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October 31, 2011

National Archives Hosts Forum on Communications, Technology, and Government November 4

What’s Next in the Social Media Revolution?

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Washington, DC…On Friday, November 4, at 7 p.m., the National Archives hosts its seventh annual William G. McGowan Forum on Communications, Technology, and Government with a special program on the status and future of social media. This program is free and open to the public, and will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, located on the National Mall. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Ave. at 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.

What’s on the cutting edge of digital communications and social media, and what’s the big picture? A panel will explore new opportunities and ideas for social media affecting the private, government, and public sectors and the average citizen. Moderated by Alex Howard, the Government 2.0 Correspondent for O’Reilly Media, panelists include Macon Phillips, White House Director of New Media, Pamela S. Wright, Chief Digital Access Strategist at the National Archives, and David Weinberger, Senior Researcher, Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society. A Social Media Fair and reception will take place in the theater lobby prior to the program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with staff demonstrations of some of the latest social media tools. Staff will also live tweet the program live tweet the program @usnatarchives. This program is generously supported by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc., and presented in partnership with the Foundation for the National Archives.

"There is no question that digital communications are rapidly changing the face of social interactions, media broadcasts, and business strategies across all sectors,” said Diana Spencer, Executive Director of the William G. McGowan Fund, Inc. “The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund is pleased to support the National Archives in the delivery of this program that explores the trajectory of the Social Media Revolution."

The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) please email public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000.

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