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These speakers will be part of the Digital Democracy Teach-In. Please check back often as we will be adding additional speakers in the days to come. For more details about specific sessions, see the Sessions page.


Cameron Barrett

Currently in charge of the online community development at the Clark for President campaign, Barrett has been blogging for nearly 7 years (at camworld.com) after pioneering the format in 1997 and popularizing in the late 1990s.

Session:

 Effective Political Blogging


Britt Blaser

Britt Blaser was an early advocate of the Dean Internet. Last summer, he facilitated a preliminary micro-summit between Zephyr Teachout and Zack Rosen, prime mover behind the DeanSpace project. He is active with the Dean campaign, spending a week each month in Burlington working on special projects and connecting people that need connecting.

He conceived and collaborated intensely on the Deanforjobs site and coordinated the development of the well-received Dean for Iowa online game.

Britt was the angel investor behind the first authorized Mac portable, the Dynamac, and later its CEO. As a humanist and school trustee, he worked with Alan Kay in the late 1980's to promote secondary school computing. For clients he co-developed a seminal CRM project and is the originator and chief protagonist of the Xpertweb concept . With Ben Hammersley, he is currently advancing the assertion processor metadata proposal.

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Wes Boyd

Wes Boyd is the co-founder of MoveOn.org, a political action web site dedicated to promoting broad public participation in political discourse. Mr. Boyd is a software industry veteran, having founded a leading entertainment software company, Berkeley Systems. Berkeley Systems is best known for Flying Toaster screen savers, and You Don't Know Jack, an online game show. Prior to his work in consumer software, Mr. Boyd authored software for blind and visually impaired users allowing full access to computers with a graphical user interface. Mr. Boyd also served at the University of California as a consultant on social research methods and as a senior programmer on research projects.

Session:

 MoveOn: Bringing Ordinary People Back into Politics


Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman is director of The 21st Century Project and a member of the faculty at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the graduate school of public policy at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches classes and conducts research on telecommunications and Internet policy. He is associate director of the Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute at the University of Texas. For six years Chapman wrote the internationally syndicated newspaper column on technology and society called "Digital Nation" for The Los Angeles Times. He is currently a bimonthly editorial columnist for The Austin American Statesman. He served as the long-time executive director of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, and this year he is the chairman of the selection committee for the Turing Award, the world's highest award in computer science.

Session:

 Electronic Voting and Transparency


Ed Cone

Ed Cone is senior writer at Ziff Davis' Baseline magazine, where his case study of the Dean campaign offered the first comprehensive look at the new model of online campaign structure. He is also an opinion columnist at the News & Record, the monopoly daily newspaper in his hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina. Ed has worked as a contributing editor at Wired, a staff writer at Forbes, and a freelancer. He lives in Greensboro.

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Gregory Glaros

Commander Glaros is a Naval Aviator, Strike/Fighter pilot and dual qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) currently assigned to the Secretary of Defense’s Office of Force Transformation (OFT). He reported to OFT from the Chief of Naval Operation's Strategic Studies Group (SSG) after serving for two years as deputy executive assistant, analyst, and aide to the President, Naval War College, VADM Arthur K. Cebrowski, USN. He has previously served tours as Conventional Weapon and Tactics Officer in ATTACK SQUADRON THREE-FIVE (VA-35), embarked on USS Saratoga (CV-60) during Dessert Storm, as Assistant Navigator on board USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), as Department Head of STRIKE FIGHTER SQUADRON EIGHT-TWO (VFA-82), and as an Airwing Strike Leader engaged in combat operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq, while embarked on board USS George Washington (CVN-73), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), and USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67).

Commander Glaros was graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1986 with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. He also received Master of Science degrees in both Space Systems Engineering and Electrical Engineering (Laser Optics & Rocket Propulsion) from the Naval Post Graduate School in 1994, attended the Naval War College in 2002, and is a graduate of the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (“Top Gun”) as an Airwing Strike Leader.

