Tag Archives: Internet


Net cops: cybercrime and the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… to change all that. He envisages a Europe-wide system that allows the crowd to feed details of any internet misdemeanor, however trivial, into an international database. There’s a similar project already up and running in the US – the Internet Crime Complaint center.

At first glance merely working out the scope of cybercrime may not seem like a great step towards solving it. But then again (apologies to any English teachers for the mixed metaphors) if you don’t know your enemies, …

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2010: A year not lost on the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… had to hand over the keys.”

Without specifically referring to distributed work (or even the internet) Ms Gibbs sums up the trend which has spawned crowdsourcing as an industry. Although distributed work itself is not new, the proliferation of high-speed internet access and the development of new platforms over the last decade have made mass collaboration possible in a way inconceivable even 20 years ago.

The year of the crowd

In the last 12 months the crowdsourcing (or …

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When knowledge is power

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… of information, and ability to control what information reaches individuals. As we all know, the internet has dramatically increased people’s access to information. There is still an imbalance between state and the individual (the state knows more now too), but it is much less pronounced than it was. Theoretically then, this should be good for democracy. But has anything changed?

Skimming newspaper headlines suggests that the democratizing effect of the internet has been overstated. In …

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Africa Online

Posted on by Otto Chrons

… warring that continues in some parts to this day.

The keen eyed amongst you will note that slow internet connection isn’t raised as an issue above. This is because a good broadband connection tends to take a backseat to sourcing clean water, and providing enough food and sufficient shelter for your family. However, in more developed parts of Africa, the information superhighway is opening for traffic. And Africans want a better set of wheels with which to cruise it.

An Eye on the …

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Crowdfunding the future: Mad science, bad science, and the Tesla Museum

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… a crazy-haired genius and a crazy-haired crazy person. This is especially so if you’re an internet-based crowd, rather than a local, expert investor. My concern is that lots of people will lose lots of money funding crazy schemes, not only wasting their money but also discrediting crowdfunding.

Sorting the bad from the mad

Thankfully, sites like Petridish and #Sci-Fund Challenge offer a potential solution to this problem, by promoting the work of established research teams and …

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