Surveillance, tech oligarchy, ‘smart’ cities, platform capitalism, misogyny, the enclosure of knowledge and racist algorithms: many of our biggest problems are digital. The world as shaped by Silicon Valley is dystopian and radically neoliberalist. There is however, a rising countercurrent of tech-savy activists and thinkers who see a way out. Commons Network is involved in this fight, both locally and in Brussels.
We need to re-shape the digital policy discourse, away from the logic of capitalism. That is why we work with a large coalition of activists, hackers and NGO’s to promote our vision of a shared digital Europe. We need to decentralise digital infrastructure, cultivate digital commons, bolster public institutions and enable self-determination. This applies to EU-policy but also for municipal politics: We investigate alternatives to the platform economy and data commons and we raise awareness about disastrous business models that dominate local lawmaking and undermine our social contract.
Key words: Open Source Democracy, Fearless Tech Policy, Digital Commons, Copyright, Data Sovereignty, Privacy, Community Networks, Public Stack, Digital Citizenship, Anti-racism, Anti-trust, Feminism, Data Commons
Projects that are part of the Digital Commons and Fearless Tech Policies Programme: