Items tagged with crowd sourcing

A few weeks ago, we brought you a story about Google’s Waze app and how law enforcement agencies across the U.S. are becoming increasingly paranoid about how the app is being used. In a nutshell, Waze allows drivers to report on road hazards, traffic jams, accidents, and of course police activity. All of this information is reported in near-real-time, and with millions of drivers using the app, it provides a wealth of data to road warriors. But many police departments see the app as a threat. Late last month, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said that the Waze app can be “misused by those... Read more...
Kickstarter is the largest crowd funding website in cyberspace, and it's managed to raise millions of dollars for promising projects. One of them is Ouya, the $99 Android game console that originally had a goal of soliciting $950,000 but ended up with nearly $8.6 million in pledges when the dust settled. It's not the only project to blow past its goal, but it does bring up an interesting question. If the project fails, will backers receive a refund? It's a question NPR presented to Ouya, which admittedly didn't know the answer. "Technically, from a Kickstarter perspective, I don't know the answer... Read more...