Democracy on Demand
The Internet and TVW have your full-access pass to the legislative hearings and court proceedings of Washington state.
The Internet has given new meaning to the concept of open access to government. One of the best examples is Washington state, where TVW -- a nonprofit, state-level public-affairs network -- uses cutting-edge technology to provide unedited information about state government deliberations
TVW was originally conceived as strictly a television network, like C-SPAN and systems operating in 19 other states to provide live coverage of legislative sessions. However, TVW departs from that model with its extensive use of the Internet -- not only to provide live online coverage of all its programming, but also to provide on-demand access to past events at the click of a mouse button.
Of course, when TVW was conceived, the Internet had yet to become the household word it is today.