In his National Day Rally 2008 Speech today, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong explained how his Singapore government has been, and will continue to, interact with citizens through new media on the Internet.
Among significant developments in new media and local politics (which I hope to talk in-depth later), a highlight included the Singaporean Prime Minister demonstrating the power of Qik by filming his audience. Qik lets anyone stream live video while being captured on compatible cellphones (e.g. Nokia n95, iPhone 3G, plus many more).
Being a social cyborg, I’m a huge fan of this video service. I’ve previously used Qik to stream and share my local high school address on using Wikipedia in academia, in hopes of teaching young students how to use online resources responsibly (as opposed to plagiarism).
It’s disruptive technologies like these that give citizens an immensely emotive voice in expressing themselves online, be it for reporting on critical events or sharing the everyday trivialities that make up our social fabric.
I first got wind about the Prime Minister using Qik two days ago via Qik co-founder Bhaskar Roy. If you’re interested in seeing the actual footage streamed by the Prime Minister, here it is on Qik. There seems to be no sound though.