As Tech We Trust doesn’t automatically allow a company to make money by surveilling what we do with it, companies don’t generally see any profit in it. We can’t then wait for the market to address our need. And governments don’t seem to be stepping up either.
Forming a co-operative of like-minded people is the best and perhaps only way to nurture Tech We Trust.
Member funded. Member owned. Member controlled. Our bylaws are published here.
As we get to a critical size and importance, we can explore ways for existing businesses to co-operate with us on our mission. There are plenty of businesses out there that might benefit from our re-levelling of various playing fields. After all, the tech giants aim to make money off their transactions as well.
A nice relationship exists between co-operating and Tech We Trust. If we can’t trust our tech we can’t trust ourselves or each other. And yet co-operation requires mutual trust.
Co-operation requires trust, and Tech We Trust requires co-operation.
The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) defines a co-operative as “an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.” The Alliance publishes a good introduction to co-operatives if you’d like to find out more.