Researchers find racial, gender bias in online freelance marketplaces

In the “gig economy,” where algo­rithms drive matches between workers and cus­tomers, hiring someone should be bias free, right? Not so, according to new research led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson. The find­ings sug­gest racial and gender biases exhib­ited by two promi­nent online free­lance mar­ket­places, TaskRabbit and Fiverr.

Northeastern researchers find that Amazon might not always be pitching you the best prices

A team led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson shows that Amazon is much more likely to point buyers to sellers who use an auto­mated prac­tice called algo­rithmic pricing, even though those sellers’ prices may be higher than others’.