Connecting Americans …

…To Our Leaders, Each Other, & The World

Citizenschannel and Digital Citizen are projects of Internews Interactive. Our aim is to give citizens more leverage over the policy discussions that shape the future. Here are video highlights of projects since 1998.

Our first project was connecting Minnesota voters to the statewide gubernatorial candidates debate on live TV:

In 2001, Citizenschannel produced Globalization: The Great Divide. A satellite video connection between the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; and the World Social Forum in Porto Allegre, Brazil, created fireworks when leaders for and against globalization faced off. A coproduction with the French producer Article Z, The Great Divide aired on ARTE channel in France and Germany.

SNAP was an experimental series which aired on Link TV in 2003, connecting young computer users and TV viewers to each other and the TV studio, via broadband and broadcast.

In 2003, we returned to the World Social Forum in  Porto Alegre and the World Economic Forum in Davos, on the eve of the US invasion of Iraq. Here is the video we used to set up the topic for the discussion:

YVOTE04 was a four-part series that aired live on Link TV for the 2004 election. Portraits of young adults affected by immigration, health care and education were part of a mix of webcammers and callers discussing their takes on the issues.

And finally a sampler of “Two Way TV” programs, from the first spacebridges between the US and USSR in the mid 1980s, to the Vis a Vis series in France in the 90s, to public media programs that allow citizens to speak ‘face to face’ with newsmakers and politicians around the world in the early 2000s.