The U.S. Department of State'sOffice of eDiplomacy hosted its ninth Tech@State conference on November 30 - December 1, 2012. Tech@State: ElecTech focused on the important and expanding role of technology on democratic elections and the electoral process both domestically and internationally.
Plenary Panel - Digital Strategies for U.S. Presidential Elections
This panel was moderated by Alan Rosenblatt (Center for American Progress) and included Michael Slaby (Obama for America), Matt Lira (Romney for President), Samantha Smith (Google), Adam Conner (Facebook) and Mindy Finn (Twitter).
The remainder of the day included panels and workshops that focused on how specific technologies are being utilized in various aspects of elections and the electoral process. Panels included "When Zombies Vote: Fraud and Inaccuracies in Voter Technologies", "When Voters Tweet: Social Media to Engage Voters", and more!
Tech@State, a component of Secretary of State Clinton's 21st Century Statecraft Initiative, is a series of quarterly conferences, curated and run by the Office of eDiplomacy in State's Bureau of Information Resource Management. Designed to connect technologists to the goals of U.S. diplomacy and development through physical and virtual networks, Tech@State brings together leaders, innovators, U.S. diplomats, other government personnel and academics for a two-day interactive deep-dive to explore ways to incorporate new technologies and tools into diplomacy and development.