Date(s) - 09/12/2016
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
A conversation on platform cooperativism with Nathan Schneider
Hosted by New Economy MIT
The on-demand economy is reversing the rights and protections workers fought for centuries to win. While promising to be the great equalizers, online platforms have often exacerbated social inequalities. Can the Internet be owned and governed differently? What if a city’s residents controlled their own version of Airbnb? 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.