Clickworker against the radical right – a beginning
It began with us wanting to support a non-profit organization and to do something positive.
Our internet research led us to the Amadeu Antonio Stiftung. The foundation has clear goals: to develop and support efforts for a democratic society and to actively work against the radical right, racism and anti-semitism.
We can only support these goals!
Project idea and execution
The foundation doesn’t have the means or the manpower to search the vast expanses of the internet for radical right wing content. They don’t – but we do. If only a fraction of all our Clickworkers searched for such content and report it back to us, in return for a symbolic cent, we could collect a huge databank full of information.
So we quickly put this task out onto our work platform. Clickworkers searched around the globe for pages with radical right wing content and sent us the links. We collected the data, sifted out those that were reported multiple times, and condensed them into a database.
The Amadeu Antonio Foundation analyzed the results, rated their severity and passed those links onto other institutions such as jugendschutz.net who then either sought legal action or worked to shut down the sites. The material is also being used for training manuals and workshops on how to develop communication strategies against such radical groups.
A pause in the project – looking back
In just 7 months a total of 1,100 different radical right wing, racist and anti-Semitic sites were found. Most of them were online shops or websites where right wing radicals could network or socialize. The hard work of our Clickworkers made it possible to have an overview of right wing activities. These activities have been documented and measures were taken to work against or get rid of these groups. We would now like to thank all the Clickworkers that took part in this effort to work against the spread of radical right wing views.
We would also like to introduce another projects that use crowdsourcing to further their non-profit goals. If you know of such projects, please let us know by writing us a comment.