About Internet & Society 2004: Votes, Bits & Bytes

The Internet & Society 2004 conference, entitled "Votes, Bits, and Bytes," takes place over three days, December 9 - 11, 2004, on the Harvard campus.  Each day has a slightly different mode.  On the first night, Thursday, December 9, we kick off the formal proceedings with a special session at the Internet & Politics Forum, at the Kennedy School of Government, beginning at 6 p.m.  The second day, on Friday, December 10, is a traditional conference day of panels and a luncheon keynote session, which will take place in Ames Courtroom at Harvard Law School.  On the final day, Saturday, December 10, we adopt a more distributed, less formal structure for a series of concurrent discussions, suggested by participants and led by discussion leaders (rather than lecturers).  We hope that you will join us for one, two, or three days.

Registration is now available.  We welcome as attendees everyone interested in the issues surrounding technology and politics.

Internet & Society 2004: Votes, Bits & Bytes is a conference about your questions and ideas.  To discuss the issues surrounding technology and politics and put your own stamp on the conference, join the project on H2O, the Berkman Center's open source educational software platform.  Your suggestions are also welcome for topics and discussants for the Saturday sessions.

Are information and communication technologies transforming politics? The purpose of this conference is to take a hard, skeptical, results-oriented look at the election in 2004 as well as the many issue-based campaigns, emerging business models, and new technologies that affect and comprise “politics” online and off. Key topics include: 

-- electoral politics;
-- issue campaigns, including NGOs and labor organizing;
-- business;
-- and international development.

Votes, Bits & Bytes is the fifth in the biennial Internet & Society conference series.