Californian research students have developed a video analysis tool that uses biometrics to search through hours of state legislative footage.Developed by students at the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP) at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), the system uses voice and facial recognition to sift through the footage of government hearings.Users simply enter search terms in a Google-style portal.California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Sen. Sam Blakeslee launched the system, called “Digital Democracy, at an event this week.”The California State Legislature does not produce transcripts or minutes from these hearings. There is no list of who was in the room, influencing decisions that were made,” said Blakeslee in a statement.”This project is pushing beyond the technical challenges of providing mere access to information, instead focusing on how this new data set can be meaningfully interpreted and acted upon”, write the developers on the website.”Tools within the system will allow a user to quickly and easily search, locate, view, clip, and share this information and opinions on ߪ social media platforms”.Blakeslee added: “With this powerful new platform, Californians will be able to see exactly what people are saying as state laws are being written.