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Crimes against content: is crowdsourcing to hamsters a bridge too far?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… being systematically disassembled by distributed workers. It’s like something out of a Cory Doctorow novel.

I guess the goal of this heinous content-crime is to produce bogus “original” material that search engines think is legit. Maybe one day, Google will stop trying to be the new Facebook and work out how to block this stuff. Meanwhile, I can reassure readers that future versions of Digitalkoot will almost certainly not include any dragon claws, goblin villages or …

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

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… fascination with digital environments and the goals and objectives they provide. In sci-fi author Cory Doctorow’s new novel, gold farmers even organize into labor unions and become a force in digital politics.

Still, gold farming and its neighboring industries are for a large part a grey-market activity, often (though not always) taking place against the wishes of the game operator. Other grey – if not outright black – market born-digital tasks include defeating tests designed to …

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