Micah Sifry

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Micah Sifry

Micah L. Sifry is co-founder and editor of the Personal Democracy Forum, a website and annual conference that covers the ways technology is changing politics and TechPresident.com, its award-winning group blog on how the American presidential candidates are using the web and how the web is using them. In addition to organizing the annual Personal Democracy Forum conference with his partner Andrew Rasiej, he consults on how political organizations, campaigns, non-profits and media entities can adapt to and thrive in a networked world. In that capacity, he has been a senior technology adviser to the Sunlight Foundation since its founding in 2006. The Avi Chai Foundation is also currently a client. In the past, he and Rasiej have consulted for the New York State Senate CIO's Office, Air America, the Campaign for America's Future, the Brennan Center, and the Regional News Network.[1]


In recent years, Sifry has been a featured speaker at Games for Change (NYC, May 2010), the European Association of Political Consultants (Vienna, May 2010), eDem10 (Danube University, April 2010), the White House Gathering on Innovation Through Prizes, Challenges and Open Grantmaking (Washington, DC, April 2010), the re:Public conference (Berlin, April 2010), the International School for Digital Transformation (Porto, Portugal, July 2009), the annual U.S. Government Web Managers conference (Washington, May 2009), the Brennan Center Campaign Finance 2.0 conference (Washington, May 2009), Politics Online (Washington, April 2009, and previous years), MESH Forum (Toronto, April 2009), Freedom to Connect (Silver Spring, April 2009 and previous years), Transparency Camp (Washington, February 2009), DLD (Munich, January 2009), the Berkman Center for Internet & Society (Harvard, December 2008), Netroots Nation (Austin, July 2008 and previous years), the USC School of Journalism (Los Angeles, May 2008), Web 2.0 Politics (Royal Holloway, London, April 2008), and eTech (San Diego, March 2008).[2]


Recently, he appeared on the PBS NewsHour debating the impact of the Internet on democracy, and he has written for numerous publications over the course of his career, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, TalkingPointsMemo, Newsday, The American Prospect, The Hill, Salon.com, IntellectualPolitics.com, Columbia Journalism Review, Tikkun, TomPaine.com, Salon.com, Newsday, HotWired's Netizen, World Business, The New York Observer, George, Los Angeles, Elle, Inside Media, The Village Voice, YES Magazine, and The Progressive. In 1998-99, he was an Independent Project Fellow of the Open Society Institute, and was invited to write the epilogue of The Encyclopedia of Third Parties in America (M.E. Sharpe, 2000). He has appeared on CBS "This Morning," MSBNC, C-SPAN, BBC, Sky News, MTV News, National Public Radio, CBC Radio, Air America and too many local talk radio programs. He was recently nominated to the Consumers Union board, which he will be joining in October 2010.[3]


From 1997-2005, Sifry was a senior analyst with Public Campaign, a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC working on comprehensive campaign finance reform. Prior to that, Sifry was an editor and writer with The Nation magazine for thirteen years. He is the co-author with Nancy Watzman of Is That a Politician in Your Pocket? Washington on $2 Million a Day (John Wiley & Sons, 2004), author of Spoiling for a Fight: Third-Party Politics in America (Routledge, 2002) and co-edited The Iraq War Reader (Touchstone, 2003) and The Gulf War Reader (Times Books, 1991). In June 2008, his latest book, Rebooting America, an anthology of writing on how the Internet and new technology can be used to reinvent American democracy, co-edited with Allison Fine, Andrew Rasiej and Josh Levy, was published. (It’s available online for free download at rebooting.personaldemocracy.com.) He is also an adjunct professor at the Political Science Department of the City University of New York/Graduate Center, where he sometimes teaches a course called “Writing Politics.” His personal blog is at micah.sifry.com.[4]

"Back to Basics"


Speakers at the October 1998 Back to Basics Conference in Chicago included;

Public Plenary Session, Sen. Paul Wellstone, Rep. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Quentin Young, Barbara Dudley, Master of Ceremonies: Jim Hightower

16 Working Panels;

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Micah Sifry of Personal Democracy Forum, New York signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”.[7]