Personal Democracy Forum:


Personal Democracy Forum kicks off Monday in New York. This will be PDF’s sixth event, with this year’s theme being “,” as in all the ways that we, the people are using technology and new media to transform politics, campaigns, media, governance and civic action. This is one conference I never miss willingly (I think I’ve only missed one!) and I’m honestly not that much of a conference-goer. I think of it as my annual “brain food.” I can’t wait.

A “two-day tech + politics brainfest” is how Tim O’Reilly described PDF last week.  PDF will be tracking the state-of-the-art online politics, exploring government 2.0., looking at the new tools for organizing that are being used, as well as looking at the future of political journalism, blogging and networked media.

I’m excited to see old and new friends, many who are keynote speakers. A radically truncated list includes emerging technology expert (and Sunlight board member) Esther Dyson; senior fellow at Demos and PDF senior editor Allison Fine; now-former Washington Post “White House Watch” blogger Dan Froomkin (Dan posted his last earlier today…A must read!); New York State Senate CIO Andrew Hoppin (I blogged about him earlier today); journalism prof and blogger Jeff Jarvis; Obama administration CIO Vivek Kundra; Craigslist founder (and Sunlight board member) Craig Newmark; law professor Beth Noveck; “Here Comes Everybody” author Clay Shirky; campaign re-inventor Joe Trippi and “The Cluetrain Manifesto” co-author and blogger David Weinberger. Really there are too many good people coming and speaking to mention

Congratulations, in advance to Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry, PDF’s co-founders, and Sunlight’s senior technology advisors. It’s going to be a very exciting couple of days.

Maybe you can join at the last minute.

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  • revepucceex

    I am newbie,wish you have a good day.

  • stuantedrb

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  • stuantedrb


    most def obvious i’m a newcomer on the site. I’m Just sayin hi 2 every1 online. laters

  • mantomarantina


    it’s my first topic here
    i hope to be happy with you

    thank you

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  • 24MrDoughBoy

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    Why not share here your favorite jokes so others can know about it :)

    Below is my favorite joke which is Needles Are Not Nice

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    “So? Are you afraid?”
    “No. For the blood test, they cut my finger.
    As Bob heard this, he immediately began crying profusely.
    Astonished, Bill stopped his tears and asked Bob, “Why are you crying now?”
    To which Bob replied, “I came for a urine test!”

    Bob was very stupid, thinking his vital will be cut for a urine test

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