Steven Clift is @democracy on Twitter. He launched E-Democracy.org in 1994 – the world’s first election information website. His “government by day, citizen by night” insights were built as leader of the State of Minnesota’s first e-government initiative.
He spoke across 30 countries for over a decade from Estonia to Libya to Mongolia on open government and civic participation to support non-partisan, volunteer-powered efforts for inclusive online local democracy.
An Ashoka Fellow, today he is E-Democracy’s Executive Director. He leads a dedicated team with the BeNeighbors.org effort to connect all neighbors online (and off) in public life across race and ethnicity, generations, immigrant and native-born, and more.
In 2013, Clift was honored as a White House Champion of Change for Open Government. He lives with his lovely wife and two children in Minneapolis, Minnesota.