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Can the Digital Commons Save the Natural Commons? Brian Davey says no.

Can the Digital Commons Save the Natural Commons? Brian Davey says no. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Brian Davey and Michel Bauwens participated in a joint panel at the McPlanet Conference in Berlin. The conference report from Brian is here. In this panel, I defended the position that digital commons are a crucial part of the solutions to the sustainability crisis,and Brian Davey disputed it. He published his notes, which we reproduce below, and I promised to react to this. I will republish this article with my responses, perhaps as a series, in a few days. But it is worth reading Brian’s argument in one go.

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Funders and Founders - Visual Startup Blog

Funders and Founders - Visual Startup Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Startup blog covering entrepreneurs and investors through infographic media. We explain funding, starting up, and success with visual how-tos and data.
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XE Live Stream Broadcasting from Leibzig September 2-6 2014

XE Live Stream Broadcasting from Leibzig September 2-6 2014 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

From September 2-6 we are live streaming from the 4th International Degrowth Conference in Leipzig, Germany. Stream access may vary depending on your nation of residence. If you can’t access the live stream as it happens, each session will be available soon after the broadcast ends.

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Urban Farms Build Resilience Within Singapore's Fragile Food System

Urban Farms Build Resilience Within Singapore's Fragile Food System | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Tiny Singapore imports almost all of its food. From gardens on deserted car parks to vertical farms in the vanishing countryside, a movement is afoot to help boost its agricultural production.
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Seeds of Truth – A response to The New Yorker | Dr Vandana Shiva

Seeds of Truth – A response to The New Yorker | Dr Vandana Shiva | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I am glad that the future of food is being discussed, and thought about, on farms, in homes, on TV, online and in magazines, especially of The New Yorker’s caliber. The New Yorker has held its content and readership in high regard for so long. The challenge of feeding a growing population with the added obstacle of climate change is an important issue. Specter’s piece, however, is poor journalism. I wonder why a journalist who has been Bureau Chief in Moscow for The New York Times and Bureau Chief in New York for the Washington Post, and clearly is an experienced reporter, would submit such a misleading piece. Or why The New Yorker would allow it to be published as honest reporting, with so many fraudulent assertions and deliberate attempts to skew reality. ‘Seeds of Doubt’ contains many lies and inaccuracies that range from the mundane (we never met in a café but in the lobby of my hotel where I had just arrived from India to attend a High Level Round Table for the post 2015 SDGs of the UN) to grave fallacies that affect people’s lives. The piece has now become fodder for the social media supporting the Biotech Industry. Could it be that rather than serious journalism, the article was intended as a means to strengthen the biotechnology industry’s push to ‘engage consumers’? Although creative license is part of the art of writing, Michael Specter cleverly takes it to another level, by assuming a very clear position without spelling it out.

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Smartphone app 'Uber' ordered to halt transportation services in Germany | News | DW.DE | 02.09.2014

Smartphone app 'Uber' ordered to halt transportation services in Germany | News | DW.DE | 02.09.2014 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A court in Frankfurt has ordered the smartphone application 'Uber' to stop its transportation services in Germany. Uber plans to appeal the ruling and said it would continue its operations.
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Circulation of the Common - P2P Foundation

Circulation of the Common - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The 'Circulation of the Common' = Analytical concept proposed by Nick Dyer-Witheford in a landmark essay of the same title.. It refers to the social reproduction mechanism of Peer Production, in a process analogous with the Circulation of Capital described by Marx.

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Capitalism: What is the purpose of business? | People-Centered Economic Development

Capitalism: What is the purpose of business? | People-Centered Economic Development | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

At first glance, it might seem redundant to emphasize people as the central focus of economics. After all, isn't the purpose of economics, as well as business, people? Aren't people automatically the central focus of business and economic activities? Yes and no.


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Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse

Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Graham Turner and Cathy Alexander: Four decades after the book was published, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon
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Portland’s Collaborative Ethos Shines at Recent PDX Skillshare

Portland’s Collaborative Ethos Shines at Recent PDX Skillshare | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Portland, Oregon, a city known for having a strong D.I.Y. ethos, is no stranger to collaborative, D.I.T. (do it together) culture either. Case in point: the recent PDX Skillshare. Supported in part with a grant from Shareable, the event brought people together to exchange skills and information about martial arts, screen printing, meal planning and preparation, beekeeping, business networking, clawhammer banjo playing, and much more.
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How Cooperation Jackson is Transforming the Poorest State in the U.S.

How Cooperation Jackson is Transforming the Poorest State in the U.S. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
With a median household income of just over $37,000, Mississippi is the poorest state in the United States. A powerhouse organization promoting economic justice, Cooperation Jackson was born of a need to transform the state, in particular its capital and largest city, Jackson.
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Girl Activists: Telling Our Own Digital Stories in Kyrgyzstan

Girl Activists: Telling Our Own Digital Stories in Kyrgyzstan | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We are Girl Activists of Kyrgyzstan, who are fighting for equality between girls and boys. We are fighting for a world without violence, hate, injustice, and discrimination.