Commander Glaros’ awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Individual Air Medal (with Combat V –for valor- and gold numeral three in lieu of third award), Strike/Flight Air Medal (with bronze numeral three for greater than 60 combat missions flown), Navy Commendation Medal (with Combat V and four gold stars in lieu of second, third, and fourth awards), Navy Achievement Medal (with two gold stars), and various campaign, unit and sea service awards.

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William Greene

William Greene is president of Strategic Internet Campaign Management, Inc. (SICM.com - pronounced “sick ‘em”), a consulting firm that enables organizations and candidates to harness the power of the Internet for fundraising and grassroots activism. SICM manages the ConservativeAlerts.com e-mail and postal list, which has been responsible for over two million activist messages sent from conservatives to Congress, the President and other leaders. He is also Director of RightMarch.com, an umbrella site of many conservative organizations coming together to enable their members to take effective action against activities by online liberal groups. In its April, 2002 issue, Campaigns and Elections magazine, the trade publication for political professionals, featured Greene as one of its "Rising Stars In Politics;" he is also listed in the 2003 and 2004 editions of "Who's Who In America."

Session:

 Advocacy as Application


Scott Heiferman

Scott Heiferman co-founded the online advertising industry, the photo weblogging phenomenon, and the Meetup movement. Scott is CEO of Meetup.com, a global platform that helps people organize monthly local real-world gatherings about anything anywhere. Nearly 1 million people (and growing) have signed up to Meetup with a group of neighbors about knitting, chihuahuas, diabetes, Howard Dean, George Bush, and thousands of other topics. Scott co-founded Meetup in 2002, Fotolog in 2002 (the leading photo weblog platform, used by over a quarter million people, and viewed by nearly 1 million people daily), and i-traffic in 1995 (the first online ad agency, the pioneer in search-keyword media placement, and now one of the largest online media buyers, with offices in the U.S. and Europe). Meetup's investors and Board Members include Esther Dyson, Andreas Stavropoulos (DFJ), and Pierre Omidyar (Founder/Chairman, eBay). In 1994, Scott was "Interactive Marketing Frontiersman" at Sony, where he created Sony's first consumer online presence. Scott graduated from The University of Iowa and has posted a photo on his personal Fotolog every day for almost three years.

Session:

 Meetup and "On the Ground" Organizing


Joichi Ito

Joichi Ito is the CEO of Neoteny (http://www.neoteny.com.) He is the Chairman of Creative Commons (http://www.creativecommons.org), a non-profit organization which proposes a middle way to rights management, rather than the extremes of the pure public domain or the reservation of all rights. He is on the board of Digital Garage (http://www.garage.co.jp/) and Technorati (http://www.technorati.com/). He is the Chairman of Six Apart Japan (http://www.sixapart.jp/) the weblog software company. He is the board of a number of non-profit organizations including The Mozilla Foundation, The Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and WITNESS (http://www.witness.org/). He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan. He has served and continues to serve on numerous Japanese central as well as local government committees and boards, advising the government on IT, privacy and computer security related issues. He is currently researching "The Sharing Economy" as a Doctor of Business Administration candidate at the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy at Hitotsubashi University in Japan. He is a follow at the USC Annenberg Center for Communications. He maintains a weblog (http://joi.ito.com/) where he regularly shares his thoughts with the online community.

Session:

 Emergent Democracy Worldwide


Jeff Jarvis

Jeff Jarvis -- who blogs at buzzmachine.com -- is president and creative director of Advance.net, the online arm of Advance Publications (which includes Newhouse newspapers and Conde Nast), where he has overseen development, strategy, and technology for a dozen leading web services. He was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly; TV critic for TV Guide and People magazines; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News; a daily columnist on the San Francisco Examiner, and a reporter and editor on the Chicago Tribune.

