Tools for Transparency: 6 Ways to Crowdsource Government
Scott Stadum Sept. 23, 2010, 2:58 p.m.
Just a few years ago crowdsourcing was a novel concept, mainly untried. Now thatthe idea has gained traction, it's being used in everything fromcustomer servicetotagging datatomicrovolunteeringtogenerating useful ideas.
Crowdsourcing is an invaluable tool for producing fresh ideas quickly andinexpensively. Crowdsourcing,according to Wikipedia, is "the act of outsourcing tasks, traditionallyperformed by an employee or contractor, to a large group of people or community (acrowd), through an open call." Usually this is done leveraging the web and oftentimes there's no reward for the work done -- but this isn't always the case. Below are six examples of crowdsourcing that show the potential of the concept.Sunlight Campaign Ad Monitor.SunlightCAM"allows anyone to reportinformation on the political advertising they see on TV, hear on theradio or view online." This site crowdsources the monitoring of political ads, regardless of medium, from all across the country. After the recentCitizens United ruling allowing corporations and unions to spend unlimited amountsof money right up until election we need crowdsourcing tools like this one more thanever.Challenge.gov A number of US government agencies in collaborationwithChallengePosthave created a portal calledChallenge.govwhich