The Future of Technology & Democracy:
How Tech is Transforming Voting, Elections, & Politics

Feb. 19, 2015, 10:00am-4:30pm

Alumni Reception Center
UC Hastings College of the Law


 A Symposium Presented By:

Privacy+Tech, Institute for Innovation Law, UC Hastings College of the Law  


Tweeting at #FTD15


Please join Privacy+Tech at the Institute for Innovation Law, UC Hastings for a symposium on the Future of Technology & Democracy.  Food & refreshments will be provided, and there will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres at the post-event reception.



Panel 1: Innovating in Campaign Advertising and Communications

Campaign communication is rapidly expanding beyond traditional media channels—television, radio, and mail—in order to communicate directly with supporters and voters in innovative, new ways.  Campaign advertising is evolving as well, making use of new social and connected platforms to target voters.  As traditional contextual and demographic targeting wanes and behavioral targeting on an individual scale rises, what are the implications for voters and the public at large?

  • Moderator: Kashmir Hill, Fusion Media
  • Chase Mohney, Client Solutions Manager, Facebook
  • Joe Rospars, Founder & CEO, Blue State Digital
  • Jordan Lieberman, President, CampaignGrid


Panel 2: Innovating in Campaign Fundraising

The fundraising landscape has changed significantly over the last six years.    There are new innovative techniques for identifying prospective donors and encouraging them to contribute as well as entirely new payment technologies to make contributing easier.  How will campaign fundraising continue to change, and how will technology be used to facilitate that change?

  • Moderator: Constance Choi, CEO, Seven Advisory
  • Pamela Morgan, Attorney, Empowered Law
  • Andrey Zamovskiy, CEO, Ambisafe
  • Nate Thames, Executive Director, ActBlue
  • Jay Costa, Executive Director, CounterPAC


Panel 3: Reinventing the Public Square

The public square—that vaunted civic forum of debate and discourse—is quickly transitioning from traditional media to the social platforms of online service providers.  How exactly the public square evolves will largely depend on the nuances of that infrastructure and the tools that are built on top.

  • Moderator: Jennifer Pahlka, Founder & Executive Director, Code for America
  • Austin Lau, Social Impact Partnerships, Google
  • Jake Brewer, Founder,
  • Matt Mahan, CEO, Brigade Media
  • Katie Harbath, Policy Manager, Facebook
  • Pete Peterson, Executive Director, Davenport Institute


Panel 4: The Future of Big Data for Campaigns & The Question of Privacy

Corporations are just now learning how to harness big data analytics, pattern recognition, and predictive modeling. Political campaigns aren’t far behind. How will campaigns develop and use big data, and what will the impact be for privacy?

  • Moderator: Michelle Quinn, Mercury News
  • Del Harvey, Vice President of Trust & Safety, Twitter
  • Gautam Hans, Policy Counsel & Director, CDT-SF
  • Zach Markovits, Election Initiatives Manager, Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Timothy Yim, Privacy & Technology, UC Hastings
  • Aaron Strauss, Executive Director, Analyst Institute


Directions & Parking: 
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If driving, please park at the UC Hastings Parking Garage,
376 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.

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About the Organizers:

 Innovation LawPrivacy+Tech Project

Institute for Innovation Law, UC Hastings

The Institute for Innovation Law (Institute) is a public interest academic center at UC Hastings. The Institute engages in research and education to advance innovation through the practice and development of law and policy, and serves as the umbrella entity over three sub-programs:  the Startup Legal Garage, the Law and Bioscience Project, and the Privacy and Technology Project.  The Institute’s mission is to identify and promote the tools, knowledge, and skills needed to encourage innovation through the practice and development of law and policy.  To do so, the Institute focuses on three areas: data-driven lawmaking, the active classroom as a reboot to legal education, and connecting to the Bay Area startup and technology community.