nettime's_automaton on Thu, 3 Jul 2014 18:45:38 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Amazon Mechanical Turk to require US SSN/EIN

     Amazon will soon begin to require requesters to provide an SSN or
     EIN in order to post a HIT. I have a feeling this is going to
     dramatically change the landscape of Turk. On the one hand, we'll
     likely see less "scammy" hits now and fly-by-night posters.
     However, on the other hand, I worry this will significantly
     impact academic research HITs and I wonder if this will have any
     impact on international research HITs (ie, those from the UK or

     Here's a copy of the email I just got from Amazon:

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