N.29 BABE - My View
Journalists trying to show off their cameras in front of me
BP's Churchill Edward's Let's Read the Voter's Message
NST John Teo's What Makes This Democracy Different
(To be updated if I come across any new ones)
My own summary will not be of the voting trend but more of my observation on the communication technology aspect at the Tally Centre during the Vote Counting and suggestions on what can be improved. After all that is Nadai Nama Nama's brand - my adventures with this wonderful thing called Information Communication Technology, embracing the boundaries of its capability and rejecting its abuse.
MCMC's Adiman in the foreground, Yusmin on the floor with their signal monitoring equipment
Nadai Nama was on location for the Vote Counting exercise during the By Election. The idea of blogging in real time tickled my mind. I would not hesitate if we were in the urban area with all those marvellous 3G communication access but this is Lubok Antu (LA) man. The idea of Live Blogging with pictures using Cover It Live online publishing is worth experimenting with. I only learnt how to use the mobile version while on the way to LA.
The equipment and mobile phones used to monitor the signal strength of the various Telcos (Celcom, Maxis and Digi).
Again in contrast, on the night of 7th April 2009 at 11 p.m I found out that Lina Soo's website was updated with all the info required for the Batang Air By Election.
For Nadai Nama Nama it was a lone quest also in strecthing the already thin bandwidth capability of small town Lubok Antu. Lina's PKR team was reporting from the nearby Kling Kang Inn with their Cover It Live while I was in the Tally Centre blogging with my Sony Ericsson P1i. It was thus unfortunate that to most readers that I could not activate the Chat Feature of the Cover It Live. I was informed by readers who SMSed me that they would like to chat in my website version but that would mean my handphone screen would be flushed with messages. I had put it on 'Moderated Mode' to allow uninterrupted reporting. The Ericsson P1i would have collapsed there and then. During the uploading of photos it jammed for some time. For those of you who had asked how it works, below are some screen shots of the Mobile version which I had used.
Auto Refresh Capability allows you to interact with the readers. You can turn it "On" or "Off". Now if a few hundred people (my recorded almost 600 while Lina Soo had a high 16,000) reading your entries and wish to interact - imagine having to respond to 100 messages in a minute of time (if unmoderated) or approving the hundreds of comments (if moderated). Your screen will be flooded with those messages. Lina Soo's her team I believe was using a Note Book PC which was easier to read and approve the thousands of messages coming into it. She was in the Tally Centre so I believe it was the person with the nick Hostage88 whom she thanked in her blog who manned her Coveritlive.
Thus readers can make their own conclusions here, especially on the use of ICT to enhance important event reporting. Sharing of information and resources would save time and expediete results sharing so everyone can go home early. The EC or SPR, BN and PKR had their own set of equipments which could be enhanced if information sharing is allowed and the reporters would not have to use their negotiation skills and charms to get reliable results to their Headquarters. With the advent of information technology it would have been good to allow future rural Tally Centers to be fitted with WiFi broadband features also. The capacity for improvements are huge and if one considers N.29 BABE Reporting it would have been considered the hardest to report considering Lubok Antu is in the remote part of Sarawak. Its only for me to experiment and for those who are in the powers that be to take it up. Signing off for now....the next post will be on the images I took around Lubok Antu during the Vote Counting. Its when I see all those wonderful camera equipment that I choose not to share my humble images which I took with my simple Sony 8.1 MP Cybershot camera.
A final note to those who were not so nice with your comments which I chose not to publish - do note that I am a blogger who does not side any political idealogies when I gave my views during Live Blogging on that day. I was on official duty and testing Live Blogging's capability - an experiment that was on top of my present duty - there is a difference in that my friend. Happy Good Friday Everyone!