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

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… But how true is it, really? Is the world a village where anonymity (or avoiding Kevin Bacon and Joseph Kony ) is now impossible?

Last month’s TAG Challenge, suggests we are not there, just yet. The TAG Challenge was a real-life crowdsourced gaming competition in which five “jewel thieves” hid in plain sight in cities around the world. To win, teams had to locate and snap pictures of the suspects by any means they could think of. Using the crowd (through forums, social media and …

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Kony 2012: the crowd to the rescue?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Unless you’re a solitary hermit with no Facebook friends, you’ll have seen the Kony 2012 film, which 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 …

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Power to the People

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

In the late 18th Century “The Turk”, a remarkable chess-playing automaton, was unveiled. It toured the world, beating many high minded individuals; Napoleon and Benjamin Franklin to name but two. Ultimately the robot was revealed to be a clever hoax, controlled by a chess master hiding inside it.

Fast forward a couple of centuries to 1997. The chess-playing computer …

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