The following thesis wants to explore if and to what extent cyber-activism is possible in a developing country such as Peru, in the context of the global digital divide. In order to do that, it will investigate Peruvians‟ perception of online activism; it will take into account recent cases of online activism from Peru; and it will put into discussion several concepts such as alternative media, the democratic divide and the global digital divide. The interest for this subject has emerged from my contact with news regarding the social movements taking place in Peru, in order to protect indigenous communities against resource depletion and exploitation. In order to conduct the research, I have used qualitative unobtrusive research methods such as media content analysis and netnography.
Traditionally, cities have been viewed as the sum of their locations – the buildings, monuments, squares and parks that spring to mind when we think of ‘New York’, ‘London’ or ‘Paris’. In The new science of cities (Amazon US| Amazon UK), Michael Batty argues that a more productive approach is to think of cities in terms of …
Las impresoras 3D están avanzando mucho, pero aún están sujetas a una estructura que limita el tamaño de los objetos que pueden crear. Lix es la apuesta creativa del diseñador afincado en Londres Anton Suvorov. Se trata de un bolígrafo que genera filamentos de plástico como los de una impresora 3D y permite, literalmente, dibujar objetos tridimensionales en el aire.
The popular titles stating that Hawking says, “there are no black holes” is incorrect
Recently there has been a fair amount of publicity about the publication of a transcription of a talk given by Stephen Hawking at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, California, in August 2013, where Hawking discusses his possible resolution to the so called Information Paradox and the firewall theorem. In the extremely oversimplified explanation given by several media commentators it has been said that Stephen Hawking has refuted the existence of Black Holes with misleading titles such as – Stephen Hawking: ‘There are no black holes’ (from Nature magazine one of the most prestigious scientific journals). In fact this was absolutely not the case. Hawking did not say there are no black holes – he merely suggested that the classical notion of a gravitational body in which light cannot escape may need to be revised. In his revision, there is still a black hole horizon, yet due to the extremely turbulent dynamics at the quantum level of the boundary, the persistence and structure of the horizon is uncertain. Just like the weather on Earth, which can be predicted yet always with some level of uncertainty, the apparent horizon is deterministic but chaotic. Thus the title of his talk “Information Preservation and Weather Forecasting for Black Holes” (the transcription of which was posted on the arXiv server). Here Hawking, redefines the event horizon as an apparent horizon saying, “This suggests that black holes should be redefined as metastable bound states of the gravitational field.” Hawking concludes that this effectively means that information can be emitted from the trans-horizon area of a black hole – making them more akin to “grey holes”, where information (matter and energy) can go in, and come out as well. This is an attempt to resolve the so called “information loss paradox” where all the information that falls into a black hole would be lost as the black hole evaporates to nothing, due to an earlier postulate by Hawking – known as Hawking radiation – which describes the emission of vacuum fluctuations “virtual particles” producing a slight loss of energy overtime for the black hole, eventually leading to its complete evaporation.
Irene Sanders Executive Director and Founder of the Washington Center for Complexity and Public Policy and author of "Strategic Thinking and the New Science: Planning in the Midst of Chaos, Complexity, and Change."
Cities are complex organisms where every thing and every decision is connected. That’s a given. Every choice from a power and an act of resistance changes how the city lives, whether intended that way or not. So when someone faults government for social engineering, what they really mean is “social engineering I don’t like.” All other social engineering is just called governance.
Some forms of government interference are by all counts unfortunate. Laws preventing unmarried men and women from living together, as surfaced a few months ago here in Turkey, are silly on the grounds that ‘man and woman’ is a false gender dichotomy more than anything else. Most regulations, projected or otherwise, cannot be dismissed as easily. In September, a restriction on studio apartments was considered by the Turkish government. While this considered law probably had much more to do with rampant corruption in the construction industry and other weird and risible facts that everyone knew about then and clutches their pearls about now that an investigation may or may not be underway—and anyways, many people fell into their political stance before considering the merits of the law—an interesting debate was missed. Is it ethical to live alone in an overcrowded city?
Para descifrar la alta estabilidad del sistema de dominación liberal hay que entender cómo funcionan los actuales mecanismos de poder. El comunismo como mercancía es el fin de la revolución
Luciana de Paula's insight:
¿Por qué el régimen de dominación neoliberal es tan estable? ¿Por qué hay tan poca resistencia? ¿Por qué toda resistencia se desvanece tan rápido? ¿Por qué ya no es posible la revolución a pesar del creciente abismo entre ricos y pobres? Para explicar esto es necesario una comprensión adecuada de cómo funcionan hoy el poder y la dominación.
A Shareable City looks at multiple aspects of urban planning and community well-being through a collaborative economy lens, and proactively supports activities and platforms. Here are some of the best ways to get started.
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