Posts Tagged ‘Project 99’

OpenThinkLab Aims To Put The Intelligence of the Crowd To Better Use

In an interesting turn of events, a project born out of the Occupy Wall Street movement to build social democracy 2.0 (see our story here) has turned into a commercial enterprise.

The effort keeps the title Project 99, but creator Brett McDowell is calling the open source intelligence firm the semantic technology powers OpenThinkLab. The idea remains largely the same, in that it seeks to draw upon the intelligence of the crowd and make it useable, this time in the service of anyone with questions to explore, from startups to think tanks to corporate titans like McDonald’s and MTV — and, yes, even stock traders.

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From Occupy Wall Street To A Semantic Platform For Social and Political Discussion

Occupy Wall Street, as a real-world presence, has been pushed off the front pages since the Zuccotti Park protestors were rousted out of their 24/7 encampment, with bands in many other cities also being given the heave-ho. But its spirit may virtually reconvene with the Tribeforth Foundation’s Project 99.

To be clear, what Brett McDowell and D’Arcy Cunningham of the Foundation are working on is more about building social democracy 2.0 than being affiliated with a specific movement and enforcing its viewpoint, though the two did meet face-to-face for the first time at the Vancouver, Canada version of Occupy Wall Street. And their plan is to realize that dream using semantic and open source technology.

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