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Tanja Aitamurto
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Tanja Aitamurto is a journalist and a Ph.D. student exploring collective intelligence: crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, and open innovation. Currently she is working as a visiting researcher at the Center for Design Research at Stanford. More about her here: tanjaaitamurto.com

As a journalist Tanja specializes in technology. She has done reporting widely around the world in places such as Afghanistan and in several countries in Africa. Prior to moving to Silicon Valley, she has taught journalism in Zambia and worked as a reporter for the Namibian Press Agency in Namibia. Tanja's native country is Finland.

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My Dad, SOPA and Me

Posted February 23, 2012 | 02/23/12 05:43 PM ET

In our family we have two takes on copyright issues and SOPA. These two approaches reflect the gap between digital and offline worlds.

Let's look at my case first. I'm a researcher, journalist and author, and I strongly support copyright. However, I would never apply the old-fashioned copyright to this...

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Peace Journalism: Journalism On Steroids

Posted January 19, 2012 | 01/19/12 11:14 AM ET

What if journalism was biased towards supporting world peace? That would be a radical shift from the current situation, in which journalism is focused on covering war and conflict. The concept of peace journalism emphasizes journalism as a constructive power towards a better world. The notion of peace...

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Hackathons, Parolees and Jobs

Posted June 6, 2011 | 06/06/11 04:00 PM ET

Why do hackathons matter? Let me share a story from a hackathon in Oakland on Saturday.

It was an ordinary hackathon setting: Geeks, citizens, journalists, random interested people and a couple of hours to do something world-changing. This time the goal was to build a mobile service or app which...

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Success With Paid Content Online: Case Study of Swedish Aftonbladet

Posted September 27, 2010 | 09/27/10 06:16 PM ET

In this tumultuous age in media industry, it is delightful to find successful experiments in the field. I found a fascinating initiative at Aftonbladet, the most read Swedish newspaper which has succeeded to create a stable base of paying online customers.

Aftonbladet has a freemium model in which the readers...

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Nonprofits: Open Up Your Data, Become a Platform Organization

Posted July 20, 2010 | 07/20/10 12:34 PM ET

Nonprofit organizations are facing a similar challenge to other organizations: the old structures don't apply to this era, and the new structures are yet to be found.

Traditionally, nonprofits are closed organizations that function as a middleman between donors and beneficiaries. The organizations allocate the funds to the destinations that...

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Shared Success, Knowledge: Time for a Civic Knowledge Network?

Posted June 24, 2010 | 06/24/10 04:00 PM ET

Want to find out how to raise $1.2 million to build a baseball field for children with special needs? Ask the city of Acworth, Georgia. Community leaders, local businesses and state and local government united to raise the money and to make the field happen.

A drive to collect...

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Woman: How To Start a Business Without Money

Posted March 24, 2010 | 03/24/10 04:08 AM ET

I am a woman with a great business idea in technology, but without the money to start the venture. What should I do?

I will apply the skill of sharing to business. Sharing is a skill, that most of us women naturally have. As a woman, it is fine to...

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YupGrade: Share News And Save The World

Posted March 9, 2010 | 03/09/10 03:21 PM ET

This is something I have been waiting for: a combination of social networks, gaming, and saving the world. YupGrade, a Silicon Valley-based start-up does all that.

YupGrade hosts user's activity related to a particular topic related to learning. YupGrade filters metadata from sharing networks Twitter and Facebook.

This...

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In Bed With iPad - Getting Intimate

Posted January 27, 2010 | 01/27/10 06:26 PM ET

Should I get the iPad or not? My house is already full of devices, and I don't want to waste money on something I don't really need.

But, I got allured by something that Steve Jobs said at the iPad launch today: "The iPad gives a much more intimate feel...

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Apple Announcement LIVE BLOG: Updates From Apple Tablet Event

Posted January 26, 2010 | 01/26/10 03:35 PM ET

See the pictures at the end of the post!

10.06 Steve Jobs getting to the point

10.09. The sound of intense typing filling out the room while Steve Jobs is explaining why netbooks are not good

10.10 it is the iPad: people giving a big hand

10.11. the media technocrati...

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The Obama-Effect in Journalism: Decentralized Editorial Power

Posted November 17, 2009 | 11/17/09 12:40 PM ET

The Obama-effect of donating is happening in journalism. In Obama's case, small donations from a big crowd made his campaign possible. In journalism, many small donations fund costly story projects.

The most recent sign of the evolving power of crowdfunding was seen in the New York Times. In the science...

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Sophisticated Tree Hugging: the Pure Joy of Public Data

Posted November 11, 2009 | 11/11/09 01:42 PM ET

What happens when a city releases public data for anybody to use? The city becomes a better place to live.

Disabled people can more easily find nearest blue zones, which are parking spaces for the disabled. The most kid friendly neighborhoods can easily be found on a web page....

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Targeted, Hyper-Personalized, Real-Time Ads - Please Come to Me!

Posted October 28, 2009 | 10/28/09 01:51 PM ET

Have you ever clicked on an ad on a website? I have, once. I clicked on an ad on my Facebook page, and the ad was promoting a new yoga studio in my neighborhood in San Francisco. I clicked to get a free week of yoga.

Other than that, I...

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Disillusionment of a Finnish Maiden: Political Corruption, Quality Hardwood

Posted October 20, 2009 | 10/20/09 06:04 PM ET

When discussing corruption with my African friends I can no longer show that innocent, pitiful look and say: "Corruption must be a terrible problem, but it is not really my problem. We don't have it in my country, as we are a transparent, organized, and fair nation."

The problem...

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