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A Brief Reflection on Digital Dualism for Social Researchers » Cyborgology

A Brief Reflection on Digital Dualism for Social Researchers » Cyborgology | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I was at a recent gathering of social researchers discussing what the future could hold for social technologies in a number of situations, such as education, health, political uprisings, and so on. We were discussing education and young individuals using technology, when one member of the group mentioned that s/he had read a recent and compelling study that social network use was making individuals less social and even lonely. While s/he couldn’t remember the particulars of the study, s/he found the evidence quite compelling and wondered what we thought about these side effects. 

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Peer Production of Value and Currency - P2P Foundation

Peer Production of Value and Currency - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Peer production has often been described as a ‘third mode of production’, irreducible to State or market imperatives. The creation and organisation of peer projects allegedly take place without ‘managerial commands’ or ‘price signals’, without recourse to bureaucratic apparatuses or the logic of competitive markets. Instead, and mimicking the technical architectures upon which many peer projects are based, production is described as non-hierarchical and decentralised. Group dynamics are also commonly described as ‘flat’ and this is captured, of course, in the very notion of the ‘peer’. When tested against the realities of actual projects, however, such early conceptions of peer production are, at best, in need of further elaboration and qualification. At worst, they were always off the mark. Hierarchies persist in peer production, as does competition and market-like arrangements. But perhaps it is the qualities of these new hierarchies and competitive forms that is novel. After all, liberal democracies, dictatorships, corporations, local sports clubs, and families all have their hierarchies but none is reducible to the others.

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22 global cities implement urban & social innovations to improve lives of 121 million citizens.

22 global cities implement urban & social innovations to improve lives of 121 million citizens. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
22 global cities implement urban & social innovations to improve lives of 121 million citizens.
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Mobilizing for the common: some lessons from Italy | ROAR Magazine

Mobilizing for the common: some lessons from Italy | ROAR Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The concept of the common has been gaining popularity in activist circles around the world in recent years, but it is perhaps being spelled out most explicitly in the cycle of struggles taking place in Italy right now.
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Building The World's Tallest Modular Apartment Tower - Forbes

Building The World's Tallest Modular Apartment Tower - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Workers will configure these beams into walls, which will become the scaffolding of rooms, which link together to form entire apartments.

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Open-Source Designs Could Turn You Into The Next Philippe Starck [Video] - PSFK

Open-Source Designs Could Turn You Into The Next Philippe Starck [Video] - PSFK | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Customizable clothing has been inching its way into society for a while now, but with the kick off of Milan Design Week, a new company has unveiled an opportunity to customize your own designer furniture.

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David Cohen: Is the Sharing Economy a Fad or Here to Stay? - The Accelerators - WSJ

David Cohen: Is the Sharing Economy a Fad or Here to Stay? - The Accelerators - WSJ | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
DAVID COHEN: The economic foundation of America was built on bartering. How many times do you remember your parents borrowing tools from a friend, or a cup of sugar from the neighbor?
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Crowdsourcing climate change, one contest at a time - The Guardian

Crowdsourcing climate change, one contest at a time - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For millions of people, Wikipedia is a quick and easy way to settle a factual disagreement or research a school paper. For Thomas Malone, professor of management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT), the online, crowd-sourced encyclopedia is an inspiration.

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Docker and Red Hat Expand Collaboration around Container Technologies - CNBC.com

Docker and Red Hat Expand Collaboration around Container Technologies - CNBC.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Red Hat to bring Docker container technologies to Red Hat Enterprise Linux high-touch beta program and OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service offering

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New initiative launches to decentralize the Internet - Cordis News


The project will study possible implementations of liquid democracy: collective deliberation, decision-making, and the pros and cons of proxy voting.

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Share and Share Alike - U.S. News & World Report

Share and Share Alike - U.S. News & World Report | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Right now, hundreds, maybe even thousands of people in your community stand ready to help you. For a small fee, they'd be willing to lend you their car, their cat or their couch.

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Intel on open source: Software, hardware conversations must merge | #RHSummit | SiliconANGLE

Intel on open source: Software, hardware conversations must merge | #RHSummit | SiliconANGLE | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Work in open source is critical, according to Fischer, as there are multiple operating environments that will be critical to data centers, saying Intel will “drive knowledge back into the advancements of our architecture.”

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The Money Action-Problem-Solution Fallacy

The Money Action-Problem-Solution Fallacy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Money” acts as a commonly referenced unit of measure to express divisions of “value” of goods and services in terms of Price (an information input) corresponding to unique instances of transacted goods and services.  Each transaction produces account entries recorded as a negative account entry to the buyer (Debt) and corresponding positive account entry of equal magnitude to the seller (Credit).    Note input "Prices" can become "Money" only through a transaction of goods and services, this transaction function can act on price to multiply or sum to it or it can be passive  (output equal or less to input).  


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▶ Still Report # 231 - IMF's Kumhof #2 - YouTube

Kumhof explains that our money is all created out of debt. Please consider supporting us there for as little as $1 per month. Go to billstill.com, click on the Subscribe button. You can Unsubscribe at any time.

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Will Bitcoin and Other Insurgent Currencies Reinvent Commerce? | David Bollier

Will Bitcoin and Other Insurgent Currencies Reinvent Commerce? | David Bollier | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This and other questions are addressed in “The Weightless Marketplace:  Coming to Terms with Innovative Payment Systems, Digital Currencies and Online Labor Markets,”a just-released report that I wrote for the Aspen Institute’s Communications and Society Program. The report distills the more salient points raised at a three-day conference last August that brought together leading players in banking, financial services and online labor platforms.   

