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Is the Internet Becoming the Bot Net?

Is the Internet Becoming the Bot Net? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On the Internet, we’ve reached a tipping point where more than 50% of all Internet traffic is no longer generated by humans – instead, it's generated by a motley mix of search engine spiders, bots, scrapers, scammers, hackers and, yes, spies. We are no longer talking about the Internet, we are talking about the Bot Net – a “bot-mediated reality” where algorithms and bots influence where we go, how long we spend there and with whom we communicate.


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▶ Clay Shirky discusses the shift in user behavior in a Web 20 World at SES San Jose 2009 - YouTube

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On the Lam with Bank Robber Enric Duran

Being underground is not a condition Enric Duran always takes literally, but one night in late January he went from basement to basement. At a hackerspace under a tiny library just south of Paris, he met a group of activists from across France and then traveled with them by bus and Métro to another meeting place, in an old palace on the north end of the city. On the ground floor it felt like an art gallery, with white walls and sensitive acoustics, but the basement below was like a cave, full of costumes and scientific instruments and exposed masonry. There, Duran arranged chairs in a circle for the dozen or so people who'd made the journey. As they were settling in and discussing which language they'd speak, a woman from upstairs, attending an event about open licenses, peeked in through the doorway. She pointed Duran out to her friend, trying, barely, to contain herself. After the meeting was over, she came right up to him. "You're the bank robber!" she said.


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Will the next big crash be the last one? | P2P Foundation

Will the next big crash be the last one? | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As our civilization runs into limits to growth, there are several ways to analyze the situation, all with some validity in their own ways. One might for example think of limits in relation to ecosystem services, pollution and climate change, and these are certainly major challenges that I don’t mean to trivialize. But surely the fatal limit we are likely to run into first is worthy of the most attention? If Gail Tverberg is right, our most immediate limitation might be described as “peak finance.” She believes the financial aspect of our predicament is capable of bringing the whole system down long before anything else and probably will very soon.


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Lessons learned from a sharing economy entrepreneur

In 2014 I interviewed Martin Voorzanger, co-founder of the largest Dutch ride sharing platform Toogethr. Their service was doing well, but already then finding the right revenue model was their biggest problem. A couple of months later Martin published a blogpost where he announced to pull the plug out of the platform by the end of that year. In this same post he challenged others to come with an idea to continue their platform. Out of the 25 responses Martin picked Calender24 as the new parents of his baby Toogethr. 

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Future Of Work - Are Robots Good Or Bad?

Future Of Work - Are Robots Good Or Bad? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Discover whether tomorrow's business environment is going to be negatively affected by robotics
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Call for Papers on Citizen Science | P2P Foundation

Call for Papers on Citizen Science | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Citizen science, the direct participation of citizens in scientific projects, has grown rapidly in recent years.
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New Open Knowledge Hub launches at Open Development camp - Institute of Development Studies

New Open Knowledge Hub launches at Open Development camp - Institute of Development Studies | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Imagine what change we could bring about in the world if we shared our collective knowledge and repackaged it to talk to the people that need it - IDS launches new open knowledge hub.
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Movements of Radical Imagination; How Ordinary People Are Building A New World

Movements of Radical Imagination; How Ordinary People Are Building A New World | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This article looks into the ways in which meaningful, positive cultural change is being made by revolutionary movements around the world, including the Cypherpunk movement, which advocates encryption as a tool to foster free expression and equality. It is the first article for the Cryptosphere by noted writer Nozomi Hayase.
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Martin Adams on Land as the First Commons - P2P Foundation

Martin Adams on Land as the First Commons - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"What if we lived in a world where everyone had enough, where every one mattered, where people lived in harmony with nature? In this interview with KPFA-FM host Kris Welch, author Martin Adams says it’s possible."

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Futurists Insights Series - The Future of Work and Technology

THE TRADITIONAL WORKPLACE, AS WE'VE KNOWN IT, DOESN'T EVEN EXIST TODAY. The explosion of new technologies, mass adoption of social channels, ubiquity of mobil…
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The invisible fabric of social cohesion | P2P Foundation

The invisible fabric of social cohesion | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
How to promote social cohesion and belonging in our neighbourhoods through Internet and why centralized corporate architectures.
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Open Knowledge: Press release: Open Trials: Open Knowledge announces plans for open, online database of clinical trials

Open Knowledge: Press release: Open Trials: Open Knowledge announces plans for open, online database of clinical trials | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Open Knowledge today announced plans to develop Open Trials, an open, online database of information about the world’s clinical research trials funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The project, which is designed to increase transparency and improve access to research, will be directed by Ben Goldacre, an internationally known leader on clinical transparency.

