Richard Barbrook is a senior lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster. In the early 1980s, he was involved with pirate and community radio broadcasting. In 1995, he and Andy Cameron wrote The Californian Ideology, which was a pioneering critique of the neoliberal politics of Wired magazine. His other important writings about the Net include The HiTech Gift Economy, Cyber-communism, The Regulation of Liberty and The Class of the New. The Media Ecology Association selected Imaginary Futures as the winner of the 2008 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book of the Year in the Field of Media Ecology. In 2014, Richard’s book about Situationist gaming was published CLASS WARGAMES: Ludic Subversion Against Spectacular Capitalism.
During summer 2016, he coordinated the writing of the Digital Democracy Manifesto for Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign for the leadership of the British Labour party which includes a firm commitment to support platform cooperatives. There it reads: “Platform Cooperatives …We will foster the cooperative ownership of digital platforms for distributing labour and selling services. The National Investment Bank and regional banks will help to finance social enterprises whose websites and apps are designed to minimize the costs of connecting producers with consumers in the transport, accommodation, cultural, catering and other important sectors of the British economy.