In her talk, Aitamurto focuses on the idea that large crowds of people can be more knowledgeable than a single expert. Thus, having a big volume of people with diverse backgrounds can help solve such tasks as democratic decision making and contributing to global knowledge. In this seminar, Aitamurto describes the impact of crowdsourcing on journalistic processes in particular.
Aitamurto references three aspects with which collective intelligence in journalism is interrelated: knowledge search practices, power structures in society and value creation.
Tanja Aitamurto, Ph.D., is the deputy director and a Brown Fellow (postdoctoral) at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Stanford University. She is the author of "Crowdsourcing for Democracy: New Era in Policy-Making," and advises and studies open government projects in several countries including participatory budgeting and crowdsourced legislation. Aitamurto has participated in meetings and given talks about her research in the White House, the Council of Europe and the government and the parliament of Finland.