Tag Archives: Invisible Children

Kony 2012: the crowd to the rescue?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… racked up an astonishing 70m hits in its first week. You may also have heard the criticisms of Invisible Children, the charity behind the film, and read the charity’s response to its critics.

Leaving aside these issues, the nature of the campaign and its enormous viral success are clearly very interesting from a crowdsourcing perspective. Obviously the organizers have done a lot of things right. But is getting the crowd to spend $30 (plus shipping and handling) on posters of Kony …

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Live Aid – giving the crowd more feedback

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Ever since images of starving children were beamed around the world in the 1980s, global poverty – especially in sub Saharan Africa – has been recognized as one of the world’s major problems. Live Aid and twenty years later Live 8 seemed to unite the world in the effort to make poverty history, once and for all.

Although Bob Geldoff and Live 8 had the power to bring Pink Floyd together for the first time in …

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Happily ever after: how bored workers and their bosses can benefit from crowdsourcing

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

With its mysterious, often invisible army of workers diligently completing tasks and solving problems, it is understandable that the media sometimes treat crowdsourcing almost like a fairytale industry.

Recently, however, our friends at CrowdControl have begun to tear down our carefully cultivated air of magic and mystery with new research on the demographics of digital labor (I can handle losing a little mystique, …

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From fiction to fact: interview with Esa Nikkilä

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

Once upon a time (summer 2010) in a not-very-faraway land (Tampere), a band of crowdsourcing pioneers began an epic mission. Their aim: to create the world’s first ever crowdsourced novel . Four months, 500 authors and 2500 tweets later, the 140story project was complete. The novel, Todellisuudesta Toiseen (From Reality to Another), has now been crowd-translated into 5 …


Crowdsourcing and machine translation: the start of a beautiful friendship

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

… the machine that apparently translated the English saying “out of sight, out of mind” into “invisible idiot” in Russian). However with a little crowdsourcing help, I suspect the machines may have the last laugh.

In defense of machines

Sometimes I almost feel there is a conspiracy against computers. Take the entry on Machine-aided translation in the Finnish version of Wikipedia. Far from being neutral, the article’s author seems determined to rubbish all machine translation. …