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[liberationtech] Just a reminder...

Kathleen Barcos kbarcos at
Thu Sep 27 11:33:04 PDT 2012

  Taking Our Country Back: The Crafting of Networked Politics from
  Howard Dean to Barack Obama and the 2012 Elections
  /Liberation Technology Seminar Series

Date and Time
September 27, 2012
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Open to the public
No RSVP required

*Daniel Kreiss* - Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and 
Mass Communication at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Hi Jillian- It is suppose to be a poster for the upcoming Liberation 
Technology seminar- I will send one out each week. It turns out last 
year half could not read the"just type" so this year I bet half will not 
be able to read "the poster"- Apologies for the "tech glitch" ( I also 
am working off of 2003 system)

*Drawing on open-ended interviews with more than sixty political 
staffers, accounts of practitioners, and fieldwork, in this talk I 
present the previously untold history of the uptake of new media in 
Democratic electoral campaigning from 2000 to 2012. I follow a group of 
technically-skilled Internet staffers who came together on the Howard 
Dean campaign and created a series of innovations in campaign 
organization, tools, and practice. After the election, these individuals 
founded an array of consulting firms and training organizations and 
staffed a number of prominent Democratic campaigns. In the process, they 
carried their innovations across Democratic politics and contributed to 
a number of electoral victories, including Barack Obama's historic bid 
for the presidency, and currently occupy senior leadership positions in 
the president's re-election campaign. This history provides a lens for 
understanding the organizations, tools, and practices that are shaping 
the 2012 electoral cycle.

In detailing this history, I analyze the role of innovation, 
infrastructure, and organization in electoral politics. I show how the 
technical and organizational innovations of the Dean and Obama campaigns 
were the product of the movement of staffers between fields, 
organizational structures that provided spaces for technical 
development, and incentives for experimentation. I reveal how Dean's 
former staffers created an infrastructure for Democratic new media 
campaigning after the 2004 elections that helped transfer knowledge, 
practice, and tools across electoral cycles and campaigns. Finally, I 
detail how organizational contexts shaped the uptake of tools by the 
Obama campaign in 2008 and 2012, analyze the emergence of data systems 
and managerial practices that coordinate collective action, and show how 
digital cultural work mobilizes supporters and shapes the meaning of 
electoral participation.

I conclude by discussing the relationship between technological change 
and democratic practice, showing how from Howard Dean to Barack Obama, 
new media have provided campaigns with new ways to find and engage 
supporters, to run their internal operations, and to translate the 
energy and enthusiasm generated by candidates and political 
opportunities into the staple resources of American electioneering. 
While these tools have facilitated a resurgence in political activity 
among the electorate, this participation has come in long 
institutionalized domains: fundraising, volunteer canvassing, and voter 
mobilization. Meanwhile, participation is premised on sophisticated 
forms of data profiling, targeted persuasive communications, and 
computational managerial practices that coordinate collective action. As 
such, I argue that the uptake of new media in electoral campaigning is a 
hybrid form of organizing politics that combines both management and 

*Daniel Kreiss* is Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and 
Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
Kreiss's research explores the impact of technological change on the 
public sphere and political practice. In /Taking Our Country Back: The 
Crafting of Networked Politics from Howard Dean to Barack Obama /(Oxford 
University Press, 2012)/, /Kreiss presents the history of new media and 
Democratic Party political campaigning over the last decade. Kreiss is 
an affiliated fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law 
School and received a Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford University. 
Kreiss's work has appeared in /New Media and Society/, /Critical Studies 
in Media Communication/, /The Journal of Information Technology and 
Politics/, and /The International Journal of Communication/, in addition 
to other academic journals.

Wallenberg Theater
Wallenberg Hall
450 Serra Mall, Building 160
Stanford, Ca 94305-2055

On 9/27/2012 11:23 AM, Jillian C. York wrote:
> That just looks like (see attached screenshot) to me.  What's it 
> supposed to say?
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