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Microtask: we love the forms you hate

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Paper forms are the bane of the modern workplace. They clutter-up our wireless, iPad-glass-and-steel offices like ghosts of the pre-digital past. As well as ruining the décor, forms are a terrible way to store data (just try “quick sorting” a full filing cabinet). Humankind has sent robots to Mars, mapped the human genome and even (in just 11 years) tracked down Osama Bin Laden. So why is …

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Summer Blockbuster, in cinemas now: The Document Processing Knight Rises

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Basically we have been trying to magically transfer those nearly illegible, dusty piles of paper forms that fill the dark comers of your office into digital format on your computer.

This summer…(pretend I am saying this really slowly in that movie preview voice ), Mike Rotask rises again, to save the world from the evil problems associated with document processing, and banish those paper forms you hate, forever.

Ok, the animation is not quite Batman, but it does describe how our …

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Could crowd-driven think tanks be weapons of mass instruction?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… of experts working to solve economic, social or military problems, sounds like a great idea on paper, but it is open to abuse. Private interests can set up their own think tanks in order to pursue their own agendas, as with the sorry tale of The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition, which was set up by tobacco firm Philip Morris in the 1990s to dispute medical research on the negative consequences of smoking.

But thanks to some new initiatives, the traditional think tank model may …

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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

… from the reality. Day-by-day Cuba revealed itself exciting, surprising and often disappointing.

Paper to the people

One thing that struck me – aside form the complete lack of consumer choice – was the amount of bureaucracy involved in… pretty much everything, from getting a seat on a bus to accessing the internet.

As a socialist country Cuba is buried in paperwork (which may explain the shortage of toilet paper); what makes it crazy is that all that work is mostly done in vain. …

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From January to June: six months of micro (and macro) work

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… people have completed 4,661,832 microtasks of mole-based fun. In May, we announced Microtask Forms – a crowdsourced service to “digitize and destroy” unwieldy paper forms (check out the free trial ). To top it all, we’re also the proud winners of a Red Herring Europe TOP 100 award – apparently this makes us one of “ the most innovative and promising startups in Europe ” (oh stop it, we’re blushing!).

Media coverage has also been pretty spectacular. Digitalkoot has …

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