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thoughts on the development of peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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Eris -- The Dawn of Distributed Autonomous Organizations and The Future of Governance

Eris -- The Dawn of Distributed Autonomous Organizations and The Future of Governance | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Project Douglas launches Eris, a serverless framework for distributed autonomous organizations.
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Networks vs. Hierarchies: Which Will Win? Niall Furguson Weighs In

Networks vs. Hierarchies: Which Will Win? Niall Furguson Weighs In | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The most recent, and perhaps most important, network challenge to hierarchy comes with the advent of virtual currencies and payment systems like Bitcoin.Since ancient times, states have reaped considerable benefits from monopolizing or at least regulating the money created within their borders. It remains to be seen how big a challenge Bitcoin poses to the system of national fiat currencies that has evolved since the 1970s and, in particular, how big a challenge it poses to the “exorbitant privilege” enjoyed by the United States as the issuer of the world’s dominant reserve (and transaction) currency. But it would be unwise to assume, as some do, that it poses no challenge at all.
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Today, by contrast, the hierarchies seem to be in much more trouble. The most obvious challenge to established hierarchies is the flow of information unleashed by the advent of the personal computer, email, and the internet, which have allowed ordinary citizens to organize themselves into much larger and more dispersed networks than has ever been possible before. The PC has empowered the individual the way the book did after the 15th-century breakthrough in printing.
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Since ancient times, states have exploited their ability to issue currency, whether coins stamped with the king’s likeness or electronic dollars on a screen. But if the new networks are in the process of creating an alternative form of money, such as Bitcoin purports to be, then perhaps the time-honored state privilege to debase the currency is at risk. Bitcoin offers many advantages over a fiat currency like the U.S. dollar. As a means of payment—especially for online transactions—it is faster, cheaper, and more secure than a credit card. As a store of value it has many of the key attributes of gold, notably finite supply. As a unit of account it is having teething troubles, but that is because it has become an attractive speculative object. It is too early to predict that Bitcoin will succeed as a parallel currency, but it is also too early to predict that it will fail. In any case, governments can fail, too.



Where governments fail most egregiously, new networks may well increase the probability of successful revolution.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Wirearchy 3: Knowledge, power, and an historic shift in work and organizational design

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Wirearchy 3: Knowledge, power, and an historic shift in work and organizational design | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Welcome to the third in a series of essays exploring Wirearchy, “The power and effectiveness of people working together through connection and collaboration…taking responsibility individually and collectively rather than relying on traditional hierarchical status.”

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The New Right

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A new manifesto from a group of reform conservatives is the most coherent and compelling policy agenda the American right has produced this century.
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SWARM: The Dawn of Cryptoequity

SWARM: The Dawn of Cryptoequity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
SWARM entitles all coin owners to a part of 1% of all future coins launched on the platform and allows coin holders to vote on a community representative.
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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Wirearchy 1: The Intersection of People, Information and New Forms of Technology Changes Everything (Eventually)

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Wirearchy 1: The Intersection of People, Information and New Forms of Technology Changes Everything (Eventually) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“The power and effectiveness of people working together through connection and collaboration … taking responsibility individually and collectively rather than relying on traditional hierarchical status.”

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guifi.net - Open, Libre and Neutral Telecommunications Network | guifi.net

guifi.net - Open, Libre and Neutral Telecommunications Network | guifi.net | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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NEWL Debate | Networked Labour

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Towards a Global Participatory Platform - Democratising Open Data, Complexity Science and Collective intelligence

The FuturICT project seeks to use the power of big data, analytic models grounded in complexity science, and the collective intelligence they yield for societal benefit. Accordingly, this paper argues that these new tools should not remain the preserve of restricted government, scientific or corporate ´elites, but be opened up for societal engagement and critique. To democratise such assets as a public good, requires a sustainable ecosystem enabling different kinds of stakeholder in society, including, but not limited to,citizens and advocacy groupsschool and university students, policy analysts, scientists, software developers, journalists and politicians. Our working name for envisioning a sociotechnical infrastructure capable of engaging such a wide constituency is the Global Participatory Platform (GPP). We consider what it means to develop a GPP at the different levels of data, models and deliberation, motivating a framework for different stakeholders to find their ecological niches at different levels within the system, serving the functions of (i) sensing the environment in order to pool data, (iimining the resulting data for patterns in order to model the past/present/future, and (iiisharing and contesting possible interpretations of what those models might mean, and in a policy context, possible decisions. A research objective is also to apply the concepts and tools of complexity science and social science to the project’s own work. We therefore conceive the global participatory platform as a resilient, epistemic ecosystem, whose design will make it capable of self-organization and adaptation to a dynamic environment, and whose structure and contributions are themselves networks of stakeholders, challenges, issues, ideas and arguments whose structure and dynamics can be modelled and analysed.

