Confabb To Power The Premier Event Exploring Technology's Influence On Democracy: 4th Annual Personal Democracy Forum

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Personal Democracy Forum Leads by Example to Conduct the Most Robust Forum on How Technology is Changing Democracy in America

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RSS, the web's largest, networking-enhanced database of conferences and trade show communities, and the Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) today announced that Confabb will host the 4th Annual Personal Democracy Forum Conference's online community. PdF is the leading hub for the conversation underway between political professionals, technologists and anyone else interested in the potential of technology to engage everyone in the democratic process. PdF enlisted Confabb to provide an online destination for people looking to share ideas before, during and after the event. The Internet is expected to play its largest role yet in the 2008 campaign, and PdF wanted to make sure the web site for this conference supported technologies for transparency such as profiles, networking, personal calendars, blogs and photos.        

Confabb provides the web's largest searchable database of conferences and trade shows enhanced with the best tools for networking before, during and after those events. Visitors to the PdF's conference site ( ) will enjoy features designed to better plan for and attend the conference, as well as follow and participate in the conversations led by the PdF's amazing roster of leading technological and political minds. Confabb will offer hosted discussions, views of photos and blogs, downloadable event calendars, and an industry-first peer review system for the conference, its sessions and speakers.

Questions discussed online and at the PdF conference include:

  •     How is voter-generated content changing election campaigns?
  •     Why should advocacy groups adapt to the connected age?
  •     What new technology tools and practices are on the horizon?
  •     How are new technologies democratizing the political process?
  •     And which political leaders "get it?"

"The availability of Confabb's platform for this year's PdF couldn't have come at a better time for the democratic process in America," said Andrew Rasiej, founder and CEO, Personal Democracy Forum. "This year PdF's theme is 'the flattening of politics'--meaning all the ways the Internet is shrinking the gap between politicians and voters and giving everyone a voice. Confabb's platform is a great demonstration of how a conference can broaden the conversation among its attendees using the latest technology."

Some of the nationally-recognized names speaking at PdF include:

Thomas Friedman, New York Times;; Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia; Danah Boyd,; Seth Godin, Author; Becky Donatelli, John McCain '08; Chris Hughes, Facebook; Kim Malone, Google AdSense; Craig Newmark, Craigslist; Esther Dyson,; Gina Glantz, SEIU; Ryan Montoya, John Edwards '08; Eli Pariser,; Lee Rainie, Pew Internet; Ben Rattray,; Robert Scoble,; Mike Turk, NCTA ; Yochai Benkler, Author; Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo; Matt Stoller,; and Steve Urquhart, Utah House of Representatives. Confabb allows anyone interested to participate in these conversations, and take advantage of Confabb's ability to capture not only the scheduled session information, but the high-value "hallway" conversations (represented in blogs, wikis and photostreams), where much of the PdF's value will be created.

"PdF illuminates the Internet's potential for bringing everyone into the democratic process and making sure the issues are debated with all interests in mind," said Salim Ismail, Founder and Chairman of Confabb. "We're honored and excited to provide a platform for PdF which not only facilitates transparency and these exciting online conversations, but helps to capture the ideas and issues that will shape the debate going into this critical election year. Confabb also delivers the very tools being explored by the PdF conference agenda allowing the Web to 'flatten politics.'"

The 4th Annual Personal Democracy Forum Conference will be held Friday, May 18, 2007 at Pace University's Schimmel Center in New York City, with an informal UnConference taking place the following day, May 19. Additional information regarding speakers and the conference agenda is available at:

About the Personal Democracy Forum

Technology and the Internet are changing democracy in America. Personal Democracy Forum is a hub for the conversation already underway between political practitioners and technologists, as well as anyone invigorated by the potential of all this to open up the process and engage more people in all the things that we can and must do together as citizens.


Confabb ( combines an aggregate database of major conferences, conventions, and trade shows sorted by industry with social networking tools designed to empower conference audiences to improve their overall live event experience through the Web. Built into the site is a reputation management system to be used by conference attendees, speakers, sponsors, organizers and administrators allowing people to plan for and attend conferences, and critique and review those they have attended and want to share with colleagues. No other resource contains such a comprehensive listing of events or as robust a tool set for maximizing the conference experience via the live Web. Conferences are opportunities, don't miss yours.


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