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Media Advisory: Deceptive Practices 2.0

October 15, 2008

Nell McGarity, nmcgarity@gloverparkgroup.com, 202-292-6973
Deb Greenspan, dgreenspan@gloverparkgroup.com, 202-741-5573
Mary Boyle, mboyle@commoncause.org, 202-736-5716


This Election: Deceptive Practices 2.0
Reports expose new generation of online voter suppression

WASHINGTONOn Monday, October 20, at noon, voting rights, technology and legal experts will conduct a conference call to release two major reports exposing a worrying new generation of online deceptive practices.

WHEN:\t\tMonday October 20, 2008, at 12pm

WHAT:\tDeceptive Practices 2.0 - compiled by Common Cause, The Century Foundation and The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law - points to the proliferation of new online dirty tricks designed to mislead and intimidate voters - in this election and beyond. The authors also analyze the variety of state and federal laws that can be used to fight this phenomenon. Experts will also discuss how voters can inform and protect themselves against these new scams.

E-Deceptive Campaign Practices Report: Technology and Democracy 2.0 - a report on the technology that can be abused to perpetrate these scams - will also be released by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Experts will also gather for an in-depth discussion of these practices at a roundtable discussion hosted by EPIC later that day.

WHO: \tTova Wang, Vice President for Research, Common Cause, Democracy Fellow, The Century Foundation;
Jonah Goldman, Director of the National Campaign for Fair Elections, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Voting Rights Project;\t\t
Lillie Coney, Associate Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center;
Leading Attorneys from Morrison & Foerster LLP and Ropes & Gray LLP.

Reporters and bloggers are also invited to join an informal roundtable discussing these reports in more depth from 2-3pm at EPIC’s offices at 1718 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC (within traveling distance from the Q Street exit for Dupont Circle on the Red Line) To RSVP to this roundtable please call 202-483-1140 x 111.

CALL-IN NUMBER: (866) 814-8449. Ask for Deceptive Practices Call.
RSVP: Deb Greenspan at dgreenspan@gloverparkgroup.com.


Common Cause

Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest. Now with nearly 400,000 members and supporters and 36 state organizations, Common Cause remains committed to honest, open and accountable government, as well as encouraging citizen participation in democracy.

Century Foundation

The Century Foundation conducts public policy research and analyses of economic, social, and foreign policy issues, including inequality, retirement security, election reform, media studies, homeland security, and international affairs. The foundation produces books, reports, and other publications, convenes task forces and working groups, and operates seven informational Web sites (www.tcf.org). With offices in New York City and Washington, D.C., The Century Foundation is nonprofit and nonpartisan and was founded in 1919 by Edward A. Filene.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of housing, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice. For more information about the LCCRUL, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

Electronic Privacy Information Center

EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. EPIC was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values. In 2007, EPIC led a grassroots coalition of organizations and bloggers that urged the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw the REAL ID plan.