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New media and the British election: Don’t stand too close to the bleeding edge

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… at the potential of these new mediums to motivate and influence voters, particularly in the US election. Unsurprisingly, new media has also been the focus of much hype in the British election. Following Barack’s lead, both the Tories and the Labour party used Twitter, Facebook, crowdsourcing and YouTube to try to score political points. But did the politicians’ use of new media automatically grant them Obama-style coolness that translated to extra votes? If I remember correctly, in the …

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E-petitions: a vote for the future?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Generally in life, I’m as upbeat and optimistic as the next guy (as long as the next guy’s another world-weary net geek). But when it comes to government crowdsourcing initiatives, I gotta admit, my cynicism radar starts to twitch. Like an out of control chemistry class, state funded crowdsourcing projects tend to start with a bang and end with a whimper.

Take the UK …

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Power from the people: crowdsourcing the constitution

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… have to need a whole new constitution to take advantage of crowdsourcing. Shortly after his election, Barack Obama set up the We The People site, which gives citizens the chance to post petitions online. If a petition gets 25,000 signatures in 30 days, the White House must issue a response. However, critics have pointed out that no matter how much support an issue gets, the most voters can expect is a courteous reply from the President. It offers no direct influence on policy.

No, …

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Banking on one another: Can the crowd save itself from the banks?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… (unless share-options and fat bonuses count as lending). As any former Wall St inhabitant, election-year politician or self-respecting Hollywood celebrity will tell you: banks are pure evil.

Personally, I quite like the banking system as a whole. Swiping a little plastic card in exchange for a pile of food is my favorite magic trick. Still, there’s no doubt the current system could be improved. And, you guessed it, crowdsourcing may be able to help, by offering an alternative way …

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Crowdsourcing democracy: was the Arab Spring over-hyped?

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… constitution.

It’s interesting that Western-developed platforms failed to get Arab support. An election monitoring platform – developed for Egypt at the request of the American University in Cairo – had to be completely re-written by local project assistant Michael Ayoub. “The programmers from Stanford wanted to use a new programming language for writing the site. They wanted to learn this programming language, but it wasn’t very useful over here” says Ayoub. He tried to …

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