Tag Archives: Public.Resource.Org

Watching Big Brother

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… information as possible. This has led to a surge in information available for organizations like Public.Resource.Org. Similarly, in the UK, the Government has recently launched the massive COINS database, giving anyone who cares to look an incredibly detailed look at UK Government expenditure.

A wolf in Google’s clothing

All this is great, but just releasing this information does not necessarily change much. The problem is that the information available on any one of these sites …

Tags: Barack Obama COINS crowdsourcing government data Julian Assange Public.Resource.Org Wikileaks Wolfram Alpha


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

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

YouTube can be a dangerous place. A place where your time, and occasionally your sanity, vanish without trace. Trouble is, it’s also the best place to find out what crazy, creative stuff the “crowd” is up to. What I bring you today, after many hours of dangerous research, is some of its latest work. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Shining happy people

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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 ? …

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Every murder draws a crowd: Homicide Watch DC

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

“Homicide Watch DC” sounds like a cop drama, and to be honest it’s got the makings of a police procedural (especially for those of us familiar with the 5th season of The Wire ). Instead Homicide Watch is a crowdfunded, crowdsourced reporting project, covering every homicide in the District of Colombia.

This claim is so bold as to almost be suspect. More than a …

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Of Maps and Men: is Apple relying on us to fix the iPhone 5?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

As a long-time Apple Fanboy, I’ve done my fair share of preaching from the book of Jobs. But since He passed away/ascended into heaven, many people have been wondering if Apple can continue to delight the world with groundbreaking products. The iPhone 5 was a crucial test for the new leaders of the world’s most valuable company. So far the results have been less than …