web 2.0 Expo.

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Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer is a founding partner of Intell360, a data and targeting firm supporting the fundraising and campaign activities of the Republican leaning, pro-business, public affairs, political and corporate community. Before starting Intell360, Michael served as the National eCampaign Director for John McCain’s 2008 Presidential campaign where he over saw the online web, data, fundraising and outreach operations. Michael worked on the National eCampaign staff of the Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election campaign and has been an online strategist for numerous Republican gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns. Prior to politics, Michael worked in the web software and database industry designing and implementing project management and ecommerce solutions for telecommunications and government clients. Michael has a B.A. in political science from The George Washington University and is originally from Naples, FL.

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Eli Pariser

Eli Pariser is the former Executive Director of MoveOn.org, and the organization's current Board President.

Eli joined MoveOn in November of 2001, and directed MoveOn's campaign against the Iraq war, tripling MoveOn's member base in the process. Eli was one of the co-creators of the Bush in 30 Seconds ad contest, and as Executive Director of MoveOn PAC raised over $30 million from over 350,000 small donors to run ads, develop a powerful field program, and support progressive candidates from John Kerry on down.

Eli graduated summa cum laude in 2000 with a B.A. in Political Science from Simon's Rock College.

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Andrew Rasiej
Founder of Personal Democracy Forum

Andrew Rasiej is a futurist, social entrepreneur, and Founder of the Personal Democracy Forum, an annual conference and website about the intersection of politics and technology. He is also the co-founder of techPresident.com, an award winning blog that covers how the Obama administration is using the web, and how technology is empowering new levels of citizen engagement. He has advised Senators, Congressmen and political leaders on the use of Internet since 1999. In 2004 he served as Chairman of the Howard Dean Technology Advisory Committee. He is also the founder of MOUSE.org, Co-Founder of Mideastwire.com, serves as Senior Technology Advisor to the Sunlight Foundation and was recently named Chairman of the 12,000 member NY Tech Meetup.

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Tim Reid

Tim has been a mainstay in the entertainment industry for the last three decades. He was “Venus Fly Trap,” the quick-witted, philosopher of the airwaves he portrayed on “WKRP in Cincinnati,” as he was Frank Parrish, the struggling restaurateur he portrayed in the critically-acclaimed series, “Frank’s Place.” A fixture in Hollywood for more than 35 years, he has ridden the proverbial rollercoaster of fame through both the highs and the lows, and he has come away from that experience with a profound understanding both of fame’s power and its limitations. His work in front of and behind the camera likewise has afforded him unique insight into the ways in which media can be, and often is, used to manipulate and influence public opinion. He has received the “Oscar Micheaux Award” from the Producer’s Guild of America for outstanding lifetime achievement. In 1997, Tim took a giant step and brought together investors to build his own film studio. As Founder and President of New Millennium Studios in Petersburg, Virginia, Reid set the stage toward becoming a major player in the business of independent movie making. To complete the circle, he entered the Independent Distribution arena and secured Blockbuster’s first African‐American direct vendor deal. Tim currently devotes much of his time to producing documentaries and television programs that provide unique views of the legacy of a people who played an essential role in shaping the destiny of America. This work, which reaches across cultures and generations, provides a potent and much-needed antidote to the tired, and often negative, portrayals of Americans of African decent in mainstream media.

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Howard Rheingold

Howard Rheingold is a critic, writer, and teacher; his specialties are on the cultural, social and political implications of modern communication media such as the Internet, mobile telephony and virtual communities (a term he is credited with inventing). He is the author of Tools for Thought, The Virtual Community and Smart Mobs. He has taught at Stanford and UC Berkeley on everything from participatory media and collective action to digital journalism. His current projects include the Social Media Classroom http://socialmediaclassroom.com, The Cooperation Project http://www.cooperationcommons.org, and Participatory Media Literacy https://www.socialtext.net/medialiteracy/.

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Jay Rosen

Jay Rosen has been on NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute faculty since 1986, and from 1999 to 2005 he served as chair of the Department. He lives in New York City.

Rosen is the author of PressThink, a weblog about journalism and its ordeals (www.pressthink.org), which he introduced in September 2003. In June 2005, PressThink won the Reporters Without Borders 2005 Freedom Blog award for outstanding defense of free expression. In April 2007 PressThink recorded its two millionth visit.

He also blogs at the Huffington Post. In July 2006 he announced the debut NewAssignment.Net, his experimental site for pro-am, open source reporting projects. The first one was called Assignment Zero, a collaboration with Wired.com. A second project is OfftheBus.Net with the Huffington Post.

Rosen is also a member of the Wikipedia Advisory Board.

In 1999, Yale University Press published his book, What Are Journalists For?, which is about the rise of the civic journalism movement. (sample chapter) Rosen wrote and spoke frequently about civic journalism (also called public journalism) over a ten-year period, 1989-99. From 1993 to 1997 he was the director of the Project on Public Life and the Press, funded by the Knight Foundation.

As a press critic and reviewer, he has published in The Nation, Columbia Journalism Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and others. Online he has written for Salon.com, TomPaine.com and Poynter.org. In 1990 he and Neil Postman (friend, colleague, mentor) hosted a radio show on WBAI in New York called “The Zeitgeist Hour.”

In 1994 he was a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, and in 1990-91 he held a fellowship at the Gannett Center for Media Studies at Columbia University.

