Whilst I first noted Qik a few months ago, I haven’t used it for anything useful. However, today we have a speaker from Finland (Kim Holmberg) talking on Library 2.0, and he has agreed to be streamed live (with the video continuing to be available afterwards).
It should all kick off at 1pm BST (about 25mins after this post), so if you are seeing a video of my shoes it hasn’t started yet.
Democracy has always struck me as a rather stupid idea; I no more want the general public making decisions about the most appropriate economic strategy, or the merits of joining the Euro, than I would want them performing open-heart surgery. Nonetheless, democracy is what we have, and luckily the more objectionable views of the puppet-majority manage to get watered-down by the representational aspect of our democratic system (God help us if technology ever gives us direct democracy). However, in spite of my dislike of democracy, I love the election coverage. The day after general elections are always a write-off, whilst even the local elections are liable to get me watching until 3 or 4 in the morning. Whilst the BBC provides great coverage, the web provides us with the opportunity for enhanced electoral coverage at the local level.
Coverage of the local elections tends to report the overall results of the council, rather than the results of individual wards; the simplicity of video streaming means that the web can provide that coverage. Being able to view the local council results would hopefully encourage people to think about local policies and engage with the councillors on issues that matter; too often local issues are over shadowed by national issues and protest votes. I was pleased to note yesterday that Birmingham council will be streaming the results live, although as always Wolverhampton is the poor relation: “Results will be posted on this website on 2 May”. Not even a live posting as the results come in! As on-the-cheap streaming could be accomplished through qik and an N95, or results published as they happen via something as simple as Twitter, you really have to despair at Wolverhampton’s lack of effort.
Just remember, voting for the BNP is not a “protest vote”, it is vote for fear, ignorance and fascism, not the sort of things that make Britain Great.
I came across a post on a BBC blog yesterday about a site called Qik.com, which provides an application for your mobile phone so that you can stream live video from your mobile phone to the web. Whilst it is in an alpha-release at the moment, I found my request for an invite was relatively quickly met, and at some point during the night my mobile phone received the necessary text with a link to the software.
The amazing thing about Qik is the ease with which you can start streaming video. Literally a couple of clicks on my mobile phone and I am streaming live! Obviously, like most people, my life is not filled with never ending events worthy of filming, so my first video is an extremely mundane recording of the Qik.com web site, which I click through until I enter the never ending world of me filming me filming me filming….
Whilst that isn’t the most exciting video, you can embed a person’s Qik channel rather than just a single video, which will then show the most recent video or a live stream:
At the time of posting these are one and the same, but who knows, I may try some streaming whilst I am out and about just to see what it is like.