Session:

 Gatekeepers No More? The Grassroots Challenges the Journalist Priesthood


Jon Lebkowsky

Jon Lebkowsky is CEO of Polycot, an Austin, Texas company focusing on computer networks and software tools for effective collaboration and communication. He's worked as a project manager, technology director, and online community developer, but he's also known for his writing (mostly about technoculture) and various high-visibility Internet projects over the last decade-plus. He was cofounder and CEO of one of one of the first virtual corporations, FringeWare, Inc. He's written for publications such as Wired Magazine, Mondo 2000, 21C, Whole Earth Review, Fringe Ware Review, and the Austin Chronicle. His popular weblog is at weblogsky.com. Jon is President of EFF-Austin, a member of the Austin Free-Net Board of Directors and the steering committee for the Austin Clean Energy Initiative, and member of the steering committee for the annual South by Southwest Interactive conference. He is currently leading a research project on the economic impact of wireless telecommunications (http://www.wirelessfuture.org) for IC˛, an Austin think tank associated with the University of Texas.

Session:

 Advocacy as Application


Adina Levin

Adina Levin is VP of Products at Socialtext, maker of enterprise social software that helps people form groups, communicate, and collaborate. On a volunteer basis, she is a director of the Cyberliberties project for the ACLU of Texas, and is the policy committee chair for EFF-Austin, a group that focuses on digital rights activism. In these roles, she helped defeat the Texas SDMCA, a bad bill that was intended to give internet service providers control over the way individuals use internet connections. She is currently advocating the adoption of safe, accurate, and auditable voting systems in Texas.

Session:

 Advocacy as Application


Mitch Ratcliffe

Mitch Ratcliffe is a leading commentator on the economy and technology. He is president of Internet/Media Strategies Inc., a consultancy that has worked with America Online, EarthWeb, Audible, Time Warner, ZD Net, Comdex and SoftBank, among others. Additionally, he is co-founder and a principal of Creative Media Partners, a programming development and production company and editorial director of InnovationWorld LLC, a research firm covering foreign direct investment decision-making and best practices. He has served in key positions in the publishing, technology, and financial services industries, often managing virtual workgroups.

Ratcliffe led the development of the ON24 Financial iNetwork, the first streaming news organization, from 1999 to 2001, when he guided the editorial and production teams from startup to producing more than 24 hours of personalized news content each day. Simultaneously, he developed and managed the ZDY2K Web site, a source of Year 2000 information and commentary on the ZD Net supersite.

Session:

 Effective Political Blogging


Jay Rosen

Jay Rosen is a critic and writer whose primary interest is the press in a democracy. A member of the NYU faculty since 1986, he is currently an associate professor of Journalism and chair of the Journalism Department. He teaches courses in media criticism, cultural journalism, press ethics and the journalistic tradition, among other subjects. His newest project is PressThink, a weblog about "the journalism we have, and the journalism we need." It began in September, 2003 and can be found at http://www.pressthink.org.

Since 1990, Rosen has been a leading figure in the reform movement known as "public journalism" (also called civic journalism), which calls on the press to take a more active role in strengthening citizenship, improving political debate and reviving public life. From 1993 to 1997, he was the Director of the Project on Public Life and the Press, funded by the Knight Foundation and housed at NYU.

Session:

 Gatekeepers No More? The Grassroots Challenges the Journalist Priesthood


Doc Searls

Doc Searls is Senior Editor of Linux Journal, one of the world's leading technology monthlies, with a paid circulation of over 100,000. His monthly LJ column is Linux For Suits, and his newsletter is SuitWatch.

Doc is also co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Borders Books and Amazon.com bestseller. (It was Amazon's #1 sales & marketing bestseller for over a year.)

Doc Searls Weblog is also one of the most familiar 'blogs' on the Web. J.D. Lasica of Annenberg's Online Journalism Review calls Doc "one of the deep thinkers in the blog movement."

In all three capacities, Doc is also a frequent speaker and panelist at industry conferences.

Session:

 Effective Political Blogging


Jonah Seiger

Jonah Seiger is a nationally recognized communications strategist and pioneer in the field of Internet-based political campaigning. In 1997, he co-founded Mindshare Internet Campaigns LLC, a leading online public affairs communications firm. As the company’s Chief Strategist, he conceived and managed successful national campaigns for some of America’s most influential associations, coalitions, non-profit organizations, and Fortune 100 companies on a wide range of issues.

