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Global: Top 10 in Politics & Internet 2010
Source: politicsonline.com
Source Date: Monday, October 18, 2010
Focus: E-Education
Created: Nov 01, 2010

Last week, nominees for the Top 10 in Politics and Internet 2010 awards were honored at the World eGov Conference in Paris, France.
PoliticsOnline is proud to have participated and helped organize the Top 10 contest and was very pleased to present four of the nominees who were able to travel to France for the event.  Congratulations to all the nominees.

The following is a description of each of the nominees:

Avaaz.org, UK (Int'l)
Avaaz is an international civic organization focused on direct online action in response to international crises of injustice and inequality. Its past campaigns include raising awareness of violence and poverty in Zimbabwe, international climate change during the 2009 UN conference, and several other international diplomatic meetings.

Alex Sergent, UK
Alex Sergent is the founder of Catch 21 Productions, a production company on a mission to engage and activate younger voters. Growing from a small non-profit, Catch 21 now works with MPs, political figures, Sky News, BBC, and several other major media outlets to promote its goal of bringing young people into politics.

Catalist, USA
Catalist is an American data system design and management company that's come on to the scene and helped several large-scale successful political campaigns create and maintain effective voter contact operations by using the most specific, up-to-date data gathered from governmental and public sources nationwide. Among several others, Catalist helped manage the massive voter contact efforts of Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

Costas Panagopoulos, USA
Panagopoulos is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy and the graduate program in Elections and Campaign Management at Fordham University. His 2009 book, Politicking Online: The Transofmation of Election Campaign Communications seeks to analyze the opportunities and challenges of growing a movement online in an accessible, easy-to-understand way.

Colin Delany, USA
Colin Delany is the self-described "host" of epolitics.com, a website devoted to documenting best practices, tools, techniques, and learning experiences from his time working on the web since the mid-1990s. Delaney's debrief on the Obama's use of online organizing, "Learning from Obama" is a widely distributed account of the wildly successful strategy and methods used during Barack Obama's 2008 bid for the presidency. Delany is also the author of several other white papers on internet politics.

Craig Thomler, Australia
A long-time figure in Australia's tech industry, Thomler has spent recent years as an advocate for e-government in Australia. In addition to coordinating the online component of the Australian government's health care reform efforts, YourHealth.gov.au, Thomler is also active in making submissions for the Federal government 2.0 Taskforce, an online hub for government agencies to consider issues related to e-government.

Erick Erickson, USA
Erick Erickson is a blogger for RedState.com, conservative activist, and CNN political commentator. Erickson's fans applaud his outspoken stances against national party leadership on his blog, RedState.com, one of the most popular American conservative political blogs.

Senator Kate Lundy, Australia
Lundy has served as a Labor Party member of the Australian Senate since 1996, and has lobbied aggressively for online engagement and "Government 2.0" reforms, including institutional changes toward openness and transparency. Lundy has also made a name for herself as the only outspoken voice against the recently proposed mandatory internet filtering.

Ralph Benko, USA
Benko, the author of "The *Web*ster's Dictionary: How to use the web to transform the world," is a writer, teacher, and online activist. The 'Dictionary,' his most recent book, lauded by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and entrepreneur Steve Forbes, is the most recent handbook to provide readers with a primer on the political web.

Tim O'Reilly, USA
Tim O'Relly is a long-time technology industry pioneer and supporter of the free software and open-source movements. One of his most recent ventures, Gov 2.0 Expo, seeks to open up government to voters, increasing transparency and individual citizens' power in government.
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