Google announced on its official YouTube blog today that starting this week it is offering all member of the U.S. Congress the ability to live stream video directly on their YouTube channels. Members of Congress were informed of the new feature in a letter from the House and Senate last week and Google is urging members to share “daily work, broadcast speeches and meetings, or showcase events in your state or district.”

Video plays a powerful role in bringing us closer together, especially when it connects people in real time. By transcending borders, empowering citizens, and increasing transparency, it’s one of the many ways technology allows democracy to thrive. Starting this week, all members of the U.S. Congress will have the opportunity to access enhanced features on their YouTube channels, including the ability to live stream video. Live video is already allowing elected officials and their constituents to reach one another in innovative ways.

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