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Grant Potter

@twitter “to prepare a report on the nature and feasibility of selling the platform to its users via a cooperative or similar structure” https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1418091/000119312517116229/d319969ddef14a.htm#toc319969_28

Grant Potter

http://platformvaluenow.org/signals/open-innovation-platforms/ "Problems get solved quicker, new solutions are more suitable for end-users and stakeholder collaboration is enhanced."

Grant Potter

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/zen-and-the-art-of-internet-maintenance-v23n1 "Mostly in rural areas, they're often built atop old telephone cooperatives that, in the past, filled the gaps left by hegemonic utilities with democratic enterprise."

Grant Potter

Building publicly accountable broadband networks via: @communitynets and @ilsr https://muninetworks.org/content/about-us

Grant Potter

http://www.lcdc.ca/updates "the Village decided that it would build its own Community Broadband infrastructure and then it would be owned by the community. The Village also decided that rather than compete directly with the private sector it would form a community Co-operative to run the Broadband service on behalf of the Village."

Grant Potter

Users should be able to own the businesses they love instead of investors https://qz.com/940876/sell-businesses-to-their-users-instead-of-investors/

Grant Potter

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/21/magazine/platform-companies-are-becoming-more-powerful-but-what-exactly-do-they-want.html "Platforms are, in a sense, capitalism distilled to its essence. They are proudly experimental and maximally consequential, prone to creating externalities and especially disinclined to address or even acknowledge what happens beyond their rising walls. And accordingly, platforms are the underlying trend that ties together popular narratives about technology and the economy in general."

Grant Potter

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Grant Potter

https://www.opendemocracy.net/digitaliberties/michel-bauwens-vasilis-kostakis/cooperativism-in-digital-era-or-how-to-form-global-counter-economy "The aim is to go beyond the classical corporate paradigm, and its extractive profit-maximizing practices, toward the establishment of open cooperatives that cultivate a commons-oriented economy."