Open Source without the Openness

A good post with a comparison between open source and crowdsourcing:

What’s interesting about the crowdsourcing idea is that it represents a kind of open source without the openness: that is, participants are essentially computing drones with no way of knowing what the bigger picture is, unlike open source programmers, who can always look at the code. In a sense, then, crowdsourcing is a dilution of the idea at the heart of all the opens, but it’s also a broadening in that it enfranchises more or less anybody with basic human processing abilities.


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