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'Crowdsourcing Research: A Methodology for Investigating State Crime (Vol. 2, No. 2, Spring 2012, pp. 30-51)'

  • Crowdsourcing Research: A Methodology for Investigating State Crime Christopher Williams State Crime Journal Vol. 2, No. 1 (Spring 2013), pp. 30-51


“Crowdsourcing” now gets 10 million hits on Google, and is being applied to research in commercial, media, academic, civil society and state spheres. Although appearing recent and technology-based, there are also relevant but overlooked manual precursors which embody the fundamentals of using large groups for research. This analytical review provides the bases for developing initiatives further, by assessing: What are the strategies, strengths and weaknesses of crowdsourcing research? What are the questions that should be asked when planning a research design? How is crowdsourcing being applied in relation to state crime, and why? What might be the implications for justice systems, and for criminal and international courts?

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