Milestone 8 TuringMachine Foundation4

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Foundation 4: Open governance

žLeadership shared by requesters, workers, (researchers?)

žPolicy changes can be worked out by this group


  • žIs it direct voting on everything? Or representative democracy?

  • How exactly will this work?
 Can the research group have a hand here?

  • žIf there are changes that require engineering effort, who executes that? Us? Other volunteers?


Open governance can present potential opportunities to sustain the crowdsourcing marketplace. However, designing large scale democratic eco-system is very challenging. It is important to understand that the open governance can come is various forms. We researched platforms that have successfully implemented the widely accepted open governance model. For instance, software community such as WG21, working group 21 acts in benefit of society and enhances the standards of the platform. WG21 is team of accredited experts from member nations of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22 who define new standards and improvement in C++ programming languages.

How can we apply similar model to crowdsourcing?
We propose the Crowd Computing Foundation that will define the new standards for the future crowd work. In fact, we believe this project is one of the steps toward building such organization. The foundation will be composed of experts from various streams that define crowd computing ecosystem. This includes Fixed and Rotating Members selected from the Crowd Marketplaces, Research & Business Community. The figure below highlights the abstract concept. We are putting up the plan that will make this vision successful

W21, Crowd Computing Foundation