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Faces in the crowd: how crowdsourcing can help people fit into society

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Sometimes it seems there’s a lot of negativity towards the crowd. Whether it’s images of angry mobs with burning torches or hurtful terms like “mob mentality” and “tyranny of the majority”, our society often seems to favor the individual over the group.

We in the crowdsourcing industry have been working hard to dispel these myths and improve the image of the mob. Research underway at Cambridge University is doing …

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Crowdsourcing the slums: a breath of fresh air?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… usually rate a mention (unless to describe where the greatest failures ended up).

Yet in terms of making our lives better, sanitation – and the way it eradicated annoying things like the plague – is actually pretty important (don’t get me wrong, it’s no iPad or anything).

Which is why it stinks that so many people in the world do not have access to it.

Intrepid PhD student Mark Iliffe has been doing his best to do something about this in the slums of Kenya and Tanzania, …

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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… tactfully remarked, “You have zero privacy. Get over it.”

The trouble with the “McNealy philosophy” is that the web is now the place where millions of people go to work, as well as play. Even the most innocent, open, non-evil companies generally have some data – such as personal information, research and development strategy, secret Santa lists – they need to keep secure.

Distributed work platforms face a unique and particularly knotty data security dilemma. If your business …

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Bringing anarchy to the creative process – When distributed work meets interesting web content

Posted on by Ida Hakola

… a few words, fold the paper and hand it to the next person who continues the story with words of his own. NO. This is clearly not the way to bring the crowdsourcing idea to the process of creating interesting web content. Or maybe it might work by chance – but just once.

My work in Vapa Media revolves around interesting, up to date and good web content in general. The first questions arise when one must decide, what good content actually is, and what it is not. To make it simple I …

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The truth is out there

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

The amount of information available today is vast beyond our comprehension. The very discussion of this data deluge has itself generated a fair bit of coverage. Still, like the elephant in the room, it is not often that you hear people complain about the fact that, let’s face it, most of it is garbage.

It might sound a bit catastrophic, but the numbers look scary: information overload could be the …

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