Politics to Go

In about a month the first book that I ever contributed to is coming out. Its full title is “The Politics to Go Handbook: A Guide to Using Mobile Technology in Politics”. It will be launched on September 13th and will be available from Amazon and free download from the IPDI website.

What is this book about? From the website:

[..] the publication will introduce some of the latest mobile technologies, examine their current uses and political successes, consider future possibilities and challenges and offer simple how-to guides for implementing these new technologies into your next campaign.

What you’re probably wondering is, is what the hell I have to do with politics. And that’s a fair question, I don’t know a lot about politics, the reason that IPDI (Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet) has asked me for a contribution is that I wrote a how-to on podcasting. Podcasting is part of this book. The book will include an extended edited how-to written by me. They also interviewed me about the applications of podcasting in politics, I’m not sure if they’ll just plainly include the interview or will edit it into a section.

Here’s the official media release:

For Immediate Release, August 8, 2005
For more information: Kathie Legg
Phone: 202–994–1003


Washington, Aug. 10, 2005 — Zef Hemel, founder of ZefHemel.com, will author a section in Politics to Go, a handbook on the political uses of mobile technology that anthologizes over 50 of today’s top names in technology and politics. The Politics to Go Handbook is published by the Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet (IPDI) at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.

“The Politics to Go Handbook will serve as a manual for using mobile technology in the political realm,” said Carol Darr, Director of the Institute, “not only for candidates, but for issue advocacy groups, nonprofits, civic groups, political consultants, lobbyists, local governments and citizen activists.”

It also draws on the experience and expertise of experts from around the globe to describe the mobile political audience, predict how mobile tech will be used in future elections and discuss any roadblocks that may occur.

The publication will be released at an event hosted by IPDI and sponsored by Wired magazine on September 13, titled Politics to Go: How Mobile Technology Empowers Just-in-Time Politics. The event will introduce some of the latest mobile technology techniques, examine the current uses and political successes of mobile technology and discuss future possibilities and challenges. It will feature a gadget lab and sponsor display area. Two panels of visionaries, analysts and practical implementers will discuss these issues and facilitate an open question-and-answer dialogue with the audience.

The Politics to Go report release, panel discussion and hands-on event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2005. Breakfast will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit www.ipdi.org/politicstogo. For more information about IPDI, please visit www.ipdi.org.