O'Reilly will hold an Emergent Democracy Workshop in conjunction with their Emerging Technology conference this year. The goal of the conference is to create a forum for discussing the intersection technology and democracy. There are some interesting developments in this area this year, what with the stuff the Dean campaign has been doing and the issues surrounding eVoting.
The Workshop will be held the 9th of February (Monday) on the same day as the tutorials for ETech. The venue is the Westin Horton Plaza in San Diego. There will be speakers or panels on:
- Open Source Government
- Advocacy as Application
- Electoral Democracy
plus a few other surprises that aren't ready to be announced yet. I'm moderating the eVoting panel and while I don't have confirmations from panelists yet, I think it will be a good panel with some give and take.
We've been planning this workshop for a few months now and I'm very excited to see it taking shape. There's some very good people working on the workshop and some great speakers. We're looking for techies to attend, but also non-techies who have an interest in this interesting intersection of technology and the way we govern ourselves. I hope to see you there.