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Watching Big Brother

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

The summer of 2010 will be remembered for searing temperatures and soaring government debt. With more whistle-blowing than the World Cup final, it was also the summer of Wikileaks, the whistle-blowing internet site, and its weird, white-haired front man Julian Assange.

Thanks to Wikileaks, I now know that even if I am dying of thirst in a heat wave, I am better off avoiding Helsinki’s ATMs to draw cash for a drink. When I am kept awake at night by the heat and …

Tags: Barack Obama COINS crowdsourcing government data Julian Assange Public.Resource.Org Wikileaks Wolfram Alpha

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Microtask: we love the forms you hate

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… ghosts of the pre-digital past. As well as ruining the décor, forms are a terrible way to store data (just try “quick sorting” a full filing cabinet). Humankind has sent robots to Mars, mapped the human genome and even (in just 11 years) tracked down Osama Bin Laden. So why is the paperless office still such an impossible dream?

As you probably know by now, here at Microtask we take productivity seriously. We spent many long days and sleepless nights wrestling with this …

Tags: crowd crowdsourcing digitizing Filing cabinet human iPad iPhone Mars Microsoft Excel microtask forms microwork Osama Bin Laden paper forms Paperless office structured data

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E-petitions: a vote for the future?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… as the next guy (as long as the next guy’s another world-weary net geek). But when it comes to government crowdsourcing initiatives, I gotta admit, my cynicism radar starts to twitch. Like an out of control chemistry class, state funded crowdsourcing projects tend to start with a bang and end with a whimper.

Take the UK elections last year. Back in May we covered the embarrassing crush politicians had with online social media. As well as constantly tweeting and setting up Facebook …

Tags: activism Conservative crowd crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work Government of the United Kingdom human Petition Politics TIGA UK government Video game industry

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Shining a light on local government

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Recently, after long days at work, I find myself cursing the Government.

It’s not that I’m an anarchist, or because I am particularly upset about taxes or government policy. What annoys me is the streetlight outside my house.

Last month, after a brief, flickering illness, it died. Without its guiding light, fitting my key into the door to my apartment building has become an annoying game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

To be fair, the issue is …

Tags: crowd crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work Fixmystreet local government mySociety Project Fosbury

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All I want for Christmas is you clear terminology

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

As you are all no doubt well aware, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, every song on the radio, every elevator conversation and every piece of advertising stuffed into our mailboxes must be Christmas-themed. It’s enough to ruin what should be a fun time of year. Which is why this blog post is definitely, absolutely not going to be about Christmas.

Ok, I lied. This is …

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