From the category archives:

Crowdsourcing

Some of you may have read -- either here or elsewhere -- about one of the social-media projects that I've been involved with at the Globe, a joint venture with the Dominion Institute known as the Public Policy Wiki. We started the wiki in January, as a way of soliciting input from concerned Canadians about…

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The photo that captured the incredible survival of the passengers of U.S. Airways Flight 1549, a shot of passengers standing on the wing in the middle of the Hudson River and sitting in an inflatable life raft, was taken by a guy named Janis Krums, who was on the ferry that was going to pick…

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The always excellent Jason Kottke has a post up that got me thinking about the "broken windows" theory and how it applies to online communities. The theory -- articulated in this piece from The Atlantic in 1982 -- states that crime and bad behaviour of various kinds tends to proliferate where there are obvious signs…

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Andy Baio, otherwise known as Waxy (I don't know why) is an independent journalist and programmer who lives in Oregon, and in addition to maintaining one of the most interesting link blogs on the planet he periodically takes on research projects -- including an exhaustive investigation of all 300 or so samples used in the…

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There are plenty of efforts at "citizen journalism" underway in various places, including CNN's iReport and Vancouver-based NowPublic, but Spot.us is a little different: In this case, the citizens aren't the ones doing the actual reporting (although they can potentially do so under Spot's model). Instead, they're being asked to finance the reporting, by contributing…

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