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What Romney's New "No Cameras" Event Policy and Street Protests Have in Common

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, October 10 2012

Occupy protesters in Chicago in May, a photographer looking on. Photo: Vondereauvisuals

From political fundraisers in the mansions of the wealthy to street protests in lower Manhattan, people in power are pushing back against the spread of digital cameras.

You don't have to spend long on YouTube or Instagram to see that every day, people ratify a social contract that extends the right to record off the streets and into any large gathering. But this makes trouble in politics, and so the campaigns are asking their high-dollar donors to agree to different terms. The same friction between authorities used to having exclusive control of the official record and citizens with a right to document what really happens is taking place in the streets of New York and elsewhere, in confrontations between citizens and police.

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From Open Courts to Open Jails? Kentucky Jail May Offer Streaming Video

BY Nick Judd | Friday, September 30 2011

The interim director of a county jail in Kentucky has seen to it that the facility now has its first-ever Internet-capable camera, and may seek to make the video feed available to anyone who wants to see what happens at ... Read More

Watch: Presidential Presser on the Oil Leak

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 27 2010

I'm slow on the trigger here, but it's worth mentioning that you can right now watch what's proving to be a fiery presidential press conference on the Gulf Coast leak on the underappreciated White House Live. Read More

The Case for Outsourcing the BP Video Feed

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 21 2010

FireDogLake's Michael Whitney fleshes out his argument against Rep. Ed Markey's (D-MA) BP live video feed of the Deepwater Horizon leak. Though I'd argue that given Congress' jurisdictional interest here, the takeaway ... Read More

Fleshy Handshakes vs. Virtual Handshakes

BY Alan Rosenblatt | Thursday, January 10 2008

Declan McCullagh suggested yesterday that it was the offline efforts, not the online efforts that won the day in New Hampshire Tuesday: "In other words, it was anything but high-tech. Sure, there were robo-calls and ... Read More