A group with state legislative ties is in Algeria this week, charged with sharing information on media relations and how to use technology to communicate with citizens. While this type of outreach is not necessarily newsworthy, the information they are sharing with the world in a blog they created for the trip has some great insights for goverment communicators.
For example, are you familiar with NowLive.com and USTREAM.TV? Ric Cantrell, Chief Deputy of the Utah State Senate, set up a live stream on NowLive.com from Algiers using "a cheap video camera, my laptop computer and an Internet connection." They've set up an Algiers YouTube channel as well, used translation software and are still keeping up with work back in the states.
It's an impressive display of what creativity and an understanding of technology's capabilities can do for government communicators. Check it out and leave your comments.