Presidential Debates on the Internet

As providers of public access computing and broadband, libraries have been given a great opportunity to show their value to the community with the recent news of Presidential debates going online. This event will be an interactive debate with video, which will require a certain level of bandwidth not available in all homes. As gateways to information, public libraries would be a perfect venue for patrons to access this new type of interactivity in the democratic process.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & NEW YORK & WASHINGTON, Apr 23, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Yahoo!, The Huffington Post and Slate announced today plans to host two online-only presidential debates during the 2008 campaign. These first-of-their kind debates will be hosted on all three Web sites and give voters the opportunity to ask questions directly to the candidates, participate in the debate in real-time, and even determine which candidate is giving the best performance. The debates, scheduled to take place after Labor Day, will be hosted by PBS’ Charlie Rose. The Democratic debate will feature opening remarks by DNC chair Howard Dean.

Continued at Yahoo! Press Release.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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