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Libya, liberation and the crowd

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The recent uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East have taught the world a lot about people power. Depressingly, they’ve also shown how easy it is for a crazy dictator to shut down the internet.

At the time of writing, Libya is still almost totally offline.

It’s clear that oppressive regimes are scared of the web. Considering the online creativity of the young, tech-savvy crowd you can understand why. Deprived …

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Live Aid – giving the crowd more feedback

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… children were beamed around the world in the 1980s, global poverty – especially in sub Saharan Africa – has been recognized as one of the world’s major problems. Live Aid and twenty years later Live 8 seemed to unite the world in the effort to make poverty history, once and for all.

Although Bob Geldoff and Live 8 had the power to bring Pink Floyd together for the first time in decades, the effort to alleviate poverty has been less successful. It all seemed so simple, when Bono …

Tags: Africa aid Citizenwater crowdsourcing Dambisa Moyo Jeffrey Sachs Live 8 Live Aid Paul Collier samasource Sibesonke txteagle William Easterly

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Power from the people: crowdsourcing the constitution

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… equality, but mostly me).

Crowdsourcing constitutional change was, of course, big news in North Africa and the Middle East last year. The rash of revolutions in these areas created new states in need of new constitutions (and probably tripled Bashar al-Assad’s life insurance premiums). As we have previously discussed, it’s nice to think that you can use the same suite of apps to help topple a tyrant or build a nation. Sadly, it also takes a lot more than a Facebook page to rebuild a …

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Apocalypse Now-ish: can crowdsourcing save us from 2012?

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As every Mayan priest and Hollywood film director knows, 2012 is officially the year of the apocalypse . All over the world, conspiracy theorists are stocking up on canned goods and exchanging tips on bunker design.

There’s even a black US president, and that only ever happens in disaster movies . In these dark days, can anyone save humanity? Yes, that’s right folks, …

Tags: Africa Asteroid Bruce Willis crowd crowdsourcing ESA European Space Agency foldit Near-Earth object Tenerife Ushahidi

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Caught on Camera: the crowd calls the shots

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… from the camera-phone addicted West, MacDonald sent over 400 video cameras out to people in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

And what do you get if you issue an open call for life on earth? Over 5000 hours of film, from professionally shot, stunning photography to shaky mobile phone clips. Time for the project’s 80 professional editors to knuckle down for a caffeine-fuelled month of trawling through footage…

The finished product (due to be screened at Sundance next year) is still …

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