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Congress Gets Their Own Piece of YouTube to Host Videos 84

YouTube has promised a commercial-free zone in the near future to help Congress deal with the problem of hosting campaign videos that were technically breaking the rule of not redirecting constituents to a commercial site. "Within a month, the one and only responder, YouTube, should have its commercial-free zone up and running, Capuano said. Republicans on the commission still fret that with only one such site, the House could be seen as picking winners and losers on the Web. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), another commission member, said the panel's Republicans want to keep the new rules fluid enough to use any future Web site that comes forward with a better plan. 'Technology moves fast. Congress moves slow,' he said."
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Congress Gets Their Own Piece of YouTube to Host Videos

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  • by sexconker ( 1179573 ) on Friday April 11, 2008 @07:07PM (#23042288)
    YouTube will have a channel dedicated to campaign videos. The videos will not link to "commercial" sites after being played.

    How is this newsworthy?

    A dedicated channel for lies, and shitty political commentary by youtube users? Where do I opt out?
  • "Technology moves fast, Congress moves slow."
    Thank you, Captain Obvious!
    • by geekoid ( 135745 )
      Since congress has realized this, it only mean technology is slowing down.
    • by dwater ( 72834 )
      Yeah, obviously he meant 'slowLY'.

      He's probably just a simple Apple user.

      Furthermore, is that a correct use of 'fast'? He probably should have used 'quickly', but I'm not sure anymore, since I myself own and use several Apple products.
  • Part of Obama's plan (Score:5, Interesting)

    by rsborg ( 111459 ) on Friday April 11, 2008 @07:12PM (#23042344) Homepage
    View this ahem, youtube video about his "interview" at Google [youtube.com]

    In it (can't remember where it was) he talks about going around the media going directly to the people to bypass the corrupt culture in government... and mentions he will make transparency a big part of his platform, and youtube all white house meetings.

    • I have to be honest here that is part of the reason why I am even thinking about voting for him. Even though I have more republican views. I also like him because of his more moderate views so it is more of a balance then many of the extremists are and in many ways he is a good fit(In my opinion).
      • Re: (Score:2, Troll)

        by megaditto ( 982598 )
        I am sure you remember the last "Candidate for Change" that ran in 2000.

        A Washington outsider, a uniter able to bridge across party lines, a new man bringing change to Washington corruption, George W. Bush accomplished all this, and so much more.

        Given how well that worked out, I too am thinking of supporting Obama.
    • For those interested, his response is at the end of the video, when he responds to the last question. Around 61 min, but the video is worth watching overall.
    • I don't know about you, but I do NOT want all White House meetings available to the public. They talk about some secret stuff sometimes you know. I can see maybe a few general policy meetings for public consumption, but the President *needs* a certain level of secrecy.
      • by AuMatar ( 183847 )
        Actually, its the opposite. There's some stuff that needs to be kept secret. The vast majority of it does not. As a public office, the policy default should be open, not private.
    • Obama is anti-NASA (Score:4, Informative)

      by QuantumG ( 50515 ) * <qg@biodome.org> on Friday April 11, 2008 @09:57PM (#23043382) Homepage Journal
      http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1100/1 [thespacereview.com]

      He wants to cut the VSE budget to use the money for education.

      If this happens then the VSE will flounder and it will be the end of human spaceflight. Some of you may think that's a good thing. If you are not one of these people, please, STOP OBAMA.

      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by hardburn ( 141468 )

        I'm also anti-NASA. However, I stopped associating being anti-NASA with being anti-space exploration years ago. The most interesting things in space over the next 10 years will probably come from private companies.

      • Next, suggesting delaying the Joint Strike Fighter makes you anti-military.

        Suggesting restricting funding on school sports makes you anti-children, and anti-sports.

        It's fucked up arguments like this which result in pandering politicians promising you everything you want to hear.
        • by QuantumG ( 50515 ) *
          Dude, read the fucking article ok? He sees the purpose of NASA as inspiring kids to become scientists. He believes NASA has failed to do that in recent years, so he wants to cut NASA funding and redirect the funds to his own pet project which he believes will achieve that goal. If that's not anti-NASA, I don't know what is.

          • by sheldon ( 2322 )
            So it's not space exploration that you care about. You are upset that he's criticized NASA.


      • If this happens then the VSE will flounder and it will be the end of human spaceflight.

        Wait a minute. Why would cutting VSE funding mean the end of human spaceflight?

