How to Watch the Democratic National Convention

Today begins the Democratic National Convention, when the Democrats will be planning their platform for the upcoming 2016 US elections. It’s an important event for the country, as politicians from local, state, and national levels will be discussing what the next steps should be for the country. It is a three-day event taking place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Many Americans will want to know what things are being discussed, and while TV channels may air some of it, online services are also looking to help expose these politics to a wider range of people. When more people are able to discuss ideas, the country can produce policies that are more beneficial.

Both YouTube and Twitter are committed to bringing users live news and updates. YouTube’s video coverage includes 360 degree video, to create a more immersive experience. YouTube channels will also be providing coverage such as The Young Turks.

YouTube’s dedicated Democratic convention channel includes highlights from the DemPlatform event, when the party determines what they plan to do during the upcoming years in a formal sense by revising the party platform.

Twitter will be streaming the convention live, as well as enhancing the convention by overlaying relevant tweets. This is a part of a partnership with CBS News.

Both companies also committed to producing similar content with the Republican National Convention last week. In our increasingly connected world, how do we leverage wider access to information to improve our political parties and society? It’ll be interesting to see how these online services affect the outcome of the elections this November and whether they can get more individuals to vote.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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