Tag Archives: Touching the Void


Caught on Camera: the crowd calls the shots

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

One of the reoccurring complaints about our shiny, super-connected modern world is that everywhere has become a bit samey. From Moscow to L.A. it seems like everyone’s drinking Starbucks, eating pizza and tweeting about WikiLeaks from their iPhones.

Such generic experiences can lead previously well-adjusted people to suddenly book crazy adventure holidays trekking in the Sahara, or start spending …

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Happily ever after: how bored workers and their bosses can benefit from crowdsourcing

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… army of workers diligently completing tasks and solving problems, it is understandable that the media sometimes treat crowdsourcing almost like a fairytale industry.

Recently, however, our friends at CrowdControl have begun to tear down our carefully cultivated air of magic and mystery with new research on the demographics of digital labor (I can handle losing a little mystique, but nobody better go anywhere near my special Microtask wizard’s hat). Some of the results do not …

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Crowdsourcing democracy: was the Arab Spring over-hyped?

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… © Photos by Hanna Sistek @Sistek

This year, crowdsourced journalism has really “hit the headlines”. From journalists crowdfunding their own investigations, to The Guardian newspaper crowdsourcing its editorial policy.

Of course, the biggest crowdsourced news scoop of 2011 is the Arab Spring. From Morocco to Bahrain, citizens risked their lives to film, tweet and blog real-time on-the-ground reports. In the West, over-excited tech commentators discussed the great …

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

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