week 3 notes

crowds and participatory tools

crowdsourcing: Hurricane Kartrina- Ethan Zuckerman- hacking the media, 2005.


Danah. M. Boyd- research on myspace (Anthropologist) – Timeline of social media networking sites. http://www.danah.org/

Technical Aspect of manipulating information and keeping it in a single place. – Constant url, Index, bulletin boards

Agile collaboration- people work together in silicon valley- geek- humanitarian spontaneous effort

Craigs List: http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites/

Zesty.ca – information about missing persons- created a standrad: given name, family name, dob, gender, description, home street ect.

ICRC- reuniting families since 1870. Role was written into the Geneva Convention. http://www.icrc.org/eng/ How the world looks at them? As if it is their job.- Linear and institutionalized way of looking at things- treat things with a high degree of suspicion.

MPs- Expenses claim scandal- had to make their expenses public- 4580 Pages of PDF – case of crowdsourcing to be used by humble citizen as chance to speak out their opinion.


Nieman Journalism Lab – Gamefication- leaderboard (part of the process) http://www.niemanlab.org/

Campaigning is going to have to get to grips with big data

Crowdsourcing platforms: kickstart, twitter, facebook, youtube, forums, ebay, recapture, google docs, blogs.

Social business and open innovation: central business techniques for crowd sourcing.

“Speak to tweet” http://sociable.co/technology/speak-to-tweet-allows-syrians-to-contact-the-outside-world/ – translating messages- syrian and egyptians protestors used this tool – phones messages are translated into tweets by volunteers.

API – APPLICATION PROGRAMMING INTERFACE – twitter API allows you to plug together programmes (core) resource URL – format – not the twitter that you see.  A central strategy.

Ian Tomlinson killed at G20 Protest- phones video on youtube was used as major evidence. Police remain anonymous during protests by removing their security numbers.

2008 Austin Blood Drive Tweet- donating blood- highlights the utter immediacy of social media- you need to stay on top of it since its environment is changing weekly.

Iranian FB Group “women equals Men” during the earthquake- was used to donate blood for victims. Similar to the 4636 Mission Report for Haiti Relief Effort. – crowd sourcing of text messages- touches upon the psychological aspect of crowd sourcing. http://www.mission4636.org/report/

Teeme Ara- Estonia- cyber attack – Egovernment (online) since 2007



CROP MOB- vimeo video- Sustainable agriculture- people have a place to learn, are given a sense of community and the famers get extra help. Highlights the idea of LEARNING as being a big motivation of crowd sourcing. By doing something useful you are learning- meet up mentality is the associated frame of thought.

SUKEY- keeping demonstrators safe, mobile and informed : http://www.opensukey.org/ against the police kettle- contested tackle – detain people who have not actually done anything.

“A run with the good gym” – people who need a reason to run can come together and do something for the community at the same time- in this case delivering sacks of turf to the roof of a school. http://vimeo.com/16691502 Overcome social isolation which is becoming an ever bigger problem in the UK- this idea is a classic mash up (taking 2 unlikely things and mix them together). Ticked many boxes of society.

PIVOT – group runs in london – women feel safer running in groups.

http://crowdflower.com/ : world’s largest workforce- collect, filter and enhance your data.

Samasource – http://samasource.org/ microtasking for jobs. checking spreadsheets.

Data cleaning- no specialist skills are needed. Can become an empowering self-organisation. Definitely going to be a growth area.

Notes from the ignite presentation:

37% of the world is on facebook. Glocalising and surveillance. Is social media a tool for liberation or repression? – ambivalent- it can go both ways- it is just a tool and not the only tool that mobilises people.

Internet to become a utility – internet as a human right : http://mashable.com/2012/07/06/internet-human-right/


  • Internet is central to education society- although not the only source of knowledge
  • always will be a split between cities and rural locations
  • smart phones
  • freedom
  • submarine cable map
  • text revolution
  • who controls rights? who do we appeal to?
  • we can establish the right to something, by doing it.
  • dark side to social media- how states can use information of the citizen
  • Verification/security – practical techniques.


Andy Carvin- real time journalism- pure stream verification

Darpa Red Balloon- Riley Crane – you are an ip address and not a person


John Macafee – GPS information attached to photographs-http://www.petapixel.com/


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