Andrew Rasiej

Founder and chairman, MOUSE

Connected Politics
11 minutes, 5.1mb, recorded 2004-10-23
Topics: Politics
"Politics is broken; our democracy is broken...It's time for us to examine the electoral college." So says Andrew Rasiej who has spearheaded several innovative projects that support efforts to bridge the "Digital Divide" in public education.

This is the first of four IT Conversations audio recordings from the Pop!Tech 2004 session on Connected Politics. The other three sessions are:
Adrian Wooldridge
Joe Trippi
Q&A, led by John Sculley

Andrew Rasiej is the founder and current chairman of MOUSE. He has also served on the New York City Board of Education�s task force on technology and has spearheaded several innovative projects that support efforts to bridge the "Digital Divide" in public education.

Mr. Rasiej is the chairman and co-founder of the Digital Club Network (DCN), the Internet�s largest live music channel. DCN broadcasts concerts of established and emerging artists from premier music venues around the world and makes archive recordings of these performances available for free over the Internet. Concurrent with his involvement in music and technology, Mr. Rasiej is also co-founder of the world�s largest annual digital music conference, "Plug In" which is attended by executives from major record labels and technology companies.

Mr. Rasiej has served as an advisor to Senators and Congressmen and political candidates on the use of Information Technology for campaign and policy purposes. Among those he has worked with are Senator Tom Daschle, Congressman Dick Gephardt, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In 2001, he addressed the United States Senate Democratic Caucus on the "Digital Divides Facing Democratic Party" and has been actively involved in the campaigns of several Senators and Congressmen as well as the most recent campaign for Mayor of New York City.

In the aftermath of the September 11th tragedy, Mr. Rasiej helped organize hundreds of local technology professionals to provide relief and recovery to small businesses and schools in lower Manhattan. From this experience, he proposed the creation of a National Tech Corps which would act similarly to the National Guard and provide emergency technical, communication, and database support in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist strike. This idea, now called NetGuard, was approved in a bill by the US Senate by a vote of 97 to 0 and has been integrated as part of the Homeland Security Act.

In 1990 Mr. Rasiej founded Irving Plaza, an internationally known concert venue located in New York City and produced concerts by well-known artists such as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and Dave Matthews Band. Mr. Rasiej is also the Founder and President Emeritus of the New York Nightlife Association, a business trade group representing major New York City nightclubs and bars. NYNA works to create strong neighborhood relationships through community oriented programs and outreach.

Mr. Rasiej is a member of the Board of Trustees of the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music program and is active in the Cooper Union Alumni Association. He is a past recipient of the prestigious David Rockefeller Fellowship administered by the New York City Partnership.

This free podcast is from our Pop!Tech series.