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by Mindy Finn
You've likely read or heard about political candidates empowering voters with decentralized organizing tools, hosting Twitter or Facebook town hall meetings, or producing creative video that goes viral on YouTube. These are the sexy topics, and their use has moved beyond the geeks. What often gets missed in this conversation is a discussion of the truly geeky, less sexy (except at SXSW) technology we don't see: the behind-the-scenes tools government institutions and political organizations use to serve their constituencies and more effectively achieve their objectives. In this talk, we'll talk about both, with a focus on examples of those who are doing amazingly cool things in the present and what we can expect in the future
by Ruben Bos
The Netherlands is ranked third in the world when it comes to broadband access per capita. Mobile internet is available in nearly every corner of the country. The penetration of social media is huge. For example, 60% of the Dutch population is a member of Hyves, the biggest social network in The Netherlands. The web is very dominant in The Netherlands. Politicians know this. Nearly the whole parliament is active on Twitter. Something really exciting is starting to show in The Netherlands. The traditional gap between politicians and people is getting smaller. How can we get beyond Twitter? In this presentation, Ruben will explain how we can help politicians to make this gap even smaller. He will explain how he helped transforming the Labour website into an awesome personal blog. He will explore what political parties can learn from websites like Good.is on how they use info graphics to tell their story. Politics don't have to be dull and impersonal. Don't be scared, this presentation won't be either.
Do you think the "butterfly ballot" was an isolated problem? How did the hanging chad become a world-class design problem? Did you know our 43rd president was chosen because of a decision made about font size? By someone who was not a trained designer? Did you know that the presidential election in 2000 was not the first - or last - time that design problems affected the outcome of an election?
If you're trained in design, interested in fair elections, or looking for a way to affect world peace, come to this panel. This is probably the most important panel in the Free World. And we're not kidding.
11th–15th March 2011