Crowd Sourcing Labor
Wed March 20, 2013
What In The World Is Turkopticon?
When we think of crowd sourcing, we often think about Wikipedia or Youtube, but Amazon's Mechanical Turk is a different type of crowd sourcing.
Mechanical Turk is an online marketplace where employers can hire thousands of workers to complete tiny tasks such as identifying objects in a photo or editing a description. Workers are offered no benefits and are not protected by minimum wage laws. They are paid per task, often as little as 20 cents, occasionally as much as $5. But sometimes, they aren’t paid at all.
Ross Reynolds talks with one of the few people standing up for turker's rights, Lilly Irani, about why she co-founded Turkopticon, a browser plug-in for Amazon Mechanical Turk where workers can review and rate employers.