PdF ’09 is on again (Mon 29 – Tue 30 June) and this year’s forum is set go off with keynotes from the likes of Michael Bloomberg (Mayor of New York), danah boyd (Microsoft Research), David Weinberger (Author), Jeff Jarvis (Journalist) and Mark Pesce (Future St).

You can see the schedule here and follow the twitter backchannel using the hashtag #pdf09

Our very own Mark Elliott wil be participating in a panel titled “What could a future White House 2.0 look like?”

How could millions of people collaborate to help govern the country? Jim Gilliam’s web site, White House 2, is one possible answer, but there are many others. This session is going to start off with a presentation from Jim looking at the top challenges that came up when building the application, to see how his lessons learned might be applied on a larger scale. In an email note to his fellow panelists, Jim said he was going to focus on seven areas:

-virtual ballot stuffing
-how do you encourage good contributions?
-how do you find the good contributions?
-how do you build consensus with thousands of people involved?
-how do you balance competing interests?
-what about all those crazy ideas?
-how do we get more people involved?

Then, Fabrice Florin of Newstrust, Mark Elliott of CollabForge and Craig Newmark of Craigslist are each going to offer insight on these questions, drawing on their own experience building and managing online collaborative projects.

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