Platform Cooperativism Resource Library


The article discusses what is “broken” internet and the techlash against tech companies. Within this framing, there are two main solutions proposed by American policymakers, one involving writing new regulations for tech companies and the other reducing the market power of big firms. However,  Tarnoff argues that neither of these solutions addresses the root cause of the problem—which is that the internet is a business primarily, owned and run-for-profit by private firms. The problems are connected to profits, and the profit system is what produces the dysfunctions and depredations of the modern internet. Tarnoff also states that regulation presents difficulties as corporations are skilled at evading rules, and increasing competition may not necessarily lead to better outcomes.
Added January 31, 2023