PdF 2011 - Speaker Bios


Egyptian blogger, software developer, democracy activist

From his work with children using facebook to ridicule their teachers in the Arab digital expression camps, to his work with pro democracy activists using blogs to mobilize thousands of Egyptians against the government in the Kefaya movement, Alaa just loves helping people use ICTs to stick it to the man. By day he works as a Free/Open Source Software developer, by night he dons his mask and cape and patrols the streets of Cairo, jumping from campaign to campaign, building websites, providing support and training, looking out for activists in need. He likes to pretend that his work on the Egyptian Blogs Aggregator helped bring in a new era of citizen journalism and usher in a new generation of digital activists, while the rest of the world acts as if his blog is relevant.


American University Cairo, Chair, Journalism & Mass Communication

Dr. Rasha Abdulla is Associate Professor and Chair of Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo. Dr. Abdulla's main research interest is new media and the Internet, particularly as it relates to political activism. She has written three books and numerous other publications on the subject, including "The Internet in the Arab World: Egypt and Beyond" (Peter Lang, Inc, 2007) and "Policing the Internet in the Arab World" (the Emirates Center for Strategic Study and Research, 2009). She is a graduate of the American University in Cairo (BA and MA) and the University of Miami (Ph.D.). Dr. Abdulla has taught at the University of Miami, Georgia State University, and Portland State University in the United States. She has won several prestigious awards, including the Mostafa and Ali Amin Journalism Award (1992), the International Communication Association Outstanding Teaching Award (2003), the University of Miami Research & Creativity Award (2002, 2003), and the Excellence in Research Award (2007) from AUC's School of Business, Economics and Communication.


Director of Development at the Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF)

Aleli has worked in both for-profit and nonprofit arenas. Her background is in business development and major gift fundraising.

Houeida ANOUAR

Houeida Anouar is a free agent who has been involved in freedom of expression and human rights campaigns in Tunisia since the year 2000. She worked with different collaborators on projects revolving around Advocacy and Citizen Journalism: reveiltunisien.org, Social Innovation and Social Change : timecitizen.org (Global direct volunteer network to reduce the poverty gap in urban areas), Citizen Participation in building a stronger civil society citoyenstunisiens.org (matching citizen projects and ideas with skilled volunteers) and lately a program called Afkar Mosteqella (Independent Ideas) to help the independent candidates for the forthcoming assembly constituent elections in Tunisia on three levels: Communication, Online interaction and Community organizing. Houeida is passionate about projects related to Open Governance, Transparency and Democracy/Participation platforms.


RNC, Chair, Technology Committee

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 and 2011. 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 to serve as its Chairman. Anuzis was the first non-RNC member to hold such a post. In May of 2010, Anuzis was unanimously elected to be Michigan's National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee. In 2009 - 2010, he also served as a consultant to the House Policy Committee on New Media & Technology which was chaired by Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI). 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.

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. http://coasttocoaststrategies.com/ 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 25 years, Lina have 4 sons, enjoy skiing, scuba diving, their Harley and sailing.

Martin AVILA

Terra Eclipse, President & CEO

Martin Avila is the Founder and CEO of Terra Eclipse, Inc., a nationwide leader in conservative political technology and consulting. Avila co-founded Terra Eclipse in 1999 while still a High School student and has since built the company into a leader in the field of online resources for conservative candidates. Terra Eclipse clients include FreedomWorks, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's Presidential Campaign, Congressman Ron Paul's 2008 Presidential Campaign, Young Americans for Liberty, Senator Mike Lee and Congressman Tom McClintock. In 2011, Terra Eclipse and FreedomWorks launched a beta version of FreedomConnector (http://www.freedomconnector.com/): an online platform for Tea Party/Freedom activists seeking to network with like-minded people in their own communities. Since its launch at CPAC in February, FreedomConnector has mobilized over 80,000 activists across the country.

Terra Eclipse has also developed NetBoots (http://www.netboots.net/): a high-powered, low-cost website management platform for conservatives. NetBoots allows campaigns of any size and scope to quickly and efficiently utilize all the crucial elements of an effective online presence. In addition to political technology, Avila has consulted for conservative candidates across the country. He served as campaign manager for BJ Lawson for Congress (NC04), consulted for Ilario Pantano (NC07) as well as other campaigns throughout California and is currently the Deputy Campaign Manager for Congressman McClintock (CA04). In his home county of Santa Cruz, Avila has led a conservative Republican resurgence in one of the state's most staunchly liberal counties, employing grassroots organizational strategy coupled with innovative use of tech and social media. Thanks in large part to the work of Terra Eclipse and its team, Santa Cruz currently has sixty-one locally elected Republicans and holds a majority on a number of Boards and Councils. Avila is a conservative committed to limited government, individual liberty and family values. He and his wife Jessica, whom he met when they attended Junior High School, reside in California.

Mitchell BAKER

Mozilla, Chairperson

Mitchell Baker is the Chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation and Chairperson and former Chief Executive Officer of the Mozilla Corporation, a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation that coordinates development of the open source Mozilla Internet applications, including the Mozilla Firefox web browser and the Mozilla Thunderbird email client. Baker was trained as a lawyer. She coordinates business and policy issues and sits on both the Mozilla Foundation Board of Directors and the Mozilla Corporation Board of Directors. In 2005, Time magazine included her in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world and she has been affectionately given the title of "Chief Lizard Wrangler" at the Mozilla Corporation.


Public Laboratory, Director of Urban Environment, Public Laboratory for Open Technology

Director of Urban Environment at Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science and co-founder of TreeKIT, Liz Barry develops civic science tools and methods for collaborative cities. Her background is in urban landscape design and currently teaches at Columbia University, Parsons the ew School for Design, and Pratt Institute. Previously, she worked at Skidmore College, Owings & Merrill planning international new cities and campuses, in North Carolina coordinating an urban agriculture enterprise "DIG", and in New York City and around the country catalyzing public interaction with a sign that read "Talk To Me" - a project that received international press including the New York Times, CNN, Oprah, and NRP.

She likes to play outside.


IB5K, Managing Director, Business Development

Dan Beckmann is a New Media developer and award-winning journalist with a career spanning over a decade, and is the founder of IB5k, an fully integrated digital production conglomerate modeled after the Obama campaign's New Media department.

A veteran of Obama's 2008 New Media department, serving at the campaign headquarters in Chicago, Dan produced supporter-generated and viral initiatives, as well as piloted new video concepts to help voters better understand the candidate's positions during the critical home stretch of the campaign.

Before leaving to work for Obama, Dan worked as a Creative Executive for the cable network Current TV, where he helped develop a "Collective" model for production through establishing and maintaining a network of filmmakers and journalists from around the world. While there he was also instrumental in developing new initiatives ranging from new show concepts to ways to integrate the web into a traditional television product which help to contribute to Current winning the 2007 Primetime Emmy award for Most Interactive Television Network. Dan also spent over 4 years at ABC News where helped launch their User-Generated product "Be Seen, Be Heard", created an internal beat unit to generate original reporting and was credited with coming up with the concept for ABC's first podcast at ABC News Radio before the word "podcast" existed. He also was part of the production team that won a George Foster Peabody award for the investigation into Congressman Mark Foley. His multi-platform reporting during Hurricane Katrina was featured on Nightline, Good Morning America and ABC News.com, Radio and ABC's digital television network. During the 2004 election, Dan produced coverage at every major event that cycle from the New Hampshire primary to both conventions — culminating with the Presidential Debate moderated by ABC's Charles Gibson at his alma mater, Washington University. Dan presently serves at the invitation of congressional leadership on a New Media advisory board. He holds a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and American Culture from Washington University in St. Louis and is presently "all but dissertation" for his PhD in Media Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland. A native of Toledo, OH, he now lives in San Francisco and Brooklyn.


TechSoup Global, Founder & Co-CEO

Mr. Ben-Horin created TechSoup Global (as "CompuMentor") in 1987 by tapping volunteer resources on the WELL, one of the first online communities. Over the past two decades, he guided the TechSoup Global evolution from a small, local nonprofit to a globally respected entity with 193 employees and a budget of US$27 million. TechSoup Global now provides technology information to individuals and organizations in more than 190 countries, has provided consulting services in more than 50 countries and, through its global network of capacity-building NGOs, manages product donations to more than 80,000 organizations in 36 countries. In his book Blessed Unrest, Paul Hawken writes that the "...hybridization of business, philanthropy technology and nonprofit activity is exemplified in the work of Daniel Ben-Horin..."

Currently, as Co-CEO, Ben-Horin focuses on creating new opportunities for corporate, foundation, and nonprofit partners around the globe to optimize their social benefit impact by utilizing TechSoup Global's channel, resources, and relationships. He speaks and writes frequently on issues related to the underserved's access to technology.

In April 2009, Ben-Horin received the 2009 "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN). Presenting the award, Vince Stehle, Program Officer for the Nonprofit Sector at the Surdna Foundation, said, "[This award is] given each year to a person who has pushed the nptech community forward. This push might be in the form of innovation, or thought leadership. In the case of Daniel Ben-Horin, the 2009 recipient and Co-CEO of TechSoup Global, it's both. Everyone who works in our field owes him a debt of gratitude for revolutionizing how we get and share software and information."

