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Searching Questions: how good is Google?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… seemingly benevolent oasis of free information.

These days Google is big. Really big. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are both multi-billionaires. 64% of all web searches start beneath those famous letters. To millions of users “Google” and “the web” are virtually interchangeable terms.

But is Google’s virtual monopoly good for the internet? In his book The Googalization of Everything, media expert Siva Vaidhyanathan asks if it’s healthy for one largely unregulated …

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Crowdsourcing: amateur and proud

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Wikipedia contributors. OED volunteers took 50 years to produce 12 volumes. Jimmy Wales’ and Larry Sanger’s little helpers have tapped out over 3 million English language articles in under a decade (and kicked off a few never ending disputed page wars but hey, every century has its ups and downs). But, even if 21st century technology is light years beyond the 19th, it’s fair to say the impulse driving the OED and Wikipedia crowds was/is the same: the urge to collect, share and add …

Tags: crowd crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business distributed work English language innocentive jeff howe Jimmy Wales Larry Sanger Oxford English Dictionary Royal Society

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Every murder draws a crowd: Homicide Watch DC

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… newspaper. Instead, the site is more like a database or wiki. Each victim is assigned their own page, where information related to their case is collated. This includes, crucially, a memorial and comments section where the community can contribute to the database and remember the dead.

The site’s popularity is evident from the $40,000 it recently raised in a Kickstarter campaign. This means at least for now, it has enough money to carry on (before the campaign they came dangerously …

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Crowdfunding the future: Mad science, bad science, and the Tesla Museum

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… unlocking the potential of the misunderstood geniuses of the world?

Igor! Check the KickStarter page!

One of the best things about crowdfunding is it gives inventors and innovators access to millions of new investors. Crowdfunding gives even the maddest scientists the chance to fund their zeppelin-mounted death-rays without having to pander to the impatient scrutiny of large, experienced investors. Hopefully this will mean the world will benefit from more inspired innovation (who …

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Crowdfunding donations: Is giving me your money a good idea?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… some goals (mine are better), I’m unclear as to how their “needs” justify a donation page. Even if I was a close friend of one of these people, I would think that they might be better off just saving up for their trip like the rest of us do. To me the whole category seems out of place amongst the other categories dedicated to helping people in genuine need.

Overall, I think GoFundMe is a good thing, with the potential to change a lot of people’s lives. If you have a minute …

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