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Hidden inequalities: the gendered labour of women on micro-tasking platforms

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Around the world, myriad workers perform micro-tasks on online platforms to train and calibrate artificial intelligence solutions. Despite its apparent openness to anyone with basic skills, this form of crowd-work fails to fill gender gaps, and may even exacerbate them. We demonstrate this result in three steps. First, inequalities in both the professional and domestic spheres turn micro-tasking into a ‘third shift’ that adds to already heavy schedules. Second, the human and social capital of male and female workers differ– leaving women with fewer career prospects within a tech-driven workforce. Third, female micro-work reproduces relegation of women to lower-level computing work observed in the history of science and technology.
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hal-03551747 , version 1 (01-02-2022)

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Paola Tubaro, Marion Coville, Clément Le Ludec, Antonio A Casilli. Hidden inequalities: the gendered labour of women on micro-tasking platforms. Internet Policy Review, 2022, The gender of the platform economy, 11 (1), ⟨10.14763/2022.1.1623⟩. ⟨hal-03551747⟩
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