In July of 2009, Ashoka named Ben-Horin as one of its Senior Fellows. He also serves on the board of the Nonprofit Finance Fund. On four occasions, he has been named by the Nonprofit Times to its annual list of the 50 most influential leaders in the U.S. nonprofit sector.


Philanthropy 2173 blog, and Blueprint Research & Design Inc., Author and Founder

Lucy Bernholz is a philanthropy wonk. She is trying to understand how we create, fund, and distribute shared social goods in the digital age – what she calls the future of good. She writes extensively on philanthropy, technology, information, and policy on her award winning blog, philanthropy2173.com. This work led The Huffington Post to hail her as a "game changer." Bernholz recently sold her consulting firm to Arabella Philanthropy Advisors, where she now serves as a Managing Director. Bernholz is a visiting scholar at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, a Fellow with the Hybrid Reality Institute and former Fellow of the New America Foundation. Bernholz serves on advisory boards to several national and international research centers and is a frequent speaker and media source on philanthropy and social innovation. She is the author of numerous articles and books about the business of giving, including Creating Philanthropic Capital Markets: The Deliberate Evolution. She has a B.A. from Yale University, where she played field hockey and captained the lacrosse team, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.


Meedan, Founder & CEO

Ed Bice is the founder and CEO of Meedan. In this role Ed has been working to promote the linguistic diversity of the internet, with a specific focus on media sharing between Arabic and English. Ed's work has been published in national press including the NY Times, New Republic, and Mother Jones, and he has been interviewed on national and international radio news programs like NPR, BBC, and CBS. Meedan was featured in the NY Times Magazine 2008 ‘Year in Ideas' issue. Ed has been an invited speaker at the 2010 Harvard Advance Leadership Initiative, the 2009 UN Internet Governance Forum, and other ICT4D events. Ed is a member of the Partners for a New Beginning (PNB) group, a co-chair of the United Palestinian Partnership, and a member of the Qatar Foundation International Educational Technology Working Group. Ed has been an invited grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation. Joi Ito included Ed in his 2008 book Freesouls, portraits of 296 people working to build the open web. Ed is a co-founder of the Language Commons, an effort to create open licensed repositories for all the worlds languages. Ed and John Shore have co-authored a patent-pending approach to hybrid distributed natural language translation (HDNLT). Ed attended Carleton College where he received a B.A. in philosophy. When he is not online Ed spends time with his wife and two young children in Woodacre, California.


Crowdflower, Founder & CEO

Lukas Biewald is CEO and co-founder of CrowdFlower, a crowdsourcing Internet company that breaks large digital projects into small tasks and distributes them to workers around the world. In a little over two years, Biewald has grown the company from two employees to nearly 50, guiding it through two successful funding rounds. CrowdFlower engages a workforce of nearly 1 million people to complete more than 1 million microtasks every day on behalf of a range of Fortune 50 companies. It has garnered coverage in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The Atlantic, Fox Business, and has placed as a TechCrunch50 finalist. In 2010, he won the Netexplorateur Prize for creating the GiveWork iPhone app, which allows users to perform small tasks that assist refugees and people in developing countries. Inc. Magazine has listed him among the Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30. He is a frequent presenter as events such as Web 2.0, Where 2.0, and TEDx. Biewald has published an array of papers on applications of crowdsourcing, including those for ACM DEV'10, ACM's XRDS, and SIGIR 2010. Additionally, he co-authored a chapter on crowdsourcing gender and age stereotypes in O'Reilly Media's Beautiful Data. He is co-creator of several patent-pending technologies. While pursuing a Master's degree in Computer Science at Stanford University, Biewald won the California Institute of Technology Turing Tournament.

Richard BOLY

U.S. Department of State, Director, Office of eDiplomacy

Richard Boly is a career U.S. diplomat and currently the Director of the Office of eDiplomacy, an applied technology think tank for the U.S. Department of State. Previously, he was a National Security Affairs Fellow the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he launched the Global Entrepreneurship Program. He recently served in U.S. Embassy, Rome, where he developed and ran a program to promote entrepreneurship in Italy. Continuing with his close ties to Italy, Richard serves on the board of the Mind the Bride Foundation, which connects the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems in Italy and Silicon Valley. Other embassy assignments include the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Paraguay. Richard is the most junior diplomat to win the Cobb Award for commercial diplomacy. In a prior life, he was the first Presidential Management Fellow with the Inter-American Foundation, was a consultant with the Inter-American Development Bank, and founded and ran a shrimp hatchery in coastal Ecuador. In a stint with the iconic Silicon Valley PR firm, Regis McKenna, he helped launch the first Apple Macintosh. Richard is a graduate of Stanford University and the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UCSD.

danah BOYD

Microsoft Research, Social Media Researcher

danah boyd is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Associate at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. Her work examines everyday practices involving social media, with specific attention to youth engagement, privacy, and risky behaviors. She recently co-authored Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. She co-directed theYouth and Media Policy Working Group, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. She blogs at http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/ and tweets at @zephoria.


Starfish & Spider: Leaderless Organizations, Author

Born in Israel and raised in El Paso, Texas, Ori Brafman has been a lifelong entrepreneur in business, government, and the nonprofit sector. His projects include launching healthy fast food restaurants, leading political and advocacy campaigns, and co-founding Courtroom Connect, a wireless network company. In 2001, Ori co-founded a network of more than 1000 CEOs working for peace and economic development projects. The network was supported by the likes of venture capitalist John Doerr and the Ford Foundation and has catalyzed projects in the Middle East, Africa, North America, Europe, and Asia. Most recently, Ori has facilitated a course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Ori's first book, The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations (Penguin Portfolio) was released in October 2006, and is currently in its 16th printing.

Heather BROOKE

Writer, journalist, activist

Heather Brooke is an award-winning writer, journalist and activist. Her unprecedented five-year campaign for the full disclosure of MPs' expenses led to full-scale reform of the Parliamentary expense system and her story was made into a BBC drama ‘On Expenses'. She is a visiting professor at City University's Department of Journalism and has written for all the main national newspapers as well presenting and consulting for Channel 4′s Dispatches. She is the author of Your Right to Know (Pluto Press) and The Silent State (Heinemann). She is currently working on her latest book ‘The Revolution will be Digitised' about the ways the internet is transforming society. As a result of this research she was able to obtain a leak out of Wikileaks for the full batch of 251,287 US diplomatic cables and worked with the Guardian newspaper on this investigation.


Sheila Campbell is Acting Director of the Center for Excellence in Digital Government at the U.S. General Services Administration. She leads several government-wide initiatives and programs that help agencies engage through social media and provide a better online experience to citizens: Web Manager University, which trains thousands of government workers in managing government web and new media efforts; HowTo.gov, a clearinghouse of requirements, best practices, and step-by-step guidance for managing web, new media, and customer service; the Web Managers Forum, a network of over 2,600 federal, state, and local web and new media professionals that collaborates on solutions for improving government websites; and Challenge.gov, the central hub for citizens to submit innovative solutions to solve government challenges. A key part of her job is to lead the Federal Web Managers Council, composed of agency Web and New Media Directors, which works to strengthen web governance, develop national web strategies, and coordinate online content across agencies. Sheila has also served as a content manager for USA.gov. Before joining GSA, she was Deputy Chief of Staff at the Peace Corps. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa and has degrees in French and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.


NPR, Senior Strategist for Social Media

Andy Carvin is National Public Radio's senior product manager for online communities. Carvin was the founding editor and former coordinator of the Digital Divide Network, an online community of more than 10,000 Internet activists in over 140 countries working to bridge the digital divide. He is also an active blogger as well as a field correspondent to the blog Rocketboom. Born in Boston and raised in Florida, Carvin is a graduate of Northwestern University (Class of '93). While working for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 1994, he authored the website EdWeb: Exploring Technology & School Reform, one of the first websites to advocate the use of the World-Wide Web in education.


U.S. House of Representatives, Member of Congress

Jason Chaffetz was elected to represent Utah's 3rd Congressional District on November 4, 2008. His success was achieved by standing firm on core conservative principles of fiscal discipline, limited government, accountability, and a strong national defense. Jason was raised in California, Arizona and Colorado. He moved to Utah in the mid-1980's after being recruited by LaVell Edwards to be a placekicker on the Brigham Young University football team. After a successful football career at BYU and earning his degree in Communications, he married his wife Julie, and spent more than sixteen years in the local business community. Jason and Julie have been married for twenty years and have three children, Max, Ellis, and Kate. In 1995, Jason's mother passed away after a long battle with cancer. During that time he was deeply touched by the personal generosity of the Huntsman family in their fight against cancer. When Jason heard that Jon Huntsman, Jr. was mounting a gubernatorial campaign he arranged a meeting through a mutual friend. Shortly thereafter, Huntsman named Jason his campaign manager. Jason worked for two years with Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. first as his campaign manager, then as his Chief of Staff. In 2005 he rejoined the private sector managing his own company, Maxtera Utah, a corporate communications and marketing firm. Now Jason represents the people of Utah's 3rd Congressional District in Congress. He consistently fights for what is right for Utah, and for the United States of America.

Gabriella COLEMAN

NYU Steinhart School, Asst. Professor

Trained as an anthropologist, Gabriella (Biella) Coleman is an Assistant Professor at NYU in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. Her teaching and research centers on political activism and the ethics of online collaboration/institutions with a topical focus on free software, Anonymous, and patient online activism. She is currently completing a book manuscript "Coding Freedom: Hacker Pleasure and the Ethics of Free and Open Source Software" (under contract with Princeton University Press)


Fission Strategy, Partner

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.


