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Crowdsourcing and Campaign Reform

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Digital Ethics Book Project Reflection Format

Crowdsourcing and Campaign Reform

Benjamin van Loon

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015





First Impression:

I think it has something to do with crowdsourcing in political campaigns.



"To take on the influence of money is not to take on one party, but both parties"


Reflection Proper:

Crowdsourcing has grown rapidly in these past few years and companies like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, as well as GoFundMe has made so much impact to society that people are starting to think of crowdsourcing in politics. Usually like in Kickstarter or Indiegogo, a small company wants to make a product and they go to these crowdsourcing companies for advertisement. Kickstarter then invite people to pledge or fund this small company in exchange for a product. Small companies can they make products they could not do normally due to the lack of budget of funds. This in line with politics has creep into the minds of some people that why not do that in terms of campaigning for a political position.


Usually, politicians who run for position have money, because without money, how can one campaign. But with crowdsourcing, people chip in money to that politician so he can campaign. Much like today here in the Philippines, we have sort of crowdsourcing, but we are different. We kidnap rich people's kids and ask for ransom so that some politician can have money for campaign. It is sad that we have to resort to that. But in light of that, according to some Duterte's followers, people who campaign for Duterte actually somewhat crowdsource. People chip in money to the campaign and it only shows how much support one has.


Political campaign is really a tough job, if one gives money, he expects a return, and by crowdfunding, the money donated can be tracked unlike what we do today here in the Philippines.


5 Things That I've learned:

A Harvard professor tried to run as president.

That said professor tried to crownfund for his political campaign.

Crowdsourcing is a process where one asks for money from many people.

Someone wanted to crowdfound $1,000,000.

Lessig wanted to pass the Citizen Equality Act of 2017.


5 Integrative Questions:

What is crowdsourcing?

What is reform?

How will crowdsourcing help in the campaign?

How will the government keep check in crowdsourcing of political campaigns?

How can we prevent illegal donations in campaigns?

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