Media Advisory - From Obama to Ottawa: MaRS event explores impact of technology on politics

    TORONTO, March 10 /CNW/ - Join the discussion at MaRS next week as a
panel of political and technology experts explore the pronounced and pervasive
influence of technology on politics - particularly through the growth of
social media - with an eye on the current U.S. presidential election and
upcoming Canadian federal election.
    Part of MaRS' Emerging Technology series, the panel features keynote
presenter Greg Elmer, Director of the Infoscape research lab at Ryerson
University, who will discuss his research findings on the concept of the
"Permanent Campaign". An on-stage demonstration of the latest online social
media technologies from three Ontario companies will follow. The session will
close with an interactive panel discussion and reception.

    WHAT:     The Permanent Campaign: The Impact of Technology on Politics

    WHEN:     March 18, 2008
              3 PM - 6 PM
              Reception to follow

    WHERE:    MaRS Centre
              101 College St.
              Toronto, ON

    WITH:     Dr. Greg Elmer, Infoscape Research Lab, Ryerson University

              Andrew Coyne - National Editor, Maclean's magazine

              Stephen Taylor - The Blogging Tories

              and others, with discussion moderated by CBC broadcaster
              Jesse Hirsh, Internet evangelist & founder of
              Openflows Networks Ltd

For further information:

For further information: Linda Quattrin at (416) 270-3113 or Peter Evans
at (416) 624-3437

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