There are a lot of interesting tech bills to follow during this 2010 legislative session. For example, HB2698: Creates the Hawaii Broadband Commission; or SB2548: Establishes within the Office of the governor a chief information officer and information technology steering committee; or the complete listing of Tech Caucus bills; or you can keep an eye out for SB2405, which proposes to tax online purchases through a national streamlined sales and use tax agreement. With all this activity it is easy to overlook SB2314 a rather simple bill that proposes to allow the video recording of Board Meetings. As the bill states: The purpose of this Act is to clarify that audio and video recordings are permitted at public board meetings. One of the board meetings I used to follow was the Hawaii Broadband Task Force within which I had no problem webcasting. I have heard though in other board meetings, video recordings were not allowed as the current 35 year old Sunshine Law statutes are vague on the allowance of video recording. Therefore, in the interest of good governance and transparency it makes sense to make it clear that video recording of board meetings are permissible. The problem is there is a deadline coming up and this bill hasn't been scheduled to be heard. There is a simple solution to this. All it takes is an email to Judiciary and Government Operations Committee chair Sen. Brian Taniguchi. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Just send him an email which simply asks him to schedule SB2314 for a hearing. I just sent mine off.
Thanks to the Hawaii Macintosh Apple Users group, Matt Mullenweg (aka @photomatt, ma.tt, automattic.com) spoke at their annual event on Saturday, April 26. Of course the discussion was mostly about WordPress and blogging but that is what the 50 or so people, crammed into the lecture room in Krauss Hall @ UH wanted to hear. It's one thing to use WordPress, it's another thing to hear the founding programmer of one of the most popular platforms in this Web 2.0 world of ours. Matt talked about WordPress.org for the grow your own types and WordPress.com for the no-hassle types. He joked in the beginning about how he was going to espouse the merits of MS Vista which got a bunch of laughs from this Mac crowd. What was funny though was his initial attempt to do the preso with his MacBook Air but having to defaulted to his Vista PC when the Air couldn't talk to the projector. Ah, such is life. Matt is a young, energetic and articulate spokesperson. He demoed cool features of WordPress like the Gallery feature which appeals to the photographer in all of us. He also covered projects currently under development at Automattic.com, like monotonedemo.wordpress.com, podcast support, buddypress.com, gravatar, bbpress and others. As typical of talks like this, you leave realizing there is a lot more to this picture than originally thought. I will be spending the next several weeks/months figuring out how to put all of this to use. If you missed the talk mobile lifecaster @Hawaii was there with is portable webcam and archived the entire talk on Ustream.tv. Mahalos again to the folks at HMAUS, Eugene, Terrance and the Wolfman!