[iDC] A coming-out party for the cooperative Internet at The New School, November 13-14

Trebor Scholz scholzt at newschool.edu
Thu Oct 22 04:42:20 UTC 2015

Dear all,

Should you be in New York City in mid-November, do join us.

~ Trebor

Platform Cooperativism: The Internet, Ownership, Democracy

A coming-out party for the cooperative Internet.

November 13-14, 2015

The New School, NYC

The seeds are being planted for a new kind of online economy. 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? Can Silicon Alley do things more
democratically than Silicon Valley? What are the prospects for platform
cooperativism?  On November 13 and 14, the New School in New York City will
host a coming-out party for the cooperative Internet, built of platforms
owned and governed by the people who rely on them. The program will include
discussion sessions, screenings, monologues, legal hacks, workshops, and
dialogues, as well as a showcase of projects, both conceptual and actual,
under the purview of celebrity judges. We’ll learn from coders and worker
cooperatives, scholars and designers. Together, we’ll put their lessons to
work as we work toward usable apps and structural economic change. This is
your chance to get on the ground floor of the next Internet, and to help
make it a reality.

Platform Cooperativism is convened by Trebor Scholz (The New School) and
Nathan Schneider (University of Colorado Boulder).

*List of participants:*

Further reading:

Trebor Scholz, “Platform Cooperativism vs. the Sharing Economy”
Medium (December 5, 2014)

”Think Outside the Boss.“
Public Seminar (April 5, 2015)

Nathan Schneider, “Owning Is the New Sharing.”
Shareable (December 21, 2014)

Janelle Orsi, Frank Pasquale, Nathan Schneider, Pia Mancini, Trebor Scholz,
“5 Ways to Take Back Tech.”
The Nation (May 27, 2015)

Trebor Scholz, Frank Pasquale, “Serfing the Web: On-Demand Workers
Deserve a Place at the Table”
The Nation (July 16, 2015)

Nathan Schneider, “Owning What We Share”
Pacific Standard (September 1, 2015)

Trebor Scholz, “The Future of Work: The People's Uber.”
Pacific Standard (September 23, 2015)

Trebor Scholz, Nathan Schneider, "The People’s Uber: Why The Sharing
Economy Must Share Ownership”
Fast Coexist (October 7, 2015)

*Sponsors & Partners*
Platform Cooperativism is sponsored by Eugene Lang College The New School
for Liberal Arts, The Ford Foundation, The Freelancers Union, The Workers
Lab, IG Metal, Institute for the Future, Demand Progress, The Robert L.
Heilbronner Center for Capitalism Studies, Internet Society, The University
of Colorado
Boulder, Democracy at Work Institute, The Digital Humanities Minor at The
New School, and The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung NYC.

The event is presented in partnership with Carnegie Mellon
School of Design, Civic Hall, Democracy Collaborative, Green Worker
Cooperatives, The Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies
at CUNY, the New Economy Coalition, The Robin Hood Found
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