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Distributed work and data security: can the crowd keep a secret?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… with the “McNealy philosophy” is that the web is now the place where millions of people go to work, as well as play. Even the most innocent, open, non-evil companies generally have some data – such as personal information, research and development strategy, secret Santa lists – they need to keep secure.

Distributed work platforms face a unique and particularly knotty data security dilemma. If your business model relies on distributing client data among a vast (often anonymous) crowd …

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Bringing anarchy to the creative process – When distributed work meets interesting web content

Posted on by Ida Hakola

… bring the crowdsourcing idea to the process of creating interesting web content. Or maybe it might work by chance – but just once.

My work in Vapa Media revolves around interesting, up to date and good web content in general. The first questions arise when one must decide, what good content actually is, and what it is not. To make it simple I think that good web content has an audience, while bad content doesn’t. What is not interesting, doesn’t exist. The same philosophy applies …

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Do crowdsourced design contests work? You be the judge – and win!

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… impressed.

Unfortunately, from this point, things did not run quite as smoothly.

Distributing work: no easy task

As a person who commented on our earlier blog pointed out, the process does not end with the posting of the competition. You do not just “sit back and relax.” A lot of feedback and additional guidance is also required.

For us, this mainly involved either re-stating aspects of the initial instructions (over and over and over again), or encouraging competitors to come up …

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Getting paid to party: what is the difference between work and play?

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

Work and play: as concepts, they couldn’t be further from each other – right? Today, these two conceptual opposites are increasingly getting mixed up. Korean professional gamers make a living by competing in multiplayer games like StarCraft in front of television audiences of millions. Hundreds of thousands of virtual gold farmers in China, Vietnam and elsewhere are paid an hourly wage to …

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Work could heal the mind: microtasking from a cognitive perspective

Posted on by Katri Saarikivi

… of cognitive processing. In this article guest writer Katri Saarikivi discusses how task based work, and in particular microtasks, offer exciting opportunities for not only the treatment of cognitive dysfunction, but also reducing lost productivity in the workplace.

Cognitive difficulties in different illnesses

Cognitive difficulties can arise in conjunction with many kinds of illness and stressors. Obvious states such as burnout, brain injury or dementia and less obvious such as …

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