Personal Democracy Forum 2008

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Thanks to everyone who participated in PdF 2008 and helped make it a huge success. See you in 2009!

Personal Democracy Forum 2008
June 23-24, NYC

Rebooting the System

Technology and the Internet are changing politics -- now more than ever. Over the last five years, Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) has become the seminal gathering place for the growing community of people who understand the effects underway, and want to make sure they stay on top of what's coming next.

This year PdF will be bigger and better than before--we're expanding to two full days at a spectacular new venue overlooking Central Park, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.


The 2008 election has shown that the Internet has become the central battlefield for campaigns, from the presidential race on down. So, on the first day of PdF 2008, we're going to focus on how technology is changing the electoral process. But we all know that no matter who is elected, big changes are also coming in how government uses technology to serve or connect with the public. That's why we're adding a whole second day to the PdF agenda, devoted to how technology is changing governance and civic action.

Take a look at our schedule!
Day One
Day Two

Who's Coming?

Leaders from the world of technology, politics, government, journalism, blogging, and activism.

Speakers this year include:

Elizabeth Edwards, Vint Cerf, Craig Newmark

Presenters Include:
Arianna Huffington, Lawrence Lessig, Mayhill Fowler, Ana Marie Cox,
Robert Scoble, Josh Marshall, Douglas Rushkoff, Joe Trippi, Gilberto Gil

and Many More...

Press Inquiries

All press inquiries should be made to Justin Kazmark


Topics We'll Be Covering

  • The top political technology applications of 2008
  • Open fundraising and how to create internet "money bombs"
  • Mastering the new world of online political video
  • Re-inventing political media with the rise of the semi-pro
  • The changing roles of the “net-roots” and the “right-roots”
  • Converting online supporters into on-the-ground volunteers
  • Unblocking the future of mobile politics
  • Big fish in small fishbowls: How bloggers are upending local politics
  • The inside scoop on what worked and what didn't from the Presidential campaigns
  • Ideas that spread win: how to go “viral”
  • How "Wiki Government" can work
  • Open data, open government and the problem of corruption
  • Creating better debates with and without television
  • The cross-partisan politics of transparency
  • Design principles for online democracy: Connecting government and constituents in the internet age
  • The changing role of the net-roots and the right-roots
  • How to embrace voter-generated content
  • New ways of making and spending money online
  • The internet's revolutionary power overseas
  • National tech policy: Which way forward?
  • Social technology and how the internet can save the planet
  • The rise of dynamic data-driven journalism
  • Redefining leadership in a networked age


To learn about our sponsors this year, please click here.

If you would like to become a sponsor of PdF 2008, please send an e-mail to

What to Expect

Check out this short highlight video from last year's conference for a sample of what to expect at PdF 2008.

Closed caption and Spanish version


Register now! Admission includes access to all the sessions, breakfast, lunch, an open-bar cocktail reception and unlimited networking.
Non-profits, receive an additional $100 off conference admission, please email for more details.

Where and When
Location: Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th Street
New York, New York 10023
United States
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Date: Jun 23-24, 2008
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