Monday, July 11, 2011

Incentives for Crowdsourcing

The Boston Globe reported Sunday on an interesting new Chinese study about crowd sourcing. Professors Zhang and Zhu examined the behavior of non-Chinese after the Chinese government blocked it's citizens from seeing or using the Chinese version of Wikipedia. It turns out that non-Chinese reduced their contributions significantly. The scholars conclude that the size of a potential audience affects substantially individuals' incentives to contributeopening source projects.

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