The All-Seeing Employer

An overseer for remote employees

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At first glance, oDesk -- a site that helps employers hire, manage, and pay online contractors -- looked like just another marketplace to Web developer Jason Cartwright. But, there was a unique feature: oDesk's electronic monitoring takes computer screen shots randomly six times an hour. If  a contractor sends personal e-mails or watches YouTube on billed time, the employer can find out. 

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