I just signed up for Politics Online Conference 2008 in Washington DC (taking advantage of their early bird discount that gets you $150 off the regular price):
The Politics Online Conference sits at the intersection of smart politics, good governance, transparent democracy, and innovative technology, spotlighting tools, applications, strategies, and ideas that affect a range of functions, from writing policy to organizing democratic movements to running a smarter political campaign to building dialogue with your constituents.
People come to the Politics Online Conference to learn about cutting-edge trends and to gain access to the visionaries who make those trends possible. They come to find solutions. They come to discuss their ideas with other experts in the field and outside the Beltway. And they come to network.
The 2008 Politics Online Conference will be held at a new location, the Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel.
Here are the panels I would like to see (out of a list of panel nominations):
- Laptop Quarterbacks: Are the Campaigns Listening? Should They?
- Does Web 2.0 Work in Politics?
- Emails to Congress: Coping with the Deluge
- Technological outreach to minority/cultural groups
- Assessing the Power of Political Games and Simulations
- What’s the Matter with Kansas…Online? How Social Causes Have Replaced Economic Interests as Online Advocacy Motivators
You can vote here for your favorite panels.
The conference will take place March 4-5, 2008. I am organizing a barcamp on e-democracy the weekend immediately prior to the conference. So if you plan to be in town anyway, why not try the unconference thing and attend eDemocracyCamp? Simply sign up on the wiki, save the date on Facebook or Upcoming, or join our mailing list.
Here’s how we currently describe what eDemocracyCamp is all about:
eDemocracyCamp will be the first BarCamp with a focus specifically on e-democracy. eDemocracyCamp wants to connect citizens, researchers, developers, practitioners and anyone else interested in the topic to learn about the current state of e-democracy and share their visions for its future direction. Topics may include (but aren’t limited to): e-democracy, e-participation, e-government, e-voting, online civic engagement, online political campaigning, online dialogue and deliberation. Technical tracks may cover things like the importance of open standards, hacktivism, mashups etc.
The general goal is to learn/share how the web can help us better govern ourselves, support democratic structures, make online civic participation more accessible, convenient, fun, efficient etc.
- What is out there today (in terms of tools, processes, projects, products, initiatives etc.)?
- What works, doesn’t work, needs work?
- What are opportunities for collaboration as we move forward?
Diversity is key: The more people we have who come to this from different angles, the better.
Hope you join us. See you there!