Boing-Boing, Co-Editor

Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to The Guardian, the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wired, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He was formerly Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. He is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at Open University (UK) and Scholar in Virtual Residence at the University of Waterloo (Canada); in 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.


Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

Alix Dunn has lived in Cairo for the last year and a half. Since completing her master’s thesis on participatory structures of the April 6th Youth Movement Facebook group, Alix has worked for the past year as program development officer at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS). CIHRS is a regional human rights NGO focusing on research, advocacy, education, and outreach on civil and political rights issues in the Arab world. As part of the engine room research collective, Alix is engaged in developing open, empirical data (tahrirdata.info) aimed at better understanding the role of communication in the Egyptian uprising.

Esther DYSON

Chairman, EDventure Holdings

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.


Freelance, Columnist

Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues. She is based in New York. She is a columnist for Canada's Toronto Star, Israel's The Jerusalem Report and Denmark's Politiken. Her opinion pieces have been published frequently in The Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune and she has appeared as a guest analyst in several media outlets. During the 18-day revolution that toppled Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak, she appeared on most major media outlets, leading the feminist website Jezebel to describe her as "The Woman Explaining Egypt to the West". Newsweek magazine said she was "in demand as a fresh, female counterweight to all the white-bearded professorial types" and described her as" Absurdly prolific on Twitter (more than 30,000 tweets and counting), she's positioned to explain the social-media side of a revolution spurred on in no small part by Facebook." The New York Times said that less than an hour after Mona appealed to CNN to stop focusing on looting and security problems in Egypt following the government's decision to withdraw the police from the streets, the broadcaster changed its onscreen headline from "CHAOS IN EGYPT" to "UPRISING IN EGYPT." Before she moved to the U.S. in 2000, Ms Eltahawy was a news reporter in the Middle East for many years, including in Cairo and Jerusalem as a Reuters correspondent and she reported for various media from Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia and China. Ms Eltahawy was the first Egyptian journalist to live and to work for a western news agency in Israel. Her public speaking has taken her around the world, including to the first TEDWomen where she spoke about the virtues of confusion in breaking stereotypes of Muslim women. In 2010 the Anna Lindh Foundation awarded her its Special Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism and the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver gave her its Anvil of Freedom Award. In 2009, the European Union awarded her its Samir Kassir Prize for Freedom of the Press for her opinion writing and Search for Common Ground named her a winner of its Eliav-Sartawi Award for Middle Eastern Journalism. Ms. Eltahawy is a lecturer and researcher on the growing importance of social media in the Arab world. She has taught as an adjunct at the New School in New York, the University of Oklahoma and the U.N.-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. Mona was born on Aug. 1, 1967 in Port Said, Egypt and has lived in the U.K, Saudi Arabia and Israel. She calls herself a proud liberal Muslim. In 2005, she was named a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow by the American Society for Muslim Advancement and she is a member of the Communications Advisory Group for Musawah, the global movement for justice and equality in the Muslim family.

Mindy FINN

EngageDC, Co-Founder

Mindy Finn, co-founder and partner at Engage, a digital strategy firm, was recently named one of 100 "Tech Titans" by Washingtonian magazine for her work in government and politics. Finn currently advises former Minnesota Governor and likely 2012 presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner. She also works with the Voting Information Project, a collaboration of the Pew Center on the States, major technology companies and state election officials to open up critical election data.

In 2010, Finn began teaching Campaign Management at the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University. Before Engage, Finn served as the Director of Digital Strategy for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign.

In 2007, she was selected by Campaigns and Elections as a "rising star" and chosen as a fellow for the Institute of Politics, Democracy and the Internet at the George Washington University. The Washington Post profiled Finn as part of its political operatives series and Glamour magazine featured her as one of 10 political powerhouses under 40.

In 2005, Finn was the deputy director of the Republican National Committee's first new media department, where she helped align traditional and online communications outreach and content and co-hosted a popular online video series called "Off the Record" with the party's leading candidates and officials. Finn came to the RNC after working on similar efforts for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign. Finn frequently speaks about the convergence of technology and politics, including appearances on Fox News, C-SPAN, MSNBC, BBC and NPR.

She has also been a featured speaker at SXSW, the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, Milken Global Conference, APSA Summit, Edelman Academic Summit, Kellog's Media Management Center at Northwestern University, the New Politics Institute at University of Texas, the AAPC, Politics Online, Konrad-Adenauer Foundation (Germany), Funglode (Dominican Republic), the AAPC and many others. Fun fact: this is Finn's sixth straight time speaking at the Personal Democracy Forum (PDF). She also joined PDF in London for a mini-conference in the wake of the 2010 British elections.


Co-Founder and Executive Director, Democracy Works

Seth Flaxman is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Democracy Works, the nonprofit behind the TurboVote project. While recruiting and managing the team that brought TurboVote to life, Seth received a Master's in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He previously worked as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, program administrator at the Institute for International Education and researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. While receiving a B.A. in economics from Columbia University, Seth founded the Activist Council, a group that annually organizes hundreds of students to get involved in politics, and served as student body president, leading the council in successfully lobbying Columbia to reform its financial aid policies.


Marketing and New Media Director, iConstituent

Andrew Foxwell is the Marketing and New Media Director for iConstituent, a Washington D.C.-based company that works with over half of the United States Congress, focusing on improved online strategy, outreach, and advocacy to constituents. Prior to working with iConstituent, Foxwell was the Press Secretary and New Media Director to U.S. Congressman Erik Paulsen from Minnesota's Third Congressional District. In that role, Foxwell helped the Congressman become one of only two freshmen members in the 111th Congress to receive the Golden Mouse Award, an honor bestowed to winners of an annual competition of the best websites on Capitol Hill. Foxwell has also worked on U.S. Presidential campaigns, was a 2010 German Marshall Fund Manfred Worner Defense Fellow, and currently sits on the St. Olaf College Board of Regents. Foxwell spent his youth on a Wisconsin farm and still has no idea how he got into the fast-paced world of technology and politics.


The Guardian Project, Founder

Nathan Freitas is a lifelong mobile technology developer and advocate, who leads the Guardian Project, a global, open-source effort to build a secure smartphone for activists, human rights defenders, journalists, and everyday people. The project grew out of his hands-on experience working within the Tibetan independence movement for over ten years, and is currently funded by a number of grants and prizes. Nathan is also an adjunct professor at the NYU Interactive Telecommunications program where he teaches a course entitled "Social Activism using Mobile Technology", and has worked previously at organizations ranging from Palm Inc. to the New York State Senate.


Author "The Mesh: Why The Future Of Business Is Sharing", Entrepreneur

Lisa is the author of the bestseller, The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing and the ‘instigator' behind the Mesh Directory at, HYPERLINK "http://www.meshing.it" www.meshing.it ; She is consults, speaks and writes on the topics of currency, trust and the share economy, the social nature of brands, business platforms and evolving models. For more than 18 years, Lisa is a serial entrepreneur, marketect and environmentalist focused on building companies and supporting ventures where there is an opportunity for well timed disruption and a resounding impact. A founder and CEO of several internet companies, including GNN (the first web portal sold to AOL) and the largest consumer photo sharing and print service, Ofoto (Kodak Gallery), Lisa's attention is on sustainable ventures with positive impact. She puts a strong emphasis on the exploration of new platforms & business models through access based strategies and community engagement via social networks and shareable product design.

Lisa currently serves as Chief Instigator of Mesh Studios and She is a director and investor for several social including: New Resource Bank, Convio, GreenBiz, Instructables, MePlease, Nuko, PixelPipe, Squidoo, TasteBook. Lisa is a co-founder and director of Dos Margaritas, an environmental foundation focused on sustainable conservation in Latin America.


NationBuilder, Creator

Jim Gilliam is the founder of 3dna, a startup building internet tools to shake up a broken political system, including NationBuilder, the essential toolkit for a new generation of leaders and creators, and act.ly, petitions designed for Twitter. Previously, he co-founded Robert Greenwald's Brave New Films, building a non-profit grassroots media powerhouse of a million members. In the late 90's, he launched Business.com as its Chief Technology Officer, and worked at Lycos, one of the first internet search engines. Gilliam produced four documentaries, and was honored in 2008 with Take Back America's second annual Maria Leavey Tribute Award. His work has been featured in publications like the New York Times, Forbes, Wired, and the Washington Post. Jim fought cancer twice, and is the enormously grateful recipient of a bone marrow transplant and a double lung transplant.

Senator Kirsten GILLIBRAND

U.S. Senate, D-NY

Kirsten Gillibrand is the junior United States Senator from New York and a member of the Democratic Party. Prior to being appointed to the Senate by New York Governor David Paterson in 2009, she was elected twice to the House of Representatives, representing New York's 20th congressional district. Gillibrand was born and raised in the Albany area. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she majored in Asian studies. She received her Juris Doctor from UCLA Law School in 1991 and passed the bar the same year. She was an associate in the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell in Manhattan before becoming a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner in Albany.


Mediactive, Director, Knight Center for Ditigal Media Entrepreneurship, Arizona State University

Dan Gillmor is director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication.

