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7 degrees of failure: Is the power of the crowd overrated?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… toys, you can disappear just by heading somewhere a little off the map (apparently London and the Indian Ocean are equally good for this) or invest in a decent disguise. Does this mean that the power and reach of crowdsourcing is overrated? Perhaps, when it comes to tracking people down. After all, there are quite a few of us humans now.

But this does not mean that crowdsourcing itself is overrated. Ok, so we couldn’t track down a jewel thief in Stockholm. (Did I mention that Pain of …

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

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… if I was, instead of visiting the Bahamas or Thailand I’d be travelling to the bottom of the ocean or space. Now that’s a holiday.

Unfortunately, unlike Richard and his pals, I don’t quite have the money to build a spaceship or even rent one (yet). Or so I thought, until I came across GoFundMe, a crowd based fundraising site. On it people can raise money for just about anything at all, from “Accidents & Personal Crisis” to “Travel & Adventure”. Could …

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Crowdsourcing global development: working theories

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… extra rupees. But 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 …


Grandma knows best: experiments in distributed education

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… able to analyze the molecular structure of DNA all by myself!” Supervising village children, Indian grandmothers got some impressive results: test scores almost doubled in two months (perhaps Finnish schools should try recruiting Korean grandmas to bring literacy back up).

And the next step? The “Granny Cloud”. While working at Newcastle University, Professor Mitra recruited over 200 UK grandmothers as volunteers. Broadcasting via webcam each “grandmother” spends at least an …

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Bribes and Prejudice: India’s crowdsourcing revolution

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… change anything in the real world. But I suspect that the motivated, independent and experienced Indian crowd will be unlikely to let offline corruption go on unchallenged.