John Davidow of WBUR posted:
I'm pleased to announce that OpenCourt.us went online on May 2, 2011. Thanks to a Knight News Challenge grant in 2010 OpenCourt.us will stream live video from a pilot courtroom in Quincy, Massachusetts. The purpose of this pilot project is to bring digital transparency to the nation's courts. With the cooperation of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, OpenCourt.us is working to develop a model that can be adopted by jurisdictions across the country to better connect the public with our nation's courts.
Our courts were founded with the idea that justice would be administered in public. For those who couldn't make it to the courts there were reporters who were assigned to cover the courts and inform the citizenry. As we all know there are fewer and fewer reporters out there to be that bridge to the public. At the same time, the public equipped with smartphones have the requisite tools to cover the courts as citizen journalists.
In addition to providing a livestream of court proceedings, OpenCourt.us has outfitted the Quincy District Court, one of the state's busiest courts with a wifi network to allow citizen bloggers to live blog to cover the court.
This project has already received a lot of interest in the press, legal journals, and online forums. http://news.google.com/news/search?aq=f&pz=1&cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&q=opencourt.us
I'd love to know what fellow Foo's think about OpenCourt.us. I'd also appreciate any thoughts you have about future funding ideas any of you have now that the project is up and running.
Thanks so much,
Executive Editor, wbur.org