Gordon Brown Using YouTube For Question TimeBy: Mike Sachoff - May 19, 2008
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is using the Downing Street YouTube channel to answers questions from British citizens.
The new initiative called "Ask the PM" will be a regular event according to the prime minister. Participation is limited to UK residents only. Users can submit video questions on any subject and Brown will respond to the questions that receive the most votes at the end of June.
In an introductory video Brown says,"Politicians get a chance in prime minister’s question time and other question times – I think it’s time the public had a chance."
Brown was the opening speaker at Google’s London conference where he spoke about the role of technology in reducing crime and offering people better access to education and healthcare services.
"My aim is to ensure we utilize all the innovation at our disposal to improve public services in this country and to give more power to those who use them," he said.
The prime minister promised to move forward with electronic school report cards, online GP appointment booking, neighborhood "crime mapping" and video identification of suspects.
Brown hopes that by using YouTube he will able to reconnect with younger voters while giving the public a chance to communicate the issues that concern them most.