Social Media and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events, Social networking

I’m a big supporter of independent media. As part of the team at NowPublic I help build tools that anyone can use to report on the news and events happening around them. With the prevalence of devices capable of recording video, still images and sound, it is almost impossible that a significant event will not be recorded in some way. And sometimes all this content created by the people is at odds with the interests of the corporations that produce or sponsor an event.

The 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be taking place in Vancouver and we are home to some very creative people who will be on the ground, recording and reporting on their experience during the games. For this reason a few days ago Raincity Studios wrote an open letter to VANOC requesting to start a conversation about how we can make sure that everyone will be able to document their Olympic experience:

“In brief, we’d like to have a conversation about how to allow fans and amateur media makers to document their Olympic experience while keeping out of the way of the IOC IP lawyers.”

It remains to be seen what VANOC’s response will be, if any. It would be very nice if everyone could document their Olympic experience and share it with the rest of the world without the fear of getting takedown notices that would make all their efforts useless.

5 Responses to “Social Media and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics”

  1. kk+ says:

    good stuff ianiv. i’m optimistic they’ll come up with some good plans and infrastructure to support emerging and new media journalists cover the games. :)

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  3. Adrian Eden says:

    As people become more educated towards web 2.0 and social media, the world will continue to become hyper competitive. This is now more apparent then ever, when looking at the 2010 games here in Vancouver. Every single domain that you can think of has been purchased and even places like Twitter, Youtube, and Flickr have been over run with content for the games. I’m excited to be a Vancouveritte during these times and I look forward to a great Olympics experience.

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