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Ours to hack and to own : the rise of platform cooperativism, a new vision for the future of work and a fairer internet
Scholz, Trebor, editor.
Publication Information:
New York : OR Books, [2017]

Physical Description:
251 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Here, for the first time in one volume, are some of the most cogent thinkers and doers on the subject of the cooptation of the Internet, and how we can resist and reverse the process. The activists who have put together Ours to Hack and to Own argue for a new kind of online economy: platform cooperativism, which combines the rich heritage of cooperatives with the promise of 21st-century technologies, free from monopoly, exploitation, and surveillance.The on-demand economy is reversing the rights and protections workers fought for centuries to win. Ordinary Internet users, meanwhile, retain little control over their personal data. While promising to be the great equalizers, online platforms have often exacerbated social inequalities. Can the Internet be owned and governed differently? What if Uber drivers set up their own platform, or if a city's residents controlled their own version of Airbnb? This book shows that another kind of Internet is possible--and that, in a new generation of online platforms, it is already taking shape."
Something to say yes to -- What this is and isn't about -- The meaning of words -- How platform cooperativism can unleash the network -- The seven cooperative principles -- Eight facts about cooperative enterprise -- Platform Capitalism -- Renaissance now -- Old exclusion in emergent spaces -- Worse than capitalism -- How the un-sharing economy threatens workers -- SpongeBob, Why don't you work harder? -- Portable reputation in the on-demand economy -- Counterantidisintermediation -- From open access to digital commons -- An internet of our own -- Platforms -- Stocksy United -- Fairmondo -- Coopify -- Gratipay -- FairCoop -- Member's Media, Ltd. Cooperative -- TimesFree -- -- Resonate -- Loconomics Cooperative -- NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative -- Robin Hood Collective - Seed.Coop -- The realism of cooperativism -- Three essential building blocks for your platform cooperative -- So you want to start at platform cooperative . . . -- What we mean when we say "Cooperative" -- A different kind of startup is possible -- Designing positive platforms -- - Convenient solidarity: Designing for platform cooperative -- Designing for privacy -- How crowdfunding becomes stewardship -- Economic barriers and enablers of distributed ownership -- There is platform-power in a union -- Making apps for low-wage workers and their neighborhoods -- The Crowd: Naturally cooperative, unnaturally silenced -- Platform and trust: beyond reputation systems -- Why platform co-ops should be open co-ops -- Conditions of possibility -- Loomio Cooperative Ltd. -- The FairShares Model -- Swarm Alliance -- Ms., The Madeline System - Purpose Fund - rCredits - External Revenue Service - Data Commons Cooperative - Coliga - CommunityOS: Callicoon Project - Backfeed - My User Agreement -- Beyond luxury cooperativism - 30. Brendan Martin - Money is the root of all platforms -- From people-centered ideas to people-powered capital -- Can code schools go cooperative? -- A code for good work -- Meet your friendly neighborhood tech co-op -- Building the people's ownership economy through union co-ops -- Toward a theory of value for platform cooperatives -- Public policies for digital sovereignity -- Legal and governance structures built to share -- Blockchains and their pitfalls -- Non-cooperativism.
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