SEBASTOPOL, Calif., Internet technologies are putting power back into the hands of the people. Using blogs, MeetUp, websites, cell phones, and plain old email, citizen activists have already altered the face of the 2004 US presidential election.
Are we on the verge of a fundamental shift towards truer democracy, or will these new Internet-fueled tools be co-opted to maintain the status quo?
We’ll address that question and more at the at the Digital Democracy Teach-In on February 9, 2004, held at San Diego’s Westin Horton Plaza (in conjunction with the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference).
Hear from the people who are defying conventional wisdom and changing the rules of the game — Wes Boyd (founder, MoveOn), Scott Heiferman (founder, MeetUp), Jim Moore (Director of Internet & Information Services, Dean for America), influential political bloggers, and grassroots advocates.
They’ll explain how, as political outsiders with technology chops and an urge to change the world, they’ve hacked the old guard’s system. You’ll come away with a potent new Internet-based toolset for flexing your political muscle.
Digital Democracy Teach-In schedule and speaker information: http://conferences.oreillynet.com/et2004/edemo.csp .
Register at http://conferences.oreillynet.com/cs/et2004/create/ord_et04?x-
Cost is $100 for the day, lunch included.