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Duolingo Beta put to the test: can you learn a language while translating the web?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… be able to learn a new tongue free of charge while translating the web through (unpaid, obviously) microwork.

Given the revolutionary nature of this idea, you can understand my excitement when the invitation for the Duolingo Beta landed recently in my mailbox. (It was also a great chance to refresh my rusty Spanish skills, recently put to the test – with mediocre results – while exploring a notorious Caribbean island.)

A brilliant user interface

At first glance, Duolingo is clean, …

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The land that time forgot: How crowdsourcing can help bring Cuba into the 21st Century

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… your front door from dusk till dawn, the decision seems easy. The concepts of crowd labor and microwork are wide enough to appeal to people of all ages and educational backgrounds.

Although Cuba is a fascinating country to visit, actually living there probably isn’t. Ordinary Cubans are crying out for the opportunities most of the world takes for granted. With some decent internet access, crowdsourcing could help kickstart this process (there is definitely no shortage of paper forms …

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

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… wishing to earn this money can simply point their web browser to AMT and follow the instructions. Microwork is inclusive in that gender, disability and other personal characteristics do not play a role in selection on digital labor marketplaces.

The World Bank’s mission is to reduce poverty in the world, and its infoDev program got interested in the potential of digital microwork to provide employment to poor people in developing countries. In 2010, I was commissioned by infoDev to …

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Journalist vs. microworker: a fair fight?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… this “newsflash” is distinguished reporter Adam Penenberg. Here’s the story. Last year, microwork startup Serv.io contacted Penenberg hoping for some free publicity (they got that all right). Instead of writing a regular piece, Penenberg decided to put Serv.io’s microworkers to the test by “crowdsourcing the writing of a profile about the company” using only “the Servio 120,000-member crowd”.

Crowd on crowd reporting

To kick start the process, Penenberg wrote 20 …

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2011: a crowded year

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… The term “crowdsourcing” itself now covers an ever-increasing number of sub-categories. From microwork to gamesourcing, from open innovation to crowd funding. New ideas, new research and new companies are constantly bursting onto the scene.

At this critical “coming of age” stage in crowdsourcing’s development, it’s vital that industry players get together and engage in real, ongoing debate. What’s the best way of achieving this? Either throw a huge party or organize a …

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