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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase ‘think tank’? A passionately engaged team of experts, using their knowledge to shape the social discourse? A bunch of overeducated technocrats with no experience of the real world, dictating our futures? A telepathically-operated war machine?

Whatever your opinion, think tanks – or policy research units – are everywhere, …

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Crowded planet: desperately seeking sustainability

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… improve local economies”. There’s even a Tool Lending Library service based in Berkeley, California.

The Enabling City is designed as a toolkit to engage and motivate urban citizens. In Chiara Camponeschi’s own words “there are vast amounts of untapped knowledge and creativity out there that we need to unleash to make our cities more open and sustainable”. Inspiring stuff.

The West vs the rest?

Despite their grand vision, both Steffen and Camponeschi only really …

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2011: a crowded year

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… group Crowdsortium.org. The convention is scheduled for May 19-20 in Mountain “Google” View, California. Given Crowdsortium’s impressive list of members, the event should be a great opportunity for crowdsourcing professionals to meet up and gossip engage in productive discussion. Tickets are on sale to members for $125, so get in touch with Media Director Brittany Lincoln if you wish to attend.


Next up is Europe’s first ever crowdsourcing conference: …

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SpeakerText: serious about subtitles

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… video transcription methods. Option one: get someone (for example a nice lady from California ) to watch the whole video and type it out – accurate but expensive and slow. Option two: use machine transcription – cheap but often unintentionally hilarious.

Crowdsourcing startup SpeakerText has proposed a third way (cue drum roll and dry ice). The company claims to “combine artificial and human intelligence to offer low-cost, high-quality video transcription”. …

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E-petitions: a vote for the future?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… instrument”. What if every tax rise and cutback got blocked by citizens? (Refer to the state of California’s finances for answer.) Or if internet-savvy lobbying groups – such as the green movement or the food industry – hijacked the site, pushing their own agendas?

But before we all sink back into the warm embrace of political apathy, let’s remember one obvious but often overlooked fact: an e-petition isn’t the same as a paper petition. A paper petition stops with a signature. …

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