Tag Archives: Tahrir Square


Crowdsourcing democracy: was the Arab Spring over-hyped?

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… tech commentators discussed the great “social-media revolution”. Yet, six months after Tahrir Square, Egypt remains troubled and divided: a few weeks ago, 26 Coptic Christians were killed in Cairo during clashes with the police.

Social media helped kick start the revolution. But can technology also help create better, more democratic, Arab states? Tanja Aitamurto, a visiting researcher at Stanford, and Hanna Sistek, a journalist in Delhi, are researching exactly this question. …

Tags: Arab Spring Cairo Coptic Christian Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria crowd crowdsourcing Egypt microwork Morocco Tahrir Square The Guardian

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For a fistful of dollars: the weird and wonderful world of Fiverr

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… (Fiverrers?) are more dedicated than others. For example, we do believe this picture from Times Square is genuine…

…But alas this “real” Monkey Sock shot isn’t quite so convincing. Someone still needs to read Photoshop For Dummies …

Other entries included Microtask’s mark on a selection of hot beverages…

…harbor art (I can hardly contain my excitement)…

…and street signs.

Along with variable quality, Fiverr’s other main …

Tags: Adobe Photoshop crowd crowdsourcing Finland Fiverr Los Angeles microwork music Photoshop Times Square United States

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FixMyTransport: keep calm and carry on crowdsourcing

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for cleaner, greener travel but why is public transport always so square ? Where’s the innovation and creativity (or the basic standards of comfort) that goes into private vehicle design? Of course, one day we’ll all plug into the matrix and cruise to work in virtual E-Types. But until then, the unsexy problem of “how to make the trains run on time” will continue to slow down humankind.

For UK citizens however, there may be a little crowdsourced …

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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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Crowdsourcing: an ancient Finnish tradition?

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

… an online project to map Finland’s nesting bird population. Finland is a large country: 337,000 square kilometers in total. It would be impossible for a single team of researchers (however dedicated) to produce a complete map. Instead, in the best talkoot/ crowdsourcing-style, project organizers appealed to the country’s bird-watchers for help. Amateur ornithologists responded enthusiastically, sending in data and observations from all over the country. Thanks to their hard work, the …

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