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Can Apple Help Facebook Move Its Business Model Out of Beta? - Motley Fool

It's hard to discount the potential of a company that boast about having 1 billion users on its service, or roughly 15% of the world's population. Remarkably, Facebook can never seem to get its business formula right. And much of its criticism has been due to its constant changes, many of which leave users are unsure of their meaning (e.g., the ever-evolving privacy statement, changes to the timeline, and most recently, altering Instagram's terms of service). The company operates with the mind-set of "Let's see what happens if we push this button?"

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LOW-TECH MAGAZINE: How Sustainable is PV Solar Power?

LOW-TECH MAGAZINE: How Sustainable is PV Solar Power? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems generate "free" electricity from sunlight, but manufacturing them is an energy-intensive process. It's generally assumed that it only takes a few years before solar panels have generated as much energy as it took to make them, resulting in very low greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional grid electricity. However, the studies upon which this assumption is based are written by a handful of researchers who arguably have a positive bias towards solar PV. A more critical analysis shows that the cumulative energy and CO2 balance...
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KPFA Radio Interview 4/25/2015

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 host Kris Welch, author Martin Adams says it’s
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In from the cold...the growing case for a new money system

proposal commissioned by the Prime Minister of Iceland, authored by Frosti Sigurjonsson argues for a new system of money, created at source by the state rather than the banking system. The proposal credits in particular the landmark 2001 report by the New Economics FoundationA Monetary Reform for the Information Ageby James Robertson and Joseph Huber, for which I happened to write the foreword.


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Peer-To-Peer Lending is Dead: Jonathan McMillan visits LendIt

Peer-To-Peer Lending is Dead: Jonathan McMillan visits LendIt | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As strong advocates of peer-to-peer lending, we were excited to hear about LendIt. But the conference on alternative finance turned out to be a sobering experience.
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Interviewed: The Leaders of Kenya's College for Cooperatives

Interviewed: The Leaders of Kenya's College for Cooperatives | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Established in 1952, The Co-operative University College of Kenya trains students to lead the country's many cooperatives. (Nathan Schneider) The Co-operative University College of Kenya (CUCK), on the outskirts of Nairobi, looks like any other college. Students walk along its manicured paths and drab hallways with their books and phones—alone, absorbed in thought, or in groups, gabbing with each other. Visiting, I felt like I'd been on campuses like this a million times. But I had never been to
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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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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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Green Transitions Scoreboard - April 2015 - Just in time for Earth Day!

Green Transitions Scoreboard - April 2015 - Just in time for Earth Day! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Earth Day 2015 marks $6.22 trillion invested in the global green transition since 2007. This meets our Green Transition Scoreboard® (GTS) goal of $10 trillion privately invested in the green econom...
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Explainer: What Is 4D Printing?

Explainer: What Is 4D Printing? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Additive manufacturing – or 3D printing – is 30 years old this year. Today, it’s found not just in industry but in households, as the price of 3D printers has fallen below US$1,000. Knowing you can print almost anything, not just marks on paper, opens up unlimited opportunities for us to manufacture toys, household appliances and tools in our living rooms.
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Democratically controlled, co-operative higher education

Democratically controlled, co-operative higher education | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Higher education is disintegrating under misguided neo-liberal reforms. Could co-operative universities, member-run and member-led, be the answer?
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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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