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Crowdsourcing democracy: was the Arab Spring over-hyped?

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… its editorial policy.

Of course, the biggest crowdsourced news scoop of 2011 is the Arab Spring. From Morocco to Bahrain, citizens risked their lives to film, tweet and blog real-time on-the-ground reports. In the West, over-excited tech commentators discussed the great “social-media revolution”. Yet, six months after Tahrir Square, Egypt remains troubled and divided: a few weeks ago, 26 Coptic Christians were killed in Cairo during clashes with the police.

Social media …

Tags: Arab Spring Cairo Coptic Christian Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria crowd crowdsourcing Egypt microwork Morocco Tahrir Square The Guardian

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Libya, liberation and the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

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 of broadband, the opposition has shown that …

Tags: Aljazeera Arab world CNN crowd crowdfunding crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work Libya microwork Middle East North Africa Twitter Wadah Khanfar

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Revenge of the gamers: an epic win for the world

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… about irritating trivia like “school work”, “doing your chores”, and the so called “real world” waiting outside the damn door.

Now, at last, game designer and researcher Jane McGonigal has finally given me the argument I so desperately needed as a child (given I started with a Commodore 16 at age five, it’s been a long wait). Playing games can now help to save the real world.

Massive, multiplayer and misunderstood

Jane McGonigal argues that, far from the stereotype of …

Tags: commodore 16 crowd crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work game designer jane mcgonigal massive multiplayer playing games space invaders superstruct virtual worlds world of wacraft wow

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Trillion Fund: where normal people can invest (and save the world)

Posted on by Matt-Kennedy Good

… huge potential this has for not just the crowdfunding industry and startups, but the investment world as a whole.

One platform that is planning to take advantage of these new laws (the UK is set to follow the US later this year) is Trillion Fund. Trillion Fund’s modest goal is to eventually raise a trillion dollars for sustainable energy projects. Just as ambitious is the fund’s goal of raising it in small increments from people looking to invest modest amounts of money.

Trillion …

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Could equity based crowdfunding pay for your retirement (and save the world)?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… greater returns – assuming you don’t lose it altogether. Managed investment funds promise the world, but seem to specialize more in hidden fees than delivering returns.

Crowdfunding a new era

As you will have guessed by now, the alternative we are coming to is crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding is a big deal: globally the 450 or so crowdfunding platforms raised $1.5bn last year. This figure that is expected to double in 2012.

So far most of this funding has been in return for rewards …

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