We'd like to draw your attention to this conference, at which Andrew Chadwick and Nick Anstead are speaking.
February 28, 2009, 11-5.30 at East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AB
in association with
While the real analysis of the reasons for Obama’s victory has yet to be completed, it is obvious that e-campaigning played a major role and that its importance will continue to increase. As the main political parties gear up for the next general election, the focus on internet campaigning will intensify.
To what extent has the Labour party understood the potential of this new campaigning medium?
How can the centre-left use it to mobilise ordinary voters to campaign for progressive causes?
And what steps need to be taken to pull the party into the ‘net generation’?
We hope to find answers to these questions and more at this special one day conference, which will bring together over 100 members of the left blogosphere, net-savvy Labour parliamentarians, councillors, organisers and others from the Labour movement who have an interest in e-campaigning and using the net to build a better democracy.
Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP
Secretary of State for International Development
New Media Director, Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign
What will the future of internet campaigning look like?
Professor Andrew Chadwick, Director, New Political Communication Unit, Royal Holloway, University of London
Greg Jackson, Tangent
Tom Steinberg, MySociety
Mobilising the centre-left blogging community
Adam Bienkow, Tory Troll
Tom Barry, Boris Watch
Theo Blackwell, blogger and councillor
Alex Smith, writer and political activist (chair)
Fundraising and voter ID online
Gavin Shuker, Political Insight
Jag Singh, MessageSpace
Learning from the private sector
Oliver Rickman, Google
Transforming Labour’s campaigns and communications through new media
Nick Anstead, University of East Anglia
Matthew McGregor, UK MD, Blue State Digital
Sue Macmillan, New Media Campaigns Taskforce Leader, The Labour Party
Paul Simpson, Tangent
Howard Dawber, PPC for Bexleyheath & Crayford (Chair)
Close of conference debate:
Can the centre-left dominate the internet despite being in office?
James Crabtree, Senior Editor, Prospect
Derek Draper, LabourList
Rt Hon David Lammy MP
Tim Montgomerie, ConservativeHome
East Wintergarden, 43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AB
Tel: 020 3008 8180
Fax: 020 3008 8181