The House Oversight Committee in Congress has done a cool thing that pretty much every committee in Congress should have done long ago: put a ton of its archived video of Committee hearings online. You can see them all on YouTube. The actual project was done by Carl Malamud — and as we’ve noted in the past, if Malamud is involved in a project, it’s almost certainly a good thing. Malamud is a leading force in terms of open government and government transparency, and it’s great that Rep. Darrell Issa and the House Oversight Committee worked with him on this project.
Blast from the past:
Carl Malamud is an unstoppable technical and social hacker. From the first Internet radio show, Geek of the Week (check out TimBL trying to explain the Web in 1993), to his online magazine, his hacker tax credit proposal and government data in XML to NetTopBox and associated technologies, he and webchick have been putting cool stuff on the Net with style and beauty. They make a very cute storTrooper family.
Carl Malamud is a technologist, author, and public domain advocate, currently known for his foundation, public.resource.org. As founder of the Internet Multicasting Service, Malamud was responsible for creating the first Internet radio station, for putting the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR database on-line, and for creating the Internet 1996 World Exposition. Malamud is the author of eight books, including “Exploring the Internet” and “A World’s Fair.” He was a visiting professor at the MIT Media Laboratory and is the former chairman of the Internet Software Consortium.