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Welcome to the Open Ministry

Posted on by Jack Reynolds

After casually revolutionizing the worlds of design, data-processing and translation, the crowd is now getting to work on the business of government. Iceland is preparing to implement a crowdsourced constitution, and this March the Finnish Parliament passed the Citizens’ Initiative Act. The Act allows any citizen to present a law to Parliament, providing they can get the …

Tags: crowdsourcing Duqu Iran Israel Kaspersky Lab Mahmoud Ahmadinejad microtask microwork Reddit Soumenkov Stuxnet


Cracking the code: The crowd vs the virus

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Ahmadinejad’s finger hovering over a nuclear button. Stuxnet was specifically designed to target Iran’s illegally-imported Siemens supercomputers, so why should the rest of us worry? Besides, the threat seemed to be over.

But then in 2011 a new virus was discovered by analysts at Budapest University’s (awesomely named) CrySys Lab. It was called Duqu, and it shared some key similarities with the Stuxnet virus. But while Stuxnet’s purpose was obvious, Duqu worked in more mysterious …

Tags: crowdsourcing Duqu Iran Israel Kaspersky Lab Mahmoud Ahmadinejad microtask microwork Reddit Soumenkov Stuxnet

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Riot in a crowded street

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… course, protest isn’t necessarily a bad thing, in some places – I’m thinking of Kashmir and Iran – you might want to give people all the help they can get.

Whether technology is harnessed for good or evil is up to us: only we decide where to lead, and who to follow. Once again, the future is in the hands of the crowd – let’s just hope it’s not a crowd made up entirely of baseball fans.


How many microtasks does it take to change the world?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… shots at some pretty easy targets – like the so called ‘twitter revolutions’ in Moldova and Iran.

Can I click it?

One of Gladwell’s major complaints is that social networks “are only effective at increasing participation by lessening the level of motivation that participation requires.” Okay, so clearly social change does require more than just answering an e-petition or clicking ‘Like’ on Facebook. But what if we could find innovative ways to channel people’s desire …


When knowledge is power

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

“ Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men. ” Baron Acton (1834–1902)

For centuries great thinkers have warned of the grave threat that the state poses to individual liberty. Thankfully today, citizens of full democracies are protected by the rule of law, independent courts and free press. Great men and …