Intellectual Piecework

Increasingly used in research, platforms like Mechanical Turk pose new ethical dilemmas

David Zentz for The Chronicle

Rochelle LaPlante talks with her 6-year-old daughter about a school project. Ms. LaPlante has been working from home using Mechanical Turk since 2012. “Some days are great, and there are some days that I make $5,” she says.
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