A Brighton and Hove city councillor who has posted publicly-available clips of council meetings onto video-sharing website YouTube has been temporarily saved from suspension by a national tribunal.
A complaint against Jason Kitcat, a Green Party councillor for Regency Ward in Brighton and Hove, was filed last year to the councilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s standards committee by a Conservative councillor, Ted Kemble, after Kitcat posted clips of meetings to YouTube and his own blog featuring himself asking fellow councillors questions about local issues ( http://bit.ly/d8EuX4 ). The complaint alleged that Kitcat had failed to treat fellow councillors with respect and that he had breached the councilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s copyright in republishing the videos. According to Kitcat, the councillor filing the complaint had not himself featured in any of the clips.
Are you listening, Jeremy Hunt?
YouTube has teamed up with a San Francisco television station, ABC7 News, to publish video news reports produced by citizens.
Users can email in their photo or video reports, or upload them direct to a Google map here.
Since the site went live six days ago, users have uploaded footage of emergency services responding to an incident, a brief interview with a local candidate for an election and footage of a protest. Videos are categorised into breaking news, events, weather and bay area scenes.
Google’s going to find it difficult talking to prickly editorial types, if Youtube’s attempts to sign up bloggers for a San Francisco news experiment are anything to go by:
I am leading a project at YouTube and I thought you might like to be a part of it. [Redacted] gave me your contact information. For the months of July and August, YouTube is going local in San Francisco to encourage citizen videographers — anyone with a video-capable phone or camera, really, — to help cover San Francisco’s news, issues and events and we want local news sites to join us.
If you’re interested, I’m rounding up a group of San Francisco bloggers, writers and digital journalists next week to speak about the project in more detail in person.
The meeting is called “Youtube Explains News Project to Bay Area Media”. The only attempt to explain it was the emailing of a link to the Atlantic Monthly articles by James Fallows on how Google will save the news. Which rather suggests that Googlers are now using it as a strategic blueprint. Hmmm.