A million voices, a million editors

Africa - Andrea Planet WallpaperThe TED conference showcases lectures from some of the most interesting voices in technology, arts and media.  Most recently, I discovered a short, four minute video on text message reporting of violent crisis in Africa.  The concept is a great one, but the larger concept behind this particular incarnation is what is fascinating.

The project initially allowed thousands of updates reporting break outs of violence, and aggregated that content.  But eventually they had more content than could be realistically consumed.  So after having success with a crowdsourced approach to content generation, they decided to take a similar approach to content filtration.  Which is brilliant. Continue reading “A million voices, a million editors”