#4: The Future of Internet: Advancing Digital Democracy through Cooperation
In this interview, I spoke with the Shaun Fensom, a pioneer of worker cooperatives in the internet space with over three decades of experience. As the co-founder of Poptel, one of UK's pioneering Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Shaun connected Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and human rights organizations to the internet, including South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) during apartheid. Collaborating with the US National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA), he launched the .coop top-level domain, empowering cooperatives worldwide. Shaun's recent work includes leading Cooperative Network Infrastructure (CNI), revolutionizing digital infrastructure sharing, and advising city authorities in the UK on deploying digital resources for societal progress. Join us as we explore Shaun's remarkable journey and his endeavors to promote ethical banking and cooperative ideals.
The interview notes can be found on the link here.
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#2: Why Open-Source Software Matters for Digital Democracy?01:14:30In this interview, I spoke with the co-founder of Plausible Analytics, Marko Saric, about how they are using their open source software tool to help make the web a bit more “human-friendly” with a privacy-first approach. Plausible Analytics launched in 2020 and has experienced remarkable growth in just a year. At the time of the interview, it had numbered over 2,000 subscribers from all over the world and has reached financial sustainability.Plausible Analytics is “an open-source project dedicated to making web analytics more privacy-friendly. Our mission is to reduce corporate surveillance by providing an alternative web analytics tool which doesn’t come from the AdTech world.”The full transcript of the interview can be found on the link here.
#3: Why Privacy Matters for Digital Democracy?01:35:33In this interview, I spoke with the co-founder of Blindnet, Dr. Milan Stankovic, about how they are using their open source tool to the internet experience privacy-friendly. Blindnet launched in 2021 and they growing slowly. They are based in the US but have a subsidiary in France. Blindnet is an open-source software company that helps companies build trust with their clients while ensuring regulatory compliance. For more information, you can visit their website: https://www.blindnet.io/The interview notes can be found on the link here.