Ours to Hack and Own: A New Vision for the Internet
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FEATURING NATHAN SCHNEIDER – We live in a world where increasingly we are all giving up personal information and autonomy to fewer and fewer online companies. Google and Facebook facilitate so much global communication now that they effectively control and shape it. Within such a landscape, the utopian vision of the Internet as a great equalizer has not panned out, in spite of pronouncements of benevolent sounding phrases like “the sharing economy” of the Internet.
How can ordinary people take control of the system on which so many of us rely that digital access is now considered a right? How can we take back that which was invented as a result of public investment in the first place?
Nathan Schneider, scholar-in-residence of media studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His writings have appeared in VICE, The Nation, The New Republic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and YES! Magazine. His earlier books include God in Proof and Thank You, Anarchy. Nathan is the co-editor with Trebor Scholz of the new book, Ours to Hack and Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, a New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet. He co-organized the Platform Cooperativism conference in 2015.