How Innovative Funding Models Could Usher in a New Era of Worker-Owned Platform Cooperatives – Resilience

As the gig economy grows, more and more stories of worker exploitation are coming to the fore. And as reports of shady labor practices at Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit, Postmates, and Amazon Mechanical Turk show, these issues run rampant across all sectors of the gig economy. In the home services industry, the platform Handy has made a name for itself, connecting people with pre-screened professional cleaners, fixers, and other professionals. Within three years of its founding, however, the company already faced lawsuits for allegedly underpaying workers and making them pay severe fees for minor transgressions.

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Colony: A platform for open organizations

Here at NeighborSQUAD we’re thinking a lot about how we can scale and have a decentralized open organization. One of the efforts we are following is “Colony.”

Open OrganizationsWe believe that the most successful organizations of the future will be open.Openness is not about open plan offices or ‘20% time’. It’s about how decisions get made, how labor is divided, and who controls the purse strings.In an open organization, you’re empowered to do the work you care about, not just what you’re told to do. Decisions are made openly and transparently. Influence is earned by consistently demonstrating just how damn good you are. It means everyone’s incentives are aligned, because ownership is open to all.And that means opportunity is open to all, and a new world of possibility opens up.Colony is infrastructure for the future of work: self-organizing companies that run via software, not paperwork.

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Namecoin could decentralize DNS and more

Namecoin is an experimental open-source technology which improves decentralization, security, censorship resistance, privacy, and speed of certain components of the Internet infrastructure such as DNS and identities.(For the technically minded, Namecoin is a key/value pair registration and transfer system based on the Bitcoin technology.)Bitcoin frees money – Namecoin frees DNS, identities, and other technologies.What can Namecoin be used for?Protect free-speech rights online by making the web more resistant to censorship.Attach identity information such as GPG and OTR keys and email, Bitcoin, and Bitmessage addresses to an identity of your choice.Human-meaningful Tor .onion domains.Decentralized TLS (HTTPS) certificate validation, backed by blockchain consensus.Access websites using the .bit top-level domain.Proposed ideas such as file signatures, voting, bonds/stocks/shares, web of trust, notary services, and proof of existence. (To be implemented.)

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