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Elections Gone Mobile - Opportunities and Challenges in Using Mobile Tech in Elections - Panelist Bios & Photos

Elections Gone Mobile - Opportunities and Challenges in Using Mobile Tech in Elections


Katrin Verclas (Moderator) - National Democratic Institute

Katrin is widely known for her work on mobile technology for for organizing, advocacy, and citizen participation for civil society organizations.

She has previously founded and led several nonprofit organizations, including, a global community of people using mobile tech for social change.  She was the Executive Director of NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network, the national association of IT professionals working in the more than one million nonprofit organizations in the United States and worked as program officer in a funder collaborative focused on citizen participation and government accountability.  

She was an inaugural 2009 TED Fellow, a 2010 fellow at the MIT Media Lab, and was named by Fast Company as one of the most "Influential Women in Tech" in 2011.


Catherine Bracy - Obama for America

Catherine Bracy was the Co-Director of the Technology Field Office for President Obama's re-election campaign.  She was also responsible for outreach to the technology community through Tech4Obama, the campaign's technology affinity group.  Prior to launching the Tech Field Office in San Francisco, she was a Product Manager working in the campaign's Chicago headquarters where she was lead PM on many of the campaign's digital products, including the mobile app.  Before the campaign, she managed the Knight Foundation's 2011 News Challenge grant competition and was Administrative Director at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.   


Chris Doten - National Democratic Institute

Chris Doten is a Program Manager for NDI's Information and Communication Technology Programs team. At NDI, Mr. Doten applies  innovative, appropriate technologies to NDI's work with citizen organizations, governments and political parties around the world. Within the ICT team, Mr. Doten specializes in the challenges of internet freedom and cybersecurity in closed societies and has trained activists in Ukraine, Istanbul, Beirut and Amman. He has lived and worked in China and Kyrgyzstan, and supported programs in dozens of countries with NDI. Mr. Doten has an undergraduate degree in computer science and earned his Master's Degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Before joining NDI, Mr. Doten worked as a systems administrator, network security engineer and started a web development firm for political campaigns. Mr. Doten has also worked on, among others, the elections of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry.


James Long - Harvard University

Dr. James D. Long is an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. Previously, he was a dissertation fellow at the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar at the US Institute of Peace, and a Fulbright Scholar. His research focuses on elections in fragile and developing countries, including the determinants of voting behavior and turnout, the dynamics of electoral fraud, the impact of external democracy promotion and corruption monitoring on reducing fraud, the causes of electoral violence, and the effects of civil war and insurgency on state-building and development. He studies these issues in Africa and Afghanistan. In 2010, he served as Democracy International’s Research Director for their Election Observation mission for Afghanistan, and has observed additional elections in Egypt (2011), Uganda (2011), Afghanistan (2009), Ghana (2008), and Kenya (2007). His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation; Democracy International; US Agency for International Development; Qualcomm Inc.; UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation; Fulbright; United States Institute of Peace; and the Institute for International, Comparative, and Areas Studies. He received a PhD in Political Science from UC San Diego, an MSc (with Merit) in African Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and BA (High Honors) in International Relations and History from the College of William & Mary.

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