Category Archives: base-building

Opining for Pennies, Clicking for Cupcakes: Microwork and the World Wide Web

The original “Mechanical Turk” was an 18th Century imperial toy designed for the Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa.  A centuries-earlier version of Deep Blue, the toy gave the illusion that one was playing chess with a highly-skilled automated mannequin, when in … Continue reading

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Anonymity and building solidarity online = building anonunity?

I had a chance to talk with Sam Fratto today about IBEW Local 363’s innovative use of an anonymous blog in organizing 164 employees of an InBev can factory in the Hudson River Valley.  Sam is a dedicated lifelong union … Continue reading

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Freelancer’s Union – A Case Study

Freelancers Union ( Founded: 1995 Members: Over 130,000 No Union dues Past Campaigns: One of the recent campaigns that the Freelancers Union waged was against New York City’s Unincorporated Business Tax.  Under this tax, Freelancers were being doubly taxed, so … Continue reading

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