Co-op Clouds

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

Cooperative clouds

  • CoBox – “a distributed, encrypted, offline-enabled data hosting cloud platform”
  • Collective Tools – Cloud-based, free/open collaboration tools
  • CommonsCloud – “Cooperative, collaborative and decentralised cloud, alternative to the proprietary software platforms”
  • 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
  • fairapps – “communication solutions on a fair basis for creative teams and initiatives” run by the cooperative fairkom
  • 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
  • IO Cooperative – “provides its members with technology infrastructure to sustain and enhance their professional, academic, and personal lives”
  • May First Movement Technology – “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)
  • (The Online Meeting Co-operative) – “A co-operative, open source, meeting and conferencing platform, powered by BigBlueButton.”
  • – “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”
  • – “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

Open-app ecosystems

Development co-ops

Further resources