A native of Buffalo, NY, Rosen had a very brief career in journalism at the Buffalo Courier-Express before beginning graduate study. He has a Ph.D. from NYU in media studies (1986).

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Scott Rosenberg>

Writer, editor and website builder SCOTT ROSENBERG is founder and director of MediaBugs.org, a service for reporting errors in media coverage in the SF Bay Area.

Rosenberg was a cofounder of Salon.com and is author of "Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters" (2009) and "Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest For Transcendent Software" (2007).

At Salon, Rosenberg served as technology editor and, from 1999 to 2004, as managing editor. Before Salon he wrote on theater, movies, and technology for the San Francisco Examiner for a decade. 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. He also blogs at Wordyard.com and can be found on Twitter as @scottros.

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Patrick Ruffini
Engage

Patrick Ruffini is a political strategist whose work has helped define the convergence of new media and politics for more than a decade.

Ruffini is currently a partner at Engage, a political media firm he founded in 2007. In this role, he helps political and public affairs clients navigate the seismic shifts in today’s media landscape from the top-down broadcast model to an open and participatory online ecosystem. Shortly after founding the firm, Ruffini was recognized by Campaigns and Elections’ Politics magazine as a Rising Star in American politics in 2008.

From 2005 to 2007, Ruffini served as eCampaign Director at the Republican National Committee. As part of the RNC Chairman’s leadership team, Ruffini worked to maximize adoption of new media throughout the Republican Party, producing record online fundraising, architecting best-in-class online organizing tools, and spearheading the party’s blog and social media strategy. Under Ruffini’s leadership, the RNC’s Web traffic led that of the Democratic National Committee for 11 out of 12 months in an otherwise challenging 2006 election year according to Nielsen//NetRatings.

In the 2004 election, Ruffini served as webmaster for Bush-Cheney ‘04, managing day-to-day operations on the campaign’s Web site and helping oversee development of the grassroots tools that mobilized an army of 1.4 million campaign volunteers. Having come to the campaign with experience as an early political blogger, Ruffini launched and ran the campaign’s blog—the first ever affiliated with an incumbent President—and led rapid response outreach to the then-burgeoning political blogosphere.

Other professional highlights include an earlier tenure at the RNC from 2002-03, and his work for the American Enterprise Institute in 2001-02.

Beyond his work in politics, Ruffini is also well known as a leading political blogger. Ruffini began blogging in 2001 when the medium was still in its infancy, and has been a front-page contributor for Red State and Townhall.com. In 2008, he co-founded The Next Right, a forum for rising young leaders on the right shaping the future of the conservative movement.

Ruffini’s online presence is defined by a unique blend of analysis, advocacy, and activism. Immediately following the 2008 election, Ruffini co-authored the Rebuild the Party platform for Republican renewal that has attracted the support of over 10,000 online activists and five of the six candidates in the 2009 election for RNC Chairman.

An Atlantic profile published in 2008 concluded that Ruffini “looks poised to become one of the most influential Republican political strategists of his generation.” He has authored a monthly “Digital Democracy” column for Townhall magazine, written for National Review, and appeared as a political analyst on Fox News Channel and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. Ruffini’s analysis of emerging political trends has also appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, PBS MediaShift, and Newsweek.

Ruffini is a 2000 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and currently resides in the Washington, D.C. suburbs with his wife and adorable twin daughters.

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Tracy Russo
New Media Strategy at the United States Department of Justice

Tracy Russo currently directs the new media strategy at the United States Department of Justice and serves as a member of the Federal Web Managers' Council. Previously, she formed Russo Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm that specialized in new media strategies. She has helped a variety of campaigns and non-profit organizations with their online communications and new media efforts. Russo is also a frequent speaker and educator on the best practices of online engagement.

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Shabbir Imber Safdar
Co-Founder of Virilion Inc

In 1997, Shabbir co-founded Virilion Inc (then Mindshare Interactive Campaigns). The company grew for 12 years into one of the largest purely digital public affairs agencies. Along the way he helped some of the largest nonprofits, trade associations, Fortune 100's, and advocacy groups to translate their causes into the digital world.

In 2008 Shabbir became obsessed with web analytics. He led Virilion's transition from legacy product Hitbox to Omniture, became certified in Google Analytics, and pioneered Virilion's analytics and measurement practice which thrives today. He has written two ebooks on web analytics, "3 fundraising metrics for your nonprofit website" and the forthcoming book "Is your nonprofit Facebook Page worth it? Measurements and Analytics" co-authored with Shayna Engli (mid April 2010).

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Kari Dunn Saratovsky
Vice President of Social Innovation, The Case Foundation

As Vice President of Social Innovation at the Case Foundation, Kari Dunn Saratovsky brings with her more than a decade of experience in the government and nonprofit sectors. As a member of the senior leadership team, Kari helps set the programmatic direction of the Foundation and manages cross-sector partnerships that help strengthen civic engagement and volunteerism, promote participatory philanthropy and leverage technology to accelerate new approaches to giving and philanthropy. She also serves as publisher of the Foundation’s blog, Social Citizens.

Prior to joining the Case Foundation, Saratovsky served as Executive Director of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a presidential commission to support and expand volunteer service throughout the country and around the world. Previously, she was White House Liaison and Advisor to the CEO, at the Corporation for National and Community Service, the parent agency of the AmeriCorps program and other national service initiatives. Saratovsky first began addressing national policy issues as a Legislative Assistant on Capitol Hill and received her B.A. in political science and public policy at Indiana University.

