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IntroductionEdit

This page is to help New Assignment Net, a project in distributed journalism. For more information, see http://zero.newassignment.net/how_should_we_cover_history_crowdsourcing.

Pre-computer eraEdit

Oral literature

Adam Smith's "invisible hand"

Barn raisings and the like

Comparison between relatively free economies and Soviet-style centrally planned economies

Democracy, especially New England town meetings

Futures markets

Communes and kibbutzim

Gambling (such as the point spread and handicapping)?

The Bible?

Computer eraEdit

DARPA

Linux

Usenet

Napster

Ebay

DMOZ, aka Open Directory Project

Wikipedia

YouTube

Wikinomics

APIs, etc.?

Also seeEdit

Crowdsourcing projects
Participatory journalism

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