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16-8-2018 12:00 AM

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Crowd-based markets are gaining in prominence as providers of goods and services (Airbnb, Uber), sources of employment (TaskRabbit, Mechanical Turk), and sources of capital (Kickstarter, IndieGogo). Although these markets have an open and egalitarian premise, multiple studies have found evidence of racial discrimination. This paper provides an overview of the existing research in the racial discrimination of crowd-based markets and examines their measurement choices, recommendations to reduce discrimination, and the ethical values embedded in the anti-discrimination suggestions. Based on the survey of the current literature, this analysis suggests new research avenues and highlights automation as the most promising new avenue to reduce racial discrimination in the crowd.

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Aug 16th, 12:00 AM

An Overview of Crowd-based Markets and Racial Discrimination

Crowd-based markets are gaining in prominence as providers of goods and services (Airbnb, Uber), sources of employment (TaskRabbit, Mechanical Turk), and sources of capital (Kickstarter, IndieGogo). Although these markets have an open and egalitarian premise, multiple studies have found evidence of racial discrimination. This paper provides an overview of the existing research in the racial discrimination of crowd-based markets and examines their measurement choices, recommendations to reduce discrimination, and the ethical values embedded in the anti-discrimination suggestions. Based on the survey of the current literature, this analysis suggests new research avenues and highlights automation as the most promising new avenue to reduce racial discrimination in the crowd.