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Towards the Democratization of the Means of Monetization: The Three Competing Value Models Present Within Cognitive Capitalism » Journal of Peer Production

Towards the Democratization of the Means of Monetization: The Three Competing Value Models Present Within Cognitive Capitalism » Journal of Peer Production | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In the 19th century, the counter-hegemonic forces of labour focused on the democratisation of the state as well as focusing on the redistribution of the surplus value created by labour. Both tasks are by no means obsolete given the evolution towards market state models which have hollowed out popular democracy, as well ans the increased role of debt in human exploitation1. However, what is now needed in addition, for and by 21st century social movements, is the democratisation of the means of monetization. In a contributive economy, use value becomes key, and undermines mechanisms based on labor value alone; value must therefore become pluralistic and diverse, and so must monetary means; while undoubtedly, demonetization will be a good thing in many sectors under a regime of civic domination, we will also need new forms of monetization, and restore the feedback loop between value creation and value capture. As we will argue, the current value regime, which we call ‘cognitive capitalism under the emergence of netarchical capitalism’ (see infra), is unable to redistribute value in a fair way, and is creating not just a crisis of social reproduction for working people, but also a crisis of accumulation of capital. In our article, value and money regimes are placed in the context of the evolution of the overall political economy toward an increasing importance of models based on peer production. We will look at what kind of social system and policy transition, that can solve this crisis of value.


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Save Medialab Prado! - Shareable

Save Medialab Prado! - Shareable | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For people who care about socially engaged, commons-minded tech innovation, there are few institutions in the world as bold and courageous as Medialab Prado, in Madrid. For the past 10 years, it has been a technology lab, an interdisciplinary forum, a space that welcomes public participation, a hub for citizen activism, and a host of provocative workshops and conferences. And, yes, the Medialab Prado has also been deeply engaged with the commons paradigm as an important way of shaping a better, more socially constructive future.

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Karl Polanyi Explains It All - The American Prospect

Karl Polanyi Explains It All - The American Prospect | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In November 1933, less than a year after Hitler assumed power in Berlin, a 47-year-old socialist writer on Vienna’s leading economics weekly was advised by his publisher that it was too risky to keep him on the staff. It would be best both for the Österreichische Volkswirt and his own safety if Karl Polanyi left the magazine. Thus began a circuitous odyssey via London, Oxford, and Bennington, Vermont, that led to the publication in 1944 of what many consider the 20th century’s most prophetic work of political economy, The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time.

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Innovation, Meet Regulation: How Flash Boys, Uber And Tesla Are Breaking All ... - Forbes

Innovation, Meet Regulation: How Flash Boys, Uber And Tesla Are Breaking All ... - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Countless articles have been written lately about the very real business challenges created by the onslaught of new regulation in everything from finance to technology to healthcare. The gripes are justified. Ten years ago there were 2 or 3 major regulators that most big companies had to deal with; now there are hundreds, creating a global patchwork of complex, often contradictory corporate compliance hurdles for multinational companies.

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How the "Internet of Things" is Killing Capitalism - YouTube

The "Internet of things" has the potential to push large segments of economic life to near zero marginal cost in the years to come, and that will alter capitalism as we know it, says Jeremy Rifkin, author of "The Zero Marginal Cost Society". The trend toward free sharing of information and entertainment, plus the rise in green energy and 3-D printing will spawn a hybrid economy in years to come which will be part capitalist market and part "Collaborative Commons".

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The Commons as a Rising Alternative to State and Market

The Commons as a Rising Alternative to State and Market | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Jeremy Rifkin's new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society, brings welcome new attention to the commons just as it begins to explode in countless new directions. His book focuses on one of the most significant vectors of commons-based innovation -- the Internet and digital technologies -- and documents how the incremental costs of nearly everything is rapidly diminishing, often to zero. Rifkin explored the sweeping implications of this trend in an excerpt from his book and points to the "eclipse of capitalism" in the decades ahead.

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Welcome to the power of the crowd - Business Spectator

Welcome to the power of the crowd - Business Spectator | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

By tapping into the motivations of individuals, whether that be through challenges, a sense of purpose, their desire for mastery, or recognition, organisations can harness the enthusiasm of online communities for a minimal amount of risk and expense. However, the use of crowdsourcing requires diligent planning. Tasks must be divided and clear objectives set to prevent inefficiencies and ensure that crowdsourced efforts produce solutions that can be reintegrated into the business.

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Maynard Webb: The Sharing Economy Offers More Choices for Consumers - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Maynard Webb: The Sharing Economy Offers More Choices for Consumers - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

MAYNARD WEBB: The sharing economy has exploded. Everyone is looking to start a business in this new space. We have all these idle assets that can be unlocked and used differently. On a philosophical level, it’s all about sustainability. It’s very gracious to say, instead of building more inventory, let’s better utilize what we already have. We’ve seen rooms and homes become available on Airbnb, offices become available through collaborative spaces like NextSpace and cars become available via RelayRides.

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The potential of mass collaboration to produce social innovation

There have been many optimistic predictions about the potential of crowds to solve social problems. But are these tools valuable to the production of social innovation?
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▶ Jeremy Rifkin: "The Zero Marginal Cost Society" | Authors at Google - YouTube

In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, New York Times bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of nearly free goods and services, precipitating the meteoric rise of a global Collaborative Commons and the eclipse of capitalism.

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The State of the European Sharing Movement

The State of the European Sharing Movement | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The sharing movement in Europe is thriving. Due in large part to the endless hustle, focus, and connectedness of the OuiShare community, new networks are forming, growing, and connecting with each other.
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