Research ethics in the age of digital platforms

I am thrilled to announce the (open access) publication of ‘Research ethics in the age of digital platforms‘ in Science and Engineering Ethics, co-authored with José Luis Molina, Antonio A. Casilli & Antonio Santos Ortega.

We examine the implications of the use of digital micro-working platforms for scientific research. Although these platforms offer ways to make a living or to earn extra income, micro-workers lack fundamental labour rights and ‘decent’ working conditions, especially in the Global South. We argue that scientific research currently fails to treat micro-workers in the same way as in-person human participants, producing de facto a double morality: one applied to people with rights acknowledged by states and international bodies (e.g. Helsinki Declaration), the other to ‘guest workers of digital autocracies’ who have almost no rights at all.