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02.17.07 05:06 PM

I'm down with techPresident

About TechPresident

TechPresident is a new group blog from Personal Democracy Forum that covers how the 2008 presidential candidates are using the web, and vice versa, how content generated by voters is affecting the campaign.

The 2008 election will be the first where the Internet will play a central role, not only in terms of how the campaigns use technology, but also in how voter-generated content affects its course. plans to track all these changes in real-time, covering everything from campaign websites, online advertising and email lists to the postings on YouTube and who's got the fastest growing group of friends on Facebook.

Our team of bloggers is made of veterans of the 2004 and 2006 elections, ranging across the political spectrum. Their expertise covers everything from website design to the latest in mobile tools and social networking sites. And we'll look closely not just at what the campaigns are or are not doing, but what voters and activists are doing online to independently affect the election.

In addition to the Personal Democracy Forum editorial staff, the contributors to include:
David All, former communications director for Rep. Jack Kingston

Michael Bassik, VP of MSHC, expert on online political advertising

Mindy Finn, former internet director of Rick Santorum's 2006 Senate campaign and former deputy director of e-campaigns for the Republican National Committee

Steve Garfield, Video-blogging pioneer

Lynne d Johnson, Senior Editor,

Zack Exley, Director of Online Organizing and Communications, Kerry/Edwards '04

Jack McEnany Editor at LostNation.TV

Justin Oberman,, expert on mobile phone use in politics

Chris Rabb, Publisher, Afro-Netizen

Liza Sabater, Publisher, CultureKitchen

Nancy Scola, former internet organizer with Mark Warner's 2008 presidential campaign

Ruby Sinreich,, expert on online social networks

Zephyr Teachout, former internet director of Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign

Mike Turk, former e-campaign director of the Republican National Committee and Bush-Cheney 2004 also includes several innovative features for tracking the 2008 presidential campaign online [some of these are still in development]:

    A daily digest of fresh news clips, blog posts and campaign initiatives
    Live from-the-campaign-trail photo feeds created by voters
    Campaign website reviews
    Links to campaign ads and websites (official and unofficial)
    Charts showing who's winning the most friends on MySpace and Facebook
    Detailed tracking of incoming blog links showing who's hot and why [to come]

    Up-down voting on each candidate [to come]

    A searchable repository of emails from each campaign [to come]

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