Boston Linux & UNIX was originally founded in 1994 as part of The Boston Computer Society. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Building E51.

Platform Cooperativism

Date and Time

Wednesday, August 03, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Akamai CRC
The Akamai office is a short walk from the Kendall Square T stop and other public transportation. Metered parking is normally available near the location.


The Platform Cooperativism movement calls for an Internet of Ownership


The Platform Cooperativism movement calls for an Internet of Ownership. It is a vision for online platforms that share democratic ownership and governance with their stakeholders, especially those who contribute their labor and personal data.

  • What is the role of the millions of people who contribute to social networks in governing their behavior?
  • What role can free software play in Platform Cooperativism?
  • What other movements does it intersect with?

Join us as Benjamin Melancon, leads us into a exploration of these questions and the future of technology and cooperation, or as William Gibson said:
The future is already here – it's just not very evenly distributed.


About Our Speaker

Benjamin Melancon is a co-founder of Agaric, a web development and strategy consultancy which helps people create and use powerful Internet technology. The principals of Agaric, a worker-owned cooperative, live and work to connect ideas, resources, and people.

Learn more about Agaric and Benjamin here:

Thank you to Akamai for providing space for this talk and pizza. To learn more about Akamai, please visit []

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