This is an article on “Combating the sinister side of crowdsourcing”. It talks about how early detection of malicious tasks can transform our solutions for secure and trustworthy information systems.
“But there’s also a sinister side to crowdsourcing: the ability to organize large masses of paid shills who spread malicious content around the Web. These so-called ‘crowdturfers’ post false product reviews on e-commerce sites and create fake social media accounts to spread spam or malicious URLs. The combined effect of crowdturfing creates ripples through the entire web ecosystem and undermines even basic trustworthiness online.
“At Utah State University, computer science researchers are creating new tools that detect and target crowdsource manipulation. Dr. Kyumin Lee, an assistant professor of computer science at USU and director of the Data Science Lab, recently received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to combat this growing and lucrative corner of the Internet.”
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(Contributor: Pragya Verma)