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Expanding the Herd

We’re always trying to get as many people involved in reporting sites to Herdict. This week, we’re launching an exciting trial to see if we can get a wider group of people participating via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.  This is a call for all MTurkers to come join the herd!

If successful, we intend to extend this experiment, to study new avenues in building communities online. Here’s how it works:

Amazon Mechanical Turk enables people with skills to work on small tasks for payment.  For $.01 we’re asking MTurkers to go to a Web site and report whether or not the site is accessible to them. If you’re interested in being an MTurker for Herdict, you can sign up at

About the Author: lmiyakawa

Laura Miyakawa is the Project Manager for Herdict. In this role, she directs the tactics and the long term strategy for the site. Prior to joining the Berkman Center, Laura worked with the Boston Consulting Group, developing strategies for high tech clients up and down the East coast. While at BCG, she had the opportunity to work in outback Australia on a Welfare Reform pilot. Recently, she worked as a commercialization associate at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, where she handled all patenting and licensing decisions for the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. Laura holds bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and MIT, respectively.

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