Cross Conferencing – Institute for Policy, Democracy and the Internet

You probably don’t know this about me, but last year I was exposed to the seamy side of democracy, , the world of New Jersey Politics when my uncle ran for governor. Sadly, he did not win, but the experience piqued my interest in politics online at the same time it destroyed my faith in democracy. (My bitter, little joke there.)

One of my job functions while on the campaign was managing the web site and coordinating our Internet strategy. Sorry to say, we didn’t have much strategy as campaign management had little interest in the Internet. Our Communications Director felt our web site could only really hurt us but never really help us. In the end, I felt we didn’t use the web to our advantage.

But surely other political people did and do use it to their advantage? Howard Dean’s Campaign Manager, Joe Trippi, made their internet success the focus of his book, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised : Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything and is a very sophistated operation, with podcasting, calls to action, and strong blog community ties.

I wanted to find out more about this sort of poltical person, their community, and their best practices. Thus, I found George Washington University’s Politics Online Conference on a keyword search and registered. I figured the low conference price of $500 to be a worthwhile investment.

Over the next few days, I’ll blog about my experiences at this conference and what I learned.

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4 Responses to Cross Conferencing – Institute for Policy, Democracy and the Internet

  1. Todd Henley says:

    Brook Schaaf for president!

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  3. Scott Polk says:


    I would recommend you stay out of politics my friend – LOL – haven't you had enough already?

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