Ameritocracy Adds Esther Dyson and David R. Johnson to Advisory Team

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Ameritocracy, a user-powered site built to find out how accurate and how relevant quotes and other sound bites are in political news and other information, is pleased to announce that technology influentials Esther Dyson, former chair of ICANN and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and David R. Johnson, also former chair of the EFF, are formally advising the company.

allows you to see who is saying something important and who thinks it's bunk. It's a new form of debate. People see the state of the debate, on the questions that matter.

Ameritocracy is thrilled to announce the addition of renowned experts Esther Dyson and David R. Johnson to its already impressive list of advisers. Dyson is a sought-after thinker and commentator on major technological issues and served as an adviser and investor to companies including Flickr, del.icio.us, and Meetup.com. Her written work has appeared a variety of places, including the New York Times and Huffington Post. Johnson is a celebrated thinker and author on the subject of group dynamics, visualization tools, and the use of technology in group decision-making. He has served as Chair of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and was the founding director of the Aspen Institute's Internet Policy Project.

This week, Ameritocracy unveiled a new feature that allows users to respond to important, topical and often political questions set forth by any user, including experts like Dyson and Johnson, and judge how relevant and accurate certain quotes are to answering these questions.

Esther Dyson explains, "It bothers me to see people's random statements spread around the world with no quality control - and I like Ameritocracy's decentralized approach to providing that quality control." Likewise, Johnson says of Ameritocracy that it, "allows you to see who is saying something important and who thinks it's bunk. It's a new form of debate. People see the state of the debate, on the questions that matter."

Dyson and Johnson join public radio vet and media pioneer Mary McGrath, former Republican congressman and TechNet CEO Rick White, and Mike Dover, Vice President of Syndicated Research at at Don Tapscott's nGenera, the think tank that wrote "Wikinomics". The team has been put together to help Ameritocracy improve the quality and access of information and to develop community interaction and identity.

"We're extremely excited to have Esther and David on board - already they've been extremely insightful, and a lot of fun to work with," says Ameritocracy founder Porter Bayne. "They've quickly helped us evolve our offering, and are helping us approach key partners and clients while we look to build usage during and well past the election."

Ameritocracy is a non-partisan fact-checking site that puts the user first. Combining innovations put forth by websites as diverse as FactCheck.org and eBay.com, Ameritocracy allows users to collaborate in calling into question the accuracy of statements made by politicians, the media, and other public figures.

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