Moving World Wednesday 20130424


Hey all! Here’s this weeks roundup of startup news, internet going ons and links from across the Moving World


Startup news

The world of startups is receiving a lot of attention in today’s uncertain economy. MB outlines our work in helping startups to standout.

In New York there are plans to create campuses to nurture the startup community and in Australia Google is predicting the start of a tech boom.

The idea of transport sharing is spurring on a new generation of service tech, providing solutions to vehicle overpopulation, urban loneliness and even the future of getting around.

In health care, continuing innovation is changing the way we look at being a patient, operating healthcare as a business and building new ventures. And, as Twitter shuts down the mircopayment app Flattr there are far more aggressive alternatives ready to claim the twitter payment space: The orginal, Chirpy, turning tweets into transactions and the new Get this, linking purchasable items to current tv shows.

The limits of social crowdsourcing

A third of americans had heard about the boston bombings within 30 minutes, with the usual social media platforms delivering content first, and news outlets then taking that content to broadcast. As the news became saturated, online communities started to order pizzas for rescue workers and Twitter users started to matchmake people in need of transport.

However, not all technology was useful, facial recognition proved unhelpful, and thousands of people became armchair detectives, using online police scanners and photos, attempting to find the suspects through crowdsourcing. Ultimately this lead to the misidentification of innocent people, including a missing student whose family were bombarded by the media and subjected to abuse from the ensuing witchhunt. Whilst the internet and social platforms can, and did do a lot of good, it’s example of how an overconfident, self confirming internet ‘hive mind’ and an increasingly time-pressured media can become unproductive and accidentally cause harm to innocent people. 

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Censorship of the web is becoming an increasingly reported issue, with many worrying about increasing control in time to come, whilst China officiates tighter internet controls and a survey from Wiggin how legal our online activity actually is. Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt is becoming increasingly vocal on the subject.

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