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The Future of Work: Paid to Play?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Boredom at work is a big problem. In fact it’s one of the main reasons people complain about their jobs. Imagine if work could be as entertaining as your favourite game and what this could mean for work satisfaction and productivity.

The Problem with Work

Many people believe that work is a boring but necessary requirement for enjoying ‘real life’ outside work. This belief is negative for both employees and employers. A worker who is …

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Every murder draws a crowd: Homicide Watch DC

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

“Homicide Watch DC” sounds like a cop drama, and to be honest it’s got the makings of a police procedural (especially for those of us familiar with the 5th season of The Wire ). Instead Homicide Watch is a crowdfunded, crowdsourced reporting project, covering every homicide in the District of Colombia.

This claim is so bold as to almost be suspect. More than a hundred people are murdered in the US capital every year. That’s a huge number of stories, …

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When crowdsourcing goes wrong: Lessons in crowd control

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

If the Discovery Channel ever makes a documentary called When Crowdsourcing Goes Wrong, I suggest you watch it. I say this partly because, as you probably know by now, our industry is full of eye candy. After all, there’s no better way to tone up for summer than working long hours in front of a monitor and near continuous travel. Even more compelling, however, is the fact that attempts at using …

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Short Stories About Tiny Tasks: the Microtask Book

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… we began writing this blog in late 2009, crowdsourcing had grown from a little known concept into the core of a respectable, mainstream industry (in spite of all our efforts to be rebellious and disruptive).

We had many goals for the blog when we started it. Along with making us look cool, we hoped it would chart the rise of the crowdsourcing industry. One day, we thought, we might even republish a selection of posts as a book. Something that people could read before they fall asleep at …

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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 viral success are clearly very interesting from a crowdsourcing perspective. Obviously the

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