Mary Gray and Siddharth Suri

5/15/2019 | Town Hall Seattle

Readings & Lectures Downtown

Hidden beneath the surface of the web, there is an unseen workforce of proofreaders, designers, and content watchdogs who make the internet seem smart. Co-authors Mary Gray and Siddharth Suri take the stage to shine a light on these laborers in Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass. They assert that companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Uber depend on the judgment and experience of this vast, invisible human labor force—yet despite their necessity, these workers usually earn less than minimum wage, have no health benefits, and can be fired at any time for any reason, or none. Join Gray and Suri for an exposition on “ghost work,” and a discussion on the ways we can ensure that this new kind of work creates opportunity—rather than misery—for those who do it.

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