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Kony 2012: the crowd to the rescue?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Unless you’re a solitary hermit with no Facebook friends, you’ll have seen the Kony 2012 film , which racked up an astonishing 70m hits in its first week. You may also have heard the criticisms of Invisible Children, the charity behind the film, and read the charity’s response to its critics.

Leaving aside these issues, the nature of the campaign and its enormous …

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Crowdsourcing the slums: a breath of fresh air?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… by the famous Ushahidi platform) also allows residents to report sanitation problems via SMS and web forms. I guess now it’s up to governments and NGOs to actually do something with all that data.

My only issue with the (obviously worthy) Tandale project is what happens after the well-funded Western PhD student has packed-up his GPS and gone home? In other words, is the project sustainable?

Mark tackled this criticism in a recent blog post. He argues that by working with …

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Heather Chaplin: gamification’s worst nightmare?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

This year has been huge for gamification. Barely a day passes without another story about it in the media, with its champions enjoying so much exposure to the spotlight they had suntans long before summer. We were no exception. Here on the blog we’ve already covered the topic from several angles: sometimes with unashamed enthusiasm (for example here , here and here ) and …

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The secrets of Digitalkoot: Lessons learned crowdsourcing data entry to 50,000 people (for free)

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

As many of you will know, a few months ago Microtask and the National Library of Finland launched a project called Digitalkoot . Being the first Microtask-powered public service, Digitalkoot was a huge test for our crowdsourcing platform, the use of volunteers to complete microtasks, our ideas about gamification and rewards , and basically us as decent, upstanding …

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Distributed work and data security: can the crowd keep a secret?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… sensitive data. Think of phone transcription, handwriting recognition, email address searches and SMS translation. There’s also the growing area of crowdsourced market research and product testing. What if someone in the crowd reveals your killer new mobile app (Moderately Irritated Frogs) to the folks at Rovio?

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It’s up to individual distributed work platforms to figure out how to deal with data security. One option is simply to do nothing. This sophisticated …

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