Wide Applications for Crowdsourcing in New Zealand – The Organization for World Peace
Crowdsourcing is becoming increasingly important and relevant to today’s society, especially given the current pandemic. When it comes to specific organisations/companies that use crowdsourcing, the New Zealand museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, first comes to mind. Their project, The Current, collects visitors’ opinions on important issues affecting our society such as climate change and other ecological issues. As a benefit, the project is open to people from all walks of life and walks of life, but this also means that children have access to it unsupervised and by observation they abuse it because they do not understand the importance of this collection of data.
Another important project is Be My Eyes, a crowdsourcing of volunteers to help the visually impaired and blind community. This has the advantage of allowing this community to lead a relatively normal life without intervention thanks to the help of volunteers in the daily tasks. The functionality, capacity and extended applications that crowdsourcing must create for marginalized communities are very important in the new digital age. Although Be My Eyes has bugs like many apps, this technology and its use of crowdsourcing is constantly becoming more user-friendly and improving, while providing volunteers with an easy and accessible opportunity to volunteer for those in need.
I think crowdfunding is close to crowdsourcing. In many cases of crowdfunding for the arts, donors have more control and ability to participate in the projects they fund. Especially with the current pandemic, crowdsourcing platforms are becoming increasingly popular to provide much-needed revenue and support to artists. One such platform sponsored by the Arts Foundation in New Zealand is Boosted, which allows anyone to create fundraising for arts projects, accessibility requirements, and fund payment for artists at a living wage. One such benefit to the donor is that the Arts Foundation is a charity, one-third of any donation the donor may receive in return as a donation tax credit. Another benefit is the satisfaction of sponsoring important works of art, installations and exhibitions with the artists and the communities that support them. This project creates funding opportunities for groups that might not otherwise receive funding for various reasons and creates a sense of community with funders and donors who receive regular updates on the progress of the project.
Finally, we could turn to beta testing and its application in crowdsourcing in which companies recruit players to test new games, a cost-effective method for the company to find testers to check for bugs and issues with the game. and the benefits for testers of trying out a new game before anyone else can. Beta testing with crowdsourcing may occur in other industries and offer other advantages than those listed while offering some disadvantages compared to paying people to test software and hardware, applications or other technology products.
Crowdsourcing can lead to embezzlement, lack of compensation, and intellectual property issues, especially when companies that can afford designers to enter a competition for winners to receive a fraction of what they would receive if their company had just hired a designer. Crowdsourcing in this app and others may lead to exploitation of individuals providing crowdsourcing material for organizations and businesses. Data crowdsourcing can lead to privacy issues if not discussed with participants first, especially with providing feedback on online surveys or with the mass data crowdsourcing that several companies do.
There are privacy issues, like not knowing if any groups are excluded from these types of crowdsourcing. Crowdsourced data tends to attract the same people for similar projects because they are the ones who are willing to participate and can have other negative impacts and applications other than those mentioned. However, crowdsourcing can still have positive impacts on organizations that use it, including the ability to create unique solutions to problems, being inexpensive for businesses, expanding access and testing capabilities, and to have larger groups.
The New Zealand government and its approach to crowdsourcing already provides many crowdsourcing opportunities to the public, including random polls, surveys, petitions and social media comments, among other crowdsourcing from both local government and central government. There are many opportunities for people to provide feedback and collect data, information, and provide government with solutions to issues, among other things. It’s promising for how crowdsourcing could be used in other countries to benefit everyone.