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Stats + Stories: Who’s Behind All These Gig Economy Jobs?

Sep 7, 2019

Siddharth Suri is a computational social scientist whose research interests lie at the intersection of computer science, behavioral economics, and crowdsourcing.
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WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

The Internet is ubiquitous, as are the algorithms and programs that shape our experiences. They invisibly guide what ads we see, what search results we get, and what content is flagged as inappropriate in social media spaces. What is also invisible, though just as ubiquitous is the human labor that holds it all up. A new book calls such labor “ghost work” and it’s the focus of this episode of Stats & Stories. Rosemary Pennington is joined by regular panelists John Bailer Chair of Miami University’s Department of Statistics, and Richard Campbell, former Chair of Media Journalism and Film. Their is Computational Social Scientist and Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research AI, Siddharth Suri. He and anthropologist Mary Gray, a senior researcher at Microsoft Research are authors of the new book Ghost Work: How to stop Silicon Valley from Building a new Global Underclass.

Stats and Stories is a partnership between Miami University's Departments of Statistics and Media, Journalism and Film and the American Statistical Association. You can follow us on Twitter or iTunes. If you'd like to share your thoughts on our program, send your e-mail to statsandstories@miamioh.edu and be sure to listen for future editions of Stats and Stories where we discuss the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics.