2014 Poster Sessions : Designing Interactive Technology to Support Social Movements in Online Labor

Student Name : Niloufar Salehi
Advisor : Michael Bernstein
Research Areas: Graphics/HCI
Abstract:
Crowdsourcing systems "integrate a network of humans directly into their processes" to complete menial human intelligence tasks. The crowdworkers who power these systems are faced with unregulated labor marketplaces, low wages, and unbalanced power relations privileging employers. As a result of this shift into online labor, workers have become decentralized and thus find it difficult to mobilize. We investigate under what conditions can the crowd achieve a unified voice, demand change, and take action. Drawing upon social movements (Communication) and social computing (Computer Science) we are building CrowdFlash an online platform that enables globally distributed crowdworkers to mobilize.

Bio:
Niloufar Salehi is a first year PhD student in Computer Science. She is a member of the Human-Computer Interaction group and is advised by Michael Bernstein. Her research focuses on social computing systems, online labor, and building technology that connects large groups of people in order to achieve mutual goals.