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Faces in the crowd: how crowdsourcing can help people fit into society

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Sometimes it seems there’s a lot of negativity towards the crowd. Whether it’s images of angry mobs with burning torches or hurtful terms like “mob mentality” and “tyranny of the majority”, our society often seems to favor the individual over the group.

We in the crowdsourcing industry have been working hard to dispel these myths and improve the image of the mob. …

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Crowded planet: desperately seeking sustainability

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

According to the latest UN figures , there are now over 7 billion people living on planet earth. In response, the world’s media has exploded with dire predictions of famine, war and climate disaster (and some great info-graphics ). Of course, in Finland over-population is hardly a major problem (except for reindeer and right-wing politicians ). But we’re probably as …

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Africa online 2011: The mobile continent

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… last couple of years, the success of organizations like Samasource, Txteagle, and, above all, Ushahidi (also from Kenya), has really put African crowdsourcing on the map. New initiatives are constantly jumping on the bandwagon (or on the bush taxi, perhaps). Many are health care or development projects, like Sproxil. Operating in Nigeria and Ghana, Spoxil has developed software that allows the crowd to authenticate drug labels via SMS. The aim is to fight the huge trade in illegal …


Crowdsourcing Crime Part I: The Good Guys

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… of crime and corruption to a website via text, tweet or web form. It’s built on the celebrated Ushahidi platform and founders are working with backers to get a short code that’ll make texting reports free.

If you live in Seattle or Atlanta then crowdsourced crime reporting is just one more nugget of data into the vast melting pot of police reports, databases and web apps available. In Nairobi though, Hatari is one of the first attempts to build a publically available, visual, crime …


Riot in a crowded street

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Over the past year or so, Crowdsourcing has proved to be great in a crisis. As Ushahidi have shown in Haiti and Pakistan, with a decent software platform, you can channel the crowd into an efficient and powerful force for good.

But, as Yoda might put it: “power of the crowd, dark side it has”. If it’s possible to organize the crowd into fixing a crisis, what’s to stop someone doing the opposite? Imagine a shadowy, sinister figure (think Tyler Durden from Fight …