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Global, networked, and united GNU-wikistrikes: GNUnion call for a ride with the Worldwide #Waveofaction

Global, networked, and united GNU-wikistrikes: GNUnion call for a ride with the Worldwide #Waveofaction | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Since 2010-2011 we have been rising from our ashes in Athens, Paris, Wisconsin, Tunis, Cairo, Madrid, New York, Tel-Aviv, Rio, Istanbul and everywhere… We have been making millions of connections, stregthening ties around the planet, we have learned a lotthrough our networks and linked them on the ground!

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Toward a network commons: Building an Internet for and by the people

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News Challenge is a global community that will draw on your optimism, inspiration, ideas and opinions to solve problems together for the collective social good.
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Can A Big Old Hierarchical Bureaucracy Become A 21st Century Network? - Forbes

Can A Big Old Hierarchical Bureaucracy Become A 21st Century Network? - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

One of the most difficult management challenges is taking a big old hierarchical bureaucracy, and turning it into a nimble 21st Century networked organization that can cope with the challenge of today’s dynamic marketplace and compete with younger organizations that have been networked from the outset.

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Joel Dietz on Bitcoin 2.0

Joel Dietz on Bitcoin 2.0 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What do I mean? I mean that distributed autonomous corporations and organizations are the next step in Blockchain evolution. The digital currency revolution is moving beyond currency and into evolving the nature of governance.

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Adaptive Case Management Could Be The Foundation For Networked Business - Forbes

Adaptive Case Management Could Be The Foundation For Networked Business - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Remember the Business Process Reengineering (BPR) managementand technology wave that aimed to transform large organizations? It started in the early 1990′s and thrived for about ten years, through the Enterprise Resource Planning and eBusiness movements, until the dot-com collapse of the economy.

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Open Policy Network to Give Governments a License to Share

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When public dollars fund a project, shouldn’t the public then have access it? It seems like a no-brainer, yet this is oftentimes not the case as data, educational tools, media and more get squirreled away in the caverns of bureaucracy or, worse yet, sold back to a public that has already paid for the resource.
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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Chattanooga gigabit internet enables local economy, shames internet behemoths

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Chattanooga gigabit internet enables local economy, shames internet behemoths | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Al Jazeera reports about the City of Chattanooga’s super high speed internet that enables all kinds of new economic activity. It was the public local electricity company that laid fiber optic cables to transmit customers’ meter readings and at the same time provide high speed (one gigabit) internet connections to homes and businesses in the city.

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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Essay of the day: Snowden, the Terminator, and Us

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Essay of the day: Snowden, the Terminator, and Us | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“Fortunately, Edward Snowden also showed us a pathway out. Governments can maybe made accountable, and mass surveillance can surely be evaded, and made much more costly. By moving away from technology that controls us, we can use, promote and develop technology that makes us more free. It is a long path, requiring efforts, to break away with the habits and the blind trust we placed in the Machine, and requiring an appropriation of technology by everyone. Through the use of free software, decentralized architectures and end-to-end encryption, we can –probably– take back control of the Machine.
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The Information Age to the Networked Age: Are You Network Literate?

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It’s said that when architects walk through an office, they see ceiling ornamentation, light sources, building acoustics. When psychologists walk through an office, they see unresolved father issues (Well written article.
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Network paradox may help algorithms overcome 'universal limitation' - Phys.Org

Network paradox may help algorithms overcome 'universal limitation' - Phys.Org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

While networks are used to represent a diverse range of interactions—from social to biological to physical—all networks share many of the same basic features. One common feature is their internal organization in communities. In intuitive terms, communities are well-connected subgroups (such as social cliques) within the larger network. In network terms, community structure is defined as a subgroup of nodes whose total number of internal links (links with each other) is larger than its total number of external links (links with nodes outside the subgroup).


