Because of Qik's capacity to reach and interact with an infinite audience worldwide, there are many examples of this technology being used in a variety of international settings. Qik's ability to facilitate individual expression and the ease that people have in broadcasting their thoughts and opinions online has had both positive and negative reactions from different countries. Here are some examples of the international responses to and applications of Qik.
Qik's popularity has greatly increased in this country after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong demonstrated the technology on his Nokia phone during his address at the National Day Rally in 2008. In his speech, the prime minister praised Qik and assured the crowd that the Singapore government has been, and will continue to interact with citizens through this new media on the internet. Through his use of Qik to record the crowd and part of his speech, Lee Hsien Loong was able to share his thoughts not only with citizens in Singapore, but with an international audience as well. This also brings Qik into prominence within the political sphere. -http://theory.isthereason.com/?p=2299
In Tibet's Tiananmen Square, protesters decrying the human rights violations were recorded by a tourist using Qik.com. The person who captured the video, Noel Hidalgo, was deported from China because of his release of this video. In the subsequent days, videosharing sites including Qik and Youtube were placed on the banned site list in China. This highlights the potential legal remifications that this technology may have in certain countries.- http://www.auburnmedia.com/wordpress/2008/08/11/noel-hidalgo-deported-from-china-for-qik-video-of-protesters-in-tiananmen-square/
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has formed a partnership with www.qik.com in order to give a voice to viewers in the UK as well as internationally. Qik is most notably utilised in their 'Have your say' section which allows viewers to broadcast their opinions on the BBC website. A select number of these videos are also included in television and online broadcasts through this corporation. The utilisation of this technology closes the gap between broadcasting corporations and their viewers and makes news and current events more interactive and accessible to the general public. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/7664881.stm