Vote Now for the Top 10 who are changing the World of Internet and Politics!
July 20th, 2010
PoliticsOnline and the World e-Gov Forum are proud to announce the list for nominations of the Top 10 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics.
For the eleventh year in a row, PoliticsOnline subscribers and visitors from around the world are invited to help select the top 10 individuals, organizations and companies having the greatest impact on the way the Internet is changing politics.
This prestigious award seeks to recognize the innovators and pioneers, the dreamers and doers who bring democracy online. This year marked another tough year in choosing the top finalists. The integration of politics and the Internet are reflected in this year’s diverse, international nominees.
The winners will be invited as honored guests to the 11th World e-Gov Forum October 13-15 2010, in Issy-les-Moulineaux, (Paris, France), where they will take part in an awards ceremony and other special programs throughout the two-day forum.
Please review the finalists below and then select one who has had the greatest influence on the world of ePolitics in 2010.
Note: The descriptions for each nominee are written from nomination and basic biographical information.
Panagopoulos is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy and the graduate program in Elections and Campaign Management at Fordham University. His 2009 book, Politicking Online: The Transofmation of Election Campaign Communications seeks to analyze the opportunities and challenges of growing a movement online in an accessible, easy-to-understand way.
Colin Delany is the self-described “host” of epolitics.com, a website devoted to documenting best practices, tools, techniques, and learning experiences from his time working on the web since the mid-1990s. Delaney’s debrief on the Obama’s use of online organizing, “Learning from Obama” is a widely distributed account of the wildly successful strategy and methods used during Barack Obama’s 2008 bid for the presidency. Delany is also the author of several other white papers on internet politics.
Tim O’Relly is a long-time technology industry pioneer and supporter of the free software and open-source movements. One of his most recent ventures, Gov 2.0 Expo, seeks to open up government to voters, increasing transparency and individual citizens’ power in government.
Erick Erickson is a blogger for RedState.com, conservative activist, and CNN political commentator. Erickson’s fans applaud his outspoken stances against national party leadership on his blog, RedState.com, one of the most popular American conservative political blogs.
Lundy has served as a Labor Party member of the Australian Senate since 1996, and has lobbied aggressively for online engagement and “Government 2.0″ reforms, including institutional changes toward openness and transparency. Lundy has also made a name for herself as the only outspoken voice against the recently proposed mandatory internet filtering.
Argentina Elections is an online analysis of the 2006 Argentine elections, created after the successful 2006 venture, ‘Peru Elections’ took a look at that country’s elections. The site bills itself as an intimate look at Argentina’s political system and electoral process.
Berge Der Sarkissian is the founder of the Senator Online political party, which seeks to establish a more direct democracy in the Australian parliament by putting each bill submitted to parliament online and subject to a direct vote by constituents, and Senator Online senators voting with the majority opinion.
A long-time figure in Australia’s tech industry, Thomler has spent recent years as an advocate for e-government in Australia. In addition to coordinating the online component of the Australian government’s health care reform efforts, YourHealth.gov.au, Thomler is also active in making submissions for the Federal government 2.0 Taskforce, an online hub for government agencies to consider issues related to e-government.
Cordoba has involved in Columbian politics since the late-1980s and as a target for opposition groups, has made a name for herself by using the web to safely disseminate information and remain in contact with the public-Twitter engineer Matt Stanford applauded Cordoba’s efforts as a part of a short-term 300% jump in politician sign-ups.
Catalist is an American data system design and management company that’s come on to the scene and helped several large-scale successful political campaigns create and maintain effective voter contact operations by using the most specific, up-to-date data gathered from governmental and public sources nationwide. Among several others, Catalist helped manage the massive voter contact efforts of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
Avaaz is an international civic organization focused on direct online action in response to international crises of injustice and inequality. Its past campaigns include raising awareness of violence and poverty in Zimbabwe, international climate change during the 2009 UN conference, and several other international diplomatic meetings.
Benko, the author of “The *Web*ster’s Dictionary: How to use the web to transform the world,” is a writer, teacher, and online activist. The ‘Dictionary,’ his most recent book, lauded by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and entrepreneur Steve Forbes, is the most recent handbook to provide readers with a primer on the political web.
Alex Sergent is the founder of Catch 21 Productions, a production company on a mission to engage and activate younger voters. Growing from a small non-profit, Catch 21 now works with MPs, political figures, Sky News, BBC, and several other major media outlets to promote its goal of bringing young people into politics.