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Could decentralized networks help save democracy? - Phys.Org

Could decentralized networks help save democracy? - Phys.Org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan disrupted communications between his opponents when he shut down Twitter during the run-up to the country's recent election. But in doing so, he provided yet more proof of how flawed social web activism can be. Whether the lessons in Turkey are heeded could have serious consequences for democracy.





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There's got to be a program to help this along.

 

Honestly, it's not like not having control over things is mutually exclusive to maintaining power, authority and influence within a society.  Yes, you can't just force things upon people like you once did.  Technically it's never been easy to force things on people that is not organic to what they're already willing to do, if it's not feasible in the first place.  That's possibly how Attaturk was able to force a whole new alphabet and style of dress on his people and America can't even get themselves on the metric system.

 

But this seems like an easily solvable problem, if some people with coding proficiency got together to come up with a new program or app that can exist on a device without having the central framework that can be shut down. 

 

Something that simply exists on a computer and can communicate with similar chat programs without having to deal with Turkey's centralized Internet or phone companies.

 

I'm sure it can be done.

 

And my willingness to abet in such a program, in spite of someone who has aspirations to be in political power and influence in the future, is just more evidence of how confident I am that it is possible to govern a population through kindness, respect, benevolence, effective action with the ability for the general public to be able to snuff you out in the night.  If you're governing well, then you have nothing really to worry about other than the odd crazy person or incident that will always be there.

 

When the government is more preoccupied with its own survival over the needs of its own people, then it is a sign as to how weak, incompetent and poorly prioritized the government's members are and how desperately they need to change for their own sakes at the very least.  If they cannot or will not change, then it would behoove them to step aside and let someone or something else govern, because that move would save them a lot of time, energy, effort and hassle, not to mention from the anger and wrath of the general public.

 

It's coming.

 

I'm shocked that no one seems to care or notice.

 

And, should one of the main powder kegs blow, the rest of the system will blow too, leaving the world to struggle again from the beginning, as a result of the stupidity and vanity of the current set of inbred elites.

 

Think about it.

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How to enjoy networking and share success

How to enjoy networking and share success | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As Richard Branson said Nobody can be successful alone. (Networking is not simply about building a mass of LinkedIn contacts.
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After Liberalism: Complexity in the Governance of a Networked Global Society | The World Financial Review

After Liberalism: Complexity in the Governance of a Networked Global Society | The World Financial Review | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Today’s adversaries are decentralized transnational networks that appear in many sizes and shapes; they are not geographically fixed, hierarchically governed, or bureaucratically managed.


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New strategies for the digital age - The Networked Society Blog

New strategies for the digital age - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In an interview we conducted a few months ago, Jimmy Wales said it best: “If you really want to innovate, stop thinking about business models and start thinking about human needs.” The more I work on an ongoing series of reports about industry and transformation, the more these words ring true.

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Edward Snowden's testimony to the European Parliament Inquiry Into Mass Surveillance

Edward Snowden's testimony to the European Parliament Inquiry Into Mass Surveillance | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A few weeks back, we reported that the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committee planned to send some questions to Edward Snowden as part of its inquiry on electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens. He’s now replied to these, prefacing them with a short statement (pdf — embedded below.) Although there are no major revelations — he specifically states that he will not be disclosing anything not already published — it does contain many important clarifications and interesting comments. For example, he confirms that:

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Podcast of the day: Tim Jordan on Hacking and Communicative Practices After the Internet

Podcast of the day: Tim Jordan on Hacking and Communicative Practices After the Internet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Lastly, I’m thrilled to post Show #192, August 23, my interview with Tim Jordan of King’s College London on hacking. Tim is (and has been) doing fascinating work on the question of how the Internet has changed communication practices. Drawing on the worlds of 19th century Australian pioneers and modern-day virtual world gamers,Internet, Society and Culture: Communicative Practices Before and After the Internet, published by Bloomsbury, was a terrific book from which to draw many enlightening and fun points of discussion. I learned much and loved the interview.”

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