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From millions of tasks to thousands of jobs: Bringing digital work to the developing world

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… to one survey, 34 percent of workers on AMT are from India. Two other microwork distributors, Samasource and MobileWorks, have workers in countries such as Kenya, Pakistan and the Philippines. Workers access the tasks from computers in Internet cafés and offices, and earn income in the form of cash, bank deposits and gift cards. In these low- to medium-developed countries, digital microwork seems to be having a real economic impact.

Least-developed countries would have the most to …

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Africa online 2011: The mobile continent

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Silicon Valley, Nairobi?

Over the last couple of years, the success of organizations like Samasource, Txteagle, and, above all, Ushahidi (also from Kenya), has really put African crowdsourcing on the map. New initiatives are constantly jumping on the bandwagon (or on the bush taxi, perhaps). Many are health care or development projects, like Sproxil. Operating in Nigeria and Ghana, Spoxil has developed software that allows the crowd to authenticate drug labels via SMS. The aim …


Two’s company, three’s a crowd conference: CrowdConf 2010

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… , and the CEOs of some of the most exciting new crowdsourcing businesses such as Crowdflower, Samasource, Keniks, uTest, Odesk, LiveOps and Victors and Spoils.

In addition to the guest speakers there will be a series of peer-reviewed presentation tracks and technology demonstrations. Topics for discussion include the past, present and future of crowdsourcing, quality assurance and metrics, social and economic implications of crowdsourcing, task design and worker incentives, …

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Faces in the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Mechanical Turk is also only the largest of various crowdsourcing platforms – others such as Samasource are dominated by people from poorer countries).

Peanuts are better than nothing

But even allowing for this unequal playing field, it is still surprising that people in the US can compete with people in India. Before you pick up the phone to call Adam Smith, a simple explanation is at hand. Although most Turkers said that they are motivated by money, a common theme amongst …