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Sunday, March 9 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The Unruly Mob Would Like to Comment

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When the Texas Legislature took up abortion legislation, planned and spontaneous social media filled the Capitol with thousands of activists and delivered a global participatory audience. Celebrities tweeted as an 11-hour filibuster approached a midnight deadline, joined by fake Twitter accounts, YouTube, viral memes, livestreaming, guerrilla wifi hotspots, Taiwan animation, secret Facebook groups, Google+ Hangouts, new songs, merchandise, competing Wikipedia edits, dueling commentators, inappropriate touching, women in chains, alleged terrorist sightings, tampon confiscation, Hail Satan chanting, attempted use of a smartphone as an official timepiece, humorous Amazon product reviews for the filibuster shoes, conflicting timestamps, suffragettes, pizza, and vomit. The Internet had it all (http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/wendy-davis-filibuster-by-the-numbers-062613). Did it make a difference? Hear battle-tested techniques you can use from those in opposing trenches and in between.

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Joe Deshotel

Communications DirTravis County Democratic PartyJoe is currently Communications Director for the Travis County Democratic Party and a Senior Writer at the Burnt Orange Report. He has worked in politics for over 10 year with representatives of Congress, the Texas legislature, Jefferson... Read More →
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Steven Polunsky

Former Committee DirTexas Senate Business & CommerceAs a Texas Senate staffer, Steven led a technology initiative that saved thousands of taxpayer dollars, concept-proved an instant feedback loop for public hearings, debuted the use of live geospatial data in a legislative hearing... Read More →
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Eliza Vielma

Dir of Social & Digital StrategyDavid Dewhurst CommitteeEliza Vielma is the de facto sorority sister of the political social media realm in Texas and beyond. The early adopter’s early adopter, she identified the power of emerging social media technology to connect the like-minded... Read More →

Sunday March 9, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Austin Convention Center, Room 10AB 500 E Cesar Chavez St

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