The internet is slipping out of ordinary users' control.
Tools that appear to be “free” often come at the cost of selling our valuable personal information
Huge monopolies are capturing important markets like search, transportation, and social networking
Labor platforms are managing to bypass worker protections like sick leave and insurance
Ownership puts people in charge.
Community-owned platforms are more likely to pay living wages and promote community wealth
Democratic ownership can result in lower failure rates and more sustainable growth
Taking ownership enables ordinary people to gain more control over their economic and social lives
The internet of ownership brings democracy to the online economy.
If users owned their own social media, they could set terms of service in which they keep control over personal data
If gig-workers controlled their own apps, they could combine flexible schedules with the rights and benefits they need
Emerging decentralized technologies create possibilities for networks with no central company in charge