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Refresh Philly November

On the eve of Election Day, Refresh Philly is excited to host a politically themed panel:

Local Politics on the Web: Is technology more important than kissing babies in Philadelphia?

Much has been made of the social media revolution in national politics, but will reliance on the Web come to the wards and blocks of Philadelphia and other local elections anytime soon? Has it already? What would that mean for voter interaction, transparency and fundrasing in a city known for machine politics?


Christopher Wink is a co-founder of Technically Philly, a news site that covers technology, entrepreneurship and innovation in Philadelphia. He covered Pennsylvania state government in the Harrisburg State Capitol in 2008 for six of the state’s largest newspapers in association with the Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents’ Association. In May 2007, he began a year-long thesis research project on Philadelphia’s Republican Party and its relationship with the city’s Democrats.


Benjamin Barnett is the social-networking micro-blogger for He is the founder and digital media strategist for the Philadelphia-based Media Bureau.

Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg is Partner & Business Lead at Zivtech, LLC, an Open Source/Drupal web development company located in Old City. Alex has been working at the cross section of technology and politics/organizing sincesince he hooked up with Music for America, a voter education and registration initiative, during the U.S. 2004 presidential campaign. Before he began working professionally with Drupal he helped to create numerous blogs and online communities including Young Philly Politics (where his official title is “technical overlord”), Blue Force, a progressive national security site, and Future Majority, which looks at the intersections of youth, culture, and politics.

Rob Wonderling officially became the president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce in August. The two-time Republican state senator from Delaware County previously served as deputy secretary of transportation to then-Gov. Tom Ridge. He spent the preceding decade working for Bentley Systems, an Exton-based software firm, and Allentown-based Air Products and Chemicals. The Chamber’s first major initiative under his leadership has been to undertake a major public advocacy and awareness campaign called Relay, the first step of which is to survey more than 25,000 people in the region to capture how the chamber might affect the most change.

Doors open at 6pm, panel will begin at 6:20. We’re starting and ending a little earlier so we can go downstairs and catch the Phillies game on the BIGGEST screen in town - the lobby of the Comcast Center!

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