Seiger is currently serving as a Visiting Fellow with the Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet. At the Institute, a project of The George Washington University and the Pew Charitable Trusts, he works to promote the development of U.S. online politics in a manner that upholds democratic values. He also teaches a course on politics and the Internet at The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.

Session:

 Advocacy as Application
 Meetup and "On the Ground" Organizing


Bill Stotesbury

Bill Stotesbury is Vice President of Marketing for Hart InterCivic, the producer of the eSlate voting system, Prior to joining Hart, he held a variety of marketing and public affairs positions with technology oriented companies. He was Vice President of Intelligent Technologies Corp. (ITC), which dedicated itself to technology-enhanced solutions and services that detect fraud, waste, and abuse. He was also a co-founder and partner of GTT Communications, one of the first public relations firms in the Southwest to exclusively represent technology clients.

Stotesbery also served as Director of Communications for the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC) and as a Senior Consultant with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. (now BearingPoint). He has served as a member of the Board of the Texas Department of Information Resources and chairman of the National State Government Affairs Committee of the American Electronics Association, among other positions, and has been active in local affairs. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Christian University and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Session:

 Electronic Voting and Transparency


Halley Suitt

Halley Suitt is a blogger at the blog Halley's Comment and a writer who has worked recently on the Dean Campaign documenting their grass roots organizing efforts in New Hampshire. She is the author of the blog essay, "How To Become An Alpha Male In 18 Easy Lessons."

Suitt has worked as a technical writer, a technical translator (French-English), as well as a salesperson of software, online services, and other applications for more than 15 years.

Suitt has also been involved in technology conferences planning at Harvard Business School Publishing, TTI Vanguard, and Tom Peters Company. Her own consulting work has included projects with Bob Metcalfe, David Weinberger, British Telecom, and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.

In the September 2003 issue of Harvard Business Review, she published a case study on employee bloggers. Her fiction has appeared in Penthouse Magazine.

Suitt spoke at the Jupiter Research Weblog Business Strategies conference in Boston on "Strategies and Tips For Business Blogging" and at Harvard Law School’s BloggerCon conference leading a discussing about her case study, “A Blogger in Their Midst” from HBR. She has appeared on Oprah.

Session:

 Effective Political Blogging


Phillip J. Windley

Phillip J. Windley is the publisher and editor of Windley's Enterprise Computing Weblog (www.windley.com) and recently launched UtahPolitics.org. Windley is also an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University where he teaches courses on large-scale distributed systems. Windley is the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Utah, where he served on the Governor’s Cabinet and as a member of his Senior Staff. In this capacity he was responsible for effective use of all IT resources in the state and advised the Governor on technology issues. Prior to his appointment as CIO, Windley served as Vice President for Product Development and Operations at Excite@Home and as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of iMALL, Inc., managing a team of engineers, product managers, and technicians developing large scale Internet and e-commerce applications.

Session:

 Electronic Voting and Transparency


Ethan Zuckerman

Ethan Zuckerman is Founder and Chief Technologist of Geekcorps, a non-profit technology volunteer corps. Founded in 2000, Geekcorps pairs skilled volunteers from U.S. and European high tech companies with businesses in emerging nations for one to four-month volunteer tours. Volunteers are currently serving in Ghana, Armenia, Mongolia, and Rwanda and serves in over a dozen nations in 2003. Geekcorps became a division of the International Executive Service Corps in 2001, where Zuckerman now serves as Vice President of the Geekcorps Division.

In 2003, he became a fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. His research at Berkman focuses on linkages between the Open Source software community and the international development community and on the economics of IT for development.

Prior to founding Geekcorps, Zuckerman helped found Tripod, an early pioneer in the web community space. He served as Tripod's first graphic designer and technologist, and later as VP of Business Development and VP of Research and Development. After Tripod's acquisition by Lycos in 1998, he served as General Manager of the Angelfire.com division and as a member of the Lycos mergers and acquisitions team.

He was given the 2002 Technology in Service of Humanity Award by MIT's Technology Review Magazine and named to the TR100, TR's list of innovators under the age of 35. Recently, Ethan was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He is a frequent speaker on digital divide and appropriate technology issues.

Session:

 Emergent Democracy Worldwide




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