Launched in 2007, Livestream hopes “to democratize live video broadcasting and provide the tools to bring every event live online.” Livestream’s video platform broadcasts over 6 million live events worldwide per year. The platform is used by all types of individuals, government agencies, and corporations to broadcast small personal events, to large conferences, to local campaign events.
Since its launch, government agencies have found the tool to be an increasingly valuable method to connect with its citizens and keep them informed of issues as they happen. Livestream has been used to connect with citizens while events such as press conferences, town hall meetings, or public hearings are occurring in real-time. Instead of appearing in person or having to wait for the local news report, citizens can watch events as they happen on any device, including desktops, tablets, mobile devices.