- Services 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
- Users have virtually no control over the platforms that affect their lives
The internet is slipping out of ordinary users' control.
Online platforms are transforming our workplaces, relationships, and societies in some troubling ways.
Ownership puts people in charge.
Rooted in internationally agreed-on principles, cooperative enterprises share ownership and control.
- Co-ops are more likely to pay living wages and promote community wealth
- Democratic businesses experience lower failure rates and more sustainable growth
- Cooperation tends to empower those on the margins of society
- By serving people before profits, co-ops put us in control of the economy
The internet of ownership brings democracy to the online economy.
Platform cooperativism is a movement spreading around the world, and it’s already creating a fairer kind of internet.
- 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
- New Bitcoin-powered “blockchain” technologies create possibilities for platforms with no central company in charge
- Co-op platforms can cooperate with each other by building open-source software for common use