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After the quake: crowdsourcing Japan

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… across the world pledge support, crowd funders have also stepped up.

Crowdrise is a non-profit platform that lists individual fundraising projects (like a charitable version of Kickstarter). Organizations register, describe their cause and set a target for crowd funded donations. The HopeforJapan section of the site has over 60 projects listed. There’s something satisfyingly democratic about the way Crowdrise gives every fundraiser equal space. So the American Red Cross is listed next …

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Crowdsourcing the slums: a breath of fresh air?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… best to do something about this in the slums of Kenya and Tanzania, using – you guessed it – crowdsourcing.

How do you say “where’s the WC?”

Mark’s scheme, The Tandale Mapping Project, aims to map sanitation services in the fast-growing, chronically under-resourced urban slums of Dar es Salaam. Armed only with integrity, an OpenStreetMap interface and (presumably) a really good Swahili dictionary, Mark’s team crowdsourced geo-located data from Tandale residents and …

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Crowdsourcing democracy: was the Arab Spring over-hyped?

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… headlines”. From journalists crowdfunding their own investigations, to The Guardian newspaper crowdsourcing its editorial policy.

Of course, the biggest crowdsourced news scoop of 2011 is the Arab Spring. From Morocco to Bahrain, citizens risked their lives to film, tweet and blog real-time on-the-ground reports. In the West, over-excited tech commentators discussed the great “social-media revolution”. Yet, six months after Tahrir Square, Egypt remains troubled and divided: a few …

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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In today’s world I’m not so sure.

My doubts began when I came across this article on a Chinese power-leveling site for popular MMOG RuneScape . The writer (or more likely the algorithm) has taken an original article about Microtask, sliced it up and loaded it with terms (“seers village”, “Port Khazard”, …

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The secrets of Digitalkoot: Lessons learned crowdsourcing data entry to 50,000 people (for free)

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… . Being the first Microtask-powered public service, Digitalkoot was a huge test for our crowdsourcing platform, the use of volunteers to complete microtasks, our ideas about gamification and rewards, and basically us as decent, upstanding citizens.

As we have already mentioned, with over 50,000 volunteers so far, the project has been a great success (which is nice for us, because it means we can start sleeping at night again). We have learned so much from this experience that …

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