Annual Personal Democracy Forum | Program

The Personal Democracy Forum Conference, an intensive one-day event, took place May 16th, 2005 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. A comprehensive roster of speakers from all segments of the political, business, blogosphere and technology worlds marked this conference as a turning point in the emergence of the political technology industry. Personal Democracy Forum 2005 featured a stimulating cross-section of high-impact presentations, one-on-one interviews, keynote-level talks, tightly moderated panel discussions and breakout workshops led by industry experts.
Main Hall
Breakout 1
Breakout 2

Registration and Networking Breakfast


Introduction and Opening Keynote: Barn-Raising in the Empowerment Age

Andrew Rasiej, Founder, Personal Democracy Forum
Scott Heiferman, CEO,


Net-Savvy Campaigns: How Politics is Changing on the Inside

Mindy Finn, Deputy eCampaign Director, Republican National Committee


Net-Centric Organizing: How Politics is Changing on the Outside

Martin Kearns, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Green Media Toolshed


Buzz, Blogs, and Beyond: A Study of The Internet and the National Agenda During the Fall of 2004

Michael Cornfield, Senior Research Consultant, Pew Internet & American Life
Jonathan Carson, President & CEO, BuzzMetrics
Dan Gillmor, Founder, Grassroots Media Inc., responding

Tools and Ideas for Empowering the Edges

Allison Fine, Executive Director, E-volve Foundation
Kaliya Hamlin, Social Media Strategist
Mike Krempasky, Co-founder,
Jo Lee, Co-Founder, CitizenSpeak
Sheldon Rampton, Research Director, Center for Media and Democracy
Dan Robinson, Technology Practice Lead, CivicActions
moderated by Christian Crumlish, Author of The Power of Many: How the Living Web is Transforming Business, Politics and Everyday Life
God on the Net: Understanding Communities of Faith Online

Hugh Hewitt, Talk Radio Host
Steven Waldman, Co-Founder, Beliefnet
moderated by Halley Suitt, Halley's Comment

High-order bit: Mapping the Political Blogosphere

David Sifry, Founder and CEO of Technorati

Black Voting 2.0: African-American Community Online

Chris Rabb, Founder, Chief Evangelist, Afro-Netizen
Liza Sabater, Blogger, Culture Kitchen
moderated by Omar Wasow, Executive Director,


High-order bit: The Net: What It Is, What It Isn't

Doc Searls, Senior Editor of Linux Journal, Co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual

High-order bit: Should the FEC regulate online political activity?

Leslie Harris, President, Leslie Harris & Assoc., Senior Advisor, Center for Democracy & Technology



Using the Net to Move Your Issues

Josh Marshall, Blogger,, Writer
Hugh Hewitt, Columnist and Blogger
Markos Moulitsas, Blogger, DailyKos
Christopher Rabb, Founder, Chief Evangelist, Afro-Netizen
Carol Darr, Director of the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet
Moderated by Chris Nolan, Journalist, Politics from Left to Right


Lunch (Box lunch served)


Working It: Best Practices in Online Political Advertising

Michael Bassik, Vice President for Internet Advertising, MSHC
Henry Copeland, CEO, Blogads
Eric Porres, Vice President & COO, Pericles Consulting
moderated by Kate Kaye, Associate Editor, Personal Democracy Forum

Extreme Democracy (Book Launch)

Britt Blaser, CEO, Open Resource Group
Jon Lebkowsky, CEO of Polycot Consulting
Mitch Ratcliffe, CEO of Persuadio, Co-editor of Extreme Democracy

The FEC and the Internet: Continuing the Debate

Leslie Harris, President, Leslie Harris & Assoc., Senior Advisor, Center for Democracy & Technology
Mike Krempasky, Political Director, American Target Advertising and Co-founder,
moderated by Ellen Miller, Deputy Director, Campaign for America's Future


Rethinking Organizing

A Conversation with Andy Stern, President of the SEIU
interviewed by Micah Sifry, Executive Editor, Personal Democracy Forum


The Promise of Municipal Broadband

Dianah Neff, Chief Information Officer, City of Philadelphia
Andrew Rasiej, Founder, Personal Democracy Forum
David Isenberg, Principal Prosultant,


Lessons from the International Stage: England, Canada, Iran and the Middle East

Hossien Derakshan, Blogger
Zack Exley, Online Campaign Organizer
Nathon Gunn, President and CEO, Bitcasters Inc.
Harish Rao, Chief Operating Officer, EchoDitto
moderated by Rebecca MacKinnon, Blogger,

Getting It: Changing Your Organization’s Internal Culture

Gina Glantz, Senior Advisor, SEIU and Chair, America Coming Together
Michael Gordon, Principal, Group Gordon
Marty Kearns, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Green Media Toolshed
Amanda Michel, Online Organizer
Jed Miller, Deputy Director, Campaign for America's Future
Ravi Singh, CEO, ElectionMall Technologies
moderated by Andrew Rasiej, Founder, Personal Democracy Forum

Got Lists? How to Build Your Base Online

William Greene, Founder,
Tom Matzzie, Washington Director,
Kathy Mitchell, Internet Advocacy Manager, Consumers Union
Greg Nelson, VP for Client Services and Strategy, CTSG
Juan Proano, Co-Founder and President, Plus Three
moderated by Matt Stoller, Media Consultant




A Craigslist for Politics?

Craig Newmark, Founder of Craigslist
Zephyr Teachout, Online Organizer
Interviewed by Micah Sifry, Executive Editor of Personal Democracy Forum


The Future of Political Media

Chuck Defeo, Director of Online Strategy for Salem Communications
Tucker Eskew, President, Eskew Strategy Group
Jeff Jarvis, Blogger,
Arianna Huffington, Syndicated Columnist
Jay Rosen, Press Critic
moderated by Jennifer 8. Lee, Reporter, New York Times


Cocktail Party
at Coda

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