I have been named a 2008 Fellow at George Washington University's Institute for Poltics, Democracy, & the Internet. The other Fellows are:
- Charles Ellison
- Mindy Finn
- Judith Freeman
- Lisa-Marie Von Raepke
Changes at IAC
After many years working as a digital political strategy consultant, I have taken on an exciting, new role as the Associate Director of Online Advocacy for the Center for American Progress. IAC will continue to serve as a virtual think tank for digital politics, providing commentary and researh on the state of politics and advocacy in the digital age.
The monthly Internet Advocacy Roundtable, happily, will continue at its new home as part of the Online Advocacy program at the Center for American Progress. The monthly gathering will remain a small discussion forum, though we will be meeting for afternoon tea instead of lunch. In addition to the monthly Roundtable, look for larger, longer, special topics forums throughout the year.
For those of you still in graduate school, looking for courses on digital politics, I am teaching four, two at Georgetown, one at Johns Jopkins, and one at American University. This Fall, it is Politics and the Media in the Digital Age at Georgetown's Communication, Culture & Technology Master's program. In the Spring, look for Internet Politics at Georgetown and Internet Advocacy Communications at American's School of Communication.
Alan Rosenblatt Joins e-Democracy.org's Board of Directors
IAC's Executive Director, Alan Rosenblatt, has joined the Board of Directors of e-Democracy.org. e-Democracy.org (officially known as Minnesota e-Democracy) is the leading innovator in creating local, multi-partisan online issues forums. Founded in 1994 by Steve Clift, it created the world's first election-oriented website. Since then, it has launched and maintains local online issues forums on three continents.
Alan Rosenblatt Joins TechPresident.com Blog Team
Check out the TechPresident.com blog for commentary on how the presidential candidates are using the web and how the web is using them. Alan's first post on the site is about parody websites.
Watch and Hear Recent Presentations by Alan Rosenblatt
Watch Alan's presentation at New Organizing Institute: Inexpensive Options for a Small Budget.
Hear Alan's presentation at the OneWorld Peer Learning Forum: Online Advocacy Audits
In addition to the monthly Internet Advocacy Roundtable, IAC Executive Director Alan Rosenblatt will be moderating panels and running trainings at several conferences this Spring, including New Organizing Institute's Training (March 7-9), IPDI's Politics Online Conference (March 15-16), NTEN's Nonprofit Technology Conference (April 4-6), and the Midwest Political Science Association's Annual Meeting (April 12-14).
IAC Becomes Part of Turner Strategies
As of October 1, 2006, IAC became a project of Turner Strategies. Together with our strategic partner Op-Ad Media, we are now a full-service online/offline communications strategy firm focused on public affairs and the sciences. We provide digital political strategies, earned media strategies, paid media, and media analysis. We offer all the services of the big PR firms in a boutique firm setting. That means our clients always work with senior talent on all projects.
IAC's Director of Community Strategy in the News
David Pierpont, IAC's Director of Community Strategy, has become a celebrity in the world of online sports communities. Along with Chris Metsala, David has built and cultivated a very impressive and well-respected online sports community call CAA Zone. David has taken his expertise in cultivating online communities into politics, as well. He is the co-founder and Director of Dulles Area Democrats, an online/offline grassroots community that has been making a big impact in Northern Virginia politics. Also, read David's latest article, published in IPDI's newsletter, on how he used his experience creating an online sports community to build online/offline political communities.
IAC nominated for the Top 10 Who are Changing the World of Internet and Politics
IAC was among 20 nominees for the prestigious 2007 award for the Top 10 Who are Changing the World of Internet and Politics by PoliticsOnline.com. While IAC did not crack the Top 10, Care2.com, which owns the Moving Ideas Network, did make the Top 10. Congratulations to Care2. We are very happy to be a part of the Care2 team. You can read IAC Executive Director Alan Rosenblatt's policy and action blog, Moving Targets, on the Moving Ideas website. Individuals can subscribe to the Moving Ideas newsletter for free and progressive non-profit organizations are invited to join. Membership is free through January, 2007 and only $200/year after that.
IAC Executive Director Named Editor of the Moving Ideas Network
Executive Director Alan Rosenblatt, Ph.D. is the new Editor of the Moving Ideas Network, a hub for progressive non-profits to promote their issue research and advocacy campaigns. As part of his role as Editor, Dr. Rosenblatt writes a policy issue blog called Moving Targets.
Moving Targets features commentary from the Editor, as well as from guest bloggers drawn from Moving Ideas member organizations and noted policy issue experts.
Alan Rosenblatt Joins Editorial Board for the Journal of Information Technology & Politics
Executive Director Alan Rosenblatt, Ph.D. has joined the editorial board for the newly renamed journal of the Information Techology & Politics section of the American Political Science Association.
Read Alan's Chapter in IPDI's new book: Person-to-Person-to-Person
Read about the Moving Network, a hub for progressive activist groups to promote their policy research and advocacy campaigns, in The Institute
for Politics Democracy & the Internet's new book Person-to-Person-to-Person: Harnessing the Political Power of Online Social Networks and User Generated Content.