Around the world, nearly 2 billion people earn their livelihoods in the informal labour market. These informal sector workers have been most affected by COVID-19 response measures such as lockdowns and stay-at-home orders that caused shutdowns in many sectors.
The booming artificial intelligence (AI) data annotation industry is a potent source of jobs for communities with limited opportunities in the local job market, including informal sector workers. However, people who don't have computers and the internet to complete digital microwork assignments cannot access this online marketplace. Moreover, many marginalized communities don't have access to formal financial institutions and don't have bank accounts to receive payments.