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[liberationtech] REMINDER: TODAY at NOON - Lowell Feld & Nate Wilcox - CISAC Central Conference Room

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Tue Feb 17 10:47:58 PST 2009


****APOLOGIES FOR CROSS POSTINGS****
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*The Center for Work, Technology and Organization
(WTO)<http://wto.stanford.edu/> at
the **Stanford University Department of Management Science and Engineering;*

*The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law
(CDDRL)<http://cddrl.stanford.edu/>at the Stanford University Freeman
Spogli Institute of International
Studies; and,*
*T**he Liberation Technologies Project at Stanford University Are Pleased to
Present:*

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*LOWELL FELD & NATE WILCOX <http://www.netrootsrising.com/about/>*

*Professional Bloggers; Authors of NETROOTS
RISING<http://www.netrootsrising.com/>
*



*Harnessing the Wild, Raging River:
Thoughts on the Rise of the Netroots and the Election of Barack Obama,
2002-2008*

****** Book Sale and Signing immediately following Colloquium ******
*


**Time and Location:*

Tuesday, February 17, 12:00-1:30 pm
Encina Central Hall, CISAC Central Conference Room, C231, Stanford, CA,
94305 <http://bcc.stanford.edu/map-directions>

*Abstract:*
The 2006 elections will be remembered as the year when the center of power
in American politics shifted from traditional "top-down" central
broadcasters to new "bottom-up" decentralized activists in the blogosphere
and netroots. The authors give firsthand accounts of the burgeoning power of
the netroots to determine the outcome of political contests, most notably as
when the national balance of power was tipped by Jim Webb's "rag-tag army"
of bloggers and netroots activists who provoked and exposed the gaffe that
proved fatal to George Allen's senatorial bid. Veteran online campaigners
Feld and Wilcox recount and analyze many other political campaigns in which
netroots activism was decisive or instructive, including:


   - U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's downfall
   - Tim Kaine's election as Virginia govenor
   - Howard Dean's and Wes Clark's presidential campaigns
   - Ned Lamont's primary victory over Joe Lieberman

The authors conclude with an assessment of the prospects for Netroots 2.0:
Will the netroots hordes "crash the party" or will they work out an uneasy
cohabitation with the traditional party power elite?

The foreword is written by Markos ("Kos") Moulitsas Zuniga, founding editor
of the world's biggest political blog, Daily Kos..

*Biography:*

*Lowell Feld *is founder and editor of Raising
Kaine<http://www.raisingkaine.com/>,
the largest progressive blog in Virginia. In 2003, Feld was heavily involved
in the Draft Wesley Clark movement, running two grassroots websites —
Environmentalists for Clark and Hispanics for Clark. In early 2006, Feld
co-founded the Draft James Webb movement, gathering 1,000 signatures and
$40,000 in pledges for a Webb candidacy in just a few weeks. In July 2006,
Feld joined the Webb for Senate campaign as its netroots coordinator,
helping to raise more than $4 million online (out of about $8 million
total).  In 2008, Feld consulted for the South Dakota Democratic Party and
the Judy Feder for Congress campaign. He is co-author of the book, "Netroots
Rising: How a Citizen Army of Progressive Bloggers and Online Activists is
Changing American Politics." In addition, Feld has 17+ years of experience
in world oil markets as an analyst and team leader with the U.S. Energy
Information Administration.

*Nate Wilcox* is an award-winning political consultant with over 10 years of
experience at the nexus of traditional political communications and the
internet. He has worked on more than 36 campaigns including serving as
Online Communications Director for Mark Warner's Forward Together PAC. In
2004 he ran Richard Morrison's historic challenge to Tom DeLay which was the
first congressional campaign to raise more than $500,000 online and was the
first campaign endorsed by DailyKos.com and Democracy for America.
Morrison's unexpectedly stiff challenge to DeLay helped precipitate the
downfall of the powerful majority leader in 2005/2006. In the 1990s, Wilcox
was the first Director of Internet and New Media for Public Strategies, Inc.
the powerhouse public affairs firm from Texas where he worked worked for
former Texas Governor Ann Richards, future Bush advisors Matthew Dowd and
Mark McKinnon, as well as Clinton Staffers Paul Begala and Jeff Eller. He is
currently a Senior Advisor at Jerome Armstrong's WebStrong Group where he
advises clients such as Mark Warner and John Kerry.
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