No Late Charges @ FedFlix – US Government Videos Online


Recently, I had the chance to look through the online videos available at FedFlix. For those of you unfamiliar with FedFlix, it’s a joint venture between the folks at Public.Resource.Org and the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), a bureau within the Department of Commerce. Pursuant to their agreement, NTIS and other agencies, such as the National Archives, send public domain videotapes to Public.Resource.Org, which in turns digitizes the videos and uploads them to the Internet Archive, YouTube , and the Public.Resource.Org public domain stock footage video library. Public.Resource.Org then sends the videotapes back to the government along with a disc of the digitized video. At this point, the collection includes more than 1,500 videos from over 100 federal and state agencies and covers a wide-range of topics. For purposes of this post, I thought it might be interesting to browse through the available videos related to law, in particular the offerings from the Department of Justice, the Federal Judicial Center and the National Archives. What follows are just a few of the highlights from my search – check out more for yourself when you have time!

The Presidency and the Supreme Court – Proceedings of the national conference held at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum with a keynote address delivered by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

See: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6

Page of History: The Evolution of Federal Court

The House and the Courts – Actual footage and historic re-enactments of proceedings such as Marbury v. Madison, Fox Television v. FCC, Santiago v. Rumsfeld and more.

Kennedy After Two Years – Archival footage of an interview of President Kennedy looking back at the first two years of his presidency with interviewers Bill Lawrence (ABC), George E. Herman (CBS) and Sander Vanocur (NBC).

FedFlix also provides access to the videotaped proceedings of the various meetings which were held earlier this year – don’t miss this great presentation by FastCase CEO Ed Walters discussing what the initiative can do to connect innovators within the public and private sector.