Who are the Crowdworkers?: Shifting Demographics in Amazon Mechanical Turk
alt.CHI session of CHI 2010 extended abstracts on human factors in computing systems
Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing system in which tasks are distributed to a population of thousands of anonymous workers for completion. This system is increasingly popular with researchers and developers. Here we extend previous studies of the demographics and usage behaviors of MTurk workers. We describe how the worker population has changed over time, shifting from a primarily moderate-income, U.S.-based workforce towards an increasingly international group with a significant population of young, well-educated Indian workers. This change in population points to how workers may treat Turking as a full-time job, which they rely on to make ends meet.
Ross, J, L Irani, M.S Silberman, A Zaldivar, and B Tomlinson. "Who Are the Crowdworkers? Shifting Demographics in Mechanical Turk." Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. (2010): 2863-2872. Print.