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Crowdsourcing and constant email may be the best hope for fixing America’s broken highway infrastructure
article Distributed Knowledge

More than 15,000 downloads and 8,700 emails to Congress later, “I’m Stuck” has helped create a crowd-sourced visualization of the traffic and congestion plaguing America’s roads and bridges that...

Harshida PatelSep 21, 2014 01:41 pm GMT8202 views
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Crowdsourcing and constant email may be the best hope for fixing America’s broken highway infrastructure
New South Wales, Australia to Crowdsource Ideas for Public Housing, Congestion
article Open Innovation

The government will start off with crowdsourcing solutions on congestion, public housing, open data and policy challenges. It is looking for ideas to reduce congestion in Sydney’s traffic hot spots...

Harshida PatelSep 19, 2014 01:00 pm GMT402 views
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New South Wales, Australia to Crowdsource Ideas for Public Housing, Congestion
3 ideas you can borrow from Italian giant Enel (including crowdsourcing)
article Open Innovation

Endesa employees who work at Enel's hydropower facilities in Spain have generated 268 ideas about ways to improve procedures, installations, systems and safety at the plants. The employee...

Harshida PatelSep 18, 2014 12:24 am GMT366 views
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3 ideas you can borrow from Italian giant Enel (including crowdsourcing)
12 Data-Driven Cities Making the Internet of Things a Reality
article Distributed Knowledge

Rio is a crowded city, so why not get the residents involved in helping to reduce crime, traffic and the like? That was the idea behind a data crowdsourcing project in Rio de Janeiro. For teens in...

Harshida PatelSep 16, 2014 07:56 am GMT496 views
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12 Data-Driven Cities Making the Internet of Things a Reality
Flongle Is A Crowdsourcing Site That Makes Businesses Compete For Your Mortgage
article Distributed Knowledge, Tools

Flongle is a new crowdsourcing website that assists customers in finding the best home loan by making banks and mortgage brokers bid against each other. Billed as the world’s first “mortgage...

Harshida PatelSep 16, 2014 06:09 am GMT257 views
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Flongle Is A Crowdsourcing Site That Makes Businesses Compete For Your Mortgage
Record-high gifts to College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
article Crowdfunding

“CTAHR’s six academic departments have developed strong, productive partnerships with their constituencies, and private giving reflects that across the college,” said Leslie Lewis, CTAHR...

Harshida PatelSep 14, 2014 11:43 am GMT1460 views
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Record-high gifts to College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
Note My Vote: Now you stand a chance of influencing your MP
article Crowdfunding

More than half of the 212 people who voted in East Worthing and Shoreham said that they wanted to see border controls between Scotland and the rest of the UK if the union is broken-up after this...

Harshida PatelSep 14, 2014 02:21 am GMT711 views
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Note My Vote: Now you stand a chance of influencing your MP
U.S. Threatened James Foley’s Family Over ISIS Ransom Demand, His Mother Says
article Crowdfunding

“It slowed my parents down quite a bit. They didn’t want to do anything that could get them in trouble. It slowed them down for months in raising money. Who knows what might have happened?”...

Harshida PatelSep 13, 2014 04:30 am GMT648 views
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U.S. Threatened James Foley’s Family Over ISIS Ransom Demand, His Mother Says
White House Introduces New Batch of Presidential Innovation Fellows
article Open Innovation

Round 3 of the program is focused on addressing three national priorities, per the White House: 1) Making Digital the Default: Building a 21st Century Veterans Experience; 2) Data Innovation:...

Harshida PatelSep 11, 2014 01:51 pm GMT362 views
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White House Introduces New Batch of Presidential Innovation Fellows
How FrontlineSMS, SFCG Nigeria Created a Conflict Early Warning System for Nigerians
article Distributed Knowledge, Tools

The 109 focal points were chosen from a group of trusted community leaders and representatives, and were then trained in using SMS to submit reports on peace and violence in their areas as part of...