In addition to writing and speaking on the Foundation’s areas of expertise, Kari is an avid volunteer and currently serves on the boards of Mobilize.org and Repair the World.

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Jan Schaffer
Executive Director, J-Lab

Jan Schaffer is executive director of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, which she launched in 2002 to spotlight pioneering initiatives in civic journalism, interactive and participatory journalism, and citizen media ventures. J-Lab rewards novel ideas through the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism (www.J-Lab.org). It funds cutting-edge citizen media start-ups through its New Voices (www.J-NewVoices.org) and McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneur projects (www.newmediawomen.org). It produces Web tutorials on digital media at www.J-Learning.org and the Knight Citizen News Network (www.kcnn.org). She previously directed the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, a $14 million initiative that funded more than 120 pilot news projects that better engaged people in public issues. She is a former Business Editor and a Pulitzer Prize winner for The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she worked for 22 years as a reporter and editor.

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Nancy Scola

Nancy Scola is associate editor at techPresident and Personal Democracy Forum, where she covers the intersection of technology and politics. Nancy also works as a freelance writer, including as a contributing writer for the American Prospect's group blog TAPPED. In the past, she served on the House of Representatives' Committee on Government Reform, handling both online communications and tech policy, and as an aide to (now Senator) Mark Warner of Virginia as he explored a presidential run. She lives and works in Brooklyn.

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Tom Serres
CEO and Co-Founder of Piryx

Tom Serres is an entrepreneur, techie, blogger, and strategist. His goal- to disrupt the online fundraising industry through innovation. In 2009, he teamed up with a few buddies from college to launch the Piryx platform. His company offers advanced technology that makes online fundraising as easy as writing a blog or posting a status update.

A former politico from Texas, Tom traded in his cowboy boots for sambas, and headed to the west coast to build Piryx into the Online Giving Platform for political campaigns, non-profits, and social entrepreneurship. He was named a 2009 rising political star by Politics Magazine, awarded with the title of "40 under 40" in 2009 by the New Leaders Council.

Tom grew up in Austin, TX and is now running Piryx operations in San Francisco. When he’s free, he enjoys practicing yoga, mentoring budding entrepreneurs, and catching the latest flicks on his Netflix account.

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Clay Shirky

Clay 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, and Cognitive Surplus, about using our free time cooperatively.

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Jonah Sieger
Founder and Managing Partner of Connections Media LLC

Jonah Seiger, Founder & Managing Partner, Connections Media LLC (www.connectionsmedia.com)

Jonah Seiger is the founder and Managing Partner of Connections Media LLC, a full service interactive agency specializing in politics and public affairs, and serves as a senior digital media strategist to leading corporations, associations, and candidates. Widely regarded as an Internet pioneer, Seiger lead some of the very first online advocacy campaigns - including the groundbreaking 1996 "Black Page Protest" in which thousands of web sites went black for 48 hours to protest restrictive content regulations for the Internet. Beginning in 1993, Seiger worked on Internet policy issues with Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) then chairman of the House Telecommunications Subcommittee, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) In 2001, Seiger was recognized by the AAPC and Harvard University on its list of "The 25 Who Are Changing the World of Internet Politics." He splits his time between Washington DC and New York City.

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Micah L. Sifry

Micah L. Sifry is co-founder and editor of the Personal Democracy Forum, a website and annual conference that covers the ways technology is changing politics and TechPresident.com, its 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 Rasiej also write the “Politics 2.0” column for Politico.

From 1997-2005, he was a senior analyst with Public Campaign, a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC working on comprehensive campaign finance reform. Prior to that, Sifry was an editor and writer with The Nation magazine for thirteen years. He is the 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). In June 2008, his latest book, Rebooting America, an anthology of writing on how the Internet and new technology can be used to reinvent American democracy, co-edited with Allison Fine, Andrew Rasiej and Josh Levy, was published. (It’s available online for free download at rebooting.personaldemocracy.com.) 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.

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Josh Silver
Executive Director and Co-Founder of Free Press

Josh Silver is the executive director and co-founder of Free Press, the leading national organization working on media and technology policy in the public interest. Josh 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 in the Wall Street Journal and featured in media 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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Ravi Singh

Ravi Singh is CEO and founder of ElectionMall™ Technologies, Inc., a non-partisan technology solutions firm providing citizens, candidates, and political parties with the necessary online tools, services, and products to help them win elections via the Internet. Known for its SaaS campaign technology, ElectionMall worked with over 600 different campaigns during the 2008 election cycle and in 2009 announced the launch of its Mexico and Ukrainian franchises, pioneering new technologies in emerging democracies. The company, first featured in “Click the Vote” March 2004 BusinessWeek Magazine®, is considered the one of largest and fastest growing campaign and election technology firms in the United States. With offices in Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Brussels, Kiev, and Mexico City the company provides a unique “one-stop shop” technology approach for a variety of candidates since 2000.

