Tag Archives: activism


Welcome to the Open Ministry

Posted on by Jack Reynolds

… the support of 50,000 citizens.

Spotting the opportunity for a groundbreaking piece of online activism, Finnish entrepreneur Joonas Pekkanen assembled a team of volunteers, including web-development wizard Aleksi Rossi, and created the Avoin Ministeriö, or Open Ministry. The site allows Finns to submit proposals for legislation, which are then debated and refined by the site’s membership. We sat down with Joonas and Aleksi to discuss the possibilities for crowdsourced lawmaking.

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Kony 2012: the crowd to the rescue?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… crowdsourcing revolution?

As Google’s Against Violent Extremism project shows, crowd-based activism can work extremely well when it’s based around a free exchange of information and ideas. Against Violent Extremism provides a space for people on all sides of the problem to come together, debate the issues and formulate solutions. No central authority dictates the goals or methods, and many projects can come together under the same banner. By including everybody in the conversation …

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All I want for Christmas is you clear terminology

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

As you are all no doubt well aware, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, every song on the radio, every elevator conversation and every piece of advertising stuffed into our mailboxes must be Christmas-themed. It’s enough to ruin what should be a fun time of year. Which is why this blog post is definitely, absolutely not going to be about Christmas.

Ok, I lied. This is …

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Winds of change: can crowdsourcing help solve environmental problems?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

As regular readers of this blog will know, we here at Microtask are pretty enthusiastic when it comes to crowdsourcing initiatives that have the power to make the world a better place.

This time last year, we wrote a blog about some crowdsourcing projects designed to improve our understanding of environmental issues, including climate change. Basically, while there were …

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Crowdsourcing democracy: was the Arab Spring over-hyped?

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… enthusiasts? In Hanna’s and Tanja’s own words : “Just like during the uprising, online activism is merely one way of protesting. It is crucial to get boots on the ground, and activists on the streets [...] However successful online campaigns are, Egyptian activists are facing serious challenges as the revolutionary 18 days this spring drift further away. Egyptians are getting tired of ongoing restlessness and protests, and the unity of the country is diminishing as religious …

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