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GW's Institute for Politics, Democracy, and the Internet Announces New Director

February 04, 2008

WASHINGTON - F. Christopher Arterton, dean of GW's Graduate School of Political Management, announced that Julie Barko Germany has become the director of the Institute for Politics, Democracy, and the Internet (IPDI). Barko Germany assumed her position on Feb. 1, 2008.

"After spending several months searching for a new director, we realized the right choice was right in front of us," said Arterton. "We believe that Julie will lead IPDI in producing future analysis and intellectual exchanges that bring insight and academic rigor to the emerging trends in politics and technology. Julie brings energy, creativity, experience, and connections to the institute."

Barko Germany previously served as deputy director of IPDI since 2003 and has authored and edited several publications, including Constituent Relationship Management: The New Little Black Book in Politics, Person-to-Person-to-Person: Harnessing the Political Power of Online Social Networks and User-Generated Content, The Politics-to-Go-Handbook: A Guide to Using Mobile Technology in Politics, and The Political Consultants' Online Fundraising Primer.

"Julie has played a vital role in the growth and success of the institute for the past five years," said Jonah Seiger, chair of IPDI's board of advisors. "We believe Julie has the vision, experience, and institutional knowledge to take IPDI to the next level and look forward to working with Julie in her new role as director."

Barko Germany said she would spend the next year fund raising and structuring IPDI's program areas, including the launch of an IPDI Fellows program and the institute's first peer-reviewed journal.

The Institute for Politics, Democracy, and the Internet is the research arm of the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University. Its mission is to promote the use of the Internet and new communication technologies in politics to enhance democratic values, encourage citizen participation, and improve governance at home and abroad; in short, to "democratize democracy."

GW's Graduate School of Political Management offers graduate programs in political management, legislative affairs, PAC management, and public relations, as well as international programs in Latin America and Europe. The school seeks to improve politics by educating its students and professionals about the tools, principles, and values of participatory democracy; preparing them for careers as ethical and effective advocates and leaders at the international, national, and local levels.

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