Dan's new book, "Mediactive," aims to encourage a better media supply in part by creating better demand -- to spur people to become active media users, as consumers and participants. His last book, "We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People," was the first to explain the rise of citizen media and why it matters. Dan has been a co-founder, investor and advisor in a number of media ventures in the for-profit and non-profit worlds. From 1994 until early 2005 Dan was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley's daily newspaper, and wrote a weblog for SiliconValley.com. He joined the Mercury News after six years with the Detroit Free Press. Before that, he was with the Kansas City Times and several newspapers in Vermont.

More about Dan at http://dangillmor.com/about --


SwiftRiver, Director

Jonathan Gosier is a designer, software developer, and serial entrepreneur. He currently serves as Director of Product for SwiftRiver at Ushahidi building a platform for making sense of streams of realtime data. SwiftRiver's mission is to democratize access to the tools used for drawing insight from data feeds that would otherwise be overwhelming. The platform accomplishes this using natural language processing, location disambiguation techniques, statistical analysis, and the open graph.

He's also the founder of Appfrica and HiveColab a business accelerator and incubator for East African technologists. Appfrica was founded in 2008 and the goal is to build local capacity for young technologist in the region. Appfrica is an active mentoring group and investor for software developers in Africa and works with a number of multinational firms who wish to do work in the continent. He's also served as an investor for many African startups including the Kuyu Project and Status.ug, a now defunct Ugandan mobile-social network.

Jon Gosier has been a frequent speaker at the TED Conference, is a TED Senior Fellow, and TEDxOrganizer. In 2009 Jon spoke at TEDGlobal in Oxford about his company Appfrica and one of their projects which connected rural African villages with the internet. The service, in collaboration with nonprofit OpenMind, was called QuestionBox and allowed people with no access to the internet to ask questions and get timely, vetted answers.

Jon Gosier's work has been profiled by a number of media outlets including the NewYorkTimes, Forbes, The Guardian and New Scientist. Those articles an more can be found here http://gosdot.com/Press


Phd. Law, University professor, Barrister, multi-platform software developer

Phd. Law, University professor, Barrister, multi-platform software developer. Committed against any form of censorship. Has taught in France for fifteen years inter alia constitutional law and IT law. Tunisian blogger [Astrubal's Blog], Media hacker, Co-administrator of the collective blog Nawaat.org. Nawaat blog focuses on the many ways that can encourage citizens to participate to public debates. The common thread among Nawaat’s contents is how public institutions conduct public affairs and manage public resources in order to guarantee the realization of human rights in a democratic regime that allows accountability. Nawaat has recently won The Reporters Without Borders Netizen Prize 2011 and The Index On Censorship New Media Award 2011.


Yamli.com, Co-Founder

Habib is a tech entrepreneur, recently founder and CEO of Yamli.com a startup focused on empowering the Arabic language on the web. His also the founder and CEO of YallaStartup an organization focused on early stage entrepreneurship in the MENA region. In 2009, the World Economic Forum recognized Habib as a Young Global Leader and the ArabianBusiness named him one of the top 30 influential Arabs under 30. He currently serves on the Global Agenda Council on innovation. During the Egyptian revolution he co-created Alive In Egypt (http://egypt.alive.in) to help people get their voice out despite the Internet blockage. He was also engaged with many of the activist during the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings. Habib is an advisor to several US and Middle Eastern startups and non-profits. During the July of 2006 war he started Relief Lebanon to support relief operations. He holds a Bachelor of Computer and Communication Engineering from the American University in Beirut and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Tabitha HALE

FreedomWorks, New Media Director

Tabitha Hale is the New Media Director of major grassroots player FreedomWorks. After breaking into the conservative movement as a Director for Smart Girl Politics, she became an early Tea Party organizer and speaker. Since joining the FreedomWorks team, she’s been a part of the group’s efforts to train and mobilize thousands of activists across the country. In addition, she has worked with right of center bloggers from all 50 states, coordinating FreedomWorks’ BlogCon 2010 – the first right leaning blogger conference of its kind. Recently, FreedomWorks rolled out FreedomConnector, a new activism portal that connects and mobilizes over 100k activists. Tabitha is also a blogger for RedState.com and has written for Human Events, Big Hollywood, Big Government, and others.


Facebook, Associate Manager for Policy (Political Outreach)

Katie Harbath is the Associate Manager for Policy at Facebook, where she focuses on political outreach. Prior to Facebook, Katie was the Chief Digital Strategist at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. She previously led digital strategy in positions at DCI Group, the Rudy Giuliani for President campaign and the Republican National Committee. Katie holds a BA in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


PopVox, Founder & CEO

As a Congressional staffer, Marci Harris was struck by the information overload of millions of constituent messages and thousands upon thousands of position papers and letters flooding overwhelmed staffers. She left Congress in 2010 to work with her co-founders Rachna Choudhry and Josh Tauberer to build POPVOX.com, an online advocacy platform that meshes legislative data with individuals' personal stories and sentiment. POPVOX delivers public input to Congress in a format tailored to actionable policy decisions and empowers users to leverage their expertise and numbers.

Marci began public service work as Tornado Recovery Coordinator in 2003 when a tornado destroyed much of her hometown of Jackson, TN. She lobbied Congress, applied for federal grants, navigated state and federal regulations and worked with local businesses and nonprofits to rebuild. The experience led her to law school and eventually to Capitol Hill. She holds a JD from the University of Memphis, an LL.M from American University's Washington College of Law and served as counsel to then-Chairman of the Ways & Means Health Subcommittee .


Purpose, Co-Founder & CEO

Jeremy Heimans is co-founder and CEO of Purpose.com, a home for building social movements to help solve major global problems. Purpose has built global movements to fight cancer (with LIVESTRONG) and eliminate nuclear weapons in 20 years (with Global Zero, a new initiative led by more than 200 world leaders and endorsed by President Obama) and is currently building a national movement to change America's food culture with Jamie Oliver. Purpose recently launched All Out, the world's first global movement organization for LGBT people and their allies. In 2007, Jeremy co-founded Avaaz.org, the world's largest online citizens' movement, with more than eight million members. In 2005, he co-founded GetUp.org, an Australian political movement and internationally recognized social movement phenomenon that today has more members than all of Australia's political parties combined. In 2004, he co-founded an advocacy group in the US presidential elections that ran a highly publicized online and media campaign, raising millions of dollars in small online donations.

In 2011, Jeremy received the Ford Foundation's 75th Anniversary Visionary Award and World Economic Forum at Davos named him a Young Global Leader. His work has been recognized in publications like The Economist and the New York Times. Jeremy began his career with the strategy consultants McKinsey and Company. He was educated at Harvard University and the University of Sydney. He is a citizen of Australia and the Netherlands, and lives in New York.


Media Matters, Former Director of Political Advocacy and Communications at MoveOn.org, current Senior Adviser at Media Matters for America.

Ilyse Hogue is a Senior Advisor at Media Matters and is responsible for deconstructing right-wing narratives and undercutting the impact of the right-wing noise machine. Prior to joining Media Matters, she spent 5 years as the Director of Political Advocacy and Communications for MoveOn.org. In her time at MoveOn, she carried the voices of the organization's 5 million members to Washington to shape the priorities of our elected leadership. Hogue was responsible for the design, funding and implementation of the political and communication strategy for the organizational effort to regain the Democratic majority in both chambers in 2006 and to win the White House for President Obama in 2008. In the most recent legislative session, she focused on shaping the narrative and organizing strategy surrounding the health care reform debate and structured MoveOn's response to the financial reform bill. In the 2010 election cycle, Hogue led MoveOn's effort to expose and combat the corporate backed forces dominating the debate, amplify middle-class Americans' voices in the electoral process, and support progressive candidates. Prior to joining MoveOn in 2006, Hogue was Campaign Director at the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), initiating and implementing the Global Finance Campaign. She received a Business Ethics Network award for this campaign and has authored many articles about corporate social responsibility and the impact of unregulated industries. Before joining RAN, Hogue organized community-based groups around clean water demands and environmental racism in Austin, Texas, and worked with Greenpeace USA on the ancient forest campaign. She holds a Master's of Science in resource ecology management from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor's of Art in environmental science from Vassar College.


AT&T, Vice President, Federal Regulatory

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


Jeff Jarvis is the author of What Would Google Do? and the upcoming Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves How We Work and Live. He directs the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He blogs at Buzzmachine.com. Previously, Jarvis was president of Advance.net, creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly, TV critic for TV Guide and People, Sunday editor and associate publisher of the NY Daily News, and a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner.


Where Good Ideas Come From, Author

Steven Johnson is the author of seven books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience. He has also co-created three influential web sites: the pioneering online magazine FEED, the Webby-Award-winning community site, Plastic.com, and most recently the hyperlocal media site outside.in. A contributing editor to Wired, he writes regularly for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and many other periodicals. Johnson also serves on the advisory boards of a number of Internet-related companies, including Meetup.com, Betaworks, and Nerve. He is the author of the best-selling book, "Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter" (2005). His most recent book is entitled "Where Good Ideas Come From".


DigiActive, Meta-Activism Project, Co-Founder

Mary is an expert in the field of digital activism and travels the world training, speaking, and consulting on the topic. She is the editor of Digital Activism Decoded, a collection of essays named one of the best nonprofit books of 2010, and was New Media Operations Manager for President Obama's 2008 campaign. She is also the founder of the Meta-Activism Project (meta-activism.org), a non-traditional digital activism think tank that is currently compiling a Global Digital Activism Data Set of 1,000+ digital activism cases from around the world under a Creative Commons license. She can be contacted at Mary@meta-activism.org.


