Netflix for Voting
Seth Flaxman & Paul Schreiber
Tuesday, May 24, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.
TurboVote is a service that makes voting by mail and voter registration
as simple as renting a DVD with Netflix. Come hear how TurboVote built
in two months for spare change what the government couldn't do for any
price. The founders (one a former Berktern!) and developer will discuss
the project's legal, technical and philosophical issues and how
TurboVote will bring democracy into the 21st century.
Seth Flaxman is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Democracy
Works, the nonprofit behind TurboVote. While recruiting and managing
the team that brought TurboVote to life, Seth received a Master's in
Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He previously worked as a
research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, program
administrator at the Institute for International Education and berktern
at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. While receiving a
B.A. in economics from Columbia University, Seth founded the Activist
Council, a group that annually organizes hundreds of students for
campaign trips and demonstrations, and served as student body
president, leading the council in successfully lobbying Columbia to
reform its financial aid policies.
Paul Schreiber spent a decade as a software engineer, including eight
years on Apple’s Mac OS X team. In 2008, he volunteered for Barack
Obama’s presidential campaign. In addition to knocking on doors and
making phone calls, Schreiber co-developed Vote For Change, registering
over 500,000 voters and helping a million people find their voting
location. He can often be found at your local hockey rink, on his
bicycle or behind the lens of his Nikon D70s. Before building
TurboVote, he cofounded a nonprofit student news organization, a music
classifieds web site and a health care video storytelling project.