Tag Archives: Closed-circuit television

Crowdsourcing crime part II: the net has eyes

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Along with tea, politeness and Prince William, one of the things the U.K is famous for is CCTV. These days the streets and shopping malls of London are heaving with surveillance cameras.

Nobody knows how many there are, but it’s generally agreed Britain is one of the most watched countries in the world. You have to wonder what this nation of polite tea-drinkers would do if …

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Search me: what Mad Men and brave moles can do for historical records

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Ever since we began helping the National Library of Finland correct mistakes in its old newspaper archive, I have noticed myself developing a slightly anti social interest in historical texts. I say ‘anti social’ because of its effect on conversation: what I have found is that while most people claim to be interested in history, the best way to get unwanted guests to leave …

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Predicting the Facebook IPO: The crowd gets it wrong

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An excess of confidence can be a dangerous thing. As Mark Zuckerberg ponders the jagged descent of Facebook’s share price and industry analysts scramble to explain the social network’s woes, the aura of optimism that heralded the Facebook IPO has evaporated.

So how did it all go so wrong? One clue may lie in the crowdsourced prediction site …

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TeleVisions of the future

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… now available, TV is more popular than ever. North Americans spend more time watching television than they spend consuming all other media put together. Nielsen recently found they watch, on average, over five hours a day — a high since it began records in the 1950s.

The reasons for the continued popularity of TV seem to relate to social issues as much as convenience and the quality of the viewing experience. People like to watch shows together and at the same time as …

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A penny for your thoughts: Why crowdfunding is taking off

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Ever since our ancestors scratched each other’s hairy backs, humans have seen the benefit of lending a helping hand. With the rise of corporations, charities and stock exchanges, this assistance has become more complex, but in many respects it still relies on the same basic principles.

At Microtask we just closed a successful funding round , which got us thinking about …