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How the web lost its way – and its founding principles - HITC

How the web lost its way – and its founding principles - HITC | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It showed which houses were connected to the town's water supply and which houses were occupied by black or white families. A mashup uses data from more than one source, usually publicly available information, and almost always presents it on a map. The results were extraordinary: the map showed that almost all the white households in Coal Run had water piped to their homes, while all but a few black households did not. Those without piped water had to carry water home from the water plant by whatever transport they could muster, pump it from wells contaminated with sulphur and oil from old mining operations or, in extremis, collect rainwater.

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Isn't one Internet enough? - Fortune

Isn't one Internet enough? - Fortune | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


“We think” says Larsen, “this is the first viable alternative to correspondent banking.” I can't judge if virtual currencies can replace foreign exchange as we know it.

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MaidSafe - The New Decentralized Internet

MaidSafe's distributed platform enables the creation of fast and secure applications that help ensure digital privacy, security and freedom for all.
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How flakey is the internet?

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On Tuesday August 12, at 8.48am British Summer Time, Verizon, a major US internet service provider (ISP), did something relatively mundane and technical: it took some big groups of IP addresses, which we can think of as the phone numbers of the internet, one of which is designated to every desktop computer, tablet or smartphone - and divided them up into smaller blocks, so that it had more addresses to play with. And in doing so, through no fault of its own, it broke the internet (a bit).

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Vatican social media guru: Catholics should give Internet 'a soul' - Los Angeles Times

Vatican social media guru: Catholics should give Internet 'a soul' - Los Angeles Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Pope’s social media expert said Wednesday that Catholics should be using social media to make the atmosphere online a positive place where people can deepen their relationships with one another.

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Alternative Currencies - POST Note

Alternative currencies are types of money or exchange that can be used instead of and alongside national currency. A number of alternative currencies are used in the UK today. This POSTnote outlines the different types and aims of these currencies. It also sets out how alternative currencies are being used and highlights regulatory and policy challenges regarding consumer protection, financial crime and taxation and benefits.

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“Dr. Internet is always dangerous”: How the Internet has altered health ... - Salon

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One peer-reviewed paper actually estimated it was about 300,000 people who died as a result of Mbeki's reluctance to distribute these drugs.

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Now is the Time to Start Something on the Internet

Now is the Time to Start Something on the Internet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Now is the time that folks in the future will look back at and say, 'Oh to have been alive and well back then!
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The truth about our Wi-Fi society: What the quest for constant connection really means

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NYC now plans to turn old pay phones into wireless hotspots, raising new questions about our hyper-connected lives
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Information Geographies at the Oxford Internet Institute

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Out in the Open: Ex-Googlers Building Cloud Software That’s Almost Impossible to Take Dow

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Cockroaches are some of the most resilient creatures on earth. They can live for 45 minutes without air and over a month without food. Cutting their heads off won’t even kill them—at least not immediately. Their bodies can live on for several days without their heads.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Essay of the Day: Why the Soviet Internet Failed

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Ben Peters, Assistant Orofessor of Communication at the University of Tulsa, presents preliminary findings of a dissertation chapter examining why the Soviets did not succeed in building an ARPANET equivalent. In particular, he examines Soviet bureaucratic and social structures as decentralized networks, compares them to conventional critiques of centralized power, and speculates on the chapter’s relevance for modern-day practices of power distribution.

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The Delhi Declaration

The Internet has become a vitally important social infrastructure that profoundly impacts our societies. We are all citizens of an Internet-mediated world whether as the minority who uses it or the majority who does not. In this, our world, the Internet must advance human rights and social justice. Internet governance must be truly democratic.

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Google and the German Angst - Huffington Post (blog)

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The other day the German minister of justice, Heiko Maas, was asked in an interview how often he is using Google to crawl the Internet. His answer: "Everyday and in an exorbitant manner. Therefore, unfortunately, I am part of the problem." The way the Social Democrat was describing his digital behavior was shedding light on the uneasiness that descends upon Germans when using Google services -- whether it is the search engine, whether it is Gmail, Google Maps, Google Translate or anything else Google. The Internet giant has not only become ubiquitous. Google has become inescapable. When looking something up on the Internet, 90 percent of Germans are using Google -- that is significantly more than the worldwide average of roughly 70 percent. But Germans do it with remorse. They feel guilty.

