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YouTube Launches CitizenTube


This is really cool: last week YouTube — the online community that allows anybody to upload video content to the Web — launched CitizenTube, an offshoot political video blog that is solely devoted to political content uploaded by users.

According to the YouTube blog,

“Citizentube’s mission is to add fuel to the revolution that is YouTube politics. What is YouTube politics? The answer to that question is as varied as the users who jump onto the platform. But it’s one thing for certain: a place where everyone, from users to candidates, has the same chance to be seen and heard. Let the best ideas win.

Already we’ve seen players from all over the political spectrum using YouTube in powerful ways. A bone marrow drive broadcast on YouTube brought 1,000 donors to help a stranger. A video series on Iraq has begun to bring a human face to the war. And a message from an American politician in Spanish reached across cultural barriers through YouTube.”

You can visit the site and browse political videos, upload your own creations, or sign up for videos to be sent to your inbox. Check out CitizenTube at www.youtube.com/citizentube.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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