Tag Archives: Fire and Security


Crowdsourcing crime part II: the net has eyes

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Along with tea, politeness and Prince William, one of the things the U.K is famous for is CCTV. These days the streets and shopping malls of London are heaving with surveillance cameras.

Nobody knows how many there are, but it’s generally agreed Britain is one of the most watched countries in the world. You have to wonder what this nation of polite tea-drinkers would do if they turned all the cameras off: loot Oxford …

Tags: Business Services camera Closed-circuit television crowd crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work Fire and Security London Mexico – United States border Security Surveillance

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Hatforce: your friendly crowd of hackers

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Hackers: ruthless cyber-villains out to steal and defraud, or virtual heroes fearlessly battling the security systems of evil corporations ? Love them or hate them, hackers have always been around. They’re an inevitable online hazard – like trolls, 404 pages and inappropriate Nazi analogies.

Take the international “hactivism” group Anonymous (these guys are like WikiLeaks’ crazy kid brother). Back in April, Anonymous …

Tags: crowd crowdsourcing Gabe Newell Hatforce microwork Security testing Sony Steam testing vulnerability Wikileaks

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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 web is now the place where millions of people go to work, as …

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What Wizard Battles Can Teach Us About Crowdsourcing

Posted on by Seth W

… wizards. The only game pieces are cards which represent classical magic spells like fire blasts and enchantments. Like I said, I’m a geek.

What does this have to do with crowdsourcing? Well, about 10 years ago, the company that makes this game turned to its fans the players, and for the first time said “ you make a card ”. What followed was almost a year of creative inspiration and community collaboration, resulting in two additional campaigns and a total of three …

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Cracking the code: The crowd vs the virus

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… crowd.

So before you read further, please ensure that your Cone of Silence has been activated, and that nobody has cut any eye holes in any of your paintings. All done? Good, then I can begin.

The story begins in 2010, when Iranian state computers were brought to a standstill by a highly infectious virus named Trojan-Spy.0485/Malware-Cryptor.Win32.Inject.gen.2 (or Stuxnet if you’re human). Experts at the big antivirus companies concluded that Stuxnet was probably created by the US or …

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