About the Author
She is a Senior Fellow on the Democracy Team at Demos: A Network for Change and Action in New York City, and a Senior Editor at the Personal Democracy Forum. Her paper, Social Citizens(beta) about the ways that young people are using social media for social change was released in May 2008 by The Case Foundation. She is a prolific writer and her articles have been published in the Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is also a frequent contributor to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and The Huffington Post. Fine was the Founder and Executive Director of Innovation Network, Inc. from 1992-2004 and the C.E.O. of The E-Volve Foundation in 2004-2006.
Micah L. Sifry is co-founder and editor of the Personal Democracy Forum, a website and annual conference that covers the ways technology is changing politics, and TechPresident.com group blog on how the American presidential candidates are using the web and how the web is using them.
Andrew Rasiej is a social entrepreneur, futurist, and Founder of Personal Democracy Forum, an annual conference and community website about the intersection of politics and technology. He is also the co-founder of techPresident, an award winning group blog that covers how the 2008 presidential candidates are using the web, and how voter generated content (a term he coined) is affecting the campaign. In the 2004 presidential race he served as Chairman of the Howard Dean Technology Advisory Council. In 2005 he ran a highly visible campaign for Public Advocate of New York City, running in the Democratic primary on a platform to bring low cost wireless Internet access to all New Yorkers. He co-writes a bi-weekly column for Politico.com.
Personal Democracy Forum is an annual conference and online community that covers how technology and the Internet are changing politics. Started in 2003 by Andrew Rasiej and Micah L. Sifry, Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) has become the seminal gathering place for the growing community of leaders and activists from the increasingly interconnected worlds of technology, politics, journalism, blogging, and advocacy who want to make sure they stay on top of what s coming next.
The annual Personal Democracy Forum conference is a cross-partisan event. Keynoters in past years have included: Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Stanford University Professor Larry Lessig, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, the Christian Coalition's Ralph Reed, Elizabeth Edwards, SEIU President Andy Stern, Arianna Huffington, Craig Newmark of Craigslist, political strategist Joe Trippi, and bloggers Markos Moulitsas, Hugh Hewitt, Jane Hamsher, Matt Stoller, and Josh Marshall.
PdF is also the home of techPresident.com, a group blog on how the candidates are using the web and how the web is using them, which was launched in February 2007. TechPresident.com covers the gamut of online campaign activities: from campaign websites, online advertising and e-mail lists to video postings on YouTube and who's got the fastest growing group of friends on social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. TechPresident's Daily Digest e-mail newsletter has become a must-read for the many journalists, bloggers and activists who are watching how voter-generated content is changing the contours of the electoral process, and are learning how to adapt and thrive in this new world.