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Real democracy and the Internet are not mutually exclusive.

Here, for the first time in one volume, are some of the most cogent thinkers and doers on the subject of the cooptation of the Internet, and how we can resist and reverse the process. The activists who have put together Ours to Hack and to Own argue for a new kind of online economy: platform cooperativism, which c
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Paperback, 252 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by OR Books
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Gordon Casey
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This collection of essays focused on the topic of platform cooperativism, gathers the thoughts and comments of a diverse range of writers and leading thinkers from various areas.

Trebor Scholtz and Nathan Schneider are known as the leading thinkers behind platform coop'ism but here in one volume are short pieces from those in the open-source movement, the P2P movement, the cooperative movement, those involved in civic engagement and the trade union movement. Academics, activists, thought-leaders
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Wendy Liu
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A collection of short essays by a wide variety of authors. Lots of overlap between the pieces but there's some good stuff in here. Worth reading if you're interested in the idea of co-operative alternatives to platform capitalism (e.g., the New Economics Foundation's recent attempt at launching a co-op alternative to Uber).
Taru Luojola
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Tämä kirja pääsi hiukan yllättämään. Odotin enemmän teknologiapainotteista sisältöä, mutta oikeasti kirja on todella yhteiskunnallinen. Voisi melkein sanoa, että jokaisen tämän vuosisadan kommarin kannattaisi tutustua paremmin erilaisiin alustaosuuskuntanäkemyksiin. Mutta kirja ei ole pelkkää abstraktia teoriaa, vaan siinä käsitellään myös paljon erilaisia käytännön kysymyksiä, joita tulee vastaan, kun pykätään taloudellista yhteistoiminnallisuutta nykyinternetissä. Näin ollen kirja on hyvää lue ...more
Franko
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was excited by the promise of this book but it didn’t really live up to expectations. It was a collection of smaller essays , blog posts and advertisements that needed a lot more thorough editing. The collection was trying to be wide ranging but ended up repetitive and shallow. How many times was Uber referenced in this book? I lost count.

I wish there were more lengthy sections, perhaps even a clear thesis with supporting historical context, present analysis and future frameworks. There were s
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Tim S
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Needs some editing, but some good nuggets

A lot of this book feels like complaining about Uberization without supporting evidence to its faults. There were a few good exceptions, though. I enjoyed the chapter by a mechanical turker and how they would build a more humane platform. I also enjoyed the chapters which talked about the specific legal structures to use when starting a co-op.
Luca
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“This is a guidebook for a fairer kind of Internet. While we intend to foster something new in the online economy, we do so by turning to something old: the long tradition of cooperative enterprise. The problems of labor abuse and surveillance that have arisen with the “sharing economy,” also, are not entirely new; they have much in common with struggles on nineteenth-century factory floors. By considering the emerging platforms in light of well-hewn cooperative principles and practices, we find an optimistic vision for the future of work and life.” 0 likes
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