Singh, described as the “campaign guru,” in a USA Today® article, has spoken this past year promoting eDemocracy at international speaking engagements at the European Union Parliament in Belgium, a United Nations Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Public Affairs Association of Canada in Toronto, and the Personal Democracy Forum in New York and Madrid, plus numerous academic speeches at universities abroad. During these presentations Singh has encouraged world leaders to use social media networking sites and establish dialogues with their grassroots supporters. In 2008 Singh was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns and Elections Magazine®. One of the most prestigious honors in politics, the “Rising Star” award goes to people 35 or under who have already made a significant mark in political consulting or advocacy. In 2004, USA Weekend Magazine® named Ravi Singh as one of the “five new powerbrokers whose sites and bytes may well influence how you cast your ballot come November.”

Singh, the first-born son of U.S. immigrant parents, began his political journey at age 14 when the US Armed Forces forbid him to wear his turban in a USA Military Academy. Senator Paul Simon and Congressman Dennis Hastert introduced legislation on his behalf signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. This legislation allowed Singh to graduate from the military academy with full honors as a 2nd Lieutenant, making him the first American with a turban to graduate.

In 1995, Singh taught citizens at the Illinois State Fair “how to use the Internet and surf Yahoo!®.” In 1996, he was asked to serve on the National Asian American Planning Committee, collecting “Internet email addresses” for the 1996 Presidential Election. By the age of 25, Singh’s passion for politics inspired him to run for public office. He was the first Asian American and Sikh with a turban to run for office in the 42nd District Illinois General Assembly. During his campaign, Singh made history by launching the first “online chat town hall meeting” and the first Internet candidate campaign website in the district.

Following his run for political office, Singh founded ElectionMall™ Technologies, Inc., in 2000 and was one of the first in the industry to send a unique electronic card over the Internet known as eYardSigns®, utilized in the 2000 Presidential Campaign by both George W. Bush and the Democratic National Committee. ElectionMall continued in its pioneering approach in 2004 as CNN® and PC Magazine® highlighted the first online animation debates, which premiered on www.electionmall.tv.

As an “industry pioneer” and inventor with registered patents, Singh and ElectionMall have qualified as the only online “registering authority” (RA) providing digital authentication certificates for candidates, campaigns, and political organizations’ websites. The exclusive online program, known as ElectionSecurity™, ensures election and campaign trust, security, and protection for online political consumers.

Ravi Singh, born and raised in the United States, has a Bachelors of Science from Valparaiso University and a Masters in Political Science from Northwestern University. He is a member of the EAPC (European), the AAPC (American) Associations of Political Consultants, and IAPC (International) serving on the IAPC Board as well. Singh is the author of two books and various articles. His first book, Leadership by Turban, is now available on Amazon®.com while his second book Democracy 2.0 will be available in 2010. Singh has published articles on Campaign Relationship Management and “Voter Space” for George Washington University. Singh currently resides in Washington D.C. and can be followed on Twitter during his international travels @CampaignGuru.

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John Simms
John M. Simms, President and CEO,Odell, Simms & Associates, Inc.

John Simms guides fundraising and marketing campaigns for Odell, Simms & Associates, Inc.'s clients and manages the company's business affairs. A 20 year veteran of both politics and strategic marketing, Mr. Simms is also the President and owner of CMDI, Inc., an information management company that provides marketing and support services to OSA and its clients. A graduate of the Emory University School of Law, he is a member of the Mississippi, Georgia, District of Columbia, and American Bar Associations..

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Bryan Sivak
Chief Technology Officer, Office of the Chief Technology Officer

Bryan Sivak was appointed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on October 13, 2009 to the Cabinet post of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the District of Columbia. As CTO, Sivak leads the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), an organization of more than 500 staff that provides technology services and leadership for 86 agencies, 38,000 employees, residents, businesses and millions of visitors.

Sivak has over 15 years of international experience in building software and internet technologies and organizations. In 2002, he founded and developed InQuira, Inc., a multi-national technology solutions company whose products are used at top private and public sector organizations including Bank of America, UK Ministry of Defence, Nokia, and T-Mobile. During his tenure, he oversaw every aspect of the business from design and development of the product to sales, marketing, and management activities relating to the overall execution of InQuira's business plan and growth of the company. In 2005, he moved to London and opened the European office of the company, which he grew from zero to 30 percent of the company's revenue in four years.

Prior to his work with InQira, Sivak founded Electric Knowledge LLC, which provided the world's first Natural Language Search engine available on the web. The company's customers included Bank of America and Fidelity Investments among others. Electric Knowledge eventually merged with Answerfriend, which was the basis for the formation of InQuira.

Sivak holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Chicago.

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Alex Skatell

Alex Skatell is the Director of New Media and Technology for the Republican Governors Association. In this role he oversees IT infrastructure, software implementation, web development, online advertising, social media, and video production. Alex Skatell joined the RGA in May of 2009 and helped to implement the RGA's online strategies for the New Jersey and Virginia governors' races.

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Mark Skidmore
Director of Advertising and Promotion of Blue State Digital

Throughout his career Mark has spearheaded campaigns for over 100 companies, campaigns, non-profits, and advocacy groups spread over 13 countries. In 2008 Mark built Blue State Digital's advertising division, clients include: the Presidential Inaugural Committee, ServiceNation, The Prince of Wales, John Kerry, and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Prior to his work in politics and advocacy, Mark managed digital advertising for Nike throughout Europe and North America, working with brands such as NIKEiD, Nike Football, and the Nike Store EMEA. Other brands he’s worked with include: Neiman Marcus, Phillip Lim, Armani, and Juicy Couture. Previously, he co-founded the social networking platform Ventwork.com, leading marketing and design.

