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When knowledge is power

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… living in extreme states like North Korea and Zimbabwe, or major economic powers like Russia and China, do not sleep so soundly.

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In the end, the power of the state stems from its ability to coerce – especially in countries where its legitimacy is challenged. But almost as important is its access to vast amounts of information, and ability to control what information reaches individuals. As we all know, the internet has dramatically increased people’s access to …

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Will 3D printing and crowdsourcing bring the industrial revolution home?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… printing will soon allow us to produce much of what we need locally. Rather than sending away to China for a spare part, companies like Ponoko will allow us to download its design and print it at home. Overseas factories will still exist where they are more efficient, but as Ponoko’s founder, Dave ten Have said “we are going to see a rebalancing – a considered move away from the mass centralization we’ve experienced in the last 30 years.” Products will have greater cultural …


7 degrees of failure: Is the power of the crowd overrated?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

As anyone who has ever wandered the aisles of an airport bookstore knows, the world today is a flat and shrinking global village (with a long tail), where everyone is friends with Kevin Bacon . Those of us who spend our time immersed in the hyper-connected world that crowdsourcing inhabits find this all very plausible. But how true is it, really? Is the world a village where …


Human Flesh Search Engines: The Most Dangerous Game

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… A tiger in the grass?

A good demonstration of the power of HFS is now known as the South China Tiger Event. In 2007 a tiger species considered long-extinct in the wild was spotted and photographed by a hunter in the Shaanxi province of China. After the pictures were published in Science magazine, skeptical Chinese internet users started a challenge to establish whether they were authentic.

The human searchers who took up the challenge included professionals with backgrounds in …

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Getting paid to party: what is the difference between work and play?

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… in front of television audiences of millions. Hundreds of thousands of virtual gold farmers in China, Vietnam and elsewhere are paid an hourly wage to harvest treasures in online games like EverQuest 2. And most recently, companies like CrowdFlower have started to hire gamers and online community members to carry out real chores like categorizing search engine results and verifying links. The catch: these workers are paid in virtual currency.

No wonder some punters are starting to …