The Washington Post posted an article about a government worker with insider information telling his story on youtube. I have been reading lots of news articles about YouTube because I am interested in the various ways people use this medium. But this one really is interesting. Someone working on a US Government contract posted a video discussing some problems he has discovered. He is an engineer who worked on a multi-billion dollar contract job with the US Coast Guard. In his video he discusses security flaws because they were ignored after he complained to his managers, congressmen, and government investigators. This is the only way he felt he could be heard.
YouTube.com and other sites have become an alluring venue for insiders like De Kort who want to go directly to the public when they think no one within the system is listening.
"This is an excellent example of the democratization of the media, where everyone has access to the printing press of the 21st century," said Dina Kaplan, co-founder of Blip.tv, a site that hosts grass-roots television programming.