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Crime-sourcing: the dark side of the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… CAPTCHAs. The more words they decoded, the more images appeared. Unfortunately, it turned out the CAPTCHA data was being used to break into Yahoo email accounts. You kind of have to admire the criminals’ grasp of game motivation theory, if not their choice of “reward”.

The sheer range of crime-sourcing plots is jaw-dropping: from Twitter organized flash robs to shady Mafia-type gangs who recruit virtual mules to launder money and receive stolen goods. Then there are cyber-crimes …

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TeleVisions of the future

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… episode of The Simpsons again. No time to sit through adverts, I elect to complete a few quick CAPTCHA-style microtasks for Fox’s crowdsourcing partner Microtask, instead. Afterwards, with the game about to start, rather than make a micropayment to access coverage I decide to recite the details of McDonald’s special World Cup meal deal. To upgrade to 3D coverage, I also say three fillings I would like to see in a Finnish version of a Big Mac. At half time I notice that a few of my …

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

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

Much has been said about the influence of information technology on work, and yet little of it has turned out to be overstated. The introduction of personal computers and local area networks to offices around the developed world in the late 1970s started a revolution in processes, which later translated to clear and measurable advances in productivity . The rapid adoption …

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