Political Bloggers Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple

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On May 16th, the Nation’s Top Bloggers and a Bipartisan “Who’s Who” of the Blogosphere Will Converge in New York for the Second Annual Personal Democracy Forum, the Preeminent Conference Examining the Implications and Impact of Internet Technology on Politics

-- Speakers Include Andy Stern, Tucker Eskew, Arianna Huffington,
Zephyr Teachout, Hugh Hewitt, Dan Gillmor, Michael Turk, Josh Marshall, Scott Heiferman, Chris Nolan, Craig Newmark, Gina Glantz, Markos Moulitsas,
Jeff Jarvis, Omar Wasow and Rebecca MacKinnon --

New York, NY – April 20, 2005 – On Monday, May 16, 2005, the nation’s most influential political bloggers, together with a “Who’s Who” of bipartisan political and technology experts, will converge in New York at the second annual Personal Democracy Forum (www.personaldemocracy.com), the preeminent conference examining the implications and impact of Internet technology on politics. Taking place at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan, and sponsored by Google, this year’s Forum features the newsmakers from both Red and Blue States, who are reshaping the landscape of the electoral process, political action and communication in our wired world. Among the participants:

  • Andy Stern, President, Service Employees International Union
  • Craig Newmark, Founder of Craig’sList
  • Jeff Jarvis, Blogger, BuzzMachine.com
  • Hugh Hewitt, Best-Selling Author, Talk-radio host and Blogger
  • Tucker Eskew, Eskew Strategy Group
  • Dan Gillmor, Grassroots Media Inc.
  • Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post
  • Michael Turk, RNC eCampaign Director
  • Gina Glantz, Chair, America Coming Together
  • Scott Heiferman, Co-Founder and CEO of Meetup.com
  • Jennifer 8. Lee, New York Times
  • Markos Moulitsas, Blogger, DailyKos
  • Omar Wasow, CEO, BlackPlanet.com
  • Chris Nolan, Blogger, Politics from Left to Right
  • David Sifry, Founder and CEO of Technorati
  • Micah Sifry, Executive Editor of Personal Democracy Forum
  • Andrew Rasiej, Founder of Personal Democracy Forum
  • Doc Searls, Senior Editor of Linux Journal, Co-Author of The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual
  • Nicco Mele, CEO of EchoDitto
  • Josh Marshall, Blogger, Talkingpointsmemo.com
  • Jonathan Carson, CEO of BuzzMetrics
  • Mitch Ratcliffe, CEO of Persuadio, Co-Editor of Extreme Democracy
  • Leslie Harris, Senior Advisor, Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Christian Crumlish, author of The Power of Many: How the Living Web is Transforming Business, Politics and Everyday Life
  • Michael Bassik, VP for Internet Advertising, Malchow Schlackman Hoppey & Cooper
  • Allison Fine, Executive Director, E-Volve Foundation
  • Ravi Singh, Co-founder, ElectionMall Technologies
  • Jed Miller, Director of Internet Programs, ACLU
  • Martin Kearns, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Green Media Toolshed
  • Dave Pollak, Founder, Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century
  • Harish Rao, COO, EchoDitto
  • Christopher M. Rabb, Founder and Chief Evangelist, Afro-Netizen
  • Hossein Darakshian (aka “Hoder”), Iranian Blogger
  • Eric Porres, VP and COO, Pericles
  • Rich Lowry, Editor, National Review
  • Steve Waldman, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Beliefnet.com
  • Dan Carol, Political Strategist, Principal of CTSG
  • Dr. Michael Cornfield, Senior Research Consultant, Pew Internet & American Life
  • Britt Blaser
  • Rebecca MacKinnon, Blogger, RConversation.com
  • David Isenberg, Principal Prosultant, isen.com
  • Zephyr Treachout, Online Organizer
  • David Weinberger, Author of Small Pieces, Loosely Joined; Co-Author of The Cluetrain Manifesto
  • Jerry Michalski, Sociate
  • Kaliya Hamlin, Identity Commons
  • Mike Krempasky, Political Director, American Target Advertising and Co-Founder, RedState.org
  • Matt Stoller, Editor and Blogger, The Blogging of the President
  • Carol Darr, Director of the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet
  • Mindy Finn, Deputy eCampaign Director, Republican National Committee
  • Kate Kaye, Associate Editor, Personal Democracy Forum
  • Dan Robinson, Civicactions
  • Kathy Mitchell, Internet Advocacy Manager, Consumers Union
  • William Greene, Founder, Rightmarch.com
  • Jon Lebkowsky, CEO, Polycot Consulting
  • Zack Exley, Internet Organizing Coordinator, British Labour Party 2005 and Kerry-Edwards 2004
  • Henry Copeland, CEO, Blogads.com
  • Chuck Defeo, Salem Communications
  • Nathon Gunn, CEO, Bitcasters
  • Sheldon Rampton, co-director, PRWatch and SourceWatch

