The Emerging Internet Public: Andrew Rasiej at TEDxColumbiaSIPA

Andrew Rasiej is the Founder of Personal Democracy Media, which produces Personal Democracy Forum and other events about how the intersection of technology, politics, and civil society is empowering new levels of citizen engagement. He is also the Founder of, focused on 21st century public education; Co-Founder of, which translates Arabic and Farsi news into English; and serves as Senior Technology Advisor to the Sunlight Foundation, an organization focused on using technology to help make government more transparent. He is a graduate of Cooper Union and a member of the Board of Directors of PopTech. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)