Tag Archives: Middle East


2011: the year the future became history?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the Japanese tsunami, to the economic turmoil in the EU and US, to the more positive chaos in the Middle East.

Amidst the booming tech industry, we at Microtask have often felt insulated from this turbulence. But mostly, we have felt like we were right there, in the thick of it: 2011 was the year that the power of the online crowd shook the world (almost a year after we had discussed how crowdsourcing and information sharing platforms were being used to promote democratic change in …

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Libya, liberation and the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

The recent uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East have taught the world a lot about people power. Depressingly, they’ve also shown how easy it is for a crazy dictator to shut down the internet.

At the time of writing, Libya is still almost totally offline.

It’s clear that oppressive regimes are scared of the web. Considering the online creativity of the young, tech-savvy crowd you can understand why. Deprived of broadband, …

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Power from the people: crowdsourcing the constitution

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… mostly me).

Crowdsourcing constitutional change was, of course, big news in North Africa and the Middle East last year. The rash of revolutions in these areas created new states in need of new constitutions (and probably tripled Bashar al-Assad’s life insurance premiums). As we have previously discussed, it’s nice to think that you can use the same suite of apps to help topple a tyrant or build a nation. Sadly, it also takes a lot more than a Facebook page to rebuild a whole …

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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 …

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Rookie or real player? The rise of Seth Priebatsch

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… is currently up and running in Boston and Philadelphia (next stop San Francisco). Good news for East Coast residents in need of discount sushi/ tooth whitener/ rock-climbing lessons.

Over hyped and over here?

Even by Priebatsch’s standards, trying to break into the daily deals sector is hugely ambitious. Established companies like Groupon and LivingSocial are already worth billions. Plus Groupon is rumored to be in talks about integrating with Foursquare. That could spell serious …

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