Harshida PatelSep 05, 2014 01:13 pm GMT687 views
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How FrontlineSMS, SFCG Nigeria Created a Conflict Early Warning System for Nigerians
Google’s Ground Truth Initiative For Building More Accurate Maps Now Covers 50 Countries
article Distributed Knowledge, Tools

Google is also launching its Map Maker tool for crowdsourcing mapping data in Russia, Taiwan and Malaysia today. Map Maker was already available in Poland and Romania before, and Google notes that...

Harshida PatelSep 04, 2014 02:08 pm GMT130 views
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Google’s Ground Truth Initiative For Building More Accurate Maps Now Covers 50 Countries
How the Sharing Economy Is Changing Disaster Response and Recovery
article Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Tools

The “sharing economy” — the term now commonly used to describe using technology and social media to promote the sharing and reusing of assets ­— has received a good deal of press over the last few...

Harshida PatelSep 04, 2014 07:49 am GMT421 views
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How the Sharing Economy Is Changing Disaster Response and Recovery
New Tool Offers Global Access to More Than 10,000 U.S. Water Resources
article Tools

Information technologies such as H2infO can go a long way in solving the world’s water issues. In 2013, IBM unveiled a crowdsourcing app in South Africa that encourages South Africans to fix their...

Harshida PatelSep 03, 2014 01:31 am GMT272 views
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New Tool Offers Global Access to More Than 10,000 U.S. Water Resources
Nail paint to detect date rape drugs sparks Twitter debate
article Crowdfunding

Considering a suggestion given to them, 'Undercover Colours' has launched a crowdsourcing campaign to raise funds for the fast and adequate development of the first effective deterrent to...

Harshida PatelSep 02, 2014 02:38 am GMT150 views
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Nail paint to detect date rape drugs sparks Twitter debate
ZappyLab is raising $1.5M to build the ‘GitHub for science research’
article Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge, Tools

Founded in 2012, the company’s main goal is to build a central, crowdsourced, and open repository for protocols, which are written procedural methods for the design and implementation of an...

Harshida PatelAug 30, 2014 12:10 pm GMT744 views
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ZappyLab is raising $1.5M to build the ‘GitHub for science research’
Minkoff turns to crowdsourcing for line
article Distributed Knowledge

Never short on ideas, Rebecca Minkoff has often turned to social networks to promote her brand in the past, and she currently claims over 384 000 followers on Instagram and close to 200 000 on...

Harshida PatelAug 28, 2014 12:13 pm GMT232 views
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Minkoff turns to crowdsourcing for line
Yik Yak Responsibly
article Distributed Knowledge, Tools

Yik Yak, originally designed in response to the popularity of anonymous Twitter and Facebook accounts about collegiate campus life, differentiates itself from its competitors with several...

Harshida PatelAug 28, 2014 01:25 am GMT342 views
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Yik Yak Responsibly
This app uses social media posts and crowdsourcing to map sick zone locations
article Distributed Knowledge

Functioning like a weather forecast for sickness, Sickweather may make it easier to avoid areas where people are reporting cases of the flu and other illnesses. Just in time for back to school...

Harshida PatelAug 27, 2014 10:13 am GMT605 views
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This app uses social media posts and crowdsourcing to map sick zone locations
Scotland has a chance to redefine Western governance
article Distributed Knowledge

By the people, for the people. Iceland’s recent experience makes it clear that crowdsourcing government is the only acceptable way forward. Scotland must devise a way to involve everyday people in...

Harshida PatelAug 24, 2014 12:25 pm GMT464 views
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Scotland has a chance to redefine Western governance
Film Program Offers Foster Kids Hollywood Experience
article Crowdfunding

Thus far, Charity has led the organization, without pay, with annual budget well under $100,000. The organization operates mainly from the generosity of private donors through crowdsourcing and,...

Harshida PatelAug 24, 2014 04:05 am GMT426 views
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Film Program Offers Foster Kids Hollywood Experience
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