If we think of democracy as a social/political operating system, advocacy is a key source of "application development," where advocacy groups and processes may be seen as the applications. The Internet can also be seen as an operating system where innovative applications support interactivity and social network development. Currently we see an explosion of activity as the synergy of the two systems is increasingly obvious as campaigns focused on candidates and issues of the day successfully form, enhance, and sustain coalitions using Internet applications along with traditional work on the ground. This panel will discuss best tools and practices for online advocacy, as well as online advocacy's impact on participatory democracy.
Jon Lebkowsky, President, EFF-Austin
William Greene, President, Founder and Director of RightMarch.com
Adina Levin, EFF-Austin
Jonah Seiger, Visiting Fellow, Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet at George Washington University
Cory Doctorow, EFF
[recorded at the O'Reilly Digital Democracy Teach-In]