E-Democracy.Org will be participating in the first “BarCamp” on e-democracy in Washington, DC March 1-2, 2008. Tim Erickson from E-Democracy.Org will be there to help:
eDemocracyCamp will connect citizens, researchers, developers, practitioners and anyone else interested in the topic to learn about the current state of e-democracy and share their visions for its future direction. Topics may include (but aren’t limited to): e-democracy, e-participation, e-government, e-voting, online civic engagement, online political campaigning, online dialogue and deliberation. Technical tracks may cover things like the importance of open standards, hacktivism, mashups etc.
BarCamps use the increasingly popular Unconference format where a group (under 100 for sure) gather around a subject and then determine how they want to use their time. Perhaps some of geeks gathered will build some open source tools while they are at it. We could use a Meetup “online” tool for Issues Forum recruitment and our local Mashup tool idea is described here.
Then on March 4-5, Steven Clift will be speaking at the Politics Online conference, also in Washington, DC. He will be speaking on the Tuesday afternoon “Local eGov” panel sharing our “local-up” perspective to building politics online.
Let us know if you will be at either conference so we can connect: firstname.lastname@example.org