WASHINGTON, DC - President Barack Obama on Thursday launched a public program to provide webcams to African-American and Latino young men and boys, an initiative that includes a $90 billion commitment from the US Federal government and $367 from Hollywood celebrities.
President Obama, speaking from the White House, talked about the struggles of young minorities in trying to create a presence on U-Toob, Twixter and Snapperjack.
"I made bad choices. I got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do. I didn't always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses. Sometimes I sold myself short," Mr. Obama said. He said what saved him was having a webcam that allowed other community organizers to recognize his potential.
He said the country has become numb to the terrible tragedy of young minorities not being able to promote themselves on social media.
The initiative will focus on providing hardware, software and training to disadvantaged minorities. He has requested Congress to create a new cabinet position to oversee the new Department of Webcams.
In related news, Britain's surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.