THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2004:

6:00 p.m.: The John F. Kennedy Forum, Kennedy School of Government, in conjunction with the Institute of Politics:


Moderator: Kathleen Matthews, news anchor and Fellow, Kennedy School of Government
Panelist: Joe Trippi, former campaign manager for Howard Dean and Fellow, Kennedy School of Government
Panelist: Michael Turk, eCampaign Director for Bush-Cheney '04

 

 

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2004:

AMES COURTROOM, HARVARD LAW SCHOOL

 

8:00 – 8:45: Registration in Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

 

8:45 – 9:00: Welcome by Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan and address by conference co-chair, Professor Charles Ogletree

 

9:00 – 10:30: Citizenship

 

Are information and communications technologies making it possible for new forms of citizenship?  Are new technologies drawing new people into the political process?  Are we able to engage in politics in more meaningful ways than before?  Is the impact greatest on local, state, federal campaigns?  Are we able to become global citizens?

 

Chair: Prof. Charles Nesson, Harvard Law School

Panelist: Hossein Derakhshan (a/k/a Hoder, Iranian blogger)

Panelist: Pippa Norris, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard

Panelist: Tom Sander, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard

 

10:30 – 10:45: Break

 

10:45 – 12:15: Business

 

The most promising Internet business models have a great deal in common with the most promising political movements.  They empower the grassroots and serve as platforms upon which greatness can build.  What can the politician learn from the businessperson, and vice-versa?

 

Chair: Tod Cohen, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Government Relations, eBay

Panelist: Esther Dyson, Editor at Large, CNET Networks

Panelist: Craig Newmark, Customer Service Representative and Founder, Craigslist.org

Panelist: Prof. Debora Spar, Harvard Business School; author, Ruling the Waves

Panelist: Jonathan Zuck, President, ACT

 

12:15 – 1:00: Lunch

 

1:00 -- 2:00: Keynote Address

 

Keynote Speaker: Scott Heiferman, Co-Founder and CEO, Meetup.org

 

Keynote Respondent: Prof. Robert Putnam, Kennedy School of Government; author, Bowling Alone and Better Together

 

2:00 – 3:30: Affecting the Outcome I: South Korea Case Study

 

South Korea was the first country on the planet where the Internet had a serious impact on the outcome of electoral politics. What conditions made this possible? To what extent were these conditions unique to South Korea and to what extent are they replicable elsewhere? What are the differences in the way in which web-based political communities do - or do not - form in different countries? How does this compare to the way in which political communities form offline? What factors (other than the obvious issue of connectivity) enable web-based political communities to develop more readily in some countries than in others?

 

Chair: John Palfrey, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School

Keynote Speaker and Panelist: Oh Yeon-ho, OhmyNews (South Korea)

Panelist: Stephen Ward, University of Salford and Oxford Internet Institute (UK)

Panelist: Rebecca MacKinnon, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, HLS

Panelist: Jeff Ooi, Malaysian blogger

 

3:30 – 3:45: Break

 

3:45 – 5:15: Affecting the Outcome II: Election 2004 in the United States

 

What happened here in the United States?  Did the internet play a key role in the outcome of any aspect of this election year – local, state, Congressional, Presidential – or was it just another bubble?  Did new actors come out to vote?  And how, if at all, will the way this year’s leaders were elected change the way our leaders govern?  Presume that new participants have gotten involved in the political process, and that longtime political activists are now further empowered to communicate with leaders in power.  After election day, can ICTs help those elected to govern better?  And whereto from here?

 

Chair: Prof. Heather Gerken, Harvard Law School

Panelist: Chuck DeFeo, eCampaign manager, Bush-Cheney '04

Panelist: Zack Exley, Director of Online Communication and Organization, Kerry-Edwards 2004

Panelist: Prof. Sunshine Hillygus, Harvard University

Panelist: Dan Gillmor, journalist, San Jose Mercury News and SiliconValley.com

 

5:15 – 6:00: Keynote by Professor Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard Law School

 

6:30 – 8:00: eVoting at Swiss House, Broadway, Cambridge: Panel on eVoting followed by a reception - this event is first-come, first-served.

Moderator: Prof. Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard Law School

Panelist: Thomas Christin, University of St. Gallen and  E-Democracy Center, University of Geneva

Panelist: Ben Adida, Caltech-MIT Voting Technology Project 

Panelist: Senator Debra Bowen, California Legislature

Food for Thought dinners: online sign-ups are now available for topic-oriented dinner discussions at restaurants around Cambridge - locations to be announced