      • End of human spaceflight huh? No chance another program will spring up? No chance that perhaps another country will focus on it? Never ever again.. EVER EVER again will a human go into space?

        Ok. You're right. Let's elect Clinton or McCain. I'm sure NASA programs are #1 priority to them!
    • I like how he'll take my money and buy broadband for poor people. I was just thinking the other day about how poor people don't get to see enough pornography.

      I'm glad he wants to modernize goverment services to cut costs but people who can't afford internet connections and/or don't want them can go to the library or an internet cafe. Providing internet access isn't the government's job.

      • Funny; you don't want poor people to get it, but you yourself get it through government subsidies. Classic.
        • I don't care if it costs me $1000 per Mbit, I'd be first in line voting to get rid of those subsidies.

          The government buying and/or subsidizing internet for anybody is wrong.

          • Very convenient to get rid of the subsidies *now* when *you* can afford it, after a huge subsidy from DARPA created the thing, but before the poor are wired up. Yeah "get rid of the subsidies" now that others might be getting a chance.
            • Okay, you're right. Obviously once you've made a mistake, the best thing to do is keep making it.

              • Okay you're right, obviously once a mistake benefits you, you should make sure to correct it as fast as possible so that you so that you get to hog all of the benefits.
                • Except it's not correcting a mistake. That mistake's already been made, and the poor are benefitting from it just as much as I am.

                  But Barrack wants to make a *new* mistake and create a *new* program, above and beyond the existing subsidies.

                  And this isn't exactly like the original DARPA funding, either. What are the chances Barrack's program will unconditionally lower internet costs for everybody? Better or worse than the chances it lowers the cost for poor people at the expense of everybody else?

  • Why youtube? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by RalphSleigh ( 899929 ) on Friday April 11, 2008 @07:38PM (#23042568) Homepage
    If I can host flash video and a simple player on my £30/year web host, is there any good reason their in house tech is 'slow and cumbersome'? Flash video is not rocket science.
    • Why youtube?
      Youtube is all the rage in today's youth, they are just trying to take advantage of that.

      If I can host flash video and a simple player on my £30/year web host, is there any good reason their in house tech is 'slow and cumbersome'?
      Think about how many people connect to your server. Now think how many per second connect to the youtube servers.
      • Yeah, I once embedded my video in a myspace page and watched my bandwidth disappear down a black hole. However if they can handle the web traffic, adding flash video is not as huge extra.
      • by rtb61 ( 674572 )
        People do not go to you tube searching for campaign videos they get to youtube via the campaigners web site. All that needs to happen is for congress to add video streaming to the library of congress so the videos can be hosted there. Side benefits, kept as a matter of public record, un-editable once put up and campaigners held legally liable for them.

        WTF is all the nonsense about trying to make Youtube of any other commercial site suitable, and should the video then go on to also be hosted by commercial

  • Republicans... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Mr. Flibble ( 12943 ) on Friday April 11, 2008 @07:54PM (#23042684) Homepage
    Republicans on the commission still fret that with only one such site, the House could be seen as picking winners and losers on the Web.

    Every time I see popular political videos on You Tube it looks to me like Republicans are the losers on the web.
    • it looks to me like Republicans are the losers on the web.

      Uhhh, everybody is a loser on the web.

  • We'll all be connected up the ass with CONgresspeople. I imagine OurTubes will be immune from persecution (and PROsecution?) for testifying or implicating ourselves...
  • Capuano (Score:4, Informative)

    by Roxton ( 73137 ) <roxton@@@gmail...com> on Friday April 11, 2008 @09:02PM (#23043078) Homepage Journal
    I've had the good fortune of being represented by Capuano in Boston. He's great, because he maintains an electronic newsletter detailing issues faced by the House and his rationale for voting. Regardless of where you're from, I recommend visiting his site and taking a look at his "e-updates" to get a sense of the political process.

    http://www.house.gov/capuano/ [house.gov]

    Awesome, awesome congressman.
  • should get a PBS channel. With a semi-annual begathon and everything. Of course sites like vote smart, open secrets, and c-span are good enough for me. They show what the politicians do, not just what they say. And crooks and liars is always good for a few laughs.
  • by rossz ( 67331 ) <ogre@noSpAm.geekbiker.net> on Friday April 11, 2008 @10:06PM (#23043448) Homepage Journal
    I can't wait for that video to get released.

  • Of course, qualifying videos must be handheld, shaking, out of focus, and pointing in the opposite direction of the subject.

Don't tell me how hard you work. Tell me how much you get done. -- James J. Ling