Word of the Week

Digital Sweatshop (noun) – a virtual sweatshop where workers, many in developing countries, work for low wages (compared to those offered in developed countries) doing computer work such as labeling images, customer service or data entry.

A worker in a digital sweatshop can be making a lot more per day than they would in a local office, but the work can dry up in a flash. They are not employees of the off-shore company so they don’t qualify for workers’ rights offered off-shore.

I found this term while researching for a script I’m writing and read an article called “Ethics, Technology and Organizational Innovation” written by S. Bruson and A. Vaccaro in Journal of Business Ethics, Feb. 2016.

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