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There’s a Problem With ‘Crowd Labor’ | The Nation

A new survey of MTurk’s workforce data by Pew Research Center reveals an “on-demand” labor market that looks a lot like sweatshop-via-telecommute. MTurk users, or “Turkers,” connect to “requesters” through an online platform assigning short-term “intelligence task” projects, ranging from web research to answering questionnaires, in exchange for small electronic payments. It’s piecework for the […]

A new survey of MTurk’s workforce data by Pew Research Center reveals an “on-demand” labor market that looks a lot like sweatshop-via-telecommute. MTurk users, or “Turkers,” connect to “requesters” through an online platform assigning short-term “intelligence task” projects, ranging from web research to answering questionnaires, in exchange for small electronic payments. It’s piecework for the information age.

Source: There’s a Problem With ‘Crowd Labor’ | The Nation

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