TechnoPoliticsCamp arose out of a BarCamp at Stanford in August 2006, with the intent to explore possibilities of expanded collaboration among organizations working at the intersection of politics and information/communication technology.
Early participants signed up on the wiki include members of CPSR (the sponsoring organization), League of Technical Voters, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Privaterra, Stanford
Center for Internet and Society, CivicSpace, CivicEvolution, Berkeley International Computer Science Institute, Community Technology Foundation of California, etc.
The general goal is to create stronger and more coherent coalitions devoted to democratic technology, freedom, social justice, and sustainability. Possible topics of specific focus that have been suggested for discussion include:
- DOPA follow-up
- 2006 mid-term elections follow-up
- Use of telephony, Skype/VoIP especially, in the 06 and 08 election cycles
- Net neutrality
- Open spectrum
- Tools for activism
- Online deliberation
- Digital divides
- Community computing
- Software patents and free software
- Domestic wiretapping and privacy
- Voting technology and security
As with any BarCamp event, the agenda is set ultimately by those who show up, with breakout groups according to what people want to talk about. The event is being held at the Open Source Applications Foundation in San Francisco, Sunday December 17, 2006, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.