Low pay, poor prospects, and psychological toll: The perils of microtask work

Enlarge / The Amazon Mechanical Turk, or mturk.com, website is displayed on a computer screen for a photograph in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images (credit: Getty Images) Microtask platforms recruit humans to do the rating, tagging, review-writing, and poll-taking work that can’t quite be automated with […]

Rules on bank lending in poor neighbourhoods are being rethought

THE document is dry, dusted with references to “benchmarks”, “performance evaluation” and “a metric-based framework”. But the 25 pages published on August 28th by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), one of America’s federal bank regulators, may start a protracted dispute over lenders’ obligations to poor neighbourhoods and hence to racial minorities. […]

Packers news: Aaron Rodgers explains p*** poor comments ahead of new season

NFL teams are gearing up for the start of the new season with it all beginning next month. Rodgers is having to work with a new core of receivers after Jordy Nelson was cut from the Packers. But, after a recent training session, Rodgers wasn’t best pleased with how new receivers J’Mon Moor, Marquez Valdes-Scantling […]

Mini-grids could be a boon to poor people in Africa and Asia

A FORESTED village in Jharkhand state, eastern India, Narotoli is home mainly to adherents of Sarna, a nature-worshipping tribal religion. In more ways than one, it has long been off-grid. Drive past a police checkpoint a few miles away and you are in territory loyal to “the guys”, a euphemism for Maoist guerrillas. That makes […]

Man who allegedly gave Vault 7 cache to WikiLeaks busted by poor opsec

Enlarge / A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) seal in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) A federal grand jury has formally indicted Joshua Adam Schulte, a former CIA employee, who prosecutors say was behind the Vault 7 trove of the agency’s hacking […]

Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes reveal Canadian Grand Prix confidence despite poor qualifying

That’s according to the team’s trackside engineering director, Andrew Shovlin. Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is one of the British driver’s best tracks, having won six and finished third in the seven weekends that he has finished the Montreal race. But after the 33-year-old had been tipped to take pole position for the Silver Arrows, discomfort with the […]

How psychotherapy improves poor mothers’ finances

IN 2005 and 2006, in northern Pakistan, some 900 pregnant women took part in an unusual experiment. All were in their third trimester and suffering from depression. Most families in the area rely on subsistence farming. Almost none of the women worked outside the home. This kind of life is hard. Perinatal depression (depression around […]