Co-operative Internet platforms

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Published on: December 5, 2015

Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada / 01 December 2015

Platform Cooperativism conference 2015Interest in co-operative Internet platforms is being driven by growing opposition to the “sharing economy” which is made up of digital platforms like Uber and TaskRabbit. The argument is that these “apps” have taken control of traditional labour markets in some sectors and that they are making on demand work even more precarious than it already has been for workers.

Organizer and keynote speaker Trebor Scholz suggests that we can “embrace the technology, but replace the ownership model” with co-operatives. The lack of concern for workers and the flouting of regulations in some sectors are undermining the vision of the ‘sharing economy’, which had initially aroused hope for the empowerment of people.