Mark speaks regularly and has appeared at the Ad Council, Google, SES, POLC, and was the 2009 keynote speaker at the eMetrics Summit. His thoughts and work have appeared in the New York Times, Barron’s, Forbes, the National Journal, Advertising Age and Media Post.

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Marc Smith
Chief Social Scientist, Connected Action Consulting Group

Marc Smith is a sociologist specializing in the social organization of online communities and computer mediated interaction. He founded and managed the Community Technologies Group at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington and led the development of social media reporting and analysis tools for Telligent Systems. Smith leads the Connected Action consulting group and lives and works in Silicon Valley, California. Smith co-founded the Social Media Research Foundation (http://www.smrfoundation.org/), a non-profit devoted to open tools, data, and scholarship related to social media research.

Smith is the co-editor with Peter Kollock of Communities in Cyberspace (Routledge), a collection of essays exploring the ways identity; interaction and social order develop in online groups. Along with Derek Hansen and Ben Shneiderman, he is the co-author and editor of Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a connected world, forthcoming from Morgan-Kaufmann in July 2010 which is a guide to mapping connections created through computer-mediated interactions.

Smith's research focuses on computer-mediated collective action: the ways group dynamics change when they take place in and through social cyberspaces. Many "groups" in cyberspace produce public goods and organize themselves in the form of a commons (for related papers see: http://www.connectedaction.net/marc-smith/). Smith's goal is to visualize these social cyberspaces, mapping and measuring their structure, dynamics and life cycles. At Microsoft, he developed the "Netscan" web application and data mining engine that allows researchers studying Usenet newsgroups and related repositories of threaded conversations to get reports on the rates of posting, posters, crossposting, thread length and frequency distributions of activity. Smith applied this work to the development of a generalized community analysis platform for Telligent, providing a web based system for groups of all sizes to discuss and publish their material to the web and analyze the emergent trends that result. He contributes to the open and free NodeXL project (http://www.codeplex.com/nodexl) that adds social network analysis features to the familiar Excel spreadsheet. A tutorial on social network analysis is evolving into a book and is freely available (http://casci.umd.edu/NodeXL_Teaching). NodeXL enables social network analysis of email, twitter, flickr, www, facebook and other network data sets.

The Connected Action consulting group (http://www.connectedaction.net) applies social science methods in general and social network analysis techniques in particular to enterprise and internet social media usage. SNA analysis of data from message boards, blogs, wikis, friend networks, and shared file systems can reveal insights into organizations and processes. Community managers can gain actionable insights into the volumes of community content created in their social media repositories. Mobile social software applications can visualize patterns of association that are otherwise invisible.

Smith received a B.S. in International Area Studies from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1988, an M.Phil. in social theory from Cambridge University in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA in 2001. He is an affiliate faculty at the Department of Sociology at the University of Washington and the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. Smith is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Media-X Program at Stanford University.

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Katie Stanton
Special Adviser, Office of Innovation at the State Department.

Katie Jacobs Stanton (@KateAtState) works in the Office of Innovation at the State Department. Her mandate is to leverage technology to help advance the diplomatic and development goals of the United States. Prior to the State Department, Stanton was President Obama's first Director of Citizen Participation at the White House. Stanton joined the government from Google where she was a senior product manager and business development executive responsible for OpenSocial, Google Moderator, Google Finance and various election-related initiatives. Stanton joined Google from Yahoo! where she helped build the investing program on Yahoo! Finance as well as lead Yahoo Finance's growth internationally. Stanton's professional experience also includes three years as an Investment Banker, a Fellow at the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, a volunteer position in Kenya, and a teaching role in Japan. Stanton has an MA in International Affairs at Columbia University and a BA in Political Science from Rhodes College. In addition to her attempts at saving the world, she is the mom of 3 kids, 2 dogs and the occasional lizard.

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Rachel Sterne

Rachel Sterne is CEO of GroundReport.com, a global citizen news platform with over 7,000 contributors that empowers anyone to publish original, intelligent reporting. She founded the platform in 2006 with the mission to democratize the media and help the world share its stories. To date, GroundReport has published exclusive news on the Iranian protests, Mumbai terrorism attacks and Beijing Olympics. She is also the Principal of Upward, a digital communications and engagement firm for startups and nonprofits. Named one of America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs by BusinessWeek, Sterne has discussed citizen journalism for CNN Money, NBC Universal, FOX News and The Aspen Institute.

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Lisa Stone
BlogHer

As BlogHer’s CEO, Lisa Stone works with BlogHer’s investors and across the entire organization to advocate for bloggers, partners, products, and events that fulfill our vision. A leading expert on developing successful online communities and interactive programming for women, prior to BlogHer Lisa has worked with Hearst and Rodale magazines, E! Television/Online, HBO's Sex and the City, Bloomberg, Gallup and Knight Ridder. While executive producer and Editor in Chief/VP, Programming for Women.com, Lisa launched an 18-channel network and grew it to a Top 30 site, overseeing all original programming and integrating Hearst and Rodale magazines. The first Internet journalist awarded a Nieman Fellowship by Harvard University (2002), Lisa began blogging, as an extension of her 2004 political reporting for the Los Angeles Times. Lisa also blogs about politics and best business practices for today’s media companies on BlogHer. A traditional journalist who left CNN for the Internet in 1997, Lisa has written for The New York Times, CNN, The Los Angeles Times and The Oakland Tribune, among other publications. She and BlogHer were recently recognized on Forbes.com's Seven Most Powerful Women in Media and Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business 2010.

