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Information Technology & Democracy: Puamityblic Discourse, Electoral Politics, and Governance

Stated Meeting, Mountain View, CA
February 28—March 1, 2009

Information Technology & Democracy: Public Discourse, Electoral Politics, and Governance (Location: Computer History Museum)
Moderator: Edward D. Lazowska’s research and teaching concern the design, implementation, and analysis of high-performance computing and communication systems. He has chaired the Computing Research Association Board of Directors, the NSF CISE Advisory Committee, the DARPA Information Science and Technology Study Group, and the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Microsoft Research Technical Advisory Board, and serves as a board member or technical advisor to a number of high-tech companies and venture firms. A Member of the National Academy of Engineering, he is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2004. Audio | Video (5 min.)
Panelists: Joshua Cohen is Director of the Program on Global Justice at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He has written on the theory of deliberative democracy and its implications for issues of personal liberty, freedom of expression, electoral finance, and new forms of associative and direct-democratic participation. Recently he has been writing on global justice, including human rights, distributive fairness, and supra-national democratic governance. A collection of his papers, Philosophy, Politics, and Democracy, will appear from Harvard University Press this fall, and Rousseau on Democracy: A Free Community of Equals from Oxford University Press in 2010. Editor of Boston Review since 1991, he has edited 25 books that have grown out of forums that initially appeared there, including For Love of Country?, Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?, What’s Wrong with a Free Lunch?, and Islam and Toleration. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2002. Audio | Video (10 min.)
Henry E. Brady’s interests include electoral politics and political participation, social welfare policy, political polling, and statistical methodology. He has worked for the Office of Management and Budget and other organizations in Washington, D.C. He is President-elect of the American Political Science Association, past president of the Political Methodology Society of the American Political Science Association, and director of the University of California’s Survey Research Center. He will become Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy in July 2009. He is coauthor of Letting the People Decide: Dynamics of a Canadian Election (1992), Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics (1995), Expensive Children in Poor Families: The Intersection of Childhood Disability and Welfare (2000), and Counting All the Votes: The Performance of Voting Technology in the United States (2001). He is coeditor of Capturing Campaign Effects (2006) and the Handbook of Political Methodology (2008). He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2003. Audio | Video (8 min.)
Edward W. Felten is Director of the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. His research interests include computer security and privacy, especially relating to media and consumer products, and technology law and policy. He has published extensively on topics such as web security, copyright and copy protection, and electronic voting, including a security analysis of the Diebold Voting Machine. His weblog ( comments on technology, law, and policy. He was the lead computer science expert witness for the Department of Justice in the Microsoft antitrust case, and he has testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on digital television technology and regulation, and before the House Administration Committee on electronic voting. In 2004, Scientific American magazine named him to its list of 50 worldwide science and technology leaders. Audio | Video (11 min.)

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