Crowd-Sourcing: Bonzanza or Exploitation?

Sourced with compliments from http://www.itworldcanada.com/blogs/ciocanada/2009/09/18/crowd-sourcing-bonzanza-or-exploitation/51860/

Have you heard the new term “crowd-sourcing”? At first I thought this was a call for movie extras!It’s actually a creative way to get work done for free or for pauper’s wages.

According toJeff Howe, the person who coined the phase andcontributing editor at Wired Magazine “Crowdsourcing is the act of taking a job traditionally performed by a designated agent (usually an employee) and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in the form of an open call.”Jeff has written extensively on this subject in his blog http://crowdsourcing.typepad.com/

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