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Thursday, May 19 • 10:15am - 10:30am
Introduction to Plaform Cooperativism

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The seeds are being planted for a new kind of online economy—one owned and governed by the people who depend on it. For all the wonders the Internet brings us, it is dominated by an economics of monopoly, extraction, and surveillance. Ordinary users retain little control over their personal data, and the digital workplace is creeping into every corner of workers’ lives. Online platforms often exploit and exacerbate existing inequalities in society, even while promising to be the great equalizers. Could the Internet be owned and governed differently? What if Uber drivers could set up their own platform, or if cities could control their own version of Airbnb? What if we had an Internet of ownership?

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Nathan Schneider

Writer, Activist, Platform Cooperativism
Nathan Schneider is a scholar-in-residence of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder whose work revolves around economy, technology, and religion. In 2014, he co-organized “Platform Cooperativism,” a pioneering conference on democratic online platforms at the New School. His articles have appeared in publications including Vice, Harper’s, The Nation, YES!, The New York Times, and others. His most... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:15am - 10:30am
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