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One highlight of the three-day Fortune Brainstorm:Tech conference, which just wrapped up in Pasadena, came when Howard Dean, former presidential candidate and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, began riffing on the Internet’s impact on national politics.
Some highlights from the 11-minute video:
• Howard Dean: “The technology is moving so fast and it’s having an enormous, enormous effect.” He briefly traced the influence of the Internet on U.S. politics, citing YouTube flipping the U.S. Senate to Democratic control in 2006 because of Va. Sen. George Allen’s Macaca moment.
• The 2008 campaign by Barack Obama made spectacular use of social networking. “2008 was the first election in the lifetime of everyone in this room in which more people voted who were under 35 than over 65,” Dean told the audience. “This is the president of the younger generation.”
• Dean: “Then along comes the 2009 Iranian election and they could shut down the Internet but they couldn’t shut down their cellphone network without shutting down their whole country. How did information get out? Twitter.”