Kickstriker: Crowdsourced Violence

#Opinion

Tue, May 22nd, 2012 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Allison Burtch of Animal New York brings to attention a new type of crowdsourced site: KickStriker. Although a parody, the site asks the important question of world consequences if it was possible for people to get something done based on their perceived political ideology.

Kickstriker offers funders four campaigns to support -- a mobile interrogation unit, capturing Kony, weoponized drones and helping a Tibetan militia resist Chinese rule. The website is a parody, of course, but asks an interesting question. What happens when you marry crowdsourced internet campaigns and private security forces? Doesn't this technology already exist? And who has the right to use it? As the website says, "Kickstriker is our attempt to cut out the middleman in online activism, allowing funders to directly support the causes they care about."

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