Narrowstep has just finished transmitting a live show with the prime Minister of Spain, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Segolene Royal, one of the frontrunners in the French presidential elections. We've also done live internet shows with Tony Blair and the Dutch Prime Minister, Jan Peter Balkenende. Amazing what company you keep at the bleedin' edge of technology.
However, with US primaries a heartbeat away, there's little doubt that internet TV and video will be a massive part of the campaigning over the next few years. If the last campaign was fought over disinformation and blogs, the next one will be fought by disinformation and web tv.
Expect lots and lots of bogus, disparaging user generated videos and lots of dull campaign videos uploaded to YouTube (Hillary's already firmly on this one). Meanwhile, the only leading US politician that truly 'gets it' (see Current TV), Al Gore seems ready to sit this one out.
The hubris of politicians and the need for governments at all levels to outreach mean that the governmental sector will become a busy one for companies like Narrowstep in the future. Today the Elysee, tomorrow the White House...