Two different NYT stories caused me to start thinking about crowdsourcing: World War II Mystery Solved in a Few Hours and Identifying Looters and Lovers in Vancouver’s Riot. In both instances, photos were posted online to help identify people who held themselves out in a public manner and whose actions were memorialized by photos. In a matter of hours, people began identifying those caught in the act. So it makes me wonder: perhaps George Orwell had it wrong. There’s no one Big Brother. There are Big Brothers and Sisters. B2S, if you will. Don’t know if I like that so much. Its bad enough being a Catholic and being guilted by the possibility of Big Eye in the Sky. It’s like I’ve said before—privacy is heading out the door …     Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be. George Orwell

  • Les

    Oooh, this is an interesting concept. And of course this is going to happen more and more – it's the next gen of "Wanted" posters.

  • Mikhail Koulikov

    Especially in the NYT case, how is what they did substantively different from posting a link to the album on any one of the *many and various* WWII photography forums?

    …or, for that matter, from the majority of the traffic on the main law-lib blog and the AALL chapter blogs…