Leadership Board Candidates - July 2015

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Requester Candidates

spamgirl (Kristy Milland)

I've been involved in this project since it began, although mostly lurking in the shadows until school was over. Now that exams are complete and I am free to recommit myself, I'd like to represent Reqesters on the Leadership Board. I'm in a unique position in that I have been a worker on AMT for 10 years, a Requester for the same length of time, and a researcher there in the last two years. I spend much of my free time fighting for worker rights, but I try to balance that out with my view as a Requester, so I lobby frequently for their rights and needs as well. You can read more about my activism and media work here. I also have a strong communication network with other Requesters through my work on Turker Nation, and have even completed a few surveys with Requesters as participants that have illuminated the issues they face, and the benefits they find, on AMT. I've also begun to poll them regarding other sites, like Prolific Academic, and am happy to do so as often as necessary to get the intel we need for success. I can also utilize this network in order to get some Requesters to test the platform for us when the time comes.

I'd love to serve the community here by providing my expertise and understanding of the most infamous platform around, and to dedicate my time over the next three months to helping make this project a reality.

Michael Bernstein (@michaelbernstein)

I'm a Stanford assistant professor of computer science. I started this research effort to create the platform, alongside Rajan Vaish. I teach and do research on crowdsourcing, social computing, and human-computer interaction. I previously helped create Dynamo, a project to give crowd workers more voice. I've also been an active requester since 2009, having interacted with tens of thousands of workers. I also have significant experience as a requester on oDesk.

In representing requesters, my primary goal would be to make decisions that help get our first batch of requesters on board. I have connections to industry requesters, and have already built up a panel of interested requesters that I can call on for feedback. I could also represent academic requesters, which is the group that led the #mturkgate brouhaha.


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Worker Candidates

Jsilver

I've been an active participant in this project since early-March. As a very observant and idealistic online freelancer (3 years in oDesk; became a top freelancer soon after my first year), my main goals have not changed:

  1. help stop exploitation and overexploitation of my fellow online workers (and have all workers get better and/or fair pay),
  2. and help create the platform that serves my first goal

My election into the mock Leadership Board has cemented my desire to contribute and pursue our goal. If given another chance to serve in the Leadership Board, I would continue to actively participate, engage with project participants, and promote synergy in terms of actions and decisions.

Our dream of a fair and far-improved platform - the best platform for workers and clients alike - is now within reach. We need proactive, competent, meticulous, and genuinely-committed leaders who would steer the platform in the right direction, so please vote wisely.


Claudia Flores Saviaga

I joined this project this summer. I have experience as a worker in platforms like Elance and Freelancer. When I joined those platforms it was difficult to be invited to a job because I had no reputation within the system for being "newbie". Therefore, I would like to represent the workers in the board to make sure that new workers have a fair way of being considered for a job.

In my professional career my interest has been ICT4D (Information and Communication Tecnologies for Development). In my job i've worked in projects to deliver free internet to rural areas (as part of a governamental effort to give access to Internet to people from rural communities). You can watch a conference that i gave on the subject here. As a result I believe in the potential of the platform to help people from around the world to get access to tasks no matter where they are, and with this have an extra income to support their family.

I will do this by:

1) Making sure that the reputation system is fair from the start.

2) Workers are paid fairly.

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Platform Candidates

Tejas Sarma

I have been an active participant in this research since early May. My passion lies in the design of the user interfaces and visual aspects of the platform that are a key factor in its success. I am more inclined towards the implementation of new and creative ideas in the platform as I believe that a first impression is the last impression which will create a lasting impact in the minds of new users. Creative user interfaces are an integral part of any platform as along with being functionally robust, it needs to be visually appealing too. As I have observed from the existing platforms, the usual quotidian user interfaces that they consist of, do not seem to make any significant impact on the experience of the users. As a Platform User Interface Designer, my primary goals would be:

  1. To create unique user interface designs and improve the existing designs by adding necessary enhancements. These improvements will help the platform stand out among the competition.
  2. To design the logos and other visual icons and symbols required by this platform.
  3. To provide suitable suggestions and creative outputs for various other other visual effects and animation required for the dynamics of the platform.

If given a chance to serve in the Leadership Board, I would continue to participate with increased vigor and full-time dedication to the design related aspects of the platform, interacting with all the others working toward the development of this one-of-a-kind platform. I aim to serve the platform at the highest level possible by me towards the common goal that is the enhancement of the platform as a whole. I would request the members to vote for me if they consider me suitable for a position in the Leadership Board. These are my details for your reference: My Resume: [[1]] My LinkedIn Profile: [[2]]

Karolina Ziulkoski

I'm running representing the design side of the platform. I've joined the research this summer, and I became very involved since then, as I really believe in this project. I have a master's in Interactive Telecommunications and bachelor's degrees in both Advertising and Architecture, as first of class and summa cum laude. I've worked as an interactive designer/art director for advertising and museums, and I run my own company now in Brazil in the area. I have also been performing work as a project manager for many different endeavors, and I could apply this experience in the Leadership Board. As a DRI for some tasks, I have had the opportunity to engage with many participants in the project and also take a lead on the development of the platform, and I would like to effectively continue to do so by serving as a member of the board.

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