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The Performance of Distributed News Aggregators
OII DPSN Working Papers (2008)
  • Wolf Richter, University of Oxford
  • Tobias Escher, University of Oxford
  • David A. Bray, National Defense University

Originating as a study of the online news aggregator Digg, which relies on user ratings to determine which articles to put on the frontpage, this study evolved into a comprehensive survey of the online news aggregator space. This case study explores the conditions under which crowds are smart, analyzes the bias of several modes of information aggregation, and shows the risk of mob behaviour.

  • distributed problem solving networks,
  • internet,
  • network,
  • crowd sourcing,
  • news aggregation,
  • mobs,
  • digg,
  • problem solving,
  • organization,
  • knowledge,
  • collaboration,
  • digital networks,
  • information sharing
Publication Date
November, 2008
Citation Information
Wolf Richter, Tobias Escher and David A. Bray. "The Performance of Distributed News Aggregators" OII DPSN Working Papers (2008)
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