Today begins the Republican National Convention, when the GOP 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 Cleveland, Ohio.
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 GOP convention channel includes highlights from previous conventions and acceptance speeches from past nominees.
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 have also committed to producing similar content with the Democratic National Convention next 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.