White House, Chief Information Officer

Vivek Kundra was appointed as the United States Chief Information Officer by President Obama in March 2009. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Kundra served in Mayor Fenty's cabinet as the CTO for the District of Columbia and Governor Kaine's cabinet as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has also served in leadership roles in the private sector.

The World Economic Forum selected Kundra as a 2011 Young Global Leader, representing a group of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future. He has been recognized as the 2009 Chief of the Year by InformationWeek for driving unprecedented change in Federal IT and as the 2008 IT Executive of the Year for his pioneering work to drive transparency, engage citizens and lower the cost of government operations. He has also been recognized by InfoWorld among the top 25 CTO's in the country.

Jennifer 8 LEE

Knight Foundation, Consultant

Jennifer 8. Lee is a Chinese-American journalist. She wrote for various sections of The New York Times for several years. Lee was born in New York City to immigrants from Kinmen, an island off the coast of China's Fujian province. Lee was not given a middle name at birth, but instead chose "8." as a teenager. She graduated from Harvard College in 1999 with a degree on applied mathematics and economics. Lee also wrote a book about the history of Chinese food in the United States and around the world, titled The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, which made it to #26 on the New York Times bestseller list. In addition, Lee has served on the advisory panel for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's "News Challenge", and has assisted the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, dealing with the press and with social networking sites. She helped the organization with its April 2010 release of a video showing the July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrike.

Lawrence LESSIG

Harvard Law School, Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Having spent much of his career exposing the illusion of copyright law's action, Lawrence Lessig's current work in institutional corruption probes the decisions of institutions who gamble public trust on failed wars and special interests. Lessig directs the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, professes at Harvard Law School and champions the necessity of democratic citizenship through his leadership of the Fix Congress First movement. He also serves on the boards of Creative Commons, MAPLight, Brave New Film Foundation, Change Congress, The American Academy, Berlin, Freedom House and iCommons.org, and the advisory board of the Sunlight Foundation. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig founded Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society and was Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Among his achievements are the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award and being named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries. Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale.


Free Press, Online Campaign Manager

Josh Levy is the online campaign manager at Free Press. He develops and implements Internet-based campaigns, programs and projects to encourage online activism, advocacy and fundraising. Before joining Free Press, Josh was managing editor of Change.org, a social action network where he supervised the launch of more than a dozen issue-based blogs. He previously worked as an associate editor for techPresident.com and Personal Democracy Forum, and was an adjunct lecturer in media studies at Hunter College in New York City. Josh holds a B.A. in English and religion from the University of Vermont and an M.F.A. in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College.


Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-VA) office, Director of New Media

Matt Lira currently serves as the Director of New Media for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. In this capacity, Matt is charged with modernizing the way that Congress interacts with the public, in both communications and legislative policy areas. Matt previously served as the Director of New Media for the Office of the Republican Whip in the 111th Congress and for the Chief Deputy Whip in the 110th Congress. Lira's previous experience includes positions with the House Republican Conference, Republican National Committee, and the McCain-Palin campaign.

Moritz LOEW

Eastern Region Sales Director, MSNBC

Moritz Loew joined MSNBC.com as Eastern Region Sales Director in 2004, challenged with generating strategic business opportunities with Fortune 500 companies, collaborating with the Microsoft and NBC News sales forces on cross media opportunities as well as representing MSNBC.com within the New York advertising community. In addition, Moritz is actively involved with helping political advertisers move into the digital age to openly engage with voters.

Prior to joining MSNBC.com, Mr. Loew worked at MSN / Microsoft out of Redmond Washington for 6 years. While at MSN, Moritz was responsible for building out the first sales model and bringing in clients for key word targeted ads on MSN Search in 1999 as the regional lead for the MSN SMB Sales Team. He then went on to become advertising product planner for MSN Communications building out the advertising strategy for Hotmail and MSN Messenger. In 2002, he joined MSN’s strategic advertising packaging team S.T.A.R.T. as a product manager focusing on the technology, telecommunications, consumer package goods and online education verticals.


The Prosper Group, President

Kristen Luidhardt is President and Co-Founder of The Prosper Group, a firm specializing in online strategy, telephone voter contact and general consulting for Republican candidates and conservative organizations. Luidhardt's expertise comes from a wide range of experience in the political and public policy arena on both the state and federal level. Beginning as Campaign Manager for a State Senate race, she soon became a respected operative, working as the Finance Director for a Governor's race and then as Field Manager in three targeted districts for the Indiana House Republican Campaign Committee. She then spent three years as the Director of Public Policy for a non-profit organization before being asked to join Congressman Dan Burton's staff as the Director of eCommunications.

As President of The Prosper Group, Luidhardt has worked directly with dozens of campaigns across the country, including the US Senate Campaigns of Scott Brown and Sharron Angle, helping to raise a combined $20 million online. She is responsible for business development, overseeing all project management, and maintaining Prosper Group's award-winning level of excellence. Luidhardt has spoken at a number of political training seminars and is a sought-after resource for expert commentary on political events and elections.


New America Foundation , Co-Founder Global Voices, Schwartz Sr. Fellow

Rebecca MacKinnon is a Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, focusing on the intersection of Internet, human rights, and foreign policy. She is cofounder of the citizen media network Global Voices Online, and also serves on the Boards of the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Global Network Initiative. Her book, Consent of the Networked, will be published in January 2012 by Basic Books. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon is an expert on Chinese Internet censorship. She has received fellowships from Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Shoreinstein Center for the Press and Public Policy, the Open Society Institute, and Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy, and taught journalism at the University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Centre. She began her career as a journalist with CNN, serving as the network's Bureau Chief in both Beijing and Tokyo.

Katherine MAHER

NDI, Technology for International Democracy Specialist

Katherine Maher is a specialist in technology for international democracy development at the Washington DC-based National Democratic Institute. Her work focuses on the role of mobile phones and other technologies in facilitating civil society and accountability, particularly in the Middle East and East Africa. Prior to joining NDI, Katherine was a consultant to UNICEF Innovation, where she oversaw projects on mobiles for health service delivery and digital security risks in the developing world. She is a frequent speaker and writer on the role of technology in development and democratization and a regular blogger at DemocracyWorks.


Vice President, Hynes Communications

Liz Mair is an online communications expert, new media adviser, political consultant and blogger. She serves as Vice President for Hynes Communications, focusing on communications and political strategy.

During the 2010 cycle, Liz advised former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina on online communications elements of her campaign for U.S. Senate. Previously, throughout 2008, Liz served as Online Communications Director at the Republican National Committee, where she led an aggressive and groundbreaking online media outreach effort aimed at electing John McCain, Sarah Palin and Republicans across the country. 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 and policy contacts to further client objectives.

Liz is also a sought after guest speaker, having presented on a diversity of new media topics at conferences including CPAC, BlogHer, Web 2.0, the AMPSummit, and the Personal Democracy Forum and Personal Democracy Forum Europe. She is a regular commentator on CNN and MSNBC and has also guest-commentated for the BBC, C-SPAN, FOX, NPR, the Lars Larson show and countless other radio shows across the country and around the world. Her writing has been published by numerous national, international and regional publications including CNN.com, Politico, the Seattle P-I, the New York Sun and the American Spectator.

Born and raised in Seattle, Liz lived in the United Kingdom for ten years. There, she earned an MA in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews and attended law school, ultimately practicing corporate law in the City of London for three years. Liz also holds a certificate in Political and Social Sciences from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Marianne MANILOV

The Engage Network, Co-Founder, Co-Director

Marianne is the co-founder and Co-Director of The Engage Network, formed to respond to the inquiry How do we build stronger movements to make real systemic change? The Engage Network marries the best online organizing strategies with a unique, small circle approach to offline base building. The result is Change on a Human Scale- a robust network of deeply engaged donors, members and constituents where real scalable change can happen.

Prior to Engage, Manilov's 20-plus year career as a grassroots organizer, media strategist and writer included running campaigns and programs for groups such as Amnesty International and Greenpeace International. She is the co-founder and former Executive Director of The Center for Commercial-Free Public Education, home of the UNPLUG campaign against Channel One. Under Manilov's direction, the Center was credited with bringing the issue of corporate influence and advertising in schools onto the national agenda, including bi-partisan congressional hearings. She serves on the board of directors of the Movement Strategy Center, and EarthRights International. She is part of the Full Circle Fund, a network of engaged philanthropists.

Jenny Beth MARTIN

Tea Party Patriots, National Co-Coordinator

Jenny Beth Martin • Born in Marietta, GA, July 2, 1970 • Graduated from Reinhardt College in Waleska, GA, June 1990 • Graduated from University of Georgia, June 1992, BBA Management Information Systems • Married to Lee Martin, have 8 year old boy girl twins • Resident of Atlanta, Georgia • Named number 15 in Time 100 Most Influential Leaders in the World, 2010 Following her graduation from UGA in 1992 Jenny Beth had a successful career as a computer programmer and senior information technology manager with Mead and The Home Depot. In 2001 she left that career to work on building a family. With the help of fertility treatments Jenny Beth and Lee were finally able to conceive twins in 2002. In March of 2003 their son and daughter were born. And Jenny Beth spent (and continues to spend) the bulk of her time raising the kids. Since the death of her Grandmother to breast cancer in 1998, Jenny Beth has made charities which focus on the detection and treatment of the disease a high priority. Her primary focus has been donating money to, and raising money for increasing breast cancer early detection programs for impoverished women through the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day. In the three years she trained for this event, she walked approximately one-thousand-six-hundred miles (training and events) for the cause. Through Hands-On-Atlanta she served as a tutor for inner-city pre-teen girls at a Middle School off of Bankhead Highway. She has also served as a Bible Study & Sunday School teacher in the Methodist Church. Jenny Beth is currently one of the National Coordinators of Tea Party Patriots, the National Tea Party movement, and the Atlanta Tax Day Tea Party. She's doing this to promote the ideals of fiscally responsible government, constitutionally limited government, and free markets.


Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ABC, Creator and Executive Producer, Q&A weekly TV show

Peter McEvoy is the creator of Q&A which is broadcast each week on Australia's national television network the ABC. Q&A has uniquely integrated interactive technology, the format of the town hall and the power of television to create the most successful political discussion program in Australian history. Q&A has brought mass television audiences back to political debate: setting the political agenda with breaking stories and reshaping coverage of the 2010 Australian election campaign, while making political leaders accessible and answerable to Australian citizens. Over the last 18 months #qanda has become the most popular hashtag on Australian twitter and Q&A has used twitter to create an online forum for discussion which has been integrated into the TV program through the broadcast of onscreen tweets. Despite the doubts of old school TV producers, the integration of twitter into broadcast TV has significantly increased the audience of Q&A on television as well as the audience online, and underlined the changing relationships between citizens and politicians; audience and broadcasters. Before Q&A Peter McEvoy was for six years the executive producer of Media Watch, Australian TV's consumer journalism watchdog. Over the last 20 years he was won numerous awards for his investigative journalism including Australia's highest journalism award the Gold Walkley


Civic Commons, Executive Director

Andrew McLaughlin is executive director of Civic Commons, a new non-profit that helps governments build, share, and implement low-cost technologies to improve public services, increase transparency, strengthen accountability, accelerate entrepreneurship, and engage and empower citizens. He is also a fellow at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet & Society. Andrew served on President Obama's White House staff from 2009-2011, as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. From 2004-2009, he was Director of Global Public Policy at Google. From 1999-2003, he was Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). From 1998-1999 and 2003-2004, Andrew was a senior fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. Throughout his career he has worked as a volunteer or consultant on Internet infrastructure initiatives in developing countries including Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Mongolia, and Afghanistan. Andrew holds a B.A. from Yale University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Columbia University, Software Freedom Law Center, Professor of Law, Director

Director-Counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center, Founder of the FreedomBox Foundation, and professor of Law and Legal History at Columbia University Law School. Professor Moglen has represented many of the world's leading free software developers. Professor Moglen earned his PhD in History and law degree at Yale University during what he sometimes calls his "long, dark period" in New Haven. After law school he clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the United States District Court in New York City and to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He has taught at Columbia Law School – and has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University and the University of Virginia – since 1987. In 2003 he was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award for efforts on behalf of freedom in the electronic society. Professor Moglen is admitted to practice in the State of New York and before the United States Supreme Court.


Global Network Initiative, Executive Director

Susan Morgan has been Executive Director of the Global Network Initiative (www.globalnetworkinitiative.org) since June 2010. She is based in Washington DC. She has responsibility for all aspects of running the organisation, growing GNI's membership, overseeing the learning and accountability framework and being a public spokesperson for GNI. Prior to joining GNI she was head of Corporate Responsibility Strategy, Policy and Planning at British Telecom. She has more than 15 years experience in the for profit and not for profit sectors plus a degree and post graduate degree in Politics and International Relations.


Craigslist, Founder

Craig Newmark is the founder of craigslist, the web-based platform that has fundamentally changed classified advertising. Since its founding in 1995, craigslist has become one of the Internet's 10 most-visited English language sites.

Born December 6, 1952 in Morristown, NJ, Craig attended Case Western Reserve University, where he earned a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science in 1975 and 1977 respectively. During his business career, Craig worked with IBM, Charles Schwab, Bank of America, and other firms. Today, he resides in San Francisco's Cole Valley.

In March 2011, Craig launched craigconnects, his initiative to link up everyone on the planet using the Internet to bear witness to good efforts and encourage the same behavior in others.

Craig regularly communicates through Twitter (twitter.com/craignewmark) and Facebook (facebook.com/craignewmark). He also blogs regularly (cnewmark.com) and is a contributor to the Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com/craig-newmark).

The best way to reach him is through the craigconnects website, www.craigconnects.org


Former Chief Technology Officer, White House

Beth Simone Noveck is a professor of law at New York Law School. She previously served in the White House as the nation's first Deputy Chief Technology Officer (2009-2011) and leader of the White House Open Government Initiative (www.whitehouse.gov/open). The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently awarded Professor Noveck a grant to develop a multi-year interdisciplinary research agenda to gauge the impact of networks on democratic institutions. In 2010, Professor Noveck was named “One of the Hundred Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company magazine and “One of the Top 5 Game Changers” by Politico. She is the author of Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful (Brookings Institution Press, 2009), which will appear this year in Arabic and Chinese. She blogs at cairns.typepad.com and tweets at @bethnoveck.


President of the Board of MoveOn.org

Shortly after the September 11 terror attacks, Eli created a website calling for a multilateral approach to fighting terrorism. In the following weeks, over half a million people from 192 countries signed on, and Eli, rather unexpectedly, became an online organizer.

The website merged with MoveOn.org in November of 2001, and Eli—then 20 years old—joined the group to direct its foreign policy campaigns. He led what The New York Times Magazine called the “mainstream arm of the peace movement”—tripling MoveOn’s member base in the process, demonstrating for the first time that large numbers of small donations could be mobilized through online engagement, and developing many of the practices that are now standard in the field of online organizing.

In 2004, Eli cocreated the Bush in 30 Seconds online ad contest, the first of its kind, and became executive director of MoveOn. Under his leadership, MoveOn.org Political Action has grown to 5 million members and raised over $120 million from millions of small donors to support advocacy campaigns and political candidates—helping Democrats reclaim the House and Senate in 2006. Eli focused MoveOn on online-to-offline organizing, developing phone-banking tools and precinct programs in 2004 and 2006 that laid the groundwork for Barack Obama’s remarkable campaign. MoveOn was one of the first major progressive organizations to endorse Obama for President in the presidential primary.

In 2008, Eli transitioned the executive director role at MoveOn to Justin Ruben and became president of MoveOn’s board.

Eli has appeared as a commentator on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, The Colbert Report, and all of the major cable news channels except Fox News. His Op-Eds have appeared in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and other periodicals. He’s also appeared three times on Details’ annual Power List—though that and $1.00 can buy you a cup of coffee. He cofounded Avaaz.org, a global MoveOn-style organization with 3 million members, and helped launch the New Organizing Institute, which has trained thousands of organizers to bring people together online and off for political change. Eli’s book, The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding from You, will be released in May 2011 from The Penguin Press.

Eli grew up in Lincolnville, Maine, and graduated summa cum laude in 2000 with a B.A. in Law, Politics, and Society from Simon’s Rock College. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


U.S. Dept. of State, Member of the Policy Planning Staff, covering innovation, technology and 21st century statecraft

Emily Parker is a member of the Policy Planning staff at the U.S. Department of State, where she covers innovation, technology and 21st Century Statecraft. Formerly, Emily was an Arthur Ross Fellow at the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations and a Global Policy Fellow at Carnegie Moscow Center, where she researched the role of blogging and social media in today's Russia. She is writing a book about the Internet and democracy. Emily has worked as a staff writer and editor for the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal and as a staff op-ed editor forThe New York Times. She was a researcher at Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren) in Tokyo, where she focused on the challenges faced by Japanese businesses in China. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Far Eastern Economic Review, The New Republic and Project Syndicate. From 2004 to 2005, she wrote a Wall Street Journal column called "Virtual Possibilities: China and the Internet."Her chapter on Chinese nationalism appeared in China's Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges (Seven Stories Press, May 2008).

She has worked in China and Japan, and speaks Chinese, Japanese, French and Spanish. She graduated with Honors from Brown University and has a Masters from Harvard in East Asian Studies. She is an International Affairs Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations.


Author, Futurist, Digital Anthropologist

Mark Pesce is an inventor, writer, entrepreneur, educator and broadcaster. In 1994 Pesce co-invented VRML, a 3D interface to the World Wide Web. Pesce has written five books, The Playful World: How Technology is Transforming Our Imagination, which used toys such as Furby and PlayStation as a springboard to explore our interactive future. Working with Robert Tercek on his next book, The Next Billion Seconds (due for publication later in 2011), Pesce will answer the question "What happens once we're all connected?" As an educator, Pesce founded graduate programs in interactive media at both the University of Southern California's world-famous Cinema School and the Australian Film, Radio and Television School. Pesce currently holds an appointment as Honorary Associate in the University of Sydney's Digital Cultures Program.

