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CongressTube coming soon!

What is a Member of Congress to do? Embedding a YouTube video on on an official House or Senate web page is against the rules (See The Wrong Way to Talk About Member Web Sites), yet many do it anyway. The House and the Senate both have their own video technology for official sites but it is, uh…. slow….. And even pointing to YouTube is against the rules.

But recently, the Franking Commission has come up with a compromise idea. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office put out a request for a commercial-free video zone for Congress. YouTube was the only one that responded to the request, but it should be up and running within a month.

For details, see: Et Tu, YouTube? Lawmakers to Get Their Very Own Sites for Videos, By Jonathan Weisman, Washington Post, April 11, 2008; page A19.

What will that do to our view of “official government web sites”? Will videos be considered in the scope of Title 44 by GPO? Will they be scheduled for acquisition by NARA?

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