Masthead: Who We Are...

Masthead: Who We Are...

Editor-in-Chief

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Ted Becker
becketl@auburn.edu
(Professor of Political Science; Auburn University, Al)

Assistant Editor and Webmaster
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jcinc@mindspring.com

 
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finlandCLR_cg31.gif (8670 bytes) european_union_clr.gif (9780 bytes) Auli Keskinen, Finland and European Union
auli.keskinen@vyh.fi
Director of Research and Development, Ministry of the Environment
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Filipe Montargil, Portugal
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Ciberfaces

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sweedenCLR_cg27.gif (7538 bytes) Tomas Ohlin, Sweden
tomaso@sics.se
Formerly of Ministry of Public Administration; Stockholm, now a consultant on teledemocracy
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new_zelandCLR_cg30.gif (9609 bytes) Dick Ryan, New Zealand
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Prince of Whales Trust, Kerikeri
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koreaSouthCLR_cg33.gif (9291 bytes) Seong Muk Won, Korea
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Executive Director, Cyberparty of Korea
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denmarkCLR_cg30.gif (7268 bytes) germanyCLR_cg32.gif (6523 bytes) Marcus Schmidt, Denmark and Germany
Marcus@sb.hhs.dk
Southern Denmark Business School Sonderborg, Denmark
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usaCLR_cg32.gif (10628 bytes) Christa Slaton, United States of America
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Department of Political Science; Auburn University, Al
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picture of BeckerTed Becker is the Auburn Alumni Association Professor of political science at Auburn University. He   believes he was born to edit a website on the internet. Unlike most of his fellow human beings, he actually likes to write and to edit books (12 so far), so a website is easy pickings. He has had a long history of pioneering in multi-media presentations, including an infamous one at the Electric Circus in New York City in 1970 and several TV and radio shows in Hawaii.  For many years he enjoyed body surfing from Laguna Beach to Waikiki to Makaha to Zuma Beach and is now moving his body to the surf of Pensacola Beach, Florida. Thus writing, editing, designing, and websurfing seem to come naturally.
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picture of KeskinenAuli Keskinen is one of the original contributors and supporters of TAN+N. She has been Senior Scientist for the Finland Futures Research Center at the Turku School of Economics.  Presently, Keskinen works for Finland's Ministry of the Environment as Director of Research and Development. She has been her country's representative to many international conferences and organizations concerned with teledemocracy including the EU and G7 on-line projects. In 1995, she put together an "interactive expert group" which produced her book Teledemokratia. An avid skier, she hopes that linking her work in teledemocracy and environmentalism will not run into an avalanche of resistance.
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Filipe Montargil is an advanced  graduate student and free-lance journalist from Portugal.  He has a degree in Sociology, and is currently writing a thesis in Communication, Culture, and Information Technologies. He can be located at the Department of Political Science, in Universidade Lusíada of Lisbon, and at the Department of Journalism, in Escola Superior de Comunicação Social, Lisbon, as an assistant teacher.  If this were not enough to do, he is a team-member of a research project on the web which operates out of Portugal. It is called "Ciberfaces." You can check the project out at: http://www.cav.iscte.pt.   But, in truth, what he likes to do when he gets the chance is "windsurf," which makes him a natural for this website.

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picture of OhlinTomas Ohlin earned his Ph.D. in Information Processing, however this did not stop him from becoming an innovative and original thinker about electronic democracy. He began thinking and writing about the potential for citizen empowerment via computers in the early 1970s, which makes him a pioneer in this field. Of course, this earned him many blank stares and an occasional laugh. Since then, he has written three books and fathered five children. Ohlin is currently working as a "free consultant" on teledemocracy, following a stint with the Ministry of Public Administration in Stockholm and is also a "Docent" at the Southern Stockholm University on the subject of ICT and Democracy. To soothe his soul, he munches grapes and olives at his bucocolic retreat in Italy and occasionally plays the balalaika.
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picture of Ryan Dick Ryan has worn many hats over the years. Ryan joins the TAN+N in hopes of strengthening the anticipatory democracy movement. Ryan currently holds the position of Trustee for the New Zealand Prince of Wales Trust. In addition to those duties, Ryan is involved in manufacturing and is a recreational sailor. Ryan's aquatic hobby was once a career. For 20 years he served in the Royal Navy with flying and sea service, plus two years studying Alternative Technology and Social Sciences at the Open University. He returned to New Zealand, along with his wife Sue and his two sons and served in the New Zealand Royal Navy, retiring as a Lt. Cdr. In 1978, Ryan was appointed first Director of New Zealand's Commission for the Future (CFF) for three years of futures studies, worldwide liaison and public participation. Ryan entered electoral politics following government closure of the CFF. He is past Deputy Leader of NZ Democratic Party (monetary reform) and is on Executive Council of the five party Alliance.
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picture of SchmidtMarcus Schmidt is an associate professor of marketing at the Southern Denmark University, in Sonderborg, who likes to swim in the North Sea in January. Despite this character flaw, he is well known in his field and serves as a consultant for a major Danish marketing research company. Since publishing his book Direct Democracy in Denmark in Denmark in 1993, he lectures and writes extensively on the subject of "electrifying democracy" and has helped organize a national organization that promotes this cause.
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picture of Schmitz Richard Schmitz is a recent Auburn University graduate with dual bachelor's degrees in political science and philosophy. A former student of Ted Becker's, Schmitz joined the TAN+N team to help promote direct democracy on the Internet. Schmitz serves TAN+N in editing and web-page design capacities. He is largely responsible for the design and construction of TAN+N 2. In the fall, Schmitz will begin graduate studies in political economy at the University of Maryland. While an undergraduate at Auburn, Schmitz worked in the Athletic Media Relations Office as a student assistant. He has written and edited several athletic publications and has worked as a freelance sports journalist. In 1995, he served as a college football correspondent for USA TODAY's on-line news service.
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Seong Muk Won was the Executive Director for the now defunct Cyberparty of the Republic of Korea. The objective of the Cyberparty was to prepare for the 21st century by creating a political participation network on the Internet. He also edited the cyberzine "The Thread: The Webzine of New Asian Politics."  "CyberSimon", as he is known on the 'net, was once a correspondent for a major Korean radio station based in New York. Presently, he is running a cyberbusiness in Korea with the aim of making enough money so that he can return to developing teledemocracy in his native land.
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picture of Slaton Christa Slaton is a professor of political science at Auburn University. She is the co-founder of the Televote method of deliberative polling; was the co-founder of the first mediation center in Hawaii (The Community Mediation Service); and is the author of Televote: Expanding Citizen Participation in the Quantum Age and is co-author of The Future of Teledemocracy.In addition, she was the coordinator for the U.S. Green Movement's national platform in 1990 and the coordinator for the Transformational Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (1992-95). 
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