Video art, tools, A/V geekery, and general video weirdness.
Veek the Vote 2006 (www.veekthevote.com) is a project that enables people to use the cameras in their mobile phones to express themselves and document Election Day in near real-time.Veek The Vote represents something wholly new in the history of election coverage. Anyone with a mobile phone equipped with a camera-—there are over 70 million of them in the U.S.--can send a photo or video to firstname.lastname@example.org. No registration is requried. No special software is needed. Fifteen to sixty seconds after a photo or video is sent, it will appear in a embedded player at veekthevote.com. This player, in turn, can be taken by anyone and embedded anywhere on the web: on blogs, MySpace pages, etc. Veek the Vote generates a completely open mobile video communication network, enabling complete democratization of election coverage. We take in video from anyone, and allow anyone to display it on their website.We’re very excited about the prospects for Veek the Vote. It empowers Americans to be more than a statistic captured by exit polls on Election Day. Whether they’re taking to the streets in protest, waiting patiently (or impatiently) in line at the polls, or stuck behind a desk, Veek the Vote 2006 lets America show and see Election Day in a way never before possible.The more people that know about Veek the Vote, the more powerful it will be.
I've got a follow up on VeekTheVote 2006: it was a huge success!The project garnered over 750 veeks from acrosss the country and by a broad cross section of the American public. Americans broke through another civic engagement, citizen journalism, and voter protection glass ceiling by using a new technology offering by Veeker: mobile to internet video communications.Even members of Congress were stoked about the outcome of this project. "I appreciate the work that activists from across the country, like those on VeekTheVote.com, have done to identify existing problems, and to help protect the rights that we all enjoy," states recently re-elected U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) about Veek the Vote 2006.
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