I’m a gig worker, researcher, and speaker who has spent over a decade performing microtask labour on Amazon Mechanical Turk. I currently speak on the topic of critically assessing digital labour, discussing the current state of the field and potential avenues for disruption for the purpose of making it a sustainable career. I also engage in research on the Amazon Mechanical Turk platform, its workers and its Requesters, and even the researchers who study it themselves. My current major interest lies in the creation of cooperative platforms for digital labour that allow the workers to control how the work is completed, from what minimum wages should be to holding Requesters to account for bad behaviours. I’m excited to advise or join any project that has the same goal in mind.
I’ve joined the PCC in the hopes that we can work together to create new platforms that ensure a safe and lucrative future of work for all gig workers, including microtask labourers. With 11 years of experience on mTurk behind me, I bring a great deal of expertise on how gig platforms work from the inside – from the lack of worker representation in the design to the abuses carried out through the system. I will also bring my comfort with speaking to the group, and I hope to engage in outreach and evangelism for the projects created through the PCC. Through my large network of media contacts, I also hope to further expose our message to the masses. Generally, I’m here to help promote platform coops to the world, and am willing to contribute anything I can to do so.