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Free Twitter from Wall Street

For a lot of us Twitter is the fastest, easiest way to know and share what’s going on around us. It sparks urgent conversations, spreads vital information, and energizes movements.

But Twitter is under threat of being sold and selling out its users.

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As the online "sharing economy" devolves into poor labor conditions and monopolistic practices, the concept of "platform cooperativism" offers a hopeful vision for a more democratic online economy. This new wave of entrepreneurs, investors, and business developers are merging offline cooperative economics with the Internet in creative ways. We'll discuss how far this emergent movement has come, and explore some of the challenges it faces in the struggle for the future of the online platforms we increasingly depend on.

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A person can thrive only in a society in which they’re respected and let do what gives their life purpose. Once you experience this you can never go back. You’ll always try to improve and do your best for that society to flourish.

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This is the second installment of the GEO monthly podcast.  This time, Lucy Greco of the DictationBridge development team tells us about their project to create a free, open-source assistive software tool for blind computer users that has the potential to bring a new level of computer accessibility to many vision-impared people across the world.  This collaborative effort is being supported by 3 Mouse Tech

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[Editor's note: Below are the stories of 10 democratic tech enterprises, collected by the Network of American Tech Worker Cooperatives (NATWC) for a publication they released in 2009.  Although these stories and the larger report of which they form a part are now 7 years old, we thought they were worth highlighting again now, given the m

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As cooperative culture spreads into the tech world, Loomio is part of a new wave of entrepreneurs figuring out how to finance a more democratic, values-centered online economy.
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[Editors note: We're excited to announce two new ebooks from Las Indias, a trans-national, egalitarian community.  These books were translated from the original Spanish by Level Translation and are now available in English for the first time.  Below you will find a short excerpt and a preview chapter from each book.  If you would like to download a copy (in .epub, .pdf, and Kindle-compatible formats), just click the buttons below--you can even make a contribition to help Level and GEO keep bringing you these i

[Editor's note: we are publishing this article by Green Party organizer Frank Cetera because we think the ideas presented are interesting and potentially useful for our readers.  However, as a non-profit organizination, GEO does not endorse any political party or candidate, nor do we endorse the use of any particular software tool.]

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Bangalore tech co-op Nilenso founder and worker-owner Steven Deobald discusses lessons learned from two years of working as a international tech worker co-op. Keywords: workplace democracy, cooperatives, worker cooperatives, worker-owned, technology
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Movement building happens face to face. Groups of people meet, build common visions, and organize to change the world. So what does data, such an impersonal and abstract figment of bits and bytes, have to do with regional movement building? Quite a lot!

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cross-posted from YES! Magazine

Death. Darkness. Deceit.

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[Editor's note: this report by Pat Conaty and David Bollier presents an in-depth look at the how our often disparate movements might begin to work together more closely in order to create a more just, open and equitable economy.  David Bollier describes the scope of the report on Shareable:

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[Editor's note: this video from FairShares Association provides brief introductions to two new on-line collaborative decision making tools from New Zealand's Enspiral network.  Loomio is a tool that allows group discussion and consensus building, while Cobudget is for use specifically with group budgeting decisions.  Loomio was successfully crowdfunded in 2014 and released version 1.0

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South-By-Southwest is  a huge convention that had an interesting forum on Tech-shop co-ops. The audio is available, at the linked location, for you to listen to the session.

 

By Jim Johnson, GEO Collective

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