||Global: Top 10 in Politics & Internet 2010
||Monday, October 18, 2010
Electronic and Mobile Government, Citizen Engagement
||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,
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
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 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
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
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.