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Jed Sundwall
Director of Social Media Marketing at Captura Group

Jed Sundwall is the director of social media marketing at Captura Group, where he has developed and managed Internet strategies for USA.gov, GobiernoUSA.gov, PayPal, and Century 21.

Prior to joining Captura Group, Jed worked at Eventful.com where he worked on outreach initiatives for the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama, John Edwards, Mike Huckabee, and Ron Paul. His work at Eventful.com yielded coverage in CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Politico, Wired.com, Slate.com, and the Associated Press.

He has also worked as a researcher and consultant for NetSquared, working with executives from Creative Commons, Flickr, Mozilla Foundation, and Wikipedia to identify and codify social media best practices.

Jed holds B.A. degrees in Spanish and English from the University of Utah and a Master's of International Relations from the University of California, San Diego.

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Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor is the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and organizing director of Change Congress.Stephanie has been organizing in the field and online for over a decade. For a number of years, she was a labor organizer in the Midwest and Appalachia for SEIU District 1199, a health-care and social service workers' union, and later worked in senior positions at the AFL-CIO, the Democratic National Committee, Change Congress and MoveOn.org. She's proudest of her role as senior consultant, field and GOTV director for Tom Perriello's (D-VA) upstart campaign against longtime incumbent Virgil Goode, a tough race won by 700 votes.

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Benoit Thieulin
Net-campaign Director for Primary and Presidential Race of Segolene Royal (France)

With a degree of political sciences from "Sciences Po Paris", Benoit Thieulin is specialized since 10 years in the use of internet in the social and political fields.

After 4 years in asia, working on IT, he worked at the prime minister office in 2000 to coordinante the on ligne governmental communication. In 2005, during the European Treaty Referendum, he created a technology watch on new media that revealed the power of critical networks regarding the weakness of pro-europeans involved in the web campaign. After the victory of the “no”, he was appointed by the European Commission at the head of ther French European Portal.

In 2006, Benoit Thieulin created the website, www.desirsdavenir.org, to support Segolène Royal candidacy for the social “primairies”.Then he then he supervised the web campaign of socialist presidential candidate Ségolène Royal in 2007 and organized the “off & on line” great participative debates.

In June 2007, Benoit Thieulin created La Netscouade, an internet agency, specialized in social web, on line communities, techno-politics and participative processes.

They developed the online participative journal "Mediapart", launched by the former Director of Le Monde, Edwy Plenel. La Netscouade develops and maintains many websites as a mean of public consultation and also many social networks both for internal (Companies 2.0) or external purposes (CRM 2.0)

La Netscouade is working since 2009 for the French socialist party : they are developing “La CooPol” a social network to digitally organize the socialist community, to create new campaigning tools and to recruit volonteers.

Benoit Thieulin participates to several TV and Radio programs on digital innovative practices. He is involved regularly, in many conferences about the use of internet into politics, in London, Dublin, Berlin, etc.

He is a member of the board of the French progressive Think Tank, Terranova. He conducted a one month French mission to the USA to deliver a survey about the innovative phenomenon of the Obama campaign.

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Jim Tisch
Vote iQ

Vote iQ is the vision of company founder Jim Tisch, a technologist with more than 20 years experience bringing successful products to market. Through the years he has provided enterprise technology solutions supporting Microsoft, Apple, and 3Com. Working as a partner with the team that produced the first PalmPilot, he has a history of using technology to achieve revolutionary changes in society. At FranklinCovey, eCollege.com, and Pacific Edge Software, he demonstrated a talent for helping adapt technology to meet the needs of consumers. At Robbins Gioia consulting, he became an expert in new media best practices and a leader in knowledge management.

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John Tolva
Director of Citizenship & Technology for the IBM Corporation.

John Tolva is the Director of Citizenship & Technology for the IBM Corporation. John is responsible for developing new social, educational, environmental and cultural heritage projects in partnership with non-profit institutions and governmental entities. John manages international teams from specialized IBM skill groups and labs around the world.

Recent projects include Beyond Space and Time, a fully-immersive multi-user virtual world for the Forbidden City in Beijing (http://www.beyondspaceandtime.org); Meedan, a social network for discussion of current affairs of interest to the Middle East, machine-translated between English and Arabic (http://meedan.net); and the upcoming City Forward urban decision-support simulator tool (http://www.cityforward.org).

John maintains a personal website at http://www.ascentstage.com.

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Mike Turk
Founder and Partner, CRAFT | Media / Digital

In his professional career, Turk has lived at the intersection of politics, public policy and technology - crossing from the political, to the commercial and into government. Turk joins Craft | Media/Digital from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association where he served as Vice President of Industry Grassroots for the trade association that represents America's largest broadband providers. He has managed Internet operations for three Presidential campaigns - Fred Thompson 2008, Bush-Cheney 04, and Quayle 2000. He served as the Republican National Committee's first eCampaign Director following the 2004 campaign. In addition, Turk has managed e-Government projects at the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Energy; and worked with Grassroots Enterprise - an Internet focused public affairs firm - as a technology and activism consultant. Turk got his start in politics working for the Republican Party of New Mexico. During his tenure, the party grew its ranks in the State House and Senate by more than 70% and reelected the first Governor ever to serve two terms in the state. Turk is passionate, and writes frequently, about telecom policy and technology developments for Digital Society and via his personal blog at www.KungFuQuip.com . Turk is married and considers his two beautiful children his greatest accomplishment.

