This recent article in VICE provides a great overview on how the digital economy can be re-oriented to promote worker co-ops, and other forms of social enterprise. In particular, we have to consider people-based alternatives to the exploitative trends in the 'gig economy'.
Worker co-ops are a model of worker ownership that can be a real alternative to transnational capitalism. Employee ownership, with one-member one-vote, emphasises the importance of the work, the worker, and the workplace; while it downplays the return to be paid to outside investors. Growing tech companies now prosper by squeezing workers; Amazon, UBER, Facebook, and others create two classes - the very rich and the precarious poor.
Many software and technology firms are worker owned at the start but 'sell out' as they grow. However, some are committed to a co-op model long term. This is likely the future for co-ops in the Internet Age. One in BC is Affinity Bridge. In addition, one of the Affinity Bridge principals, Robin Puga, hosts Each For All on Vancouver Co-op Radio.
In Montreal, an option to UBER has been created, called EVA; it is a novel hybrid of a worker and consumer co-op. EVA now has over 18,000 members. In BC MODO the car co-op is a great consumer co-op with a good core technology platform.
Open-source software may give local projects the means to create their own apps and build their own successful co-op business, adapted to our device driven reality. Such projects have a potential privacy side benefit if the user's personal data is not being aggregated and sold to the Big Data marketing machine.