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Re: Meetings Simulcast on the Web... 3 Cheers!

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  • brian.ions
    Good points, all, Sara. But those concerns could be overcome fairly easily, I think. Obviously, both the cam and microphone should be directed at the speaker/
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      Good points, all, Sara.  But those concerns could be overcome fairly easily, I think. 

      Obviously, both the cam and microphone should be directed at the speaker/ lectern only, i.e., *NOT* the attendees.  Questions/ remarks from the attendees would have to be repeated and/or paraphrased by the speaker(s) for the benefit of the recording.  But that's done routinely in lots of meeting situations anyway.

      Attendees might be counseled in advance, using do/don't examples, to avoid using specific names and addresses-- but that applies generally today, without recording.  I think folks get savvy to media presence pretty quickly, and adjust accordingly.  The benefit to be had by bringing more citizens into the process, IMHO, outweighs the relatively minor risk of someone blurting out something they shouldn't. 

      But maybe an after-the-meeting *BLEEPER* would be in order, too.  Cheers!
      brian/ 502

      --- In MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com, sara kaufman <sakaufman@...> wrote:
      > While I agree with the technological, wider audience and
      > lessen-the-meeting-overload benefits simulcast will have - and personally am
      > excited about the option of "attending" meetings virtually from my kitchen
      > - what about the citizens that have sensitive concerns? If the meeting is
      > simulcast or recorded, its difficult if not impossible to know who is
      > watching and this could have a adverse effect - on some participation and
      > input MPD really needs, and to the person speaking. Even if a
      > participant must "register"; you don't know who else is in the room. And
      > once something is "out there" [on the Internet] you cannot take it back.
      > We cant assume just because thugs spend majority of their time on the street
      > corners, stoops, their cars, whatever, that they don't have Internet
      > exposure or savvy, or friends that do.
      > We don't need another way for citizens to be targeted or concerned to speak
      > out - especially where their face or voice and question is broadcast for all
      > to see/hear. Many are already fearful to come forward to speak.
      > I'm sure MPD and the CAC Board has already thought about this,
      > but something to consider.
      > My two cents.
      > Sara
      > Bloomingdale NW / PSA 501
      > On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 5:17 AM, brian.ions brian.ions@... wrote:
      > > Thanks, Robert. This is a truly welcome initiative by 5DCAC and MPD.
      > >
      > > As you know, we're having some discussion on the Brookland listserv about
      > > the applicability of digital/ internet communications technology in
      > > expanding the participation of residents and stakeholders in ANC meetings.
      > > You are showing us a glimpse of what many of us hope will be *THE* future of
      > > community civic meetings... with greatly expanded capabilities for community
      > > participation
      > >
      > > It's not hard now to imagine a day, relatively soon, when PSA meetings can
      > > also be simulcast on the web-- or at least be available in audio or video
      > > files for citizens to download-- shortly thereafter. I hope MPD HQ and
      > > their IT people explore ways to make that happen ASAP.
      > >
      > > Currently, ANC meetings, PSA meetings and the like, have the participation
      > > of a fraction of the number of people who are otherwise very interested in
      > > the civic issues addressed. Whether it's 19 out of 20, 9 out of 10, or 4
      > > out of 5-- for a variety of reasons, otherwise very concerned citizens
      > > simply can not attend such meetings. That's a terrible waste of concerned
      > > citizenry.
      > >
      > > Utilizing digital/ web technologies demonstrates another way to, IMHO,
      > > greatly expand and nurture citizen participation-- and in the context of
      > > MPD, to significantly better community crime fighting.
      > >
      > > As this is NEW, please do "advertise" this on all the area listservs
      > > reasonably frequently. Also, please always include prominently in your
      > > announcements the day, date, time and place-- both physical and virtual (web
      > > address of simulcast). 3 Cheers for yours efforts!
      > >
      > > brian
      > > on Newton/ PSA 502
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > --- In MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com, "Chairman, 5th District Citizens' Advisory
      > > Council" rbrannum@ wrote:
      > > >
      > > Dear Friends and Neighbors,
      > >
      > > You are warmly invited to join us at the April 2009 monthly meeting of the
      > > Fifth District Citizens' Advisory Council (5DCAC). Also, I am pleased to
      > > announce those who are not able to attend the April meeting, will have the
      > > opportunity to participate, interactively via the internet. Next month, and
      > > hopefully in the future, meetings of 5DCAC will be simulcast on the
      > > worldwide web. Accordingly, friends and neighbors will have the opportunity
      > > to participate from in front of their computers or hand held devices from
      > > all over the District of Columbia, the United States, and the world.
      > >
      > > While this is an experiment in 21st century technology, it is hoped it will
      > > be used to open community dialogue and participation, rather than to enlarge
      > > the distance in human contact and to dilute personal conversations between
      > > neighbors. Let's see.
      > >
      > > To watch the 5DCAC meeting on-line, to see the tentative agenda, or to take
      > > a preview; please log on to: www.5dcac.org
      > >
      > > Robert
      > >
      > >
      > > Robert Vinson Brannum
      > > Chairman, 5th District Citizens' Advisory Council, Inc.
      > > www.5dcac.org
      > > 202-256-8452
      > > 202-328-7611 fax
      > >
      > >
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