From Netscape to Snapchat: Politics in the Age of Broadband

Wednesday, July 27th  
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

201 South Columbus Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Pew Research Center will present its latest data on campaign communications

During the 1996 re-election campaign, presidential candidates primarily reached voters through traditional media – one-way communication. Americans were limited in how they could make their voices heard: writing or faxing a letter, picking up the phone, or visiting with candidates in-person. That same year, the light-touch regulatory framework of the 1996 Telecom Act set the stage for extensive network investment and innovation that created many new channels for two-way and multi-way communication between presidential campaigns and voters, empowering Americans to shape the presidential race.

The Internet Innovation Alliance invites you to explore these questions with us over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres:

• How has the way that presidential campaigns reach American voters evolved since 1996?

• How are Americans interacting with presidential campaigns today using social media and the web?

• Can social media have a truly significant impact on the outcome of a presidential race?

• Has the political process been effectively democratized by broadband?

Featured speakers include:

Amy Mitchell (opening remarks)
Director of Journalism Research, Pew Research Center

Jonathan Allen
Head of Community and Content, Sidewise

Lauren Brown
Digital Director, Meridian Solutions

Mo Elleithee
Executive Director, Georgetown Institute of Politics
Former DNC Communications Director

Greg Pinelo
Partner and Chief Content Officer, GMMB

Jamal Simmons (moderator)
Co-Chairman, Internet Innovation Alliance