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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman | Did the US Supreme Court Just Elect John McCain?

Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman | Did the US Supreme Court Just Elect John McCain?: "By 6-3 the Court has upheld an Indiana law that requires citizens to present a photo identification card in order to vote. Florida, Michigan, Louisiana, Georgia, Hawaii and South Dakota have similar laws. Though it's unlikely, as many as two dozen other states could add them by election day. Other states, like Ohio, have less stringent ID requirements than Indiana's, but still have certain restrictions that are strongly opposed by voter rights advocates."

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

techPresident – Twittering Philly

techPresident – Twittering Philly: "Twittering Philly
By Patrick Ruffini, 04/22/2008 - 9:46am

The use of Twitter as a discovery vehicle for raw political intelligence takes another step today with Election Journal, a project by Republican election watchdog Mike Roman. The site is using Twitter, Flickr, and Google Maps to cover primary election day in Philadelphia, with Twittering correspondents stationed around the city.

Anyone who's worked a few election days in Philly knows how colorful things can get. Violence, intimidation, broken machines, and officials denied entry into polling places are par for the course. With more than 1,600 precincts in the city alone, it's difficult to get a handle on it all. Here's hoping a little technology-enabled citizen journalism can bring some much needed transparency to election day.

Follow @ElectionJournal on Twitter to get live breaking updates. And here's a map of the incidents they've uncovered so far:"

Personal Democracy Forum 2008 - New York - United States

Personal Democracy Forum 2008 - New York - United States: "Personal Democracy Forum 2008, June 23-24, NYC
Theme: Rebooting the System - Register Now

Technology and the Internet are changing politics -- now more than ever. Over the last five years, Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) has become the seminal gathering place for the growing community of people who understand the effects underway, and want to make sure they stay on top of what’s coming next.

This year PdF will be bigger and better than before--we're expanding to two full days at a spectacular new venue overlooking Central Park, at Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center."

The 2008 election has shown that the Internet has become the central battlefield for campaigns, from the presidential race on down. So, on the first day of PdF 2008, we're going to focus on how technology is changing the electoral process. But we all know that no matter who is elected, big changes are also coming in how government uses technology to serve or connect with the public. That's why we're adding a whole second day to the PdF agenda, devoted to how technology is changing governance and civic action.

Who’s coming? Leaders from the world of technology, politics, journalism, blogging, and activism. Stay tuned for details.

Topics we'll be covering:

  • The top political technology applications of 2008
  • Open fundraising and how to create internet “money bombs”
  • Mastering the new videosphere of YouTube, MySpace and Yahoo Video
  • Engaging and mobilizing young voters online
  • Bloggers as pundits, pundits as bloggers
  • Converting online supporters into on-the-ground volunteers
  • Polling and its discontents
  • The inside scoop on what worked and what didn't from the Presidential campaigns
  • The coming of "Wiki Government"
  • Hyperpeople and hyperpolitics
  • Creating better debates with and without television
  • The cross-partisan politics of transparency
  • The changing role of the net-roots and the right-roots
  • Embracing voter-generated content
  • The internet's revolutionary power overseas
  • Creating national tech policies
  • Social technology and how the internet can save the planet
  • The rise of dynamic data-driven journalism

Check out this short highlight video from last year’s conference for a sample of what to expect.

Closed caption and Spanish version

If you register now, you’ll save $100 off the full ticket price. That’s two days of Personal Democracy Forum for only $595, including access to all the sessions, breakfast, lunch, an open-bar cocktail reception and unlimited networking.

Where and When
Location: Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th Street
New York, New York 10023
United States
Map: Google | Yahoo | Mapquest
Date: Jun 23-24, 2008
Conference Tag: pdf2008