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Now that’s what I call a remix: confessions of a YouTube-oholic

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Awards ).

Innovative artists and hobbyists – who treat their followers as a resource, not an enemy – don’t just crowdsource, they source a new crowd. C-mon & Kypski have over 25,000 participants in their video. That’s 25,000 people who’ll want everyone they know to download the track. Fans also have deep pockets: Public Enemy have just announced they’ll be recording an entirely crowd funded album, after raising around $60,000 through Sellaband.

With a little help …

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FixMyTransport: keep calm and carry on crowdsourcing

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Public transport. It’s like teenage dating or job interviews – everyone’s got their own personal horror story. The unheated train that broke down in a snowstorm; getting stuck next to “the crazy guy” on a 6 hour bus ride; any journey on the London tube. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for cleaner, greener travel but why is public transport always so square ? Where’s the innovation …

Tags: crowd crowdsourcing Fixmystreet microwork mySociety Public transport Tom Steinberg Twitter waze WriteToThem

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War Games (or how the US military learned to love the crowd)

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… to pinpoint the coordinates of all of them was offered a $40,000 prize. Using Facebook, Twitter, public radio and good old-fashioned bribery, the winning team tracked down every balloon in an impressive 9 hours.

Obviously impressed by the crowd’s talent for tracking inflatables, in 2011 DARPA launched the snappily titled Experimental Crowd-Derived Combat-Support Vehicle Competition. The competition invited the crowd to submit designs for a “groundbreaking” new military jeep. The …


Watching Big Brother

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… this information may prove to be even more useful.

Pressure on governments to publish public information has been mounting for some time. Reflecting this mood, in 2005 a non-binding European Commission directive encouraged increasing openness by member states. But it seems like it is this year that things have started to get moving. On his first day in office, President Obama instructed the heads of federal agencies to release as much information as possible. This has led to a …

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Every murder draws a crowd: Homicide Watch DC

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… and Batman), but more about commenting on it, remembering it and making it accessible to the public.

A new beat for journalism

What makes Homicide Watch significant (aside from its motives, which are unquestionable) is what it might mean for journalism. Editor Laura Amico has described Homicide Watch as data-driven beat reporting built on a framework. This model – gathering data from the crowd into a database and then using it to construct ongoing journalism – is important for …

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