The co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity could easily have been used to write the #introduction to the future many envisioned when the World Wide Web went live. Although today we are far removed from this vision, projects like #SocialCoop and the #IndieWeb offer us a way back to an open, people-focused web. I am pleased to be involved.
A worker owned taxi #coop in Southend has grown from 6 to 70 drivers.
They repaid all their investors and returned £3000 to their members last year. The same year Uber left the area after failing to compete with them.
We need this in every town and city!
So Swiss regulators want to turn the two largest retailers in the country from coops to capitalist companies.
They also question "whether a cooperative structure is appropriate for banking"?
Coop banks were less likely to go bust and lend more to SMEs than other banks. Coop retailers are shown to be better for customers especially under monopoly situations.
WTF is wrong with Swiss regulators?? This is making me more angry than it should... Seriously who the hell are these idiots??
Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your precise location? Sike, can't believe you fell for that... again https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/09/10/facebook_location_tracking/
Facebook Messenger still scans all messages, even with end-to-end encryption. Scanning is done locally on the device before text messages are sent and after received messages are decrypted.
Facebook privacy lol
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"Trump's administration has told Britain it will not get a trade deal unless it drops plans to tax tech companies such as Google, Facebook & Amazon, [designed] to create a fairer tax system".
If only we were members of a 28 state trading union hey?
The lovely folks at @Framasoft translated – and wrote an introduction for – the article I wrote I for Kulturstiftung des Bundes (The German Federal Cultural Foundation) titled Slavery 2.0 and how to avoid it: a practical guide for cyborgs:
Nous sommes déjà des cyborgs mais nous pouvons reprendre le contrôle: https://framablog.org/2019/07/09/nous-sommes-deja-des-cyborgs-mais-nous-pouvons-reprendre-le-controle/
"It doesn’t have to be this way. We can call a halt to the madness – throw a wrench in the juggernaut. By de-enclosing social goods and restoring the commons, we can ensure that people are able to access the things that they need to live a good life without having to generate piles of income in order to do so, and without feeding the never-ending growth machine"
Degrowth: A Call for Radical Abundance —
"In 1957, Johannes Juul – a student of Paul La Cour – built the three-bladed Gedser wind turbine (...)The blades were built from steel spars, with aluminium shells supported by wooden ribs. (...) It ran for 11 years without maintenance, generating up to 360,000 kWh per year, but was not repaired when a bearing failed. When the turbine was refurbished and tested in the late 1970s, it performed better than the first wind turbines with fiberglass blades."
The EU Copyright Directive threatens OpenStreetMap. Find out more and how you might be able to help! https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2019/03/21/the-eu-copyright-directive-threatens-openstreetmap/
Got a few process things to finalize, and if the proposal in the CWG passes, then we'll be on track to start getting in touch with the list of folks who've said they are interested in joining starting next weekend...
La historia se escribe latido a latido.
social.coop is a cooperatively-run corner of the Fediverse. The instance is democratically governed by its members, who generally share an interest in the co-op model, but topics of discussion range widely.
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