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Smile! You're on a lifecast!

   D.J. Wilson spent an entire year broadcasting his life, nearly every hour of every day.

   Shopping. Walking around the city. Cooking. Watching TV. Sleeping.

   Everything … well, almost everything he did … was captured on camera and broadcast live on the Internet.

   Wilson, a South Buffalo father of a 6-year-old daughter, Juliet, got burned out and stopped doing it every day, but he still occasionally broadcasts live.

   Footage on Christmas Eve showed him watching the 6 p.m. news and brushing his daughter's hair before she opened her presents.

   This practice is known as lifecasting, and Wilson is among the small but growing number of people who use the latest technology to share their lives with an online audience.

   Basically, all you need is a video camera connected to a laptop computer and a wireless Web
connection and you're all set.

   Wilson, UB graduate student and tech enthusiast Kevin Lim and others who do this consider lifecasting a social experiment.

   But the practice raises knotty ethical, legal and privacy issues.

   Do you think someone who is lifecasting should have to warn anyone who might be caught on camera of this fact?

   If you see a crime happening on a lifecast, or if you see someone in danger, do you as a viewer have a responsibility to step in and do something?

   And is it healthy for someone to expose her life, or her family's life, so publicly?

   To check out Wilson's channel of Justin.tv, the lifecasting site, visit www.justin.tv/net_dragon.

   To learn more about what Lim is doing with his broadcasts, visit http://theory.isthereason.com/?p=1693.

   And if you're interested in learning how you can lifecast through your smartphone, visit
http://qik.com/, a site Lim recommends.

   

   … Stephen T. Watson

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