FROM:   Kim Alexander, CVF President
DATE:   May 19, 2000
RE:   D.C. Forum on the Internet and Democracy on May 22

Hi Folks,

I'll be in Washington, D.C. next Monday, May 22, to speak at a forum sponsored by the Democracy Online Project. This project, as some of you may know, is sponsored by George Washington University and funded by a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts. It includes a task force which is studying the role of democracy in the so-called "dot com world".

I hope those of you who are in the DC area will try attend the session, as it is free, open to the public, and will include testimony from a wide range of interesting experts. (Please see the details below for RSVP instructions.) I'll be sure to email my remarks out to CVF-NEWS next week. There's a chance the session will air on C-SPAN, and the project is planning to make a web video archive available online after the event.

For more details, see the announcement and agenda below. I'm looking forward to seeing many of you next week in Our Nation's Capitol!

-- Kim Alexander, President
California Voter Foundation

You are invited to the second of two Public Testimony Sessions of the National Task Force of the Democracy Online Project: In Search of Democracy's Domain in a Dot-Com World. The National Task Force is Co-Chaired by former U.S. Representatives Patricia Schroeder (D-Colorado) and Richard White (R-Washington).

Experts from think tanks, policy institutes, politics, journalism and the high-tech industry will provide testimony to the National Task Force as it seeks to arrive at a set of ideas that will help promote a vibrant online public space for political communication in the United States.

In each panel, the speakers will give a brief statement. They will then field questions from members of the Task Force and the audience. A list of the confirmed and invited speakers can be found below in the agenda.

When: Monday, May 22, 2000
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Holiday Inn on The Hill, Federal North
415 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, DC


8:30 am - Registration/Complimentary Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - Welcome

Dr. David M. Anderson, Task Force Director
The Honorable Patricia Schroeder, Task Force Co-Chair
The Honorable Richard White, Task Force Co-Chair

9:15 am - Democracy's Domain: Does Online Democracy Need a Separate Space?

Declan McCullagh, Wired Magazine (confirmed)
Robert Corn-Revere, Hogan & Hartson (confirmed)
Walter Effross, American University School of Law (confirmed)
Steve Clift, (confirmed)
Scott Reents, Democracy Project (confirmed)

10:45 am - Break

11:00 am - Technology and Internet Democracy: Lessons of the Past and
Visions of the Future

Jay Stanley, Forrester Research (confirmed)
Jim Katz, School of Communication, Rutgers University (confirmed)
C. Dianne Martin, Computer Science Department, The George Washington
University (confirmed)
Julia Glidden, (confirmed)
David Farber, FCC Chief Technologist (invited)

12:30 pm - Break

1:30 pm - Advocacy and Governance in a High-Tech Society

Jonah Seiger, mindshare Internet Campaigns (confirmed)
Pam Fielding, e-advocates (confirmed)
George Fatheree, (confirmed)
Alvin Williams, Black America's Political Action Committee (confirmed)

3:00 pm - Break

3:15 pm - Online Democracy: The Big Picture

Michael Cornfield, Democracy Online Project (confirmed)
Diane Asadorian, TV. producer (confirmed)
Phil Noble, (confirmed)
Faye Anderson, (confirmed)
Kim Alexander, California Voter Foundation (confirmed)

For more details about the National Task Force and the Democracy Online Project overall, please visit our Web site at The Democracy Online Project is funded by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by the Graduate School of Political Management of The George Washington University.

Please RSVP by Thursday, May 18th. You can RSVP by:

Fax: (202) 872-8258
Mail: 1819 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20006

Although not required, an RSVP will assist in getting an accurate count for refreshments.

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