photo of Steven Clift    (3WTY)

Steven L. Clift Founder and Board Chair, E-Democracy.Org and Ashoka Fellow. Steven Clift is one of world's leading experts on the use of information and communication technologies in democracy. Having coined the term "e–democracy" in the early nineties, his knowledge comes from real–world experience in government and civil society. With visits to 27 countries and even broader global networks online, he presents an up–to–date view on global e–democracy trends. Today, with the support of a social entrepreneurship Ashoka Fellowship he is now dedicated full-time to building E–Democracy.Org, the citizen-based "local up" e–democracy initiative he helped found in Minnesota in 1994. Today E-Democracy.Org hosts local online town hall Issues Forums in over ten communities across three countries. Since 1998, Steven continues to host the Democracies Online Newswire blog and international online communities of practice at    (3WSP)