Newsletter 11

Our  July 2021 newsletter. You can see our previous newsletters on our blog here.

We will be changing from the UCSD server to our own server on Sunday July 11th, made possible thanks to the generous donations from people like you. This will improve our Reliability and speed. This is a moment that we have been working towards for a while now. Turkopticon will be down on the 11th of July for 4 hours between 1:30pm to 5:30pm ESTWe apologize for this in advance but this is a major step forward for TO.

We know a lot of you count on Turkopticon and we apologize for the disruption in advance but we are sure you will see an improvement in site reliability going forward.

Have you been affected by a mass rejection? We’d love to hear your story. Please Contact us here.

See the bottom of the newsletter for how you can submit short articles.

You Are Invited!

It is that time again, and our next open community forum is rapidly approaching! Please feel free to join us at any time during the forum during the hours of 11:00 am – 3:00 pm EST on Saturday, July 17th. This will be our third month, and we are having such great conversations with people and hearing fantastic ideas.

If you have any questions regarding our recent server change or are having any issues, we would love for you to pop in and tell us about your experience.

Please visit us on Facebook or Twitter to learn more and register. You may also register using this link:

While we are not anticipating any problems, please do not hesitate to contact us beforehand if you are experiencing any troubles with the new server. We look forward to talking about that HUGE change and more. We are excited to “see” you on the 17th!

Turkopticon is looking for suggestions!

Do you have suggestions for how to make Turkopticon better and want to share them, please email and someone will be in contact to further hear about your suggestions and see how we all can work together to make Turk better for all of us.

Even if you think your  ideas are ones we should know please don’t be afraid to send them our way because we listen to all suggestions and want everyone to be heard!

Paid Gig! Theater Company seeks Mturk collaborators……. for online show.

Paid Gig! Theater Company seeks Mturk collaborators for online show. A fun opportunity to use your knowledge and insight as an online worker!

Hello, we are an established theater ensemble, The Builders Association, who are creating an online “performance” project with a small group of Mturks and tech workers. We are looking for collaborators in the Mturk community who might be interested in participating in the development and creation of the show, including sharing their experience of being an online worker.

The general idea is to engage “audience members” in undertaking a HIT (which may be fun, strange, annoying, invasive, repetitive, demanding, etc.) and then talk them through how to do it, while evaluating their performance as part of the show. You will be compensated for your participation, as well as being credited in the show itself. We will absolutely respect comfort levels about sharing any personal details about your life, etc.

If you are interested, please send us an email-

Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you!

Here is a bit of information about the company.

The Builders Association is a pioneering cross-media performance ensemble with a 25-year history of internationally recognized productions. We create projects on and offline and will be launching an online performance based on Mturk work in the Fall of 2021. Based in New York, we stage the interdependence of life and technology, and often address issues in the arena of labor politics. We have created performances around outsourcing and corporate colonialism (ALLADEEN), industrial dataveillance (SUPER VISION), and the global financial crisis (HOUSE/DIVIDED). Since 1994 our productions have toured to over 90 venues including London’s Barbican Theatre, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, RomaEuropa  Festival, the Singapore Arts Festival and the Festival Iberoamericano de Bogota, and in New York City at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, New York Theater Workshop and more. For a full history of the company see

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Join Us on Facebook! 

The Turkopticon community is growing!  Our Facebook page went live on Thursday, June 4th 2020 and we would love for you to join us. Participate in the conversations, learn about upcoming projects, and stay up to date on the latest news by giving us a “like.” You can find the page by searching for Turkopticon or visiting

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Turkopticon helps the people in the 'crowd' of crowdsourcing watch out for each other—because nobody else seems to be! Almost half of the Mechanical Turk workers who wrote their Bill of Rights demanded protection from employers who take their work without paying. Turkopticon lets you REPORT and AVOID shady employers.