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Grant Reeher speaks with Zephyr Teachout, one of the original pioneers of the use of the Internet in politics, as Director of Internet Organizing for the 2004 Howard Dean presidential campaign.
By Grant Davis Reeher
Oswego, NY – Zephyr Teachout was one of the original pioneers of the use of the Internet in politics, as Director of Internet Organizing for the 2004 Howard Dean presidential campaign. Since then she's served as the National Director of the Sunlight Foundation, and she's currently a law professor at Fordham University. In this conversation she considers how the Internet has changed political campaigning, political organizing, and the role of money in politics, and its impact on the revolutions in the Middle East. She also discusses how technology can open up government, as well as her concerns about the Internet's impact on our political life. Finally, from her uniquely up-close and first-hand perspective, she recalls the story of the creation of the "Dean scream."