We desperately need alternatives to big tech and vc funding.

Co-ops need to be easier to build and fund. We need to get more info out there about how they work. They're really not as inaccessible as you might think.

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Did you know that @start_coop@twitter.com is currently accepting applications for their accelerator program? Think YC without the toxicity.

And @TheSELC@twitter.com is an amazing resource for anyone setting up worker co-ops.

There's also some misc. bits about platform co-ops that are more spread out.

For those who are not familiar: a worker cooperative (or co-op) is a company that's majority-owned by the workers themselves.

A platform co-op, meanwhile, is kind of a hybrid where the co-op is owned by the workers that build it but also by the *customers* that use it.

So, for example, one might build a ride share app where the software is built by worker-owners, but is also owned by the drivers themselves.

Everyone invests their time, money, and energy into the project.

And everyone gets a cut out the surplus as needed.

And everyone wins.

@zkat it seems "easy" for these cases, but the internet itself needs to be public infrastructure and all our recent models have undermined that

@meena what's public infrastructure if not a co-op owned by its consumers, in the end


@zkat the actual cables and satellites connecting us, which mostly belong to private carriers.

@zkat an illustrative example connecting the dots of how this plays out is cloud storage:

it costs practically nothing to store stuff in the cloud. The thing that costs so much is the transfer. that cost is set by carriers and ISPs and externalised by cloud providers to their customers, or more likely, to their customers' customers.

@meena @zkat Actually the transfer costs for cloud are mostly cloud profit margins. You can easily get much cheaper bandwidth when you don't use major cloud providers.

CloudFlare recently launched private beta of storage service without outgoing bandwidth costs.

So hopefully this stupidity will end.

@jacek @zkat sounds like a power grab; given that CloudFlare only has 10% marketshare.

@meena @zkat The private nature of the physical infrastructure of the internet is taken for granted, but really it should all be public. I would like to see more Guifinet-like ownership.

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