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When crowdsourcing goes wrong: Lessons in crowd control

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… with suggestions like “Gushing Granny” and “Fapple.” This is not an isolated incident. As General Motors once painfully found out, sometimes the crowd acts unpredictably.

The thing is, it’s not hard to see why Villa Fresh turned to crowdsourcing in this instance. Crowdsourcing efforts in very similar scenarios have brought excellent results. Alas, in this case, the restaurant chain was left with an embarrassing waste of time and brand credibility, and probably a stern glance …

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Trillion Fund: where normal people can invest (and save the world)

Posted on by Matt-Kennedy Good

… The leadership team has a lot of experience with renewable energy projects and new ventures in general. I have spent the last two years installing solar panels on homes in the UK for example (and yes there is enough sun for it to be worthwhile! So long as the roofs face south-ish).

In the end the choice of where to invest and the level of risk is something each investor must decide for themselves. Despite our name we are not a traditional fund. Instead of choosing investments for our …

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Can crowdsourcing be used as a tool for evil?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… store x”. Unlike the “Eiffel Tower” plot, the announcement wouldn’t be made to the general public. 50 thugs could organize and decide to hit the store at the same time. Of the group, 10 are waiting outside in getaway cars, promised a cut of the loot and another 10 have signed up as lookouts. As with the flash rob crimes, the police will nab a few, but it’s likely that most of the group will get away with some loot.

In the interview, Cebrian says that like other high-profile …


The Great War Archive: could crowd conscription help?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… are often either gathering dust in private homes around Europe, or too delicate to allow the general public to freely access them.

One Europe, working together

With this in mind (and to show that European collaboration is not limited to arguing over government debt), Europeana – Europe’s digital archive, library and museum – aims to make over 400,000 key documents and images from World War I freely available online (with help from libraries and partners across Europe). This …


All I want for Christmas is you clear terminology

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… I ask for Christmas, is this:

Dear Santa: in 2012 may the crowdsourcing industry and public in general please agree on more precise terminology for crowdsourcing/widesourcing/distributed labor etc, before all of us become tarnished by bad Christmas songs and lazy blog posts. If you grant me this one request, I promise I won’t exploit Christmas in a blog post this time next year.*

*OK, these are also lies. Don’t tell Santa.

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