Coun­cil­lors in favour of live stream­ing

Stirling Times - - NEWS - Denise S. Cahill

THE City of Stir­ling could start live stream­ing its meet­ings within three months.

Coun­cil­lors voted last week to pro­ceed with the ini­tia­tive once a Live Stream­ing Pol­icy had been de­vel­oped.

The pos­si­bil­ity of the con­tent be­ing used ma­li­ciously was raised at a coun­cil­lor work­shop in Au­gust and a fur­ther ses­sion will be held to as­sess de­tailed re­quire­ments in­clud­ing ma­li­cious use con­cerns.

Cor­po­rate ser­vices direc­tor In­grid Hawkins said ben­e­fits of live stream­ing in­cluded in­creased con­ve­nience and ac­ces­si­bil­ity for the pub­lic, an in­creased per­cep­tion of trans­parency and a big­ger reach, with meet­ings ac­ces­si­ble to all.

Ms Hawkins said three meet­ings would be archived on the web­site.

“This would en­sure the most cur­rent in­for­ma­tion would be avail­able on the web­site,” she said.

“Once the record­ings are re­moved from the web­site, to make way for new ones, the au­dio will be stored and will still be avail­able to the pub­lic on re­quest.”

It will cost ratepay­ers $53,920 to pur­chase and in­stall the four-cam­era sys­tem and con­fig­ure it with the cur­rent au­dio sys­tem as well as $33,000 a year.

A bud­get of $95,000 was adopted in 2018-2019 for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of live stream­ing.

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