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Power from the people: crowdsourcing the constitution

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… help thinking that the people are also responsible for littering, traffic jams and the career of Justin Bieber. Just how effective could a crowdsourced constitution be?

Rip it up and start again

Last year we reported on Iceland’s plans to crowdsource a new constitution. The official Facebook page has received an almost Bieber-worthy 16,000 comments, and the constitution could be ratified as early as June 1st. Now it looks like the idea is spreading.

The Scottish Assembly has …

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Crowdsourcing vs privacy: do we know too much?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… an endless stream of celebrity photos (inspiring shots like “Angelina Jolie buys milk” and “Justin Bieber checks his watch”). Now, a new iPhone app for gossip lovers promises to make celebrities’ lives even more over-exposed. Says the press release: “All you have to do is take a picture of a celebrity on your phone using this app and your image will be instantly submitted from anywhere around the globe to Big Pictures so that you can make LOADS of INSTANT CASH!”. If I was a …

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Digitalkoot: crowdsourcing Finnish Cultural Heritage

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Many years ago, before the Industrial Revolution, specialization and Justin Bieber changed human existence forever, jobs requiring many hands brought communities together.

In Finland, building a house was once such a job. The collective effort was called a talkoot (in English the closest translation we have is “working-bee” or “barn-raising”).

Even if you are not Amish, I’m sure you have experienced something like it when moving to a new apartment. …


Crowdsourcing: amateur and proud

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… engage with. He isn’t claiming young people are somehow superior (at least half of them are Justin Bieber fans after all), or that everything online is worthwhile. But that, given the choice, people go for a medium they can contribute to, as well as consume.

According to both Wiktionary and the OED, the root of the word amateur comes from a Latin term meaning “to love”. So how about we all get back to our roots, shake off amateur prejudice, and give the crowd some credit for …


Confidence tricks: can crowdsourcing keep our feet on the ground?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… what keeps those with valuable knowledge in the background? Research from social psychologists Justin Kruger and David Dunning may explain why we get it wrong so often.

Their experiments revealed that people generally overestimate their ability in areas they understand poorly, and underestimate their ability where their understanding is good. This is known as the Dunning-Kruger Effect, and is one of many cognitive biases that affect us all.

Only the lonely

In a world where we’re …

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