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Platform Cooperativism


Platform Cooperativism - With Dirk Holemans, Trebor Scholz © Wikimedia
There is not only one sharing economy, but at least two.
One is the focus of criticism due to the erosion of legal standards, dumping prices and commercialization of formerly free services. The other has been forming up recently as something called platform cooperativism. It aims to enrich the sharing economy with public benefit and fairness by means of cooperative Internet platforms. The success or failure of this development largely depends on the quality of the apps that cooperatives develop. Unlike the founders of Uber or Airbnb, they have no risk capital at their disposal. What chances do cooperative Internet platforms have and how are they related to market-oriented services?