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"Turkers are also poorly paid, although their hourly rate is difficult to calculate, in part because Amazon takes a cut of between 20% to 40%, and because Turkers undertake multiple tasks at once with break time. For the 6 years of accumulated effort in May, researchers doled out $164,882. That would seem to translate to an average pay rate of about $3 per hour, but “the true hourly rate is somewhere between $4 and $8 per hour,” Litman says."

It's nice to see this be acknowledged at least.
 
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“We’re subsidizing this service with millions of dollars in federal grant money.”
Didn't quite understand what this statement meant. What's being subsidized???
 
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“We’re subsidizing this service with millions of dollars in federal grant money.”
Didn't quite understand what this statement meant. What's being subsidized???
Nearly all academic studies performed as 'research' are recipients of government grants.

The requester behind the Crowd-Workers browser extension accepted two grants from DARPA.
Three University of Minnesota professors (already well fed at public expense) hacked Turkopticon by creating 103 bogus accounts.
But they got additional government grant money for their "exogenous manipulation" of somebody else's database.
 
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It's nice to see a slight nod towards the fact that people aren't exclusively making shit wages. I wish that a story would provide an accurate insight in to things though. Seems like every publication to date has made it out like the entire workforce is happily wallowing in their 3 dollar an hour pay rate.
 
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