Personal Democracy Forum

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Personal Democracy Forum
Type of site
Available in English
Founded 2004 (2004)
Headquarters New York City, New York, U.S.
Owner Andrew Rasiej
Founder(s) Andrew Rasiej,
Micah Sifry
Key people Andrew Rasiej
Slogan(s) Technology is changing politics.
Alexa rank Negative increase 800,587 (April 2014)[1]
Registration Optional
Launched February 14, 2004; 13 years ago (2004-02-14)[2]
Current status Active

Personal Democracy Forum (often referred to as PDF) is an annual conference that follows how the internet is changing politics, governance, and advocacy. PDF is an initiative organized by Personal Democracy Media, which has been founded by Andrew Rasiej and co-founder Micah Sifry.[3]


Personal Democracy Forum has over twenty contributing editors who track, report, and reflect on the newest trends of technology in politics. The sister website techPresident followed how the 2008 United States presidential election campaigns utilized these new technologies and how these technologies are enabling citizens to affect the race.


The Personal Democracy Forum conference is an annual event held in New York City that began in 2004. The mission of the conference is to have political professionals, technologists, and non-profit executives educate each other on how technology is changing and what the future of democracy and advocacy looks like.

Notable speakers in the past include

In 2013 the PDF has been organized for the first time on regional level in Poland: PDF-Poland and CEE. Organized in Warsaw by ePF - polish foundation, publisher of the and, receiver of the 2012 ePSI Trailblazer in the parliamentary data category.