Digital Labor


  • Presentations

The Internet of Ownership, Nathan Schneider 
Jun 23, 2016
Wellington, New Zealand

How Platform Cooperativism Can Unleash the Network, Trebor Scholz
May 3, 2016
Berlin, Germany

Think Outside the Boss: Cooperative Alternatives to the Sharing Economy,
Civic Hall, NYC
March 10, 2015

Trebor Scholz, Associate Professor, The New School
Sara Horowitz, Founder & Executive Director, Freelancers Union.
Saket Soni, Director, National Guestworker Alliance, & New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.
Caroline Woolard, Artist, Co-Founder, TradeSchool and OurGoods
Nathan Schneider, Reporter, Vice, The Nation, & The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Douglas Rushkoff, Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics, CUNY/Queens

Platform Cooperativism: The Internet, Ownership, Democracy
November 11-12, 2015
The New School, NYC
Cooperativism to Come by Douglas Rushkoff
All other videos from the event.

The Next Sharing Economy by Janelle Orsi
Oct 17, 2014

Digital Labor Conference Speakers’ Videos
The New School, NYC

  • Longreads

Scholz, Trebor; Schneider, Nathan. eds. Ours to Hack and to Own. The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, a New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet. New York City: OR Books, 2015.

Scholz, Trebor.  Uberworked and Underpaid: How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy. New York City: Polity. 2016 

Slee, Tom. What’s Yours Is Mine. New York City: OR Books, 2015.

Pasquale, Frank. 2015. Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Taylor, Astra. The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2014.

  • Articles

Sharp, Darren. “The Rise of Platform Cooperativism in Australia” P2PFoundation. 10/11/2016.…

Pontefract, Dan. “Platform Cooperatives Like Stocksy Have A Purpose Uber And AirBnB Never Will.” Forbes. 10/1/2016.…

Borst, Alan. “Platform Co-ops’ Gaining Traction.” In USDA Rural Co-op Magazine. 10/2016.…

Cortese, Amy. “A New Wrinkle in the Gig Economy: Workers Get Most of the Money’. The New York Times. 7/20/2016.

Scholz, Trebor. “Platform Cooperativism: Challenging the Corporate Sharing Economy”. Rosa Luxemburg Siftung. 1/1/2016. EnglishSpanish (or Spanish print version) | GermanItalian (Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, French forthcoming)

Schneider, Nathan. “How a Worker-Owned Tech Startup Found Investors—and Kept Its Values”. YES! Magazine. 4/26/2016.

Quart, Alissa. “Can A New Worker-Owned Platform Create A More Equitable Sharing Economy?” Fast Company. 4/19/2016.

Dönnebrink, Thomas and Ela Kagel. “Platform Cooperativism: An International Movement on the Rise”. SUPERMARKT. 4/3/2016.

Guillaud, Hubert. “Vers des plateformes réellement coopératives”. Le Monde. 1/1/2016.

Cassano, Jay. “Platform Cooperativism Conference Disrupts Silicon Valley’s Disruptions.” Shareable. 11/16/2015.

Gregory, Karen. “From Sharing to Cooperation: Lessons from-Mondragon in the New Economy.” Digital Labor Working Group at CUNY. 4/27/2015

Gorenflo, Neal. “How Platform Coops Can Beat Death Star Platforms to Create a Real Sharing Economy”. Shareable. 11/3/2015.

Scholz, Trebor and Nathan Schneider. “The People’s Uber: Why The Sharing Economy Must Share Ownership”. Fast Company. 10/7/2015.

Scholz, Trebor. “The Future of Work: The People’s Uber”. Pacific Standard. 9/23/2015.

Zuboff, Shoshana. “Disruption’s Tragic Flaw“ FAZ, 3/23/2015.

Schneider, Nathan. “Owning What We Share”. Pacific Standard. 9/1/2015.

Dewey, Caitlin. “You don’t know it, but you’re working for Facebook. For free.” The Washington Post. 7/22/2015.

Scholz, Trebor. “Think Outside the Boss.” Public Seminar. 4/5/2015.

Schneider, Nathan . “Owning Is the New Sharing”. Shareable. 12/21/2014.

Scholz, Trebor. “Platform Cooperativism vs the Sharing Economy.” Medium. 12/5/2014.

Sadowski, Jathan. “Civics for a Digital Age.” The Atlantic. 09/2013.

Sarah Roberts speaks with NPR about the labor of Commercial Content Moderation:

Belabored at Dissent Magazine with Sarah Jaffe:

for more on digital labor see Karen Gregory’s reading list