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'Nerds in Parliament:' MEP Marietje Schaake

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 17 2011

On occasion of the European Union's first Digital Agenda Assembly, the Wall Street Journal's Tech Europe blog today profiles Marietje Schaake, a member of the European Parliament who attributes her election to people she connected with on the Internet and through social networks:

She has been called the most wired politician in Europe. Marietje Schaake, is an MEP for the Dutch progressive liberal D66 party. Here at the two-day summit in Brussels which will help shape the E.U.’s agenda, she is seen by many as one of the few MEPs who really understands what is going on.

Schaake has been a frequent speaker at Personal Democracy Forum events, most recently delivering this talk at PdF 2011.

Per the profile, there's an initiative to educate MEPs called "Nerds in Parliament." If you know of tech-savvy legislators who are changing the way their governments work — in Europe, here in the U.S., or elsewhere — I'd love to hear about them.