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Research Could Ensure That Crowd Work Becomes a Career Option, Not a Dead End
February 7, 2013
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Crowdsourcing is an effective way to mobilize people to accomplish tasks on a global scale, but some researchers fear that crowd work for pay could easily become the high-tech equivalent of a sweat shop. Trivial work for rock bottom pay isn't inevitable, however. Leading researchers in crowd work will outline a research agenda to make crowd work both intellectually and monetarily rewarding at the Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, Feb. 27 in San Antonio, TX.Full Story
Carnegie Mellon University
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