For the last seven years, Pesce has been a panelist and judge on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's hit series The New Inventors, celebrating Australia's newest inventions and inventors. A highly-regarded speaker, Pesce entertains and informs audiences on the future of technology, media, government, health care, and education. Pesce's articles about technology and culture are regularly published in the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC's The Drum, and ABC's Technology & Games. In 2006, Pesce founded FutureSt, a Sydney consultancy dedicated to helping clients negotiate the challenges presented by our ‘hyperconnected' future. In addition to his commercial efforts, Pesce has been designing and coding Plexus (plexus.relationalspace.org), a Web2.0 address book and open-source social graph.


Pollitika.com, Founder

Marko Rakar (1972) is Chief Executive Manager of the consulting company MRAK services ltd. Marko has a life-long experience in working/writing for media, as well as dealing with the media. He combines his media knowledge with new technologies and was one of the earliest internet adopters in Croatia. He is a recognized lecturer and consultant the subjects of organisation, internet, new media as well as politics. He ran a number of successful races for national parties and independent candidates on presidential, parliament and muncipal elections. His speciality is new and social media, as well as data transparency. Marko studied Philosophy and Information sciences, University of Zagreb, speaks english fluently and is regular collumnist and author to a number of blogs and web sites in Croatia and internationaly. He is also recognized by World eGovernment forum as one of the "Top 10 who are changing the world of politics on the internet". Marko is a member of the board of EAPC (Europan association of political consultants) and member of the board of IAPC (International association of political consultants).


Change.org, Founder & CEO

Ben Rattray is the founder and CEO of Change.org, the world's fastest-growing platform for social change — growing by more than 400,000 new members a month, and empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country. He was previously a political consultant and co-founder of GFS, a social entrepreneurship venture that provides software to help nonprofits automate the government grant application process. Ben is a frequent public speaker about how organizations and activists can use the social web to advance social change and is a graduate of Stanford University and the London School of Economics.


NYU School of Journalism, Professor

Jay Rosen has been on the journalism faculty at New York University since 1986; 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 was OfftheBus.Net with the Huffington Post. Rosen has been 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. 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).


U.S. Dept. of Justice, Director, New Media Strategy

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 campaigns and non-profit organizations with online communications and new media efforts. Russo is a frequent speaker and educator and regularly trains individuals on the best practices of online engagement.

Christina Guerola SARCHIO

Christina Guerola Sarchio I a partner with Patton Boggs and is co-chair of the Firm's Government Investigations and Litigation practice group, concentrates her practice on commercial litigation, antitrust and white collar criminal defense matters. She has significant trial experience in federal and state courts, and has represented Fortune 500 and other clients in both criminal and civil litigation, including class actions. Ms. Sarchio's cases have involved antitrust, contract, business torts, employment, intellectual property, environmental and franchise/dealer issues. Her representation spans several industries, including oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, alcoholic beverages, transportation, tobacco and consumer products. Ms. Sarchio also serves on the national roster for the American Arbitration Association.

Ms. Sarchio has received a number of awards and been featured in numerous publications for her legal prowess. In 2008, Hispanic Business Magazine selected her as one of “Twenty Elite Women,” and she received George Washington Law School's prestigious Belva Lockwood Woman of the Year Award. Washington Business Journal named Ms. Sarchio a 2007 Top Washington Lawyer in the “Young Guns” category, and she was chosen as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in the country by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2006.

She served as the Hispanic National Bar Association's Vice President for External Affairs and is a past President of the Hispanic Bar Association of DC, which received the Hispanic National Bar Association's “Best Affiliate of the Year” award in 2006 under her leadership. Ms. Sarchio has taught as an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School and frequently provides on-air legal commentary.

Ms. Sarchio is a former prosecutor from the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

Marietje SCHAAKE

Social Liberal Party, The Netherlands, Member of the European Parliament, Social Liberal Party, The Netherlands

Marietje Schaake is a Member of the European Parliament with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group. She serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, where she focuses on neighborhood policy, Turkey in particular; human rights, with a specific focus on freedom of expression and press freedom; and Iran. In the Committee on Culture, Media, Education, Youth and Sports she works on Europe's Digital Agenda and the role of culture and new media in the EU´s external actions.

Marietje is a member of the delegation for relations with the United States and a substitute member on the delegation with the Balkan countries. She is also a founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on New Media and Technology.

Before joining the European Parliament, she worked as an independent advisor to governments, diplomats, businesses and NGO's, on issues of transatlantic relations, diversity and pluralism, civil and human rights and integration.



Paul Schreiber spent a decade as a software engineer, including eight years on Apple’s Mac OS X team. In 2008, he volunteered for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. In addition to knocking on doors and making phone calls, Schreiber co-developed Vote For Change, registering over 500,000 voters and helping a million people find their voting location. He can often be found at your local hockey rink, on his bicycle or behind the lens of his Nikon D70s. Before building TurboVote, he cofounded a nonprofit student news organization, a music classifieds web site and a health care video storytelling project.


Associate Editor, techPresident

Nancy Scola is techPresident's associate editor, as well as a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the American Prospect, the Atlantic, New York, Salon, Seed, and elsewhere. Nancy started her career in Washington, where she worked in the non-profit world and on Capitol Hill.

David "Doc" SEARLS

Cluetrain Manifesto, Technology Writer, Co-Author

David "Doc" Searls is the co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, journalist, columnist, author and a widely-read blogger. His is also a fellow at the Center for Information Technology & Society (CITS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a fellow alumnus (2006-2010) of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.


Manager, Government and Political Partnerships for Twitter

As Manager, Government and Political Partnerships for Twitter, Adam Sharp works with government officials, agencies and candidates to make better use of Twitter’s real time information network for civic engagement. Called "the human embodiment of Twitter" by the New York Times, Sharp was named one of Washingtonian magazine's "People to Watch" in its 2011 "Tech Titans" listing. He previously led digital efforts at C-SPAN and NBC News and served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.), working with her through Hurricane Katrina and her 2008 reelection campaign.



Clay Shirky teaches in NYU's Interactive Telecommunications and Journalism programs, and is the author of two books about social media: Here Comes Everybody and Cognitive Surplus.

Courtney SIELOFF

Senior Strategist, Revolution Messaging

Courtney Sieloff is the Senior Strategist at Revolution Messaging, where she works with a number of labor unions, nonprofit organizations, and political candidates to develop effective and innovative mobile and organizing strategies.

Previously, Courtney was the executive director of the V3 Campaign. She has also
worked as a social media director for a consulting firm, as PAC director for two organizations and as a field director for 10 states for a labor union. She has also worked on a number of candidate and issue campaigns. Courtney is the founder and principal of JobsthatareLEFT, a nationwide job bank and networking organization serving 16,000+ members. She is a two-time nominee for WIN's Young Women of Achievement Award. Courtney has a B.A in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a Master's degree in Public Policy and Women's Studies from The George Washington University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Luke Peterson and with her very spoiled dog, Juno.


EchoDitto, Co-Founder, Sr. Online Campaigns Strategist

Michael Silberman is a founding Partner of EchoDitto, a digital agency that empowers leading organizations to have a greater impact through the creative use of new technologies. EchoDitto designs participatory campaigns and builds tools that enable individuals to make the world a better place. A senior online campaigns strategist, Silberman specializes in online organizing and grassroots citizen engagement. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the effective use of technology for converting online activity into real-world action. Silberman chairs the Web of Change conference, the premier annual gathering for leading thinkers and campaigners at the intersection of technology and social change. Prior to EchoDitto, Silberman was the National Meetup Director for Howard Dean's presidential run in 2004, where he lead an online organizing team that regularly mobilized more than 189,000 local volunteers in over 1,200 cities worldwide. He also served as the 1Sky climate campaign's Internet Director during its first year, where he implemented a successful nationwide internet organizing, communications, and fundraising strategy.

Michael currently serves as a board member for Planet Forward and Brighter Planet and is affiliated with the New Organizing Institute and The Engage Network. Silberman graduated on skis with a B.A. from Middlebury College.


Prime Minister of Great Britain's office, Advisor to the Prime Minister

Rohan Silva is Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister. He was previously Senior Policy Adviser for the 2010 General Election and Economic Adviser to the Shadow Chancellor George Osborne. Prior to this, Rohan was a Policy Analyst at HM Treasury. Rohan is a trustee of the Whitechapel Art Gallery, the Battersea Arts Centre and the Citizenship Foundation, and serves on the advisory board of Nick Hornby's 'Ministry of Stories'.


Columbia College Chicago, Asst. Professor of Journalism

Daniel Sinker is an Assistant Professor at Columbia College Chicago, where he has a focus in entrepreneurial journalism and the mobile web. A writer, designer, and programmer, he is the author of the @MayorEmanuel Twitter feed, the founder and developer of the local election tracker ChicagoMayoralScorecard.com and the mobile storytelling project CellStories.net. From 1994-2007, Sinker was the founder and Editor In Cheif of the influential underground culture magazine Punk Planet, the editor of the book We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet, the collected interviews, as well as the founder and editor of a line of fiercely independent books, Punk Planet Books, an imprint of Akashic Books. Sinker was a 2007-08 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, where he studied the impact of mobile technologies on traditional publishing models and he received his BFA in video production and new media from the School of the Art Institute in 1996. Sinker is is also a graphic designer whose design for Joe Meno's Hairstyles of the Damned was named one of the 25 "new classic" book covers of the last 25 years by Entertainment Weekly, and blogs about media for the Huffington Post. He lives in Chicago with his wife and son.


