Author Archives: Tommaso De Benetti

About Tommaso De Benetti

Tommaso is a young and dynamic lover of media and communications. Spending most of his time discussing the industries of games and media, he also runs a popular podcast in Italian and an awesome digital magazine. For Microtask he carries out market and use case research, as well as information exchange.

Can crowdsourcing be used as a tool for evil?

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A recent interview on Daily Crowdsource with Manuel Cebrian (you might remember him from such groundbreaking crowdsourcing projects as 2009’s DARPA Red Balloon Challenge and last month’s Tag Challenge) about crowdsourcing and crime got me thinking. It occurred to me that the Joker from The Dark Knight may be the first ever super-villain to use [...]

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Free from the chains: how crowdfunding is changing game development

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For most new ventures, the funding process is the most malignant of the many necessary evils they have to overcome. For months, if not years, they must devote a huge portion of their resources towards one single goal: getting enough cash to carry on operations. When funders are enlightened and things go right, the payback [...]

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Microtask Backstage: our CEO Ville Miettinen featured on FounderLY

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The other day our beloved galactic emperor CEO Ville Miettinen was featured in an interview published by FounderLY, a website dedicated to entrepreneurs who have founded potentially disruptive tech companies. In these two videos, Ville gives in insight into how Microtask got to where it is today: the idea inception, its evolution, the early days, [...]

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Duolingo Beta put to the test: can you learn a language while translating the web?

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A while ago, while trying to avoid some work, I watched this TED presentation by Luis von Ahn. While his name might not ring a bell for everyone, his legacy definitely will: he is the guy behind reCAPTCHA, the bot-blocking service that uses all of us to help digitize the archives of The New York [...]

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The land that time forgot: How crowdsourcing can help bring Cuba into the 21st Century

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With its beautiful crumbling buildings and vintage motor cars, spicy culture and rich history, few countries excite the imagination like Cuba. Over the Christmas break I visited this tiny island that occupies such a large place in world culture and history. Explaining the country of Castro is probably impossible, but triumphant Socialism or the white [...]

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