Crowdsourcing is the practice of outsourcing tasks to a broad, loosely defined external group of people. With this new kind of work, new problems appear. This project explores these problems and tries to give solutions to some of the major challenges.
Crowdsourcing is the outsourcing of partial tasks to a large number of different, independent internet users. Examples for the use of this principle are product tests or the generation of ideas. There are many different platforms on which tasks can be set and processed. Due to the enormous flexibility and low entry barriers it’s very likely that the phenomenon will become very important in the next years.
Crowdworkers have to deal with extremely low wages and unfair working conditions. That’s a big problem because many people rely on this form of work and are exploited.
How to improve crowdsourcing?
This project represents an approach to make the principle of crowdsourcing more social and humane, with advantages for all involved.
Therefore we wrote a book that examines the reasons why social factors are mandatory for crowdsourcing. In particular, we dealt with topics like "What is fair wage?" or "How can we prevent dehumanisation?“ Additionally, we created concrete concepts and solutions which are promising for a positive change.