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Crowdsourcing: Positives and Pitfalls Sarah McCracken IT 100 05/01/2016 Crowdsourcing Crowdsourcing is a way for a company to outsource certain task that normally would be handled from within the company. One well-known example of this is Wikipedia. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia in which users and site operators alike can edit or create content freely. (Wikipedia, n.d.) This aspect of the site makes it a more well-rounded reference source. While Wikipedia is mostly accurate, opinions and bias occasionally slip through the cracks. All crowdsourcing has its pros and cons. As with anything, there are positive and negative aspects to crowdsourcing. Businesses can use crowdsourcing to draw creativity or opinions from their target…show more content…
In smaller scaled criminal cases, I could see where this extra help might really be useful, but with the fear of terrorism and people from the middle east, opinions, skepticism and racism end up muddling the facts. People who may not have anything to do with the case might wind up with their faces being blasted on the in internet and, in turn, having their lives interfered with. It can also incite unnecessary fear if a false theory is circulated to the masses. If the FBI or whatever other agency is working on the case can’t seem to find viable clues and leads, then I can see calling on the public for help. Until then, the facts should be analyzed by the professionals and opinions and theories should be kept to one’s self. Ultimately, there are so many pros and cons to crowdsourcing. It is a vital resource in an internet fueled society. A company can gain invaluable, unadulterated insights into its target markets. But, beware of the fine line between innocent crowdsourcing and the mass hysteria it may incite. References Erikson, C. (2012, April 05). Crowd-Powered: Why Doritos Lets Fans Make Its Super Bowl Ads. Retrieved from Mashable: Powers, M. (2013, April 18). Crime solving by crowdsourcing: On Internet, thousands sift through photos, trying to identify bomb suspects. Retrieved from Boston Globe:
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