Internet heavyweights gather
[PoliticsWatch updated 4:35 p.m., March 9, 2007]
in Washington for the 14th Politics Online Conference
|Campaigning in the virtual world will be a
hot topic at a major Internet and politics conference in
Washington next week. Democratic presidential candidate John
Edwards has already opened up a campaign headquarters on the
popular online game Second Life.
OTTAWA — The
leaders of the online political world will gather in Washington
beginning next week to attend the premiere conference for online
political professionals in America.
The 14th annual Politics Online Conference gets under way Thursday, March 15.
Organized by George Washington University's Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet, there is not a conference on the globe that has had a greater impact on the role of the Internet in politics.
Online politicos of all descriptions: political consultants, lobbyists, congressional staffers, trade association representatives, academics and
reporters are among the attendees at the event where the leading lights of the online political industry mix with complete novices.
"We're one of the few conferences that can bring everyone
together regardless of their political affiliation," said Julie
Bark Germany, deputy director of the Institute for Politics Democracy & the Internet,
in an interview with PoliticsWatch.
She said she expects a "record breaking" crowd this
The people that attend the conference are so plugged in that YouTube
is already passé.
"YouTube was the hot topic for 2006 in politics . . . The next
big thing is being developed in somebody's garage right now and we
don't know what it's going to be, but it will probably include video
or it will probably have a lot of Web 2.0."
She said one panel discussion conference attendees are looking
forward to is the impact of Online games on politics and whether
they are the new town halls.
"People are spending an enormous amount of time on them and
already presidential candidates are starting to reach out to people
on online games," she noted.
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has already opened up
a campaign headquarters on the popular online game Second
|[left to right] Michael Colopy, - Aristotle International, Scott Heiferman - CEO, Meetup.com, Moderator: Phil Noble - President, PoliticsOnline, Francis Schiller - Owner/Publisher,
PoliticsWatch.com News appear at the Politics Online Goes Global: What's Hot Across the Planet forum at the 2005 PoliticsOnline Conference in Washington.
Notable speakers at this year's conference include
Jeff Jarvis, blogger for Buzzmachine, Jay Rosen,
professor of journalism at New York University, Patrick Ruffini, adviser new media strategy for Republican presidential candidate
Rudy Giuliani, Jacki Schechner, CNN Internet reporter and
Joe Trippi of Trippi and Associates, best known for his work with
Howard Dean's 2004 campaign.
Politics Watch News is proud to once again be a sponsor of this
year's Politics Online Conference. Politics Watch was also a sponsor
of the 2005 conference.
Organizers say tickets are still available for the event that takes place from March
15 to 16 at George Washington University in Washington. Ticket information is available at the
Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet's Web
site. Or contact Ed Trelinski, Conference Manager, by email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 994-1003.
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