Libertarian Party Platform Committee Electronic Meeting May 31, 2018

National Platform Committee Meeting
May 31 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm EDT
Here are the required Adobe Connect instructions:

The agenda can be found here:

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6 thoughts on “Libertarian Party Platform Committee Electronic Meeting May 31, 2018

  1. Thomas L. Knapp

    Adobe Connect is free from the individual conference participant end and available for Windows, Mac, various Linux flavors, ChromeOS, etc. If you’ve got a computer that’s still relatively functional, or a smart phone, you should be able to use it. Which is not to say it’s a great application.

    The LNC apparently has a license/subscription, and unfortunately it is, FOR THE MOMENT, the only e-meeting software LP committees are permitted to use. Thanks to Caryn Ann Harlos, there’s an LNC email ballot in progress to allow for use of an additional product, Zoom.

    Hopefully the next LNC will spend a few minutes considering and passing a more open committee e-meeting rule that allows the use of any software that the committee USING it wants to use, provided that it meets a few simple standards:

    1) Is broadly cross-platform (preferably web-based, at least at the individual user level);
    2) does not require the purchase of software, at least at the individual user level;
    3) accommodates enough users that all committee members and any plausible estimate of party members who might want to participate in e.g. the usual “public comment” agenda items can be in an e-meeting at the same time; and
    4) accommodates both live streaming and archiving so that party members can view a committee’s proceedings live or later.

  2. Seebeck

    Actually, Adobe Connect ran much better this time, primarily because the video cameras for each person were turned off–that is the culprit on slowing everything down. But it’s not perfect. I found that calling in separately instead of using the laptop microphone and speakers was much clearer to both hear and be heard.

    Agree with Tom; the LNC handicapping its committees by handcuffing it to one piece of software is kinda stupid.

    However, it doesn’t seem to like Firefox very much, but it runs fine on Chrome.

  3. Carol Moore/

    I checked it out and evidently they make you pay for it after a month. So that’s the reason there was a big deal about whether caucuses could use LP versions at NOLA in threads on LNC piper mail pages.

    So it wasn’t worth adding more junk to computer and I know Tom Knapp will tell us anything that will aggravate me, so no problem getting info of interest. ha ha ha…

  4. Thomas L. Knapp

    “I checked it out and evidently they make you pay for it after a month.”

    Yes, if you want to OWN a copy of the main software package and run your OWN meetings using it.

    But as an individual user who wants to attend an open meeting, you go to the login link provided by the meeting holder, enter the screen name you want to use as a “guest,” and use it. No charge to you, nothing you have to buy.

    Mike is correct that the software performed much better this time. The first time it was plagued by audio dropouts, screen freeze that required leaving/re-entering, etc. It hadn’t occurred to me that it was not using video which made it so much better, but that makes sense. Less bandwidth congestion, less processing for the software to do.

  5. Chuck Moulton

    The platform meeting went mostly fine from a technical standpoint. I tuned in as an observer.

    I am a bit worried that Zoom won’t be as good for facilitating votes if, as Caryn Ann Harlos claimed during the platform meeting, Zoom only has hands up rather than a green red indicator.

    Having another option available is fine, but I hope most large meetings stick with Adobe Connect.

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