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Katrin Verclas
Co-Founder and Editor of MobileActive.org

Katrin is the co-founder and editor of MobileActive.org, a global network of practitioners using mobile phones for social impact.

Katrin is currently working on mobile projects in governance, accountability, and political participation in emerging democracies.

She has written widely on mobile phones in citizen participation and civil society organizations, mobile phones in health and for development. She is a co-author of Wireless Technology for Social Change, a report on trends in mobile use by NGOs with the UN Foundation and Vodafone Group Foundation, and author of A Mobile Voice: The Use of Mobile Phones in Citizen Media.

Katrin's background is in IT management, IT in social change organizations, and in philanthropy. She has led several nonprofit organizations, including as the Executive Director of NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network, the national association of IT professionals working in the more than one million nonprofit organizations in the United States. Previously she served as a program officer at the Proteus Fund, focusing on the use of technology in civic and democratic participation, and in government transparency.

She is the editor of Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission, published by Wiley & Sons., and author of a chapter in Mobilizing 2.0, a book focused on engaging young people and the use of technology. She is a frequent speaker on ICTs in civil society at national and international conferences and has published numerous articles and publications on technology for social change in leading popular and industry publications. She is 2009 TED Fellow and a fellow at the MIT Media Lab.

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Fernanda Viegas

Fernanda B. Viégas is a computational designer whose work focuses on the social, collaborative, and artistic aspects of information visualization. She is a co-founder, with Martin Wattenberg, of the visualization studio Flowing Media.

Her fascination with the power of visualization to spark conversation led to the creation of Many Eyes at IBM, where she was a researcher from 2005 to 2010. The site is an open experiment in collective sensemaking and the impact of data analysis on public debate.

Before joining IBM, Viégas’s research at the MIT Media Lab focused on the visualization of online communities. She is known for her pioneering work on depicting chat histories, email archives, and Wikipedia activity. Viégas's interest in the stories that people tell about these archives led to a series of visualizations of personal, emotionally-charged data.

Her artistic visualizations have been exhibited in venues such as the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Viégas holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the Media Lab at MIT. She is Brazilian and misses the year-round warm weather in Rio de Janeiro where she grew up.

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Jimmy Wales
Founder of Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales is an American Internet entrepreneur best known as the founder of Wikimedia Foundation, the charity which operates Wikipedia.org, and as the co-founder of Wikia.com.

Wales received his Bachelor's degree in finance from Auburn University and his Master's in finance from University of Alabama. He was appointed a fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School in 2005 and in 2006, he joined the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization Creative Commons.

In January of 2001, Wales started Wikipedia.org, the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit and today Wikipedia and its sister projects are among the top-five most visited sites on the web. In mid-2003, Wales set up the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization based in St. Petersburg, Florida, to support Wikipedia.org. The Foundation, now based in downtown San Francisco, boasts a staff of close to thirty focusing on fundraising, technology, and programming relating to the expansion of Wikipedia. Wales now sits on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, and as founder continues to act as a key spokesperson.

In 2004, Wales co-founded Wikia.com, a completely separate company that enables groups of people to share information and opinions that fall outside the scope of an encyclopedia. Wikia’s community-created wikis range from video games and movies to finance and environmental issues. Wikia's network is now ranked in the top 75 of all websites according to Quantcast.com, and strong growth continues.

In 2007, The World Economic Forum recognized Wales as one of the “Young Global Leaders.” This prestigious award acknowledges the top 250 young leaders for their professional accomplishments, their commitment to society and their potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. In addition, Wales received the “Time 100 Award” in 2006, as he was named one of the world’s most influential people in the “Scientists & Thinkers” category.

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Martin Wattenberg

Martin Wattenberg is a computer scientist and artist. He is a co-founder, with Fernanda Viégas, of the visualization studio Flowing Media.

From 2005 to 2010, he founded and managed IBM's Visual Communication Lab, exploring new forms of visualization and how they can enable better collaboration. A key project was Many Eyes (http://www.many-eyes.com), an experiment in open, public data visualization and analysis.

Prior to joining IBM, Wattenberg was the Director of Research and Development at SmartMoney.com, a joint venture of Dow Jones and Hearst. His work at SmartMoney included the groundbreaking Map of the Market.

Wattenberg is known for his visualization-based artwork, which has been exhibited in venues such as the London Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Wattenberg holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from U.C. Berkeley. He lives in Winchester, Massachusetts.

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David Weinberger

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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Conor White-Sullivan

Conor White-Sullivan is the CEO of Localocracy, an online platform for peer to peer politics and local civic engagement. On Localocracy, registered voters in the community (using real names) can ask questions, vote on issues and candidates, and rank the best reasons for supporting their side. Localocracy launched its beta in Amherst Massachusetts in February 2010, where they formed partnerships with two local papers and the local public access station and were endorsed by the State Representative, State Senator, and Town Manager. They have been invited to expand the site to other communities, and have won funding to begin doing so through a number of start-up competitions.

