Tag Archives: Helsinki

From January to June: six months of micro (and macro) work

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… new crowdsourcing delights (and disasters) 2011 might bring. Now, summer’s here and the whole of Helsinki seems to have abandoned work to sunbathe in the park (you can almost hear the economy grinding to a halt). We thought it was high time for another recap. So why not take your laptop into the sunshine and enjoy the highlights of the Microtask year so far:

Two launches and a herring

It has been a fantastic six months. The success of Digitalkoot (our newly launched library archive …

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Can we crowdsource the planet better?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… 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 world. But, while organizations such as Samasource and …

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Of Maps and Men: is Apple relying on us to fix the iPhone 5?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… (Check the Amazing IOS6 Maps Tumblr for screenshots of some absurd results from here in Helsinki.)

That’s possibly where we, the devoted crowds of Apple worshippers, come in. Like when Siri was released, it seems Apple Maps is Apple’s version of a minimum viable product: released well before it was perfected, on the basis that the feedback we give Apple when using the service will allow it to improve it.

Trudy Muller, of Apple, told AllThingsD “as Maps is a crowd-based …


FixMyTransport: keep calm and carry on crowdsourcing

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… to other countries. Anyone fancy developing a Finnish version? Maybe we could finally get the Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel built. Now that really would be crowd power in action.

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Social networking and the English riots: don’t shoot the (Blackberry) messenger

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… London is at boiling point, with other English cities feeling the heat too. Here in law-abiding Helsinki, the closest we get to this type of lawlessness is an unauthorized barbecue in the park. By comparison, the UK capital is descending into Arab-Spring-like chaos. Except, of course, that Londoners are not fighting an oppressive dictator (the current mayor is most famous for his “revolutionary” bicycle scheme).

With no obvious cause for the riots, the British press has been …