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How the knowledge economy will change the way we work

Posted on by Katri Saarikivi

Around the world today, the demand for knowledge intensive work is increasing. This shift is producing a fundamental change in the basic architecture and rules of working life. Knowledge intensive work poses specific challenges for knowledge workers and the companies that employ them. In order for companies and their employees to develop and innovate, new knowledge supportive structures and a change in the way we think about work are …

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Lost in the Virtual Economy? Here’s a map

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… about goldfarming, crowdsourcing, distributed work and other areas of the so-called “virtual economy”.

As with any industry in its infancy, exactly what is meant by these terms is unclear, and rapidly evolving. (If you find it slightly confusing, don’t worry: it probably just shows you have been paying attention.)

This is why we are so excited about the new study Knowledge Map of the Virtual Economy by Vili Lehdonvirta (researcher at the University of Tokyo and occasional …

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Task-work in global networks

Posted on by Esko Kilpi

… to try to know who knows. Neither of these approaches has quite fulfilled expectations. Knowledge management databases have not met the situational needs of managers. Accordingly, knowledge workers have not been able to explain to others in a meaningful way what they know.

Because of the aforementioned needs in daily life a new, different approach has been adopted in leading global corporations. You could even claim that a new mode of knowledge production is emerging in digitally …

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From millions of tasks to thousands of jobs: Bringing digital work to the developing world

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… Every country in the world has probably benefited in some way from the unprecedented access to knowledge and services brought about by the digital revolution. But producing the knowledge banks and services has so far been a predominately rich-country business. The world’s poorest countries have generally not been able to participate in the production side of the digital economy and share in its rewards. This is changing, however, and an initiative lead by the World Bank’s infoDev …

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When knowledge is power

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… walls of the actual world, governments’ virtual walls seem destined to crumble. In a world where knowledge is power, the information available on the internet (and systems, such as crowdsourcing, which allow this information to be used) will increasingly redistribute power to the people. For the corrupt, who rely on secrecy, spies and silence, life is becoming more difficult.

As a more recent thinker, Homer Simpson, said: “ One day, honest citizens are gonna stand up to you crooked cops. …

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