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Meet the Crowd: Political Economies and Cultural Meanings of Digital Labor

Speaker  Rajesh Patel, Matthew Lease, Winter Mason, and Siddharth Suri

Affiliation  Microsoft, University of Texas at Austin, Facebook, Microsoft Research

Host  Mary L. Gray

Duration  00:57:29

Date recorded  15 July 2014

This presentation draws together experts in the field to discuss the technical and social challenges posed by crowdsourcing's global workflows. While crowdwork is often presumed to be driven by anonymous, autonomous actors, this panel draws on a diverse set of research approaches to flesh out a more socially robust vision of this vital part of the information economy. We examine crowdsourcing’s systems of exchange and collaboration as well as the range of networks and incentives that organize crowdwork. Each panelist offers a perspective from current findings, from computational and qualitative approaches, to ask: who are crowdworkers and how might seeing who they are help us build more responsive, expansive, and ethical platforms?

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