New DemocraciesPanel Discussion
Although companies like Uber and AirBnB create a certain kind of platform functionality within the ‘sharing’ economy, the ultimate function for its founders and users is fundamentally financial. The key question is how we can use digital platforms to shape new forms of self-organization. What tools and strategies can we use to shift power on the internet from extractive monopolies to generative democracies? What is the role of cities in networking, communication, and setting up platforms for participatory democracy? Do forms of self-organization emerge from politics or are they based on more social and autonomous ways of organizing? This panel will offer a spectrum of discussions on different forms of organizing.