Splitter: Collectivity and Power on the Internet

11. April 2018

Im April 2018 ist der Band »Collectivity and Power on the Internet. A Sociological Perspective« von Ulrich Dolata und mir bei Springer erschienen (Springerlink). Er versammelt unsere Arbeiten zu kollektiven Formationen im Online-Kontext in überarbeiteter und aktualisierter Form. Klappentext:

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the manifestations and interrelations of collectivity and power on the internet from a sociological point of view. It addresses questions on how different forms of internet-based collectivities […] could be understood and differentiated from one another. It presents analyses on the role technical infrastructures of the web play for their formation, how the mobilization and organization of social movements and social protests has changed through social media, how work and decision-making processes are organized in open source communities and why the essential segments of the commercial internet are today concentrated in the hands of a few corporations who dispose over significant economic, infrastructural and rule-setting power.


Commons-based Communities: Viable Alternatives to Digital Capitalism? (re:publica-Session)

9. April 2018

Am 2. Mai 2018 diskutiere ich mit Gabriela Sanchez und Trebor Scholz auf der re:publica 18 ab 19.45 Uhr über das Thema »Commons-based Communities: Viable Alternatives to Digital Capitalism?«. Aus der Ankündigung:

The history of the digital society is shaped by continuous struggles between large monopolistic corporations and small groups of hackers and innovators inspired by a culture of sharing  and open innovation and a vision of a more democratic and fair society. Nowadays digital capitalism exploits the culture of sharing by exploiting the voluntary contributions of users and low-paid work of independent contractors. Profit-driven digital platforms monopolize the infrastructure of our common digital future.

However, new alternatives emerge to challenge these monopolistic platforms. The session will discuss some of these alternatives, in particular platform cooperatives and biohacker communities. How can these efforts challenge the power of the big players? How can they create fairer and more democratic labour relations?