    This unprecedented roster of bloggers, political directors, technocrats, authors and pundits will examine the extraordinary rise of the blogosphere as a political force, along with all the other ways that technology is transforming the political process. Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) 2005 features a powerful lineup of keynote addresses, tightly moderated panel discussions and breakout sessions led by revolutionaries who have changed the “rules of engagement.” In only its second year, PDF has quickly defined itself as the preeminent forum addressing the “emerging political technology sector.”

    “No longer is it enough for a political campaign or cause to just have a website and a mailing list,” said Micah Sifry, Executive Editor of Personal Democracy Forum. “Politics is now being driven by a 24-7 cosmos of self-starting, citizen-driven networks of bloggers and activists who are upending all the old rules of the game by raising their own issues, conducting their own investigations, and building their own powerful coalitions. At the Personal Democracy Forum, we will hear from the new movers and shakers themselves and find out how this new world works, who gets it and who’s being gotten by it.”


    9:00-9:30 am Keynote: Scott Heiferman, CEO, Meetup.com
    9:30-9:45 am Net-Savvy Campaigns: How Politics is Changing on the Inside
    9:45-10:00 am Net-Centric Organizing: How Politics is Changing on the Outside
    10:00-10:30 am Release of Landmark Study by Pew Internet & American Life and BuzzMetrics
    10:30-11:15 am Mapping the Political Blogosphere, Understanding Blogger Ethics, and Dealing with the FEC
    11:15-11:30 am Break
    11:30-12:30 pm Using the Net to Move Issues
    12:30-2:00 pm Lunch
    2:00-2:30 pm Rethinking Organizing with Andy Stern
    2:30-3:30 pm Why Politicians and Other Leaders Should Blog
    3:30-4:00 pm A Craig’sList for Politics? with Craig Newmark
    4:00-4:30 pm Break
    4:30-5:00 pm The Promise of Municipal Wifi
    5:00-6:00 pm The Future of Political Media
    6:00 pm Cocktails
    * Current as of 4/20; Subject to change

    Sponsored by Google, this landmark conference, The Personal Democracy Forum, will feature keynote speeches and interactive panels with the top bloggers, political strategists and technology leaders who are rewriting the rules of political contests and redefining democracy in our wired world. Topics will include:

    · Future of political media
    · Blogger ethics
    · The role of citizen journalists
    · Rethinking organizing
    · Are online networks the new grassroots?
    · Will there be a Craig’sList for politics?

    Participate in this growing network of politicians, organizers and technologists. Hear from top Internet strategists of both parties, leading political bloggers and elected officials. Understand the emerging forms of democracy that are already having a significant impact outside of the electoral process.

    Monday, May 16th, 2005, 8:30 am (Registration) – 6:30 pm
    For details, please visit www.personaldemocracy.com.

    CUNY Graduate Center
    365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street)
    New York, NY 10016

    Conference registration waived for media. Media must RSVP to Andy Morris (212-561-7465) andy@amc-pr.com or Qiuxia Yuan (212-561-7459) qiuxia@amc-pr.com.

    Register online at www.personaldemocracy.com.
    General Registration $295
    Government/Non-Profit Rate $195
    Education & Student (Student ID required at door) $150


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