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Power from the people: crowdsourcing the constitution

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… could be ratified as early as June 1st. Now it looks like the idea is spreading.

The Scottish Assembly has invited members of Iceland’s Constitutional Council to speak at a special event held by the policy group Nordic Horizons. This group leads Scotland’s efforts to emulate the success of, well, Nordic folk like me I guess (oh, and Nordic-style education, healthcare and equality, but mostly me).

Crowdsourcing constitutional change was, of course, big news in North Africa …

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Will 3D printing and crowdsourcing bring the industrial revolution home?

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… for a new boss, then the next forty years trying to avoid him (usually he’s still a him). The assembly line was born and then left home to see the world, taking manufacturing jobs with it. Technology has made workplaces more efficient (and made slacking off on company time more fun), but robots haven’t really taken over workplaces like we thought they would. Indeed, most of our colleagues are still frustratingly human.

But the concept of a job is changing rapidly. Crowdsourcing …

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A (cryptic) case for the crowd

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… Secrets of the past

The coded notes look impressively incomprehensible (and this is an assembly language programmer talking). You might think that a cipher which has defeated a decade of professional analysis is pretty much certifiably unbreakable. But the history of cryptography (and computing) is rich in examples of “amateur intelligence” breakthroughs.

During World War II, amateur cryptologists were among the team that helped crack the famous German Enigma code. …

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SpeakerText: serious about subtitles

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… the line

Over the past few months we’ve covered a whole bunch of companies that use the “assembly-line” model of distributed work. From ServioTranslate to Mybossisarobot, crowd-machine workflow is definitely in fashion.

By combining on-trend crowdsourcing with a little JavaScript magic, it looks like SpeakerText might finally have invented a video search tool to replace the rewind button.

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Read all about it! Crowd makes the news

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… himself has admitted that he’d be surprised if the experiment worked perfectly first time.

The assembly-line style of crowdsourcing certainly sounds exciting, but it’s easy to spot some potential “functionality issues”. If an error is made – e.g. a worker enters a wrong name or date – will it be replicated throughout the writing process? Can readers trust crowd researchers to properly check facts? How does an article written by dozens of different people maintain a consistent …

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