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Rate me baby one more time: crowdsourcing the perfect song

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… will love?

A natural selection of your favorite tracks

A group of evolutionary scientists at Imperial College in London have created a crowdsourced research project which attempts to do just that. The researchers note that every time a listener chooses one song over another, they are making a creative choice, with one track being more successful than another. This process mirrors Darwinian natural selection and provides a great way to test the idea that music can evolve and adapt. …

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Crowdfunding donations: Is giving me your money a good idea?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

When people ask me “What’s your dream holiday?” I usually lie to them. I say some exotic holiday destination that makes me sound normal. I don’t say space or the moon or the bottom of the sea, because I’m nervous it might make me sound like a dreamer or full of myself. Which I am (not).

But the truth is I am a lot like Richard Branson, Ashton Kutcher and James …

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Crowdsourcing global development: working theories

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… according to a recent study by Microsoft Research India, the vast majority of Indian Turkers are college graduates with above-average household incomes. In other words, mainly middle class 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 …

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The reluctant crowdsourcer: a decade of Wikipedia

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… controversy. At first, the whole idea of user-generated content raised academic eyebrows – if a college professor asked “Did you get that fact off Wikipedia?”, they definitely weren’t complementing your techie research skills. In recent years however, tighter editing and fewer new articles have improved Wikipedia’s reputation (along with countless homework assignments).

The more recent concern for the online dictionary is who the contributors are, and how this affects content. …

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Bribes and Prejudice: India’s crowdsourcing revolution

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… paying bribes to get your electricity hooked up, at police checkpoints, to get your kids into college. It’s corruption at this level that has the crowd fighting back – crowdsourcing style.

Taking the saying that “sunlight is the best disinfectant” to heart, Bangalore based site ipaidabribe invites Indians to share their grievances online. Thousands of people have responded, detailing the place, time and amounts involved. The identity of the officials taking bribes isn’t …

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