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From millions of tasks to thousands of jobs: Bringing digital work to the developing world

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

Every country in the world has probably benefited in some way from the unprecedented access to knowledge and services brought about by the digital revolution. But producing the knowledge banks and services has so far been a predominately rich-country business. The world’s poorest countries have generally not been able to participate in the production side of the digital …

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Banking on one another: Can the crowd save itself from the banks?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… using a bank, and becomes as easy as bidding on eBay, why wouldn’t it catch on? With Google and Facebook already tinkering about with transaction services and even their own currencies, the stage is set for the shift in thinking that may enable this change. And we know that big things can happen when people tap the power of the crowd.

Of course, if it all collapses, we can always fall back on a system of barter. Which will be good for plumbers and carpenters, but not so good for us at …

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MOG: the day the music gamified

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… are the only ones who make a decent living from the industry anymore.

The recent Spotify-Facebook deal has pumped up the volume of online debate. Since the “deep integration” of the two companies was announced, Spotify has gained 1 million users and, simultaneously, managed to enrage the entire blogosphere. As a Facebook user, I’ve noticed a sudden avalanche of friends’ Spotify spam (guys I love you, but if you’re listening to Enya, stay off my wall!).

While record …

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HS Talkoot: Microtask to the rescue of Finnish media history

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… how we run things. HS Talkoot is structured as an online game. Once you’ve logged in using your Facebook account or email address, you can challenge friends and other players for the highest score in a game against time. Along with a fun game involving the construction of life-saving bridges, it’s your chance to achieve eternal glory, top placement in the charts and the satisfaction of preserving Finnish media history.

HS Talkoot will be open until the end of October. Each week the best …

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Life, liberty and the pursuit of crowdsourcing: Iceland’s constitutional saga

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… pioneering crowdsourcing efforts have certainly wowed the blogosphere. The project’s Facebook wall is covered with international messages of support (plus a few Icelanders attempting actual political debate). It seems people everywhere love a bit of crowdsourced democracy. Iceland is the first country to achieve constitutional reform via crowdsourcing. I suspect it won’t be the last.

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