My other post on the shared audio comments seems to have generated some interesting debate and to some it has caused some concerns. As I said earlier, we’ve been recording the meetings procedure for the past couple of meetings. True, this was not done through a public announcements, but many members know this, seen this, officers are completely aware of this. The recording helps me a lot in writing the minutes of the proceedings and overcome the controversies on the statements and voting procedure in the meetings.
My intention to post the recordings was to let the proceedings be known to members who could not be present due to their busy schedule. Only a fraction of some 170 members were present in the meeting. I thought an audio posting would be synonymous to the text posting, which we do through monthly minutes. NCPCA minutes do often contain members’ comments, though not in the verbatim format. NCPCA minutes are available through online and they are not private to members only, they are made public to anyone to the outside world.
However, it appears that the concerns on such postings have outwieighed the benifits of making them online. This I recognize as a mistake – albeit an honest one from my part, and hence my apologies for causing such unintended hard feelings. The original post containing the recording has now been removed. If the speakers in the debate feel comfortable with the recordings, I may consider posting them in future.
Regardless of the legal issues surrounding the media posting online, I personally think there are benefits of sharing such recording with other members. Like others, I hope to see NCPCA membership to increase in coming months and years, and ideally we’ll never have everyone be present in the meetings. Online multimedia postings will definitely help those members not present in the meeting.
I’ve seen such recordings are done in other public places too, for example city council meetings. The city does recording, the journalists from news media also do. The City even broadcast these proceedings to the public through the cable TV channel, anyone with cable access can listen and record these media.
There are numerous other civic associations who also make such multimedia recordings of their meeting procedures online – for the very reason I mentioned earlier. Here are a few of them I’ve posted below. You can find numerous others in the websphere.
Perhaps, NCPCA members will appreciate the benefits of making such recordings available online and discuss the matter further in a future meeting.