This IoO project explores and documents efforts to form free, open source alternatives to corporate cloud infrastructures, especially through cooperative business models.

Cooperative clouds

  • CoCloud – A proposed cooperative to “deploy and share free/libre/open software developed by communities around the world”
    • Under development
  • Dark Peak Data Co-operative – “Open-source software, hosted for your convenience, with democratic accountability
    • Offerings: web hosting, RSS, git
  • Drutopia – A free-software project and hosting service for easy web development with Drupal
  • HCoop – “an Internet hosting service and community, run democratically as a USA 501(c)(12) non-profit corporation”
    • Offerings: OpenAFS, web hosting, email, mailing lists, git, MoinMoin wiki, Jabber
  • May First / People Link – “engages in building movements by advancing the strategic use and collective control of technology for local struggles, global transformation, and emancipation without borders”
    • Offerings: email, web hosting, webmail, Jitsi, ownCloud, GNU Social, OpenID, XMPP (Jabber)
  • – “a coop-run corner of the fediverse, spearheading a cooperative and transparent approach to operating our social platforms”
    • Offerings: Mastodon
  • WebArchitects – “a Sheffield based, small and friendly, multi-stakeholder co-operative which provides ethical and green, web hosting, virtual servers and GNU/Linux sysadmin support services”
    • Offerings: web hosting, GitLab
  • – “become a member of our democratic and socially ran web hosting cooperative association and experience the incredible benefits of transparent, honest, and reliable service”
    • Offerings: web hosting

Commons clouds

  • Framasoft – “A network dedicated to globally promoting “free” and particularly free software.”
  • Riseup – “provides online communication tools for people and groups working on liberatory social change”

Open-App ecosystems

Development co-ops

Further resources