Intelligence and Information Gathering Through Deliberative Crowdsourcing

Clark, B. Y., Zingale, N., & Logan, J. (2017). Intelligence and information gathering through deliberative crowdsourcing. Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, 3(1), 55-78. doi:10.20899/jpna.3.1.55-78

24 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2014 Last revised: 15 Apr 2017

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Benjamin Y. Clark

University of Oregon - School of Planning, Public Policy & Management

Nicholas Zingale

Cleveland State University - Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

Joseph Logan

American University - School of Public Affairs

Date Written: April 1, 2017

Abstract

The hollowing of the state has added new challenges for administrators attending to the competing values of the administration. This article examines how the wisdom of the crowds can be used in a deliberative manner to extract new knowledge through crowdsourcing. We will specifically examine cases of intelligence and information gathering through the analysis of a suspected nuclear reactor in Syria and the use of the crowd in mapping unknown or rapidly changing environments. Through case analysis, this article seeks to understand if crowdsourcing can offer a potential opportunity for public managers to reduce transactions costs while engaging the crowd in a form of deliberative governance to understand and potentially solve public problems. Our approach involves applying the seven lessons of deliberative governance (Scott, Adams, & Wechsler, 2004) to our cases in order to produce five administrative concepts for creating mini-publics for deliberative crowdsourcing.

Keywords: Crowdsourcing, Deliberative Governance, Intelligence and Information Gathering, Syria, North Korea

JEL Classification: D73 , D81, D85

Suggested Citation

Clark, Benjamin Y. and Zingale, Nicholas and Logan, Joseph, Intelligence and Information Gathering Through Deliberative Crowdsourcing (April 1, 2017). Clark, B. Y., Zingale, N., & Logan, J. (2017). Intelligence and information gathering through deliberative crowdsourcing. Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, 3(1), 55-78. doi:10.20899/jpna.3.1.55-78, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2485796 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2485796

Benjamin Y. Clark (Contact Author)

University of Oregon - School of Planning, Public Policy & Management ( email )

Eugene, OR 97403
United States

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Nicholas Zingale

Cleveland State University - Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs ( email )

1717 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
United States

Joseph Logan

American University - School of Public Affairs ( email )

Washington, DC 20016
United States

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