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available on YouTube.
The picture to the left is what the U.S. House of Representatives provides the public as their Internet presence. The picture below shows the same hearing as a standard broadcast-quality TV picture. In a comprehensive Report to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Public.Resource.Org outlined a series of steps the House of Representatives can take to improve the quality of their presence to the public on the Internet. A 4-committee pilot project demonstrated how much of a difference improved quality can make. Below, the same hearing is shown as available today on the Internet Archive (with thanks to Chairman Markey for participating in our pilot project!).
Dear Speaker UPDATE: View the supplement to the report.
tell the difference?
2008: Partnership with the Internet Archive and the Boston Public Library
Public.Resource.Org is delighted to be able to announce that we are working with out colleagues at the Internet Archive and a consortium of libraries headed by the Boston Public Library to scan, in Phase 1, 2.5 million pages of congressional documents.
There are 100 million pages of key government documents—the Congressional Record, the Federal Register, Hearings, Bills, Reports, and many others—that taken together are the law of the land, America's Operating System. Efforts such as those of the Internet Archive are a vital public counterweight to proprietary arrangements such as the one we have protested at the Government Accountability Office.
1994: The Congressional Memory Project
In 1994, the Internet Multicasting Service received the first new media credentials to the House/Senate galleries. We ran dedicated audio lines from the basement of the capitol back to our studios on top of a Chinese restaurant on Capitol Hill, then out to the Multicast Backbone.
Media Lab student (and now professor) Deb K. Roy came down for the summer and wrote us a nifty set of routines that parsed the audio, applied speaker identification, and then matched the audio segments to the relevant sections of the Congressional Record.
C-SPAN: A Friendly-Fire Incident
C-SPAN is one of American's great national institutions, a pioneer in government transparency. But, when they sent a "take-down" notice to the Speaker of the House for posting video of herself testifying before the House of Representatives, we felt the copyright laws had been stretched a mite thin and opened a dialogue.
C-SPAN responded with an expansive redefinition of their copyright policy, allowing reuse and mashups with a very liberal definition for all of their government proceedings, in the past and in the future. As James Fallows said, “Good for them!”
If Congress can't provide broadcast-quality video for download on the Internet in non-proprietary formats, could a new nonprofit do the same thing?
EyeSpan: A Failed Social Venture
Google TechTalk — Carl Malamud, May 24, 2006.