White-Sullivan's background is in political organizing. In 2008 he was the Western Massachusetts Field Coordinator on a successful statewide ballot initiative. He was also an undergraduate fellow at the National Center for Digital Government at UMass Amherst where he graduated this spring with a B.A. in Anthropology. He turned 21 at last year's PdF

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Emily Williams

Emily Williams is a Senior Account Executive with MSHC Partners. Since joining the firm in 2005, Emily has led the strategy and execution of dozens of online initiatives for a wide range of non-profit, political and advocacy clients. During the 2008 election cycle, Emily took a leave of absence from MSHC to serve as the Online Advertising Campaign Manager for Obama for America, where she managed unprecedented online marketing programs for voter registration, early voting, messaging, and GOTV.

Emily has spoken at events hosted by Google, Politics magazine, MediaPost and the American Association of Political Consultants, led training sessions for the Victory Fund and lectured at George Mason and Salisbury Universities. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Columbia University.

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Erica Williams

Erica Williams is the Deputy Director of Progress 2050, a project of the Center for American Progress that develops new ideas for an increasingly diverse America. 2050 works to build a more inclusive progressive agenda by promoting innovative policy, facilitating honest dialogue and developing new leaders. Listed by Politico.com as one of Top 50 Politicos to Watch, she is the former Deputy Director and current senior advisor of Campus Progress. There, she worked to advance progressive policy with and for 18- to 27-year-olds across the nation. Her advocacy focused on economic mobility, equal opportunity, health care, and clean energy. Before joining CAP, Erica worked at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights to advance effective federal civil and human rights legislation. She has been a guest and commentator on CNN, C-SPAN, Fox & Friends and quoted in publications like The Washington Post, U.S. News and World Reports, and The Nation magazine.

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Rob Willington

Robert Willington was a web and political strategist for the Scott Brown for US Senate campaign. Rob joined RebuildTheParty.com as executive director in December of 2008. Prior to Rebuild, Rob was executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party where he expanded MassGOP.com and developed an integrated web strategy. Willington also served as Political Director for the Massachusetts Republican Party and has worked on several local and national campaigns. In 2005, Willington was campaign director for VoteOnMarriage.org which garnered over 170,000 signatures in just 62 days - this was the largest ballot initiative in the history of Massachusetts.

Willington has appeared on the following media networks:

* NPR
* USA Today
* Boston Globe
* Boston Herald
* Radio Italy
* Radio Switzerland
* NECN
* Fox News

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Nathan Woodhull

Nathan Woodhull leads the Innovation Lab team at the Democratic National Committee/Organizing for America. This team of software engineers builds new tools and platforms to support the organizing work of ordinary Americans across the country. Nathan is responsible for creating a product oriented engineering culture, while attempting to remain agile, risk taking and open to new opportunities.

Prior to the DNC, Nathan held engineering roles at a variety of innovative and entrepreneurial organizations including Mobile Commons, ActBlue, and The Public Radio Exchange. He has also worked as an independent software consultant.

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Jon Worth
Partner in techPolitics LLP

Jon Worth is a partner in techPolitics LLP (www.techpolitics.eu), a web agency delivering online political campaigns in countries across the European Union. He has previously been involved in campaigns such as Atheist Bus (www.atheistbus.org.uk), Gender Balanced Commission (www.genderbalancedcommission.eu) and election campaigns for British and German politicians. Jon is also an active blogger about European Union politics at www.jonworth.eu and founder of an EU-blogs aggregator (www.bloggingportal.eu). Prior to working in website design Jon's background is in UK public administration and training. He is a UK citizen, resident in Brussels in Belgium, and you'll often find him on the railways of Europe travelling to meet clients.

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Deanna Zandt
Media Technologist and Author

Deanna Zandt is a media technologist and the author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking (forthcoming: Berrett-Koehler, June 2010). She is a consultant to key progressive media organizations including AlterNet and Jim Hightower's Hightower Lowdown, and hosts TechGrrl Tips on GRITtv with Laura Flanders. Zandt specializes in social media, and is a leading expert in women and technology. She 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.

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Barnett Zitron

Barnett Zitron recently worked at Bloomberg for Mayor 2009. He is also Advisor Emeritus of Why Tuesday?, a non-partisan group working to increase voter participation, and was executive director of the Ultimate College Bowl, an effort to register every college student to vote. Barnet Zintron received a BA from NYU's Gallatin School where he studied City Planning and Architecture.

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Ethan Zuckerman
Senior Researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Havard University

Ethan Zuckerman is a senior researcher at the Berkman Center for
Internet and Society at Harvard University. His research focuses on
the distribution of attention in mainstream and new media, the use of
technology for international development, and the use of new media
technologies by activists.

With Rebecca MacKinnon, Ethan co-founded international blogging
community Global Voices. Global Voices showcases news and opinions
from citizen media in over 150 nations and thirty languages,
publishing editions in twenty languages.

In 2000, Ethan founded Geekcorps, a technology volunteer corps that
sends IT specialists to work on projects in developing nations, with a
focus on West Africa. Previously Ethan helped found Tripod.com, one of
the web's first "personal publishing" sites. He blogs at

http://ethanzuckerman.com/blog
and tweets as (@ethanz)

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