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Every murder draws a crowd: Homicide Watch DC

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… biases that have long been evident in reporting. Commenting on Homicide Watch, American writer Clay Shirky points out that “The old saying for New York papers was not to bother covering murders north of 96th street, where the victims were almost certainly black… news organizations aren’t generally in the business of introducing their readers to the realities of life elsewhere in their town.”

Homicide Watch covers everything, without favor. Journalism on this scale – and …

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Crowdsourcing: amateur and proud

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Next generation collaboration

In a recent interview in Wired magazine, net heavyweight Clay Shirky points out that, for the first time in recent history, young people are watching less TV than their parents. Instead, kids are online. They’ve swapped, Shirky claims, an essentially passive form of entertainment for something you can actively engage with. He isn’t claiming young people are somehow superior (at least half of them are Justin Bieber fans after all), or that …


Can you crowdsource Christmas?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… me the chance to recommend some of this year’s top crowdsourcing books.

Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirkey is a great book on the creative potential of human-computer interaction. In these heady days of Wikileaks, it’s easy to forget the wiki that started it all: Good Faith Collaboration is a brilliant reminder of the power and extraordinary achievements of Wikipedia – the original and best.


Although there have been several food companies crowdsourcing this year, none, as …

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Adventures in Primetime

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… of 23 great math problems, inviting anyone who could to provide solutions. A century later, the Clay Institute established seven millennium prize problems, offering $1,000,000 for each correct solution.

So far, I regret to say, crowdsourcing has not brought forth the solution to the world’s most complex mathematical problem. Who ever does find the answer – whether it’s an individual, a group, or even (who knows) a huge, widely distributed, network of collaborators – I’m sure …


A picture of the world

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… since Milli Vanilli, rather than get his own hands dirty, Gormley put an enormous block of clay in a giant tent and invited Helsinki residents to do his work for him.

When I visited, there were about a hundred people busy working on the bizarre sculptures. Although the stuff of nightmares was perhaps over represented, the originality of thought on display was amazing, as was the effort people had made to contribute.

Thinking about it later, what struck me was not only how creative …