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Low-paid Britain: 'People have had enough. It's soul destroying'

Low-paid Britain: 'People have had enough. It's soul destroying' | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Yes, they have jobs … but the five people featured here are typical of millions who have no security, no holiday or sick pay, limited hours, and no dignity at work, writes Yvonne Roberts
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The US government can brand you a terrorist based on a Facebook post. We can't let them make up the rules

The US government can brand you a terrorist based on a Facebook post. We can't let them make up the rules | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As we were reminded again just this week, you can be pulled into the National Security Agency’s database quietly and quickly, and the consequences can be long and enduring. Through ICREACH, a Google-style search engine created for the intelligence community, the NSA provides data on private communications to 23 government agencies. More than 1,000 analysts had access to that information.

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Bitcoin could be considered legal tender, Australian tax official says

Bitcoin could be considered legal tender, Australian tax official says | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Australian tax commissioner has left open the possibility that the digital payment system bitcoin could be considered legal tender in Australia.

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Theorising and Analysing Digital Labour - P2P Foundation

Theorising and Analysing Digital Labour - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"This paper considers the following question—where do computers, laptops and mobile phones come from and who produced them? Specific cases of digital labour are examined—the extraction of minerals in African mines under slave-like conditions; ICT manufacturing and assemblage in China (Foxconn); software engineering in India; call centre service work; software engineering at Google within Silicon Valley; and the digital labour of internet prosumers/users. Empirical data and empirical studies concerning these cases are systematically analysed and theoretically interpreted. The theoretical interpretations are grounded in Marxist political economy. The term ‘global value chain’ is criticised in favour of a complex and multidimensional understanding of Marx’s ‘mode of production’ for the purposes of conceptualizing digital labour. This kind of labour is transnational and involves various modes of production, relations of production and organisational forms (in the context of the productive forces). There is a complex global division of digital labour that connects and articulates various forms of productive forces, exploitation, modes of production, and variations within the dominant capitalist mode of production."

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The World's Largest Artist Colony Is About To Be Bulldozed

The World's Largest Artist Colony Is About To Be Bulldozed | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In the heart of New Delhi lives what is said to be the world's largest collective of performers -- puppeteers, drummers, monkey tamers, snake charmers, singers, acrobats, and more. Their family units can include more than a dozen members. Dads and moms pass their art down to the kids. In Kathputli Colony that's simply how things are done.


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Even the Council on Foreign Relations Is Saying It: Time to Rain Money on Main Street

Even the Council on Foreign Relations Is Saying It: Time to Rain Money on Main Street | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The economy continues to teeter on the edge of deflation. The Fed needs to pump up the money supply and stimulate demand in some other way.
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Can smartphone videos help heal post-revolutionary Libyans suffering from PTSD?

Can smartphone videos help heal post-revolutionary Libyans suffering from PTSD? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A journalist heads to Rome on a mission: to teach Libyans how to shoot and edit interview videos on smartphones, so they can return to Libya and help people create "healing testimonies." It may be a long shot, but the need for healing in Libya is huge.
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3D printing Helps Russia Fight Sanctions | Inside3DP.com

3D printing Helps Russia Fight Sanctions | Inside3DP.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
German-based lingerie label commissioned Russian designer Victoria Anoka to create a set of 3D printed lingerie, following sanctions on synthetic lace underwear.
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TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits on 4D Printing | Inside3DP.com

TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits on 4D Printing | Inside3DP.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
3D printing: so 2014? In this video, TED fellow Skylar Tibbits discusses 4D printing and how it is already being used by various companies.
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Californians May Soon Have to Register 3D Printed Guns | Inside3DP.com

Californians May Soon Have to Register 3D Printed Guns | Inside3DP.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Senate Bill 808 which requires regulation of 3D printed guns is awaiting approval by CA Governor Jerry Brown. But is this really necessary?
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Be Wary of the Hype Surrounding 3D Printing | Inside3DP.com

Be Wary of the Hype Surrounding 3D Printing | Inside3DP.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Let cooler heads prevail, 3D printing isn't there yet.
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Sharing work is easier with an Open Document Format - The Conversation AU

Sharing work is easier with an Open Document Format - The Conversation AU | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Open Document Format (ODF) is one such format. ODF was specified by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), an industry consortium which aims to produce standards for e-business.

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Over 90% Of Cloud Services Used In Healthcare Pose Medium To High Security ... - Forbes

Over 90% Of Cloud Services Used In Healthcare Pose Medium To High Security ... - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

According to cloud security vendor Skyhigh Networks, more than 13% of cloud services used in healthcare are high‒risk and 77% are medium risk ‒ as measured across 54 different security attributes (like data encryption and “two factor” authentication).

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The Sharing Economy Lacks A Shared Definition

The Sharing Economy Lacks A Shared Definition | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Sharing economy," "peer economy," "collaborative economy," and "collaborative consumption." What does it all mean? Collaboration thinking pioneer Rachel Botsman breaks it down.

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation