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All I want for Christmas is you clear terminology

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

As you are all no doubt well aware, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, every song on the radio, every elevator conversation and every piece of advertising stuffed into our mailboxes must be Christmas-themed. It’s enough to ruin what should be a fun time of year. Which is why this blog post is definitely, absolutely not going to be about Christmas.

Ok, I lied. This is …

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Winds of change: can crowdsourcing help solve environmental problems?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

As regular readers of this blog will know, we here at Microtask are pretty enthusiastic when it comes to crowdsourcing initiatives that have the power to make the world a better place.

This time last year, we wrote a blog about some crowdsourcing projects designed to improve our understanding of environmental issues, including climate change. Basically, while there were …

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Distributed work and data security: can the crowd keep a secret?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

In these post-WikiLeaks days, many people (and governments) might argue the only way to keep data confidential is to keep it offline. After all, the web was designed to link and share information. Online, as Sun Microsystems founder Scott McNealy once tactfully remarked , “You have zero privacy. Get over it.”

The trouble with the “McNealy philosophy” is that the …

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Crowd Labs Incorporated

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

The history of experimenting on humans doesn’t have what you’d call a spotless reputation. Google it, and you get Nazis, CIA mind control, and conspiracy theories about Guantanamo Bay and Ritalin. And that’s just in the first ten hits.

Given its unpleasant past, crowdsourced workers might, at first, be less than enthusiastic about their growing popularity as subjects …

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Two’s company, three’s a crowd conference: CrowdConf 2010

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… David Alan Grier, and the CEOs of some of the most exciting new crowdsourcing businesses such as Crowdflower, Samasource, Keniks, uTest, Odesk, LiveOps and Victors and Spoils.

In addition to the guest speakers there will be a series of peer-reviewed presentation tracks and technology demonstrations. Topics for discussion include the past, present and future of crowdsourcing, quality assurance and metrics, social and economic implications of crowdsourcing, task design and …

Tags: conference crowdconf Crowdflower crowdsourcing David Alan Grier distributed work jeff howe jonathan zittrain keniks liveops lukas biewald microtask odesk samasource tim ferriss trade show utest victor and spoils

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