I attended the first day of the Emerging Technology summit hosted by Tim O’Reilly in San Diego in February. Phil Windley blogged the entire event. Infobase Ventures is now working with Dan Taggart and Phil on a new startup company in the online politics space. Phil is also publishing UtahPolitics.org, which is getting momentum. I received an email this morning from one of the Utah gubernatorial campaign managers who asked all supporters to visit UtahPolitics.org to participate in an online poll. Competition among ideas and campaigns can drive huge participating in online political web sites. Our hope is not to build a flash-in-the-pan site, tied to one cause or one election, but a service that will inspire and enable participation in self-government for the long term.