After the first platform cooperativism conference in 2015, I started the Internet of Ownership website (first internetofownership.net, then ioo.coop) in order to map and keep track of the rapidly growing platform co-op global community. The website included a directory of projects and a library of resources, and it also began hosting blog posts that reflected on the meaning and ends of the platform co-op movement. The project was always sort of a stop-gap, maintained by volunteers, including Devin Balkind and Danny Spitzberg, in addition to me. By 2021, our friends at the Platform Cooperativism Consortium had created a replacement directory and resources archive poised to be more accessible and institutionally sustainable than the Internet of Ownership. So, embracing the art of obsolescence, we decided to close the Internet of Ownership down. We are grateful that GEO has stepped forward to host our blog posts, which shed light on the development of platform cooperativism and related efforts. Indeed, this evolution reflects the respects in which platform cooperativism has become less a phenomenon requiring dedicated spaces and more an aspect of the broader cooperative movement.
—Nathan Schneider (University of Colorado Boulder)
Investor Owned vs. User Owned Platforms
The Very First Oakland Co-op DiscoTech
Platform Cooperativism as a Critique of Open-Source
Cooperative Organizing for an Inclusive Economy: The campaign to #BuyTwitter
One Person, One Vote or One Dollar, One Vote and Blockchain
15 Ideas For Cooperative Platforms
An Internet of ownership: democratic design for the online economy
Business Can Do More: Leadership and Ownership in the 21st Century
Equity-Free Fundraising: Here are our Revenue-Share Term Sheets
Hypothesis: ESOPs for the Online Economy
Living, Breathing Platforms
Maybe It’s Time for Readers of Real News to Band Together
Next, the Internet: Building a Cooperative Digital Space
Pools: A Proposal for One-Click Co-ops in Online Groups
Prospectus: IoOCloud, a Cloud-Services Cooperative
Reading Elinor Ostrom in Silicon Valley
Reciproka: Facilitating Open Cooperativism
Savvy Cooperative: What’s in a Name?
Social.coop: A Cooperative Decentralized Social Network
Starting A Cooperative Platform: 10 Questions We Answered
Startups Need a New Option: Exit to Community
A Letter to My Mutual Insurance Company
Taking Joint Control: Trade Union and Co-operative Solutions for Decent Work
The Case For #WeAreTwitter: Why Twitter-as-a-co-op might actually be a smart business idea
The Curafied Co-op Story: A Prequel
The Limits of Idealism
Two Proposals Regarding Mark Zuckerberg’s Stock
Update from Resonate, a Music Streaming Co-op
#WeAreTwitter and the FairShares Model—a match made in heaven?
We’re Converting Our Startup To A Cooperative. Here’s Why.
When Platform Coops are Seen, What Goes Unseen?
Why Is It So Hard to Pay for Contributions?