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Questioning the Internet: Astra Taylor Takes on Silicon Valley Cheerleaders - The Indypendent

Questioning the Internet: Astra Taylor Takes on Silicon Valley Cheerleaders - The Indypendent | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Sure, there is lofty talk of democratic access to vast troves of news and information, and one can Google-map the far corners of the world or stream music from Ethiopia. You can reconnect with high school friends via Facebook and meet the person of your dreams on dating sites. But while Silicon Valley cheerleaders insist otherwise, the Internet has evolved over the past 20 years into being primarily an engine of commerce.


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The Internet is changing: What does it mean for you? - Press Herald

The Internet is changing: What does it mean for you? - Press Herald | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Since its creation, the Internet has operated, at least in the minds of many consumers, like a phone line but with an incredible amount of information and functions available.

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Fun piece about the changing internet and how it's going to affect us as consumers

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Open-Xchange: The internet wouldn't have happened without Linux - Inquirer

Open-Xchange: The internet wouldn't have happened without Linux - Inquirer | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Open-Xchange is a cross-platform service that provides a range of web apps, cloud storage, encrypted email and instant messaging.

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India's 243 Million Internet Users And The Mobile E-Commerce Revolution

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The explosion of mobile phone use in India has started a revolution that could fuel substantial economic development.
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Internet billionaire Nick Hanauer warns of coming revolution - BBC News

Internet billionaire Nick Hanauer warns of coming revolution - BBC News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Nick Hanauer, internet entrepreneur, has a message for his fellow "zillionaires": the revolution is coming.


Mr Hanauer, an early investor in internet retail giant Amazon, says like many of his fellow one-percenters, he owns his own yacht, multiple homes and private jet. He says he acquired all his wealth by seeing the potential of the internet and acting on it.

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Solidarity after "Sharing:" Notes on Internet Subjects #1

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A panel discussion asks what kind of world the "sharing" revolution will bring into existence.
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Why Brazil Is Actually Winning The Internet - BuzzFeed

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John Perry Barlow, founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, was one of the first of the web’s elite digerati to receive an invitation. Barlow was working at the time with Brazil’s minister of culture, musician Gilberto Gil, to expand the range of Brazilian music available to remix and share online, and he decided to give all 100 of his invites to Brazilian friends. Two years later, 11 million Brazilians were on Orkut — out of only 14 million internet users in the whole country. (By comparison, the U.S. had more than 10 times as many Americans online by then, but only 14% of them were using social networks.)

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Jeremy Rifkin: A New Era of Capitalism

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The Third Industrial Revolution will not only radically alter our economy, but also our social and political lives. The engine of the first industrial revolution, the railroad, and the defining feature of the second industrial revolution, fossil fuels, all require centralized management and massive concentrations of capital - the essence of modern capitalism. The third industrial revolution requires less. Author and economist Jeremy Rifkin tells Piya Chattopadhyay how an "energy internet" spread across millions of homes and offices will usher in a new era of decentralized, lateral power.
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Without Shannon's information theory there would have been no internet - The Guardian

Without Shannon's information theory there would have been no internet - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Shannon's theory uses base 2 for its logarithms and log2(½) is -1. That gives us a total information content in flipping a coin, a value for H, of 1 bit.

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Debunking the false construct of piracy and high-speed internet adoption - The Networked Society Blog

Debunking the false construct of piracy and high-speed internet adoption - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The idea that ISPs directly or indirectly benefit from internet users unlawfully accessing digital content is a construct that has been flourishing for quite some time. This construction has been imperative for some to advance their demanding positions towards policy makers and which occasionally also has legitimized new draconian copyright enforcement schemes.

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▶ Keynote Philip Evans Managing Director and Partner of The Boston Consulting Group on CIO Day 2013 - YouTube

From Value Chains to Stacks: how technology is transforming the architectures of whole industries In the past decades, technology has driven waves of industr...
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation