Baratunde Thurston is conscious comic and vigilante pundit who has successfully merged his interests in technology, politics and comedy. He blogs at Jack & Jill Politics, The Huffington Post and his own site baratunde.com. He has authored three books, including Keep Jerry Falwell Away From My Oreo Cookies, was nominated for the Bill Hicks Award for Thought Provoking Comedy, declared a Champion of the First Amendment by Iowa State University, and called "someone I need to know" by Barack Obama. Baratunde speaks at colleges and conferences around the country and performs regularly in New York City, where he lives and works by day as an editor for The Onion.
Michael Whitney is a self-described "interwebologist" and is the New Media Coordinator at American Rights at Work in Washington DC.
Whitney first started melding politics with the Internet when he created Students for Dean, a national organization of students supporting Howard Dean for President. Students of Dean attracted the attention of Dean's campaign and an invitation to make Students for Dean the official youth organizing effort. Though college campuses the bread & butter, accounting for more than half of our groups, Students for Dean also had high school students, punx, snowboarders, young professionals, and even Disney employees create groups on our website. In the end, Students for Dean had more than 23,000 members and 1,200 groups organizing on their own to support Dean.