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Topic 40 of 45: Politics Online Conference in Austin Tomorrow

Tue, Jun 27, 2000 (15:04) | Evie (ed20)
Thought everyone here would be interested. Take a look!

--Evelyn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT:
June 26, 2000
Richard Sheehe 202-994-3087
Anna McCollister, 202-261-2897

GW's DEMOCRACY ONLINE PROJECT COOPERATES WITH TEXAS ADVISORY COUNCIL TO HOLD PUBLIC TESTIMONY SESSION ON THE INTERNET AND DEMOCRACY

EVENT

The National Task Force of The George Washington University's Democracy Online Project has joined with the Texas Lieutenant Governor's Advisory Council on the Digital Economy (ACDE) to host a joint public testimony session to investigate the growing role of the Internet in American democracy. The Task Force, co-chaired by former U.S. Representatives Patricia Schroeder and Richard White, consists of 19 distinguished members who come from academia, policy institutes, civic organizations, journalism and the high-tech industry.

WHEN

Wednesday, June 28, 2000, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. central standard time
(To watch a live Webcast of this event, visit www.democracyonline.org)

1:00 p.m. Welcome

1:30-3:00 p.m.
The Role of the High-Tech Sector in Community Politics: Gary Chapman, director of the 21st Century Project, UT Austin; Robin Rather, president of Mindwave Research; Mary Beth Rogers, president and CEO, Capital of Texas Public Telecommunications Council (KLRU-TV); Kay Hammer, president and CEO of Evolutionary Technologies International; Paula Fracasso, executive director of Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation; Holli Thier, co-president, League of Women Voters (LWV), San Francisco, CA; Vanessa Abernathy, member, LWV of Philadelphia, PA

3:15-4:45 p.m.
Civic Engagement in a Wired City: James Fishkin, chairman of the UT Dept. of Government; Ana Sisnett, executive director, Austin FreeNet; Jason Fellman, president of FG SQUARED; Rod Hart, professor, Dept. of Communication Studies, UT Austin; Mary Howarth, member LWV of Rochester, Mich.; Jane Gross, member, LWV of Broward County, Florida

4:45-5:00 p.m.
Concluding Remarks

WHERE
Senate Chamber, Texas State Capitol, Austin, TX

Background:
The Democracy Online Project (www.democracyonline.org) of the Graduate School of Political Management of the George Washington University, funded by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, is a two-year research and advocacy initiative launched October 1, 1998. The Project's mission is to promote the development of online politics in a manner that upholds democratic principles and values. GW's Graduate School of Political Management is the first professional school of politics, offering a unique curriculum that integrates the analytic science and the practical art of politics. The Advisory Council on the Digital Economy (www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/ltgov/Policy/digital.htm) was created in 1999 by Lt. Governor Rick Perry to advise the State on a range of technology-related issues.



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