This work contributes to just and pro-social treatment of digital pieceworkers (“crowd collaborators”) by reforming the handling of crowd-sourced labor in academic venues. With the rise in automation, crowd collaborators treatment requires special consideration, as the system often dehumanizes crowd collaborators as components of the “crowd” . Building off efforts to (proxy-)unionize crowd workers and facilitate employment protections on digital piecework platforms, we focus on employers: academic requesters sourcing machine learning (ML) training data. We propose a cover sheet to accompany submission of work that engages crowd collaborators for sourcing (or labeling) ML training data. The guidelines are based on existing calls from worker organizations (e.g., Dynamo ); professional data workers in an alternative digital piecework organization; and lived experience as requesters and workers on digital piecework platforms. We seek feedback on the cover sheet from the ACM community.
 Irani, L. C., & Silberman, M. S. (2016). Stories We Tell About Labor: Turkopticon and the Trouble with “Design.” Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 4573–4586. https://doi.org/10.1145/2858036.2858592
 Salehi, N., Irani, L. C., Bernstein, M. S., Alkhatib, A., Ogbe, E., Milland, K., & Clickhappier. (2015). We Are Dynamo: Overcoming Stalling and Friction in Collective Action for Crowd Workers. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1621–1630. https://doi.org/10.1145/2702123.2702508
- A blank version of the cover sheet with labels matching the article accepted to alt.chi 2022.
- An example filled-out version of the cover sheet.
- A translation of the Fig 1 image that renders the comments from the data workers in plain text.
- The final version of the paper is here.
- Link to slides from presentation at alt.chi ‘22 (file is large due to embedded video clips).
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