Platform Cooperativism Resource Library

Summary is a cooperatively run instance of Mastodon, a decentralized social network based on open protocols and free, open-source software. Alanna from Open Collective interviewed three of its co-founders to find out more.

What’s your vision for the future?

Nathan: I envision clusters of small, reliable cloud cooperatives whose members have shared affinity. They self-finance their maintenance costs while participating in the development of the open-source software they rely on. As a result, we see a mass exodus of users from the one-size-fits-all surveillance platforms toward healthier business models, which are better suited to the decentralized protocol that is the internet. And an explosion of open-source software with awesome user interfaces because the development is user-funded.

Added October 11, 2019