Crowdsourcing and Covid-19 Pandemic

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  1. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought new challenges requiring new approaches. Crowdsourcing has been deployed by governments in many fields such as science or technology. To your opinion, how efficient has been this deployment? Could leaders extend this practice to other topics?
  2. In the article “Crowdsourcing: Global search and the twisted roles of consumers and producers. Organization” Bauer and Gegenhuber mention more equal opportunities, infringement on the recreation realm, and falling contribution prices as potential effects of crowdsourcing. The authors assume implicit in these effects is the potential of crowdsourcing to further rationalize society. Do you agree with these assumptions of the authors? (justify your response)
  3. According to Bauer and Gegenhuber (2015), crowdsourcing is a sourcing by means of global search, which is able to generate four different kinds of values. As the end of Covid-19 pandemic cannot be seen yet and numbers in some countries are still developing exponentially, a vaccine is needed more than ever. The company Biontech reported about a vaccine, which is soon to be released. To present an effective vaccine with minimal side effects, clinical testing of large extent is needed. Is it possible to use crowdsourcing for expanding creative expertise and execution capacity concerning the vaccine testing? Where are moral and legal boundaries in this procedure?
  4. Crowdsourcing is often used to generate ideas. The aim is to exploit the creative potential of the community in order to develop innovative ideas or to find a solution to a specific problem. The idea behind it is the assumption that the “wisdom of the many” is greater than that of the individual (Surowiecki, 2005). What are some concepts that come to mind in light of the Corona Crisis where Crowdsourcing can be used to battle the Virus not only by thinking for solutions together but rather more the use of bundled ressources. (think about the vaccine research concept of FOLDINGATHOME).
  5. Robert M. Bauer and Thomas Gegenhuber talk in their paper „Crowdsourcing: Global search and the twisted roles of consumers and producers“ about twisted roles: working consumers and consuming producers. If we transfer this concept to our government leading during the Corona-19 pandemic, working citizens and consuming government, do you think a country would be more or less resilient to crisis and are citizens more or less accepting the actions set to fight the coronavirus by the government?
  6. According to the article “Crowdsourcing: global search and the twisted roles of consumers and producers”, crowdsourcing is a two-way communication. There is “an actor who wants a problem solved or task executed calls upon a crowd of potential contributors , a number of whom respond by offering contributions.” A common example for crowdsourcing is the plattform Wikipedia. Do you think the “Stopp Corona” App is a kind of crowdsourcing too? Please give some arguments.
  7. Bauer R.M., & Gegenhuber T. in “ Crowdsourcing: Global search and the twisted roles of consumers and producers. ​Organization”​ have described the meaning and the basic functioning of crowd searching as well as what sources actors and the contributors have to benefit from. Do you think that a global crowd searching can help all countries fight the pandemic more effectively? Can you make at least an example how?
  8. In your opinion, how useful is crowdsourcing in the fight against corona? Please also find an example of crowdsourcing for tackling this crisis. What are positive and negative aspects in this example?

Last Updated on December 3, 2020 by EssayPro