Tag Archives: Opinions

Can crowdsourcing be used as a tool for evil?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

A recent interview on Daily Crowdsource with Manuel Cebrian (you might remember him from such groundbreaking crowdsourcing projects as 2009’s DARPA Red Balloon Challenge and last month’s Tag Challenge) about crowdsourcing and crime got me thinking.

It occurred to me that the Joker from The Dark Knight may be the first ever super-villain to use crowdsourcing for his …


Welcome to the Open Ministry

Posted on by Jack Reynolds

… Joonas who can submit his ideas.

Joonas: The point being that the Open Ministry doesn’t have opinions as an institution. The Open Ministry doesn’t present any ideas or have any opinions itself.

Do you have to exert any editorial control over the proposals?

Joonas: We were originally quite worried that we would have to moderate the content, but we’ve been very positively surprised that we have not had to moderate a single comment or a single idea. We’ve had some 130 ideas …


All I want for Christmas is you clear terminology

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… song, all the “crowdsourcing” on it is really just using the internet to canvass peoples’ opinions. Yes, the crowdsourcing industry has grown hugely in the last couple of years, but this growth is almost becoming overshadowed by the term itself, which is now a buzzword that people apply to almost anything involving group participation.

OK, it’s Christmas, so I won’t complain too much about an issue which I have already said a fair bit about. All I ask for Christmas, is this: …

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Crowdsourcing democracy: was the Arab Spring over-hyped?

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… people had a clear starting point for discussion. In one month, reforme.ma received over 150,000 opinions and suggestions. This huge response convinced the national committee to consider crowdsourced suggestions when drafting the new constitution.

It’s interesting that Western-developed platforms failed to get Arab support. An election monitoring platform – developed for Egypt at the request of the American University in Cairo – had to be completely re-written by local project …

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Twitter Predictions: the future is just 140 characters away

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… simplicity is its strength. Everyday tweeters create a vast, searchable dataset of thoughts and opinions – a 140-character global mood meter. Far from being mere “cyber-babble” our collective tweets contain valuable information: what movies are popular, who we plan to vote for, how a whole nation feels. Believe it or not there’s growing evidence that if you ask the right questions, Twitter can even predict the future.

Movies, moods and markets

A 2010 study by HP Labs …

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