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COOK Report: The Right to Telecommunications Self-Determination wit Examples from Spain, USA, Argentina and Franc

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This November-December COOK Report explores the free network movement literally across continents and hemispheres – from agrarian villages nestled among the foothills of the Pyrenees to urban inner-city neighborhoods in America’s Heartland. 

 

As a follow on to the March April 2013 exploration of guifi.net and Isaac Wilder’s Kansas City work, it looks at these networks as part of a global movement - one where the builders are collaborating on a national and international level.

 

These builders work together and share their tools and code. Nothing proprietary here. They don’t seek wealth.  They do seek to do for the communities in which they live what, “free market” based capitalism has failed to do. They are a bright hope for a future that, if one is not a part of the ruling elite, looks increasingly dim.

These networks of course are not free of cost – nothing is. But they stand for the freedom of users to create and build their own telecommunications infrastructure and to say “no” to the extractive model of shareholder-owned, restrictive and predatory telecommunications firms that have no interest in their customers other than extracting money and sending it to far off financial centers.  

 


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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, November 7, 2013 3:18 PM

Gordon Cook describes here, with the example of some of the larger models of this emerging movement that works to bring control of the communication infrastructure to the edges of the net and under the control of the users...

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Whatever advances you in Life, is always worth the investment in time-

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Michel Bauwens: Four Scenarios for the Collaborative Economy

Closing keynote of the OuiShare Fest by Michel Bauwens, founder of the Foundation for P2P Alternatives, who introduces four prospective scenarios for the col...

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Ferananda's curator insight, August 1, 2013 5:06 PM

Loved this video. My two favorites are that @mbauwens brings a great perspective on issues lwhat good and bad currency design is and uses the case of bitcoins and the last part on how we can create peer to peer businesses for a thriving economy.  Good 20 mins watch. 

Crystal Arnold's curator insight, January 22, 2015 7:33 PM

Well said!

 

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NSA-leaks : l'Europe sous surveillance

NSA-leaks : l'Europe sous surveillance | insights | Scoop.it
L'Europe vient de découvrir que son ami de toujours lui cache des choses. Les États-Unis intercepteraient chaque mois en Allemagne quelque 500 millions de communications, par téléphone ou internet.
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The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It | MIT Technology Review

The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It | MIT Technology Review | insights | Scoop.it
The community that built the largest encyclopedia in history is shrinking, even as more people and Internet services depend on it than ever. Can it be revived, or is this the end of the Web’s idealistic era?

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, October 26, 2013 11:52 AM

MIT Technology review expresses the concerns about Wikipedia's editing process that many of us have had for some years now ... the editing process makes it difficult to attract new editors, and different points of view to the encyclopedia.

 

Many articles end up with a slant of preference: The personal (or professional) one of a senior editor, enforced through a bureaucratic process.

 

There are efforts to remedy the situation and attract new editors, but the real challenge seems to be how to get political influence out of Wikipedia.

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Voitures vertes : un débat électrique

Voitures vertes : un débat électrique | insights | Scoop.it
De plus en plus d'études tendent à prouver que la fabrication de voitures électriques ou hybrides n'est pas aussi "verte" que veulent bien le prétendre les fabricants.
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Charles Eisenstein: 'In a gift economy the more you give, the richer you are' - video

Charles Eisenstein: 'In a gift economy the more you give, the richer you are' - video | insights | Scoop.it
Comment is free interviews: Charles Eisenstein talks about the need for a 'gift-based' economy and the ideals behind de-growth theory

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Ferananda's curator insight, April 18, 2013 11:38 PM

Charles says... In my ideal world work is an expression of our gifts driven by passion not coerced by money! ... how are you expressing the 'gift economy' in your life?

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A project to help users self-host their websites, email, files and more. Decentralize your web and reclaim your privacy rights while keeping the conveniences you need.

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Li-Fi: Data transmission using visible light instead of microwaves

Li-Fi: Data transmission using visible light instead of microwaves | insights | Scoop.it

UK researchers say they have achieved data transmission speeds of 10Gbit/s via “li-fi” – wireless internet connectivity using light. The researchers used a micro-LED to transmit 3.5Gbit/s via each of the three primary colours – red, green, blue – combined that makes over 10Gbit/s.

 

Li-fi, or “light fidelity”, promises to be cheaper and more energy-efficient than existing wireless radio systems given the ubiquity of LED bulbs and the fact that lighting infrastructure is already in place.

 

Such a technique could one day work with existing (LED) light bulbs, promising higher speeds than current WiFi and increased security — since visible light can’t penetrate solid objects like walls...


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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, November 4, 2013 10:16 AM

Such a technology could take over from WiFi and be not only faster and more secure, but also be more compatible with human health as it eliminates microwaves.

Concerns over adverse health effects are hindering WiFi adoption in schools. 

Patrick Bourdages's curator insight, November 21, 2013 9:08 AM

Après le Wifi voici le Li-Fi......

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Le monde de demain se construit aujourd’hui : découvrez-le et débattez-en sur ARTE Future !

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How internet will transform online sharing in future

How internet will transform online sharing in future | insights | Scoop.it

LONDON: Researchers have taken the first step towards a radical new architecture for the internet, which they claim will transform the way in which information is shared online, and make it faster...

 

The prototype, which has been developed as part of an EU-funded project called 'Pursuit', is being put forward as a proof-of concept model for overhauling the existing structure of the internet's IP layer, through which isolated networks are connected, or 'inter networked'.

 

Its creator said that the Pursuit Internet would enable a more socially-minded and intelligent system, in which users would be able to obtain information without needing direct access to the servers where content is initially stored.

 

Instead, individual computers would be able to copy and republish content on receipt, providing other users with the option to access data, or fragments of data, from a wide range of locations rather than the source itself.

 

Essentially, the model would enable all online content to be shared in a manner emulating the "peer-to-peer" approach taken by some file-sharing sites, but on an unprecedented, internet-wide scale.

 


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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:43 PM

A new information-centered architecture to make the internet more secure and faster...

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A new information-centered architecture to make the internet more secure and faster...