Tag Archives: William Easterly


Live Aid – giving the crowd more feedback

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… would be about to disappear. A series of well publicized books by the likes of Dambisa Moyo and William Easterly have even argued that far from helping the situation, limitless aid fosters corruption and dependence, hinders economic development and actually perpetuates poverty.

Not surprisingly, these arguments have met with significant criticism, from both aid organizations and prominent thinkers such as Jeffrey Sachs and Paul Collier. For armchair observers of this debate, deciding …

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Death 2.0: Crowdsourcing the rest of your (after)life

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… of his dead girlfriend?

Should we go down this route at all? Sci-Fi writers from Isaac Asimov to William Gibson have all struggled with the same question. It’s terrible, freaky and fascinating: exactly the kind of idea that refuses to die. Thoughts anyone? (Remember to think your comments through first: they may just outlive you).

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Crowdsourcing and machine translation: the start of a beautiful friendship

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

… a Finnish translation of the following English text, done using Google’s translator:

William Shakespeare (baptized 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s preeminent dramatist.”

William Shakespeare (kastettu 26 huhtikuu 1564 – 23 huhtikuu 1616) oli Englanti runoilija ja näytelmäkirjailija, laajalti pidetään suurin kirjailija, että Englanti kielen ja …

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Crowdsourcing crime part II: the net has eyes

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Along with tea, politeness and Prince William, one of the things the U.K is famous for is CCTV. These days the streets and shopping malls of London are heaving with surveillance cameras.

Nobody knows how many there are, but it’s generally agreed Britain is one of the most watched countries in the world. You have to wonder what this nation of polite tea-drinkers would do if they turned all the cameras off: loot Oxford Street? …

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The Same Old Song?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

For most people it is hard to think of a downside to the internet revolution. The “information superhighway” has made business more efficient, staying in touch with friends easier, and the opportunities for our spare time more varied.

But, as with any revolution, there have been losers. Amongst those on the wrong side of change were the local second hand stores …

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