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Seven Questions for... Nicco Mele, Howard Dean's Web Guru


Published May 5, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.

Nicco Mele was 25 years old when he helped revolutionize the way American presidential campaigns are conducted. Looking back at his breakthrough work as webmaster of Howard Dean's 2003-04 race for the White House, Mele sees the internet as having wrought dramatic changes in U.S. politics while simulatneously leaving the status quo undisturbed.

He'll be speaking about those dynamics and about general tech issues at two events in Burlington next week: a May 7 (6 p.m.) forum at Maglianero Cafe on "How Social Media Is Redefining Politics" (also featuring Seven Days deputy web editor Tyler Machado) and an all-day conference May 8 at Champlain College on Vermont's Digital Future.

Mele, now 34, teaches courses on social media and politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and runs an internet strategy consulting firm called EchoDitto. Seven Days asked him seven questions about his life and work.

Seven Days: How did you come to be such an internet maven?