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# crowdsourcing - Monday 11 November, 2013

From The Daily Edge Hundreds attend 99-year-old man's funeral after appeal goes viral RIP

Hundreds attend 99-year-old man's funeral after appeal goes viral

Harold Percival died without friends or close family to attend his funeral – so the internet took over.

# crowdsourcing - Friday 21 June, 2013

Kickstarter pulls 'seduction guide' after claims it promoted rape

Excerpts from the book urged men to “be dominant” and “don’t ask for permission”.

# crowdsourcing - Sunday 7 April, 2013

How parents are trying to raise €2 million on the internet to build a school in Clare

The parents at the Mol an Óige national school in Clare were hoping to get the money from the Department of Education – but instead they’ve turned to the internet.

# crowdsourcing - Sunday 2 December, 2012

You might help crowdfund an album - but what about some scientific research?

Some scientists have turned to crowdfunding to raise money for their work – with one TCD researcher raising more than €20,000.

# crowdsourcing - Tuesday 29 May, 2012

TDs, tech and legal experts seek to crowdsource copyright review submission

The Copyright Review Committee is examining current copyright legislation in Ireland in the wake of the controversial statutory instrument signed into law earlier this year.

# crowdsourcing - Monday 14 May, 2012

The Daily Fix: Monday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Monday

Your essential roundup of the day’s big stories – plus any other bits and pieces you may have missed…

# crowdsourcing - Tuesday 3 August, 2010

ATTEMPTS BY THE British government to include the electorate in major political decisions has backfired – with every single department failing to take any of the public’s suggestions on board.

The government’s Your Freedom website, set up last month, sought the public’s ideas for “a more open and less intrusive society through our Programme for Government”.

The public were invited to post their ideas on a number of subjects – but with 9,500 suggestions posted on the website, each individual government department has merely assumed the suggestions were an endorsement of its prior agenda and simply reinstated its own policy.

In discussions on immigration, for example, where users had suggested various measures like introducing language tests or giving UK citizens priority in employment, the Home Office merely replied: “We are pleased to see broad support for our proposal to limit migration so that net migration is scaled back to the earlier level.”

Elsewhere, in discussions over the environment, the Department of Energy and Climate Change said: “We agree,” and then set out the plans already agreed by the coalition government.

Another response, in a debate about cutting the government’s pledges for overseas aid, simply read: “Dropping this pledge would be a serious mistake.”

The director of Involve, a non-profit that advises companies and public bodies on public consultation, said that “badly-designed consultations like this are worse than no consultations at all.”

There are two other major crowdsourcing projects ongoing, including the ‘Spending Challenge’ programme seeking ideas for cutting the deficit, has received 60,000 responses.