Princeton University

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011 she served as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor conferred by the State Department, for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. She also received a Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Dr. Slaughter is a frequent contributor to both mainstream and new media, publishing op-eds in major newspapers, magazines and blogs around the world and curating foreign policy news for over 8,000 followers on Twitter. She appears regularly on CNN, the BBC, NPR, and PBS, lectures widely, and has served on boards of organizations ranging from the Council of Foreign Relations and the New America Foundation to the McDonald’s Corporation and the Citigroup Economic and Political Strategies Advisory Group. Foreign Policy magazine named her to their annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 and 2010.

Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009, where she rebuilt the School’s international relations faculty and created a number of new centers and programs. She has written or edited six books, including A NEW WORLD ORDER (2004) and THE IDEA THAT IS AMERICA: KEEPING FAITH WITH OUR VALUES IN A DANGEROUS WORLD (2007), and over 100 articles. She was also the convener and academic co-chair, with Professor John Ikenberry, of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States. From 1994-2002, Dr. Slaughter was the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law and Director of the International Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. She received a B.A. from Princeton, an M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard. She is married to Professor Andrew Moravcsik; they live in Princeton with their two sons.


Access, Co-Founder, Executive Director

Brett Solomon is the co-founder and Executive Director of Access—a non-profit human rights organization focused on digital freedom. Prior to Access, he was the Campaign Director at the 6.5 million member strong Avaaz.org, and before that the first Executive Director of GetUp!, an Australian grass roots political organization with over 430,000 members. Solomon completed a Bachelors of Law at the University of Sydney, a Masters in International Law at the University of NSW, founded the International Youth Parliament and worked for many years at both Oxfam Australia and Amnesty International Australia.

Omoyele SOWORE

Sahara Reporter, Journalist

Omoyele Sowore is a human rights and pro-democracy campaigner. He is founder and publisher of the much-cited SaharaReporters.com, a website of citizen journalism supplying videos, photos, news stories, and commentary exposing official corruption and abuse in Nigeria's government. Sowore has spent the past 15 years working to promote human rights and democracy in Nigeria and to stop the violence that multinational oil companies have brought to his country. In 1989, he took part in student demonstrations protesting the conditions of an International Monetary Fund loan of $120 million to be used for a Nigerian oil pipeline (The loan conditions were to reduce the number of universities in the country from 28 to just five.) In 1992 at the University of Lagos, Sowore led 2,000 students in protest against Nigeria's notorious kleptocracy. Police opened fire, killing seven. Sowore was arrested, interrogated and beaten. He's been imprisoned eight times and tortured.


Media Reporter, The New York Times

Brian Stelter is a media reporter at The New York Times who
covers television and digital media. He is a lead contributor to the Media Decoder blog. Before joining The Times in 2007, he was the founder and the editor of TVNewser, the pre-eminent blog about the television news industry


Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York

Rachel Sterne is Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York, where she leads the City's digital strategy with a focus on Access, Open Government, Engagement, and Industry. Prior to this role, Rachel was Founder and CEO of GroundReport, a citizen journalism platform that empowers reporters to publish original, intelligent reporting to an international audience. She founded GroundReport in 2006, inspired by her experience at the United Nations, with the mission to democratize the media and help the world share its stories. Rachel also founded and ran her own digital strategy firm Upward from 2008-2010, and worked as a Business Developer in the open source industry. She is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and graduated from NYU with a BA in History.

Stephanie TAYLOR

Progressive Change Campaign Committee - PCCC

Stephanie Taylor is co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), a 750,000-member grassroots organization dedicated to electing bold progressives to Congress and advocating for progressive policy.

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 online organizing at the AFL-CIO, Democratic National Committee, MoveOn.org, and Lawrence Lessig's Change Congress.


University of MD, Baltimore Campus, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Sociology/Anthropology

Zeynep Tufekci is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her research interests are social impacts of technology, inequality, social change and complex systems. She blogs at http://www.technosociology.org


University of VA Law School, Professor of Media Studies

Siva Vaidhyanathan, a cultural historian and media scholar, is the author of The Googlization of Everything And Why We Should Worry (University of California Press, 2011), Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (New York University Press, 2001) and The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System(Basic Books, 2004). He edited (with Carolyn de la Pena) a collection, Rewiring the Nation: The Place of Technology in American Studies(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007). Vaidhyanathan has written for many periodicals, including American Scholar, theChronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times Magazine, MSNBC.COM, Salon.com, openDemocracy.net, Columbia Journalism Review, and The Nation. After five years as a professional journalist, Vaidhyanathan earned a PhD in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at Wesleyan University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Columbia University, New York University, and now is a professor of Media Studies and Law at the University of Virginia and a fellow at both the New York Institute for the Humanities and the Institute for the Future of the Book. He lives in Charlottesville, VA.

Susannah VILA

Movements.org, Director of Content & Outreach

Susannah Vila is the Director of Content and Outreach for Movements.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying, connecting and supporting youth activists from around the world who use technology to organize for social change. She works with activists to identify the most effective uses of new technologies in grassroots organizing and oversees development of the training resources available at Movements.org. A frequent commentator on the nexus of technology and activism, Vila also covers digital activism in Cuba for Global Voices Online. She received her MA and BA in political science from Columbia University and New York University, respectively. Connect with her on Twitter @szvila.

Jeffrey Yoo WARREN

The Public Laboratory for Open Technology & Science, Co-Founder

Founder of Grassroots Mapping and co-founder of the civic environmental science initiative Public Laboratory, Jeffrey Warren makes maps and citizen science tools at the p.irateship in Somerville, MA. He is a research affiliate of MIT's Center for Future Civic Media, and he is the author of Cartagen, an open-source HTML5 vector mapping framework.

He has founded or co-founded various organizations, including Vestal Design, a multidisciplinary design firm, Cut&Paste Labs, a Lima, Peru-based school for open-source programming, Weardrobe.com, and Paydici Inc. Jeff holds an MS from MIT's Media Lab, and a BA in Architecture from Yale University, where he worked with artist/technologist Natalie Jeremijenko, building robotic dogs and geese. He likes to draw.


Voting Information Project, New Organizing Institute, Project Manager

Anthea works at the New Organizing Institute where she is the Project Manager for the Voting Information Project (VIP). VIP is a joint effort of local election officials, the Pew Center on the States and Google. Anthea builds partnerships between public officials, non-profits and private companies to make information about elections more accessible to voters.

Prior to joining the New Organizing Institute, Anthea worked on the Obama campaign throughout the 2008 primaries and general election. Anthea started her career as counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives and as a lawyer in Milwaukee.

You can follow Anthea on twitter @antheawatson


Co-Head of Opera Solutions, LLC's

Scott Weber is the Co-Head of Opera Solutions, LLC's government practice, and brings an impressive history of legal and governmental experience at the highest levels to that position.

He has been a partner at two leading international law firms, and in addition has served as Senior Counselor to the Secretary at the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, and is a Senior Advisor to the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council. He has also been Special Counsel to the New Jersey Office of the Child Advocate of the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee, and a member of former New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine's Advisory Committee on Police Standards.

Scott appears frequently as an expert on national security on "Your World with Neil Cavuto" on Fox News, CNBC's "Kudlow & Company," CNN, BBC Television, and other broadcast outlets. He has also written for Forbes.com, Security Debrief, and The National Journal.

Scott continues to serve as a partner at the law firm of Patton Boggs, LLP, and on the Board of Advisors at The Chertoff Group, LLC.

You can follow Anthea on twitter @antheawatson

Michael WESCH

Cultural Anthropologist

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


Vice President, Blueprint Interactive

Emily Williams is Vice President of Blueprint Interactive. Prior to joining Blueprint, Emily was a Senior Account Executive at MSHC Partners, where she led the strategy and execution of hundreds of diverse online initiatives to reach influentials, recruit supporters, drive action, register voters, and message to target niche audiences.

As the online advertising campaign manager for President Obama's 2008 team, Emily managed a $9 million online voter registration, early vote and GOTV program that reached more than 1.2 million voters in 19 states.

Emily was named a Campaigns and Elections "Rising Star" in 2010. She is a native of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts and holds a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University.

Jillian YORK

Director of International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jillian C. York is a writer, activist and researcher whose work focuses on free expression online, with a particular emphasis on the Arab world. She recently joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation as the Director of International Freedom of Expression, and before that she worked at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. In addition to her blog, she writes a regular column for Al Jazeera English and is on the board of Global Voices Online.

Deanna ZANDT

Media Technologist

Deanna Zandt is a media technologist and the author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking (Berrett-Koehler, June 2010). She is a consultant to key progressive media organizations including AlterNet and Jim Hightower's Hightower Lowdown, and is a Research Fellow at the Center for Social Media at American University.

Zandt specializes in social media, is a leading expert in women and technology, and is a frequent guest on CNN International, BBC Radio, Fox News and more. 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 Netroots Nation, SXSW Interactive, Personal Democracy Forum, the National Conference on Media Reform, Facing Race, Web 2.0 Expo, Bioneers, America's Future Now (formerly “Take Back America,”) Women Action & The Media, and provides beginner and advanced workshops both online and in person.

In January 2009, Deanna was chosen as a fellow for the Progressive Women's Voices program at the Women's Media Center. She also serves as a technology advisor to a number of organizations, including Feministing, The Girls & Boys Projects and Women Action & The Media. She is on the board of the Applied Research Center, a racial justice think tank and home for media and activism.

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

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