By Trebor Scholz, Nathan Schneider
Actual democracy and the web should not jointly exclusive.
Here, for the 1st time in a single quantity, are one of the most cogent thinkers and doers with regards to the cooptation of the net, and the way we will be able to face up to and opposite the method. The activists who've prepare Ours to Hack and to Own argue for a brand new type of on-line economic system: platform cooperativism, which mixes the wealthy historical past of cooperatives with the promise of 21st-century applied sciences, loose from monopoly, exploitation, and surveillance.
The on-demand economic system is reversing the rights and protections staff fought for hundreds of years to win. traditional net clients, in the meantime, keep little keep an eye on over their own info. whereas promising to be the good equalizers, on-line systems have frequently exacerbated social inequalities. Can the net be owned and ruled in a different way? What if Uber drivers organize their very own platform, or if a city’s citizens managed their very own model of Airbnb? This publication indicates that one other type of net is possible―and that, in a brand new new release of on-line structures, it truly is already taking form.
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