Evgeny Morozov on the Technological Sovereignity of Cities and the Role of Platform Cooperatives
Cities and Technological Sovereignty 1 - Is There Life Beyond The New Feudalism?
"(30 mins) Evgeny Morozov -- Now that tech firms occupy top spots on any list of the world’s most valuable companies, a profound structural transformation of the economy can hardly be denied. The immense size and global scale of operations of many of these firms have produced major savings, with Uber taking on welfare-boosting role that Walmart played during an earlier era. Likewise, the adoption and active promotion of the “home ownership” ideology by governments boosted the popularity of global platforms like Airbnb as a way to cash in on one’s assets. However, the parallel shadow welfare state operated by Silicon Valley is nothing of the kind, paving the way to a new form of feudalism. But how adequate are the alternatives, from cooperatives to new forms of data ownership, and what are the challenges that stand in their way?"