FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2000

MEDIA CONTACT: Richard Sheehe
202-994-3087

 

Anna McCollister
202-261-2897

GW’s DEMOCRACY ONLINE PROJECT WILL HOST "IN SEARCH OF DEMOCRACY'S DOMAIN IN A DOT-COM WORLD: PUBLIC TESTIMONY SESSION II"

EVENT

The National Task Force of The George Washington University's Democracy Online Project holds the second of two public testimony sessions to investigate the growing role of the Internet in American politics. The Task Force is co-chaired by former U.S. Representatives Patricia Schroeder and Richard White and is made up of 19 distinguished members who come from academia, policy institutes, civic organizations, journalism and the high-tech industry. The Task Force aims to help shape and promote a vibrant online public space for political communication in the United States. A report will be issued in November 2000.

 

WHEN

Monday, May 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

9:15 a.m.
Democracy’s Domain: Does Online Democracy Need a Separate Space? -
Declan McCullagh, Wired News; Robert Corn-Revere, Hogan & Hartson; Steve Clift, Publicus.net; Walter Effross, American University School of Law; Scott Reents, Democracy Project

11:00 a.m.
Technology and Internet Democracy: Lessons of the Past and Visions of the Future -
Jay Stanley, Forrester Research; Jim Katz, School of Communication, Rutgers University; C. Dianne Martin, Computer Science Department, GW; Julia Glidden, Election.com

1:30 p.m.
Advocacy and Governance in a High-Tech Society
- Jonah Seiger, mindshare Internet Campaigns; Pam Fielding, e-advocates; George Fatheree, GovWorks.com; Alvin Williams, Black America’s Political Action Committee

3:15 p.m.
Online Democracy: The Big Picture
- Michael Cornfield, Democracy Online Project; Phil Noble, PoliticsOnline.com; Diane Asadorian, television production specialist; Faye Anderson, PoliticallyBlack.com; Kim Alexander, California Voter Foundation

WHERE

Holiday Inn on the Hill
415 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.

Background: The Democracy Online Project, funded by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, is a two-year research and advocacy initiative launched October 1, 1998. The Project’s mission is to promote the development of online politics in a manner which upholds democratic principles and values. The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management is the first professional school of politics, offering a unique curriculum that integrates the analytic science and the practical art of politics.

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