Tag Archives: Global warming

Can we crowdsource the planet better?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… towards a problem, crowdsourcing should be a powerful weapon in the fight against threats such as global warming (or, for those who live in recently freezing Helsinki, the challenge to speed global warming up). So why does it sometimes feel – when it comes to distributed work in particular – like the green machine is still a bit of a wallflower?

Over the past year or so, we’ve all been dazzled by the spectacular partnerships between distributed work platforms and the developing …

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Keep Watching the Iron Skies!

Posted on by Davin Gaffney

Forget about global warming, zombie apocalypses, Mayan prophecies and asteroid impacts. Those things are all absurd. What you should be worried about is an impending invasion by moon Nazis. They’re up there, in their secret moon base waiting to return to Earth and complete their plans for world domination.

That’s according to the plot of Iron Sky , a new crowdsourced film by Finnish filmmakers Samuli …

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Crowdsourcing global development: working theories

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… kids.

We like to think of paid crowdsourcing as a truly “equal opportunities” phenomena. A global workplace where anyone anywhere can get a job. But is this really true outside developed, computer-literate countries? Has crowdsourcing lived up to its potential when it comes to employing the world’s poor?

Lost in translation

The researchers at Microsoft Research India conducted an experiment. They selected a group of Indians with lower incomes, high-school standard education …


The truth is out there

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… imprecise, irrelevant or deliberately deceitful information. Whether it’s reports that downplay global warming, give prominence to an orphanage for sloths on the front page of a major newspaper, or a rant on how a corrupt government is replacing religious morality with game theory, the problem is the same: how can we filter out the garbage from the quality content, thereby allowing us to develop original, well informed opinions?

A Denver-based startup called HowTru claims to have …


Task-work in global networks

Posted on by Esko Kilpi

… of the aforementioned needs in daily life a new, different approach has been adopted in leading global corporations. You could even claim that a new mode of knowledge production is emerging in digitally networked firms. This approach is called task-work. Task-work as a method refers to a new economic phenomenon: people from all over the network contribute small pieces of their time and expertise, voluntarily, to common projects modularized as tasks. Knowledge workers do this based on their …