The theme of this year's conference is the effect of the Internet on agency decision-making. Questions to be addressed by panelists in attendance, a collection of representatives from federal agencies, academic institutions and Internet journalists "bloggers" include: When hundreds of thousands of people submit form comments to an agency, how does that affect Chevron or hard look review? Do e-mail campaigns reflect true grassroots activism in the public comment process, or are they merely "astroturfing?" Can the Internet ameliorate the collective action problem?
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