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"Networked society - are we getting there?", Alexander Izosimov (Board Director, Ericsoon)

Keynote by Alexander Izosimov (Board Director, Ericsoon)

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Big Data-As-A-Service Is Next Big Thing - Forbes

Big Data-As-A-Service Is Next Big Thing - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We’ve had software as a service, platform as a service and data as a service. Now, by mixing them all together and massively upscaling the amount of data involved, we’ve arrived at Big Data as a Service (or BDaaS, and it's pronounced how you will).
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Transfinancial Economics, 2015

Transfinancial Economics, 2015 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Transfinancial Economics (TFE) is an evolving project nearing basic completion. It should be said that there has been a degree of interest in it from a number of people with economic backgrounds such as Warren Mosler, Andy Dennis, Stephen Monrad, David Axelrod, Trond Andresen (cybernetics expert), Prem Sikka, and the noted autodidact, and futurist Hazel Henderson. In April 2010, TFE was also a subject discussed at a major scientific conference (the ICEME, or International Conference of Engineering, and Meta-Engineering, Florida, USA). 

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CheapStat: An Open-Source, “Do-It-Yourself” Potentiostat for Analytical and Educational Applications

CheapStat: An Open-Source, “Do-It-Yourself” Potentiostat for Analytical and Educational Applications | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Although potentiostats are the foundation of modern electrochemical research, they have seen relatively little application in resource poor settings, such as undergraduate laboratory courses and the developing world. One reason for the low penetration of potentiostats is their cost, as even the least expensive commercially available laboratory potentiostats sell for more than one thousand dollars. An inexpensive electrochemical workstation could thus prove useful in educational labs, and increase access to electrochemistry-based analytical techniques for food, drug and environmental monitoring. With these motivations in mind, we describe here the CheapStat, an inexpensive (<$80), open-source (software and hardware), hand-held potentiostat that can be constructed by anyone who is proficient at assembling circuits. This device supports a number of potential waveforms necessary to perform cyclic, square wave, linear sweep and anodic stripping voltammetry. As we demonstrate, it is suitable for a wide range of applications ranging from food- and drug-quality testing to environmental monitoring, rapid DNA detection, and educational exercises. The device's schematics, parts lists, circuit board layout files, sample experiments, and detailed assembly instructions are available in the supporting information and are released under an open hardware license.

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Livestream Konferenz "Open Knowledge? Potentials of Digital Publishing in the Academic World"

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Introduction to Open Science: Why data versioning and data care practices are key for science and social science.

Introduction to Open Science: Why data versioning and data care practices are key for science and social science. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A significant shift in how researchers approach their data is needed if transparent and reproducible research practices are to be broadly advanced. Carly Strasser has put together a useful guide to...
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Free Technology for Teachers: 100 Practical Ed Tech Tips Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: 100 Practical Ed Tech Tips Videos | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
On a cold winter night four or five months ago I started to organize the screencast videos that I've made over the years. I called the list Practical Ed Tech Tips. Since I started that list I've made an effort to add one or two new screencasts to it every week. Yesterday, I added the 100th video to the Practical Ed Tech Tips playlist.

In the playlist you will find videos about tools for flipping your classroom, videos on managing workflow, social media tips, search strategies, and media production. The entire playlist is embedded below.

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The Rise of Biocultural Rights | P2P Foundation

The Rise of Biocultural Rights | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The idea of bioocultural rights provides a powerful legal framework for reclaiming land, culture, traditional knowledge and self-governance.
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Role of Crowdsourcing for Better Governance in Fragile States Contexts - P2P Foundation

Role of Crowdsourcing for Better Governance in Fragile States Contexts - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"“[The report serves] as a primer on crowdsourcing as an information resource for development, crisis response, and post-conflict recovery, with a specific focus on governance in fragile states. Inherent in the theoretical approach is that broader, unencumbered participation in governance is an objectively positive and democratic aim, and that governments’ accountability to its citizens can be increased and poor-performance corrected, through openness and empowerment of citizens. Whether for tracking aid flows, reporting on poor government performance, or helping to organize grassroots movements, crowdsourcing has potential to change the reality of civic participation in many developing countries. The objective of this paper is to outline the theoretical justifications, key features and governance structures of crowdsourcing systems, and examine several cases in which crowdsourcing has been applied to complex issues in the developing world.”

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