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New media and the British election: Don’t stand too close to the bleeding edge

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Because Barack told me to, Sir

In an earlier post we looked at the potential of these new mediums to motivate and influence voters, particularly in the US election. Unsurprisingly, new media has also been the focus of much hype in the British election. Following Barack’s lead, both the Tories and the Labour party used Twitter, Facebook, crowdsourcing and YouTube to try to score political points. But did the politicians’ use of new media automatically grant them Obama-style …

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Death 2.0: Crowdsourcing the rest of your (after)life

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… of human existence. (Yes, I watched The Matrix again on the weekend.) With the rise of social media, this idea has now gone a step further: can computers change what it means to be dead?

A few weeks ago, while watching TED videos to escape the scorching Italian sun (it’s a tough life, I know), I came across this off-beat and slightly creepy talk by Adam Ostrow, Mashable’s Editor in Chief.

Adam’s subject was our online (im)mortality. These days people are constantly uploading …

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HS Talkoot: Microtask to the rescue of Finnish media history

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Hi there, friends of Microtask! We are pleased to announce the debut of a new Microtask-powered service: HS Talkoot.

Created for Helsingin Sanomat in collaboration with the National Library of Finland, the goal of HS Talkoot is to engage readers and allow them to help with the digital editing of old issues of Päivälehti, the predecessor of Helsingin Sanomat. The material in need of revision includes the whole first month of the historical newspaper (December …

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Read all about it! Crowd makes the news

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… can produce a coherent 500-word scientific article – like something you’d find in Wired or New Scientist.

The experiment works like this: each part of the article writing process (including researching, fact checking and writing) is divided into microtasks. Each task is completed numerous times by different workers. Other workers then vote on the best versions. The idea is that with enough built-in redundancy the crowd will act as a self-editing journalistic machine. The whole …

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Making news pay: a pressing issue

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… to mankind. On the other hand, so does everybody else. Since 2007 an avalanche of free, online new sites (oh, and a global recession) have caused newspaper sales to plummet in the US and Europe.

Of course, some quality publications have managed to stay profitable through online advertising, but in general, making money online hasn’t proved easy for your average hardworking media mogul (witness Rupert Murdoch ranting at search engines ). In an age where information is as prolific as …

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