Sheila Ortencio, an online contractor, retrieves linen out of a washing machine as she works on her computer inside her residence in Lipa city, south of Manila October 5, 2012. Not far from the world of regimented cubicles and headset-toting call centre operators, a quiet revolution is stirring in its slippers. While it's early days, proponents of so-called commercial crowdsourcing contend that a swelling army of global freelancers is already disrupting traditional outsourcing - from preparing tax statements to conducting research on pediatricians. Picture taken October 5, 2012. To match story ASIA-FREELANCE/ REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS)

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Can crowdsourcing be ethical?

February 8, 2016, Vanessa Williamson

Vanessa Williamson discusses the issues with academic research projects paying substandard rates on crowdsourcing platforms like Mechanical Turk. She argues that the system is exploiting users who depend on the income to make ends meet.

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