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How the Internet Enables Direct Democracy - Craig Newmark

Complete video at: Craigslist founder Craig Newmark explains that websites like Craigslist and Wikipedia are ruled by "consent of the governed." He believes democracy is more efficient via the web, which "scales up person-to-person communications...into the millions." ----- Craig Newmark, creator of, speaks to a university audience at Georgetown. He discusses the role of technology in business. Newmark's lecture is followed by an open Q&A session. -- Georgetown University Craig Newmark is a senior Web-oriented software engineer, with around twenty-five years of experience (including 18 years at IBM), and has become a leader in online community by virtue of running for over 9 years. He's compiled extensive experience evangelizing, leading and building, including work at Bank of America and Charles Schwab. In 1995, Newmark started craigslist which serves as a non-commercial community bulletin board with classifieds and discussion forums. Using a common sense, down-to-earth approach, craigslist strives to make the 'net more personal and authentic, while advocating social responsibility through the promotion of small, non-profit organizations. Newmark's community activities include being on the advisory boards of Climate Theatre and Haight-Ashbury Food Program as well as supporting local writers through Grotto Nights. Newmark has been featured in the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Business Week, Time Magazine, and Esquire Magazine.
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