A piece by Nathan Schneider for The Chronicle examining the use of crowdwork platforms, such as Amazon Mechanical Turk, in research contexts. Features insight from Siddarth Suri.
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Mary L. Gray, Sara Kingsley, and Siddharth Suri present an overview and examination of the Crowdwork project, offering insight into the necessity to reform online labor platforms to better meet the interests of all people dedicating their time and energy to crowdwork.
Mary L. Gray gives the keynote of the Internet, Policy and Politics (IPP) Conference 2014, "Facing the Crowd: Past, Present, and Futures of Digital Labor," at the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, UK.
Meet the Crowd: The Political Economics and Cultural Meaning of Digital Labor: Rajesh Patel, Matthew Lease, Winter Mason, and Siddharth Suri00:57:29 - 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.
The session was chaired by Mary L. Gray, senior researcher, Microsoft Research.
In this session of the 2014 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, Microsoft researchers talked about the following 'hot' topics:
- Back to the Future: The Second Age of Computing Is Ending—Doug Burger, director, Microsoft Research
- Quantum Leaps in Computing—Krysta Svore, researcher, Microsoft Research
- 'Mobilizing' Healthcare—Desney Tan, principal researcher, Microsoft Research
- Crowds Are People Too!—Mary L. Gray, senior researcher, Microsoft Research -- talk begins at minute 34.
A piece by Sara C. Kingsley and Mary L. Gray presenting research into invisible forms of labor online, particularly crowdworkers who rely on digital labor for significant portions of their income.