by Daniel Teweles
This June 6-7, there’s going to be only one place to be if you’re interested in how technology is changing politics, governance and society– the eighth annual PdF conference in New York City. PdF is the world’s leading conference exploring and analyzing technology’s impact on politics and government.
This year’s theme is “Agents of Change.” Too often, the discussion of technology and politics employs a kind of lazy shorthand. We say things like “The Internet is revolutionizing politics,” or “the Internet is helping dictators,” as if a set of network protocols and bits and wires could do anything on its own. Unfortunately, that shorthand often infects our discussion of current events, and we end up debating things like “TwitterRevolution” or “Facebook effect” rather than the real issues, which are what people do with these tools. The Internet, after all, doesn’t empower anyone. We empower ourselves.
In that respect, this year’s Personal Democracy Forum will be about what happens when the technology itself starts to fade into the background, and what becomes most important is all the new uses people come up with, as well as the policy changes that we may need in order to make such activity safe and productive. To tackle these big questions, we’ve assembled a sterling roster of experts, practitioners, and all around rock stars.
We love the Social Media Week community, and had a blast hosting an event during this past year’s SMW here in NYC, so we want to hook it up for you and your tweeps by offering a 25% discount to the conference! Simply use discount code “SMW2011″ when you register, and you’ll be all set. If you can’t make it in person, be sure to follow along via #PdF11. See you next month!
Daniel is Personal Democracy Forum’s VP of Business Development and Marketing where he manages the company’s product development, community, and technology innovation efforts. He’s a pretty cool guy. You can find him via @dteweles.