TAN+N -- E-mail to the E-ditor

E-mail to the E-ditor

(We Answer -- and Sooner than Later)

Ted Becker


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"A friend sent me the Teledemocracy Website in search of an article... I wonder if you can point me in the right direction...By the way, I find your website quite interesting and I wish you the best in your quest to strengthen the electronic marketplace of ideas. (later) Thanks for your reply and all the leads. I'll keep an eye out for the up and coming on your website. Keep up the good work."
Kristen McKee
University of Michigan

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"...great site."
Smart Bookmarks (USA)

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"very stimulating"
Herbert Hrachorek, Institute of Philosophy
University of Vienna

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"...a focal point for those of us competing to empower the Net is a great idea. If your page somehow or other discovers the ... 'missing link' to the Net Improvement effort, your page could be the ultimate seed."
James Todaro
Powervote (USA)

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"I'm borrowing this account to look at your lovely site. It's nice to see that there is all this activity towards democracy. I especially liked your insightful editorial where you expose the government for misnaming their garbage to obfuscate the real possibilities."
Dr. Marilyn Davis
eVote (USA), Palo Alto, California

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"You might want to add a link to Votelink. Its goals are grassroots voting and politics through the Internet. It's a great site."
Hillary Lane (USA)

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"...with compliments on the fine work with your teledemocracy web page. Great idea. I hope you've been getting some good feedback -- and that people around the world are starting to take this idea more seriously."
Mark Blanchard (Nova Scotia)

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"I like it! The color stripe is very jazzy. And, of course, the content gave me a sense that this teledemocracy stuff is blooming. If not a thousand flowers yet, at least a few dozen. Your opening editorial is very good. Gets you energized..."
Evan Schwartz
Tufts University

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"...It's great to see you on the web...I'd like your thoughts on whether a non-profit organization incorporated purely for the purpose of facilitating a more participatory democracy could obtain 501.c3 designation from the IRS (such that contributions would also be deductible). Are you aware of any organizations facilitating Teledemocracy that have filed for c3 status? Were they successful? Is there anyone in the TAN+N community that might be able to give me some guidance in this endeavor?"
Tom Seely, Computer Science
University of Minnesota

E-ditor's reply: I can't imagine why the IRS would not grant status for such. The Kettering Foundation and others promote participatory democracy as part of their work, so there would seem to be no reason to exclude an organization devoted solely to such a purpose. As for others who have tried and been successful or not, I'm not sure. So, anyone who can help Mr. Seely get an answer to his question, just click on his E-mail address and let him know.

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"I visited the TAN+N site. Your group has put together a good collection of information...I look forward to communicating in the future and any advice on how I might be able to link into efforts into this area would be appreciated."
Steven L. Clift
Minnesota E-Democracy

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"I found your e-mail address on the Teledemocracy-Site. I am a freelance journalist in Germany and doing some research on the subject for an article I want to write. Here in Germany there is no publication at all, yet. Teledemocracy is real new here. So I am doing some surfing on the net and so on. But I would like to read some books on Teledemocracy (electronic democracy). Now I want to ask you if you know some interesting publications on the subject. Maybe some sociological or political scientists have already done some studies on teledemocracy? I think these developments are really great, politics on the net! Thank you very much."
Kareem van Gennip (Germany)

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"Project Vote Smart - a national non-profit, non-partisan voter information service - would like to announce that it has just received a very generous grant from the Hearst Foundation to 'bulk up' its National Internship Program. Working and studying at Project Vote Smart gives students a unique opportunity to examine the harsh realities of today's political arena. As the 1996 elections approach, we need the help of students who are interested in helping their fellow citizens defend themselves from the manipulative hype of today's political candidates. We are especially seeking Political Science/Government majors, as well as Communication, Journalism, and Computer Science majors. Both undergraduates and graduate students are welcomed, and there is plenty of scholarship money to assist qualified students with their expenses. I would greatly appreciate anything you can do to get the word out about Project Vote Smart and the National Internship Program. If you would like like additional information, please contact me and I would be more than happy to assist you. For more information, check out our website at: http://www.vote-smart.org/."
Ann Yoders, National Internship Director
Project Vote Smart (Corvallis, Oregon)
1-800-622-SMART

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"I'm doing a survey on 'electronic democracy' and would be grateful for comments and URLs that relate to that topic. ... I am searching information on any projects with goals to improve citizen possibility to participate more direct in the democratic process by using new interactive information technologies."
Karin Hansson
Department of Teleinformatics
Royne Institute of Technology (KTH)
Sweden

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"Looks as if you have made a great first effort with your own Internet presence. I have a Master's from Annenberg where I did most of my work with Kathleen Jamieson, although I am now in a private sector consulting position. I am looking to create a pilot program that serves to educate and connect low-income, urban communities with the issues and political processes that affect their everyday lives. I am considering an underdeveloped part of Miami, Florida, and/or lower Harlem, New York, as test sites. I have an ISP working with me, community leaders, politicians, and will be approaching corporate sponsors over the winter months. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I think teledemocracy can help, but at least in the short run, it might be a bit overwhelming for the folks I have in mind. Could you point me to a content provider? Should I consider Johnson or Markle Foundation? Thanks."
Adrienne Schwartz

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