H. Doug Matsuoka's notes in the margin of the Big Everything.


Outline and links: LiveStreaming: Extending Your Reach

LiveStreaming: Extending Your Reach

These are the notes for: LiveStreaming: Extending Your Reach, on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the University of Hawaii.

Today's hashtag:

Today's Livestream "event": Livestream workshop notes and links

Recording of my first "real" livestream (Part 1 of the 12/29/11 demolition of the first deOccupy Honolulu encampment):

1. What is "livestreaming"?
Demo: Live to web page with notices via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Why livestream (lo rez) rather than video (hi rez)
     Evidence not in camera
     Immediately available
     Viewable and editable later

2. The THREE THINGS you need:

(a)  Hardware: Any fairly modern smartphone (iPhone, Android, MS Windows Phone). Useful optional hardware: auxiliary battery, microphone, monopod

(b) Internet live video account: Livestream video provider account.

Leading livestream providers. Both have free accounts subject to limitations:
  • Ustream.com. Free account limitation: 30 day free trial, then $99/month!!! It was free when I started, with a 10GB archive limit.
  • Livestream.com. Free account limitations: You can livestream and record all you want, but archives only last 30 days. You can get perpetual archives for $500/yr.
(c) The matching app: The app that connects your hardware (a) to your internet video account (b). Each provider has an app to connect your cellphone to the web. As an example, here's the app for Livestream for iPhone:

(d) Extra credit:Your internet "presence":
Optional but very handy: Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, Flickr, Youtube/Vimeo,

3. "How to" shoot

Sousveillance vs Surveillance. Sousveillance is recording by participants of an activity, the opposite of surveillance, watching by authority. What is "guerrilla video"?

Are you exploiting your subjects? Different approaches for different groups (young political groups like "Occupy" vs older Hawaiian groups).

4. Your right to document
Your rights are protected by a lot of ink marks on paper.

ACLU Hawaii "First Amendment Toolkit" with section on your right to document law enforcement encounters.

Video/photography in court — a case study:
Judge bars Hawaii Guerrilla Video Hui from video recording or livestreaming court proceedings
5. After the livestream (and ways you can help):

Curation. Propagating your livestream. Twitter hashtags. Facebook, Youtube, etc.




Archiving and editing.

      Raw footage of 3/14/12 raid (54 minutes)
      Edited down to 14 minutes
Editing livestream from another source.
     One testimony from hours and hours of testimony

6. Impact

Refs and links:

My Ustream channel (old stuff)
My Youtube channel (archive and non-livestream edits and archives)

Rashomon Project. Open source software to help sync different videos onto one timeline.



Dancing for dollars: Mayor Caldwell fast tracks bill for $57,600 in contributions?

[Update: I testified before the Honolulu City Council using the information in this post. Of course, it didn't make a difference to the outcome, but for the record, here's the video:

In my last post, I wondered how public outcry can have so little effect against Mayor Caldwell's attempts to criminalize the homeless, namely Bills 42, 43, and variants. This latest set of proposed ordinances has seen four hearings where hours and hours of testimony opposing the measures have been offered by all sorts of people: the young and old, haole and Kanaka Maoli, activists, attorneys, clergy, social workers, homeless and former homeless, etc. Yet the mayor's bills criminalizing sitting or lying on the sidewalk have marched through without much opposition from the Council.  And all this despite the fact that the mayor has been unable to present facts supporting the need for the bill or evidence of the efficacy of these sorts of "sit/lie" bills.

On June 12, Mayor Caldwell transmitted Bills 42 and 43 to the City Council who immediately scheduled a special hearing to fast track it through the three council hearings required to transform it into law. After the City's Housing Director Jun Yang and Managing Director Ember Shinn were unable to respond with any substantial information about when their rumored Housing First solution would go online, the Council had no choice but to defer the measures (Full video of Council Hearing of July 24: http://youtu.be/nz1Y5QMrEMg ).

But Rasputin and other bad things often don't stay dead, and the bills were resurrected. And again I asked, why does this happen?

Well, I figured it out. I looked over the list of people submitting testimony supporting the Mayor's criminalization bills and decided to check the names and corporations (tourist industry all) against a database of contributors to local politics.

Those submitting testimony supporting the Mayor's criminalization bills contributed $57,600 to him. That's just for the supporters and the corporations they list, and NOT family members or PACs not directly associated with the corporations or individuals.

