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Human Flesh Search Engines: The Most Dangerous Game

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… the help of humans (as opposed to the ones carried out through a search engine like Google).

A tiger in the grass?

A good demonstration of the power of HFS is now known as the South China Tiger Event. In 2007 a tiger species considered long-extinct in the wild was spotted and photographed by a hunter in the Shaanxi province of China. After the pictures were published in Science magazine, skeptical Chinese internet users started a challenge to establish whether they were authentic. …

Tags: China community crowsourcing distributed work engines HFS search South China Tiger Event

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Grandma knows best: experiments in distributed education

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… global survey of child literacy.

The study ranked Finnish students below those in Shanghai and South Korea.

Many people blame excessive technology for the educational downturn. Finnish kids of today are internet addicts – plugged in, switched on, zoned out.

But not everyone agrees that children and computers should be kept apart. Educational expert Professor Sugata Mitra has spent the last decade researching how computers can help to educate some of the world’s poorest children. …

Tags: child literacy crowd crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work DNA Education Grandparent India Newcastle University South Korea Sugata Mitra TED

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When knowledge is power

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… living in extreme states like North Korea and Zimbabwe, or major economic powers like Russia and China, do not sleep so soundly.

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In the end, the power of the state stems from its ability to coerce – especially in countries where its legitimacy is challenged. But almost as important is its access to vast amounts of information, and ability to control what information reaches individuals. As we all know, the internet has dramatically increased people’s access to …

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Nordic Tech Tour: Our journey gets going

Posted on by Harri Holopainen

… on the Nordic and Baltic regions. Because the great opportunities for growth companies at this event are well known, only a small number of the applicants that apply are selected to present at it. This year the competition was especially tough, and the jury went through the business plans of more than 500 start-up, growth, and expansion phase companies.

As you might have guessed by the fact that we are talking about it, Microtask was selected as one of the thirty finalists invited to …

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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… printing will soon allow us to produce much of what we need locally. Rather than sending away to China for a spare part, companies like Ponoko will allow us to download its design and print it at home. Overseas factories will still exist where they are more efficient, but as Ponoko’s founder, Dave ten Have said “we are going to see a rebalancing – a considered move away from the mass centralization we’ve experienced in the last 30 years.” Products will have greater cultural …

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