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DHS should live webcast all meetings

The Department of Homeland Security should live webcast all meetings for proposed rule making and regulations where the public comment should take place. They should make these meetings available for on demand viewing and have the ability to have that content be indexed for video search. By doing this the public and stakeholders will be able to see the inner workings of the rule making process and make the content and proceedings transparent to the public. It will also effectively use internet video technologies for transparency and government efficiencies.


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  1. Comment
    Jarrett Wold

    I'm all for the C-SPAN rule of thumb, a camera in every meeting opens up government.

    How many people would utilize this resource? Likely a scant few. Where to host? You could always dump it off on to a special account to youtube, or see if C-SPAN wants a copy.

    Streaming stuff live is more expensive than recording it, and upping it later.

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    I also believe that people should be able to see a schedule of agendas to vote on and be able to do so from a remote control. This would increase citizen participation.

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    jaorangemen ( Idea Submitter )

    Granicus, this is a complete abuse of the IdeaScale public involvement. Using this forum for your own commercial purposes is against the rules and shows your company's lack of values and abuse of using tax payer space.

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    jaorangemen ( Idea Submitter )

    Please disregard my last comment. A user used the comment function to promote a commercial product. I flagged the comment and DHS took it down. Thanks.

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    combining webcasts with transcriptions of meetings and making them searchable would be an excellent way for the public to get involved and informed in the early stages of decision making. The information and topics discussed are very intriguing, but long drawn out meetings that aren't searchable by topics wouldn't be that useful to me unless I can find the topics that are specificlly interesting to me. Also, if I had the ability to post my own comments about these topics that could be viewed by the advisory and policy committee membership, I would feel like I have an thoughful avenue to speak to those members!

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    Charles Brownstein

    DHS actually did this to educate the public and state officials about Real ID, to get public reaction, and to drive the public to comment to the proposed rule making. It worked pretty well- in the sense that it actually used the public comment to shape its attempt to comply with the law and get a Real ID program launched. As it turned out the many conceptual flaws and operational in the law and the fact that it was an unfunded mandate conspired to prevent implementation, and it remains an open issue. But the use of webcasts worked as intended.

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    I like this idea on the scale of limited access to the webcasts. Even so, you're only mitigating the risks of either leaking sensitive information or not being able to utilize sensitive information.

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    @jaorangemen, goes to show that DHS is actively monitoring this site and our ideas. That's a good thing.

    @conway.csa the mitigation of risk to sensitive information can be accomplished by only broadcasting meetings that are not directly related to the security of the nation.

    I highly agree with this idea. Allowing the public the ability to directly influence the ideas proposed by DHS and the White House will greatly enhance the public view of the Government and allow us to have a more active voice in policy creation.

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    Good idea, only there are a few problems. 1. You'll still have to fund the public outreach. Ie; who knows it will be there? 2. Let's face it, this stuff is boring as hell. The only viewers, will be that of 'interested' parties. Stakeholders. This effectively eliminates most of the public. The short answer is CTR (Construction Talk Radio) See my submission under the heading, CTR Construction Talk Radio, and lets get a real thread going here!

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    People need to make a decision on whether this is actually worth the cost. Live streaming for a 1/2 hour meeting can cost many thousand of dollars--for an audience of a few hundred who will see it live. Add costs for live captioning--for people unable to hear--multiply by many meetings each week and we are talking real money. And to delay a day or two to have the video captioned and uploaded to a website costs a lot less.

    Is this where we want to spend money? Not to me.

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    DHS is currently doing this. There are several components using collaborative technologies today for webcasts, online, ondemand training, interviews.... Security is important and risk can be mitigated...just ask the department of defense. Happy to talk about this more to anyone interested. Let me know.

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