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Kingston voted Online Politician of Year
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet has honored U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston with its “People’s Choice Award for Online Politician of the Year” during a ceremony here.
The Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet is part of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.
“This is a real honor,” Kingston said. “The Internet is a powerful tool and I have tried to use it to keep people informed.”
The IDPI described Kingston as being at the forefront of the modern media revolution. “Kingston was one of the first Republican members of the House to start his own blog. He became a regular on Comedy Central and preached the virtues of podcasting and interactive Web sites with pizzazz. The aim: reach young, hip, technologically savvy voters who seldom read newspapers or watch traditional television news.”
Last year, Kingston won a Pollie Award from the American Association of Political Consultants for “excellence in political communication.”
The Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet promotes 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.”
It conducts research that anticipates and interprets trends; publishes studies and guidelines that that show candidates, public officials and activists how to make the best use of the new communication tools; and holds seminars and conferences that advocate best practices, teach new skills and allow for the national and international exchange of ideas on the democratizing uses of the Internet and other new technologies.
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