Open Call: Join the Digital Democracy Forum by the Platform Co-op School

Long hailed as a democratic tool, the internet is now a tool for private economic interests. This forum brings together researchers, artists, policymakers, labor leaders, and technologists at the forefront of efforts to construct a democratic internet. What challenges do we face, and how do we overcome them? Lectures, workshops, stakeholder meetings and tech-meetups will focus on data cooperatives, tech worker resistance, distributed technologies, fair work and cooperative principles, social media, and community ownership of digital platforms. The format of the online forum consists of four public lectures, four sessions with communities of practitioners focusing on “Mutual Aid and Technology,” and seven seminar-style sessions exclusively for course participants. The forum’s goal is to provide a venue for people to share their knowledge and skills about technology and cooperative principles . The sessions cover topics such as Shared Digital Infrastructure, New Municipalism, and Distributed Technologies. The forum hopes to create a more equitable world by allowing people to learn from one another. Join in the fight for a democratic internet!

Language: English
Tuition: $110 (Global North) or $40 (Global South)
Course duration: Jan 25, 2023 to May 10, 2023
Time: core sessions take place on Wednesday evenings, 18:10-20:00, CET
Number of sessions: 22
Course tutor: Trebor Scholz

You can enroll on the website of The New School:

The Digital Democracy Forum takes place online, with participants from 5 continents at 42 partner institutions. This year, INC hosts the Amsterdam node. If you are participating and based in The Netherlands, drop an email to We will organize a meet-up and possibly more meetings for the learning circle.