Tag Archives: Mobile phone

Africa online 2011: The mobile continent

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… According to a recent article in the Economist, in most African countries more people have a mobile phone than a bank account. In technologically advanced Kenya, over 50% of the population now owns a mobile. A friend of mine who used to live in Mali told me that many young people there would rather go hungry than go without SMS.

In the West, all the money and media attention goes to smartphones – see the hyperactive press coverage of Nokia’s recent deal with Microsoft. However, …

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

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… labor markets.

But even the most underprivileged people in the world increasingly have access to mobile phones. There are over 5 billion mobile phone subscriptions in the world, and over half a billion in India alone. In 2011, mobile phone penetration reached almost 80 percent in the developing world. In the near future, typical mobile phones in the developing world will start to resemble personal computers in terms of features and Internet connectivity.

m2Work is an online challenge …

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And the crowdsourcing award goes to…

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

These days crowdsourcing is (more or less) an officially recognized industry. We’ve got books, conferences, and even a proper dictionary definition . But, until now, crowdsourcing has lacked one thing that every self-respecting industry needs: a glittering awards ceremony. Luckily, help is near.

This September, crowdsourcing news site The Daily Crowdsource has …

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Distributed work and data security: can the crowd keep a secret?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… “bread and butter” tasks of distributed work involve potentially sensitive data. Think of phone transcription, handwriting recognition, email address searches and SMS translation. There’s also the growing area of crowdsourced market research and product testing. What if someone in the crowd reveals your killer new mobile app (Moderately Irritated Frogs) to the folks at Rovio?

C.S confidential

It’s up to individual distributed work platforms to figure out how to deal with …

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Libya, liberation and the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… why. Deprived of broadband, the opposition has shown that in the age of crowdsourcing, a cell phone can be a megaphone (if you add a burning sense of injustice and a little help from Twitter, Google and CNN).

Alive and tweeting

In the early days of the Libyan revolt there were no foreign journalists on the ground (presumably because the world’s media was still camped out in Cairo). As the fighting spread, citizens turned to web and mobile technology to get their stories heard. …

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