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After the quake: crowdsourcing Japan

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A massive earthquake, a tsunami and a potential nuclear meltdown. The crisis in Japan is like a disaster movie. Only the “special effects” are real and Bruce Willis isn’t going to parachute in and save the day.

Scientists can now (more or less) accurately forecast volcanic eruptions, floods, droughts and hurricanes. But despite the best efforts of seismologists (who probably get ignored by all the …

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How many microtasks does it take to change the world?

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… happen to be a French Creole speaker living in Sydney. One day, you read there’s been a massive earthquake in Haiti. Of course you want to help but, besides mailing a check, what can you do? In 1960, in order to participate, you’d have needed the motivation to quit your job, leave your family and fly out to Haiti.

Fast forward to 2010 and, thanks to the folks at Ushahidi, all you need to translate urgent messages from Haiti is an Internet connection and a mobile phone.

And then …


Is that a hard drive in your pocket?

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… and label this information is using crowdsourcing. A good example of this was after the Haiti earthquake, when volunteers logged on to Haiti.com to translate, verify and generally help make sense of the vast amount of information pouring in. Samasource currently pays hundreds of people from the world’s poorest countries to complete various tasks including those relating to filtering information, while the extraordinaries uses volunteers to help with such tasks as tagging photos …


A Ray of Sunshine

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Sometimes the world seems like a terrible place. Grabbing our attention from newspaper billboards are stories of natural disasters and terrible violence. But amid the bleak news coverage of human suffering, there’s often a silver lining which demonstrates the brighter side of life and the human spirit. These are the uplifting stories of victims surviving in rubble for two …

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