October 2, 2008

National Press Club to Host ‘NEWSMAKER’ Media Briefing on Participatory Democracy and the Internet


Contact: Mark Schoeff Jr., National Press Club Newsmakers Committee, +1-202-662-7218, [email protected]; National Press Club, +1-202-662-7540

Friday, October 3, 2008, 2 p.m.

National Press Club (Lisagor Room)

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist, will discuss participatory democracy and the Internet.

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Voter registration and involving young people in this year's presidential election campaign have been hallmarks of the 2008 contest. Now Google, craigslist and other Internet sites are teaming up in a program called "Declare Yourself" to help get young voters to the polls.

Newmark, a technology policy surrogate for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, will explore the following questions: How will Sens. Obama or John McCain use the Web for a more efficient government? Has there been a "flattening of the electorate" with fewer special interests? Has the Web forever changed presidential fundraising?

Newmark's craigslist is among the largest social media Web sites, with more than 1 billion page views per month and more than $100 million in annual revenue. Craigslist only recently began charging for real estate and employment ads.

SOURCE National Press Club

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