These guys are big spenders. In recent years they have contributed to State and County (not including Fed) candidates a total of $703,158. I haven't traced how much of this has gone to councilmembers. Yet.

Here's the bottom line of the spreadsheet:
[Supporters sending in written testimony have contributed $57,600 to Mayor Caldwell, and $703,158 to State and County candidates. Click here for XL sheet and supporting worksheets listing each contribution.]
This goes beyond "pay to play" into the "dancing for dollars" territory. So yeah, I'll be at tomorrow's third and final hearing to testify against these bills criminalizing the homeless, but I don't expect to get much play. It's like walking into a pole dancing joint without any dollars. Right?

I'm sorry it has come down to this. We each need to light a torch (and sharpen a pitchfork) against this sort of "government."

H. Doug Matsuoka
9 September 2014
Makiki, Honolulu

The complete spreadsheet as well as individual spreadsheets listing each contribution by each named entity can be downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lw8k942wilmte4n/AAC3nsM7X40BjtkL-xeyWaMPa?dl=0

The data comes from the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission via Hawaii State Governments data portal: https://data.hawaii.gov/Community/Campaign-Contributions-Received-By-Hawaii-State-an/jexd-xbcg

The contribution dataset is updated as the Commission receives data. The set I downloaded is available on request.

Here's a link to the Council's Agenda for 9/10/14. There are links to the texts of Bills 42 and 43, and their variants, Bills 45 and 46.

You can add your voice against these bills. You can register to testify or submit written testimony at this link: http://www.honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html


Public opposition to Mayor Caldwell's criminalization of the homeless (Bills 42, 43, and their variants)

I've been opposing the endless stream of bills emanating from the Mayor and Honolulu City Council criminalizing homelessness for what seems like years. On reflection, it actually has been years. Introduced in 2011, Bill 54 met vigorous public opposition. But of course, it passed and became Revised Ordinance of Honolulu (ROH) 11-029. Although the Council claimed it was not targeting the homeless, that it was to keep people from storing property on sidewalks, its almost exclusive targets were the homeless. Them and Choon James who had signs critical of the Mayor and City on her property.

[November 17, 2011 hearing on Bill 54 at Honolulu Hale. Laulani Teale is holding a splintered paddle]
The implementation of Bill 54 was thwarted when people learned to comply with the ordinance without leaving the sidewalk. deOccupy Honolulu used color coded tents to openly show compliance with the law. Many homeless learned how to show compliance with the law in the same way. Of course, Council went back to the drawing board and came back with Bill 7, which allowed no-knock midnight raids to seize property from those living in public. Also widely protested, Bill 7 became ROH 13-8. Implementation began in July of 2013 with paired raids on the homeless at 2am and again at 4am to make sure people who had set up after the 2am raiders left would be sure to be left with nothing — no tent, no bedding, no clothes, no food, no ID, no medication.

Without looking it up, I get a little confused about several other bills introduced at around the same time as Bill 7. But I do remember Bill 59, which was introduced at the end of 2013. This bill so directly violated the Kanawai Mamalahoe (the Law of the Splintered Paddle) that the bill was ultimately indefinitely deferred in committee.

But there is a truckload of new bills that are even more extreme now headed toward their third and final full Council meeting this Wednesday, 9/10/2014. Bill 42 one ups Bill 59 in its violation of King Kamehameha's very firmly worded law (enshrined in the State Constitution) by not only criminalizing lying on the sidewalk, but sitting down on it as well. These bills were drafted by Mayor Caldwell and transmitted to the Council where they have been heard twice in committee and twice by the full Council and will be heard for the final time this Wednesday, September 10, on the morning (9am) agenda.

Here's a link to the Council's Agenda. There are links to the texts of Bills 42 and 43, and their variants, Bills 45 and 46.

Opposition during the previous hearings has come from the public at large; from civil rights and Kanaka Maoli activists, attorneys, professors, the clergy, and from the homeless and formerly homeless themselves. Here's a playlist of 25 (most short) testimonies from 27 people. These people are speaking from what they know, not from distributed talking points. This is the voice of the people on the issue:

You can add your voice against these bills. You can register to testify or submit written testimony at this link: http://www.honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html

Finally, I wondered why the public outcry against these bills never seemed to matter. The last committee hearing on these bills required five hours of public testimony. Well, I found out why. But that's another story. Stay tuned...

7 September 2014
H. Doug Matsuoka
Makiki, Honolulu