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Read all about it! Crowd makes the news

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… stir in the blogosphere. Why? Because it was researched, written and edited entirely by workers on Mechanical Turk.

Word processors

Here’s the scoop. Two journalists, Jim Giles and MacGregor Campbell, have begun an experiment in collaboration with researchers from Carnegie-Mellon University (“collaboration” as in the researchers do the work and the journalists blog about it). The aim is to

“try and create an automated system for producing quality journalism using Mechanical

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The reluctant crowdsourcer: a decade of Wikipedia

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… to compare the gender of Wikipedia contributors with crowdsourced workers. A 2010 survey of Mechanical Turk found roughly equal numbers of male and female Turkers – in the US, women were actually the majority. The question is: why isn’t this active, female crowd also churning out Wikipedia articles? We know crowdsourced workers aren’t just in it for the money and that many prefer complex and rewarding tasks.

One factor could be the attitude of those in charge at Wikipedia. …

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Smartsheet: the deadliest app in town?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… “ Smartsourcing ”, a feature that allows users to design and post crowd labor tasks via Mechanical Turk. Smartsheet’s x-factor is the way crowdsourcing is totally integrated into its interface. Users can just click on the Smartsourcing tab, and have a task go live in minutes. The Smartsourcing system lets you specify instructions, timings, payment rates and privacy settings. The app also recently teamed up with Google docs, giving it access to a massive new potential market. …

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Some work is born digital: from gold farmers to game masters

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… their standings in rankings and search engine results. The latter type of work is even offered on Amazon Mechanical Turk, one of the earliest crowdsourcing platforms. The active job market for such tasks reflects the fact that they can be seriously valuable to many entities in the digital economy. But the reason why we consider them grey-market is because they can simultaneously destroy value for other actors in the network.

Heroes of digital labor

How about born-digital work that …

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Faces in the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… where inputs like labor are cheaper.

The wealth of nations

Crowdsourcing platforms like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk should presumably take this basic economic principle to the extreme. With no need for the risky and expensive investment in overseas factories (or ongoing employment related expenses), crowdsourcing is a much more efficient way to source labor than outsourcing. All things being equal, “Turkers” from poorer countries like India will be able to supply their labor at …

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