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18:30 – 19:30 Key Note Speech

ANDREW RASIEJ, Founder of Personal Democracy Media
“The Power of Networks – How the Internet Enhances Activism”

Andrew Rasiej is a professional doer, futurist, social entrepreneur, and Founder of Personal Democracy Media, which produces Personal Democracy Forum and other events about how the intersection of technology, politics, and civil society is empowering new levels of citizen engagement. Among its offerings are TechPresident, an award winning blog, and Personal Democracy Forum, an annual conference held in New York City. He is also the Founder a not for profit organization called MOUSE.org focused on 21st century public education, Co-Founder of Mideastwire.com, which translates Arabic and Farsi news and opinion pieces into English, and serves as Senior Technology Advisor to the Sunlight Foundation a Washington DC organization focused on using technology to help make government more transparent. Andrew is the Chairman of the NY Tech Meetup, a 24,000-member organization of technologists, venture funders, marketers, representing start up and more mature companies working in the technology industry in New York City which is currently experiencing a renaissance.