International Consortium Launched at Second Platform Cooperativism Conference
Attendees of the Platform Cooperativism Consortium launch event. Photo credit: Christopher ChavezThe second platform cooperativism conference, Building the Cooperative Internet (videos here), was held at the New School and Civic Hall in New York City on November 11-13. Platform cooperativism is a movement for the democratic ownership and collective governance of the Internet platforms grounded in principles of worker solidarity. The inaugural conference in 2015, which over 1,000 people attended, was billed as a “coming out party for the cooperative Internet.” This year’s follow-up was a smaller (though with 2,000 livestream viewers), action-orientated event to implement the shift to a cooperative internet, which included the launch of the Platform Cooperativism Consortium to support the movement going forward.