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Get involved in the sharing economy

Get involved in the sharing economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Built on a premise of peer-to-peer exchanges of personal items or services, the sharing economy is a platform that provides access to said items or services (sometimes for a set period of time) meaning users avoid having to procure them outright.  The online landscape is bursting with portals of so-called collaborative consumption where people can list items that they wish to rent out or borrow such as bicycles, cars, apartments and even parking spaces.

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Open Source doesn’t need more funding – it needs better business models - JAXenter

Open Source doesn’t need more funding – it needs better business models - JAXenter | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Does open source need to be profitable? Lukas Eder weighs in on the open source funding debate, following Pivotal's surprise decision to cut support for Groovy and Grails.
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Commoners in Transition: Janice Figueiredo

Commoners in Transition: Janice Figueiredo | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Reposted from our new Commons Transition web platform “Commoners in Transition” features exclusive global-P2P oriented interviews with people working on similar subjects, worldwide.
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Class and capital in peer production

The aim of this paper is to make the case that peer production offers a unique chance to transcend capitalism, and that peer-to-peer movements represent the succession of industrial-society based socialisms. The paper describes the salient characteristics of peer production before going on to explore whether it is ‘transcendent’ or ‘immanent’ to the market system, concluding that it is both in that it creates a new form of capitalism and also points out how that new form might be overcome. Following a review of the hybrid economic forms emerging today, I formulate the hypothesis that peer production is actually a hyperproductive mode, forcing for-profit entities to adapt to its characteristics, thereby further integrating it into the existing political economy, but not without the transformative effects of its market transcending aspects. After examining the possible expansion of peer-production modalities to physical manufacturing, I also examine the class aspects of commons and sharing-based platforms and hypothesise the emergence of a new section of capital, netarchical capitalists, who enable and empower participation, but also monetise it and attempt to control it.

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What can we learn from Facebook’s annual Bullshit Report?

What can we learn from Facebook’s annual Bullshit Report? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Last week was Davos week, the time of year when 2,900 movers and shakers(only 17% of whom are women, incidentally) congregate in a small town in Switzerland to talk the talk. It also means that it’s the week in which Facebook issues its annual Bullshit Report, claiming that it is not only a Force for Good but also one of the world’s economic powerhouses. In 2012 the report claimed that Facebook – an outfit which then had a global workforce of about 3,000 – had indirectly helped create 232,000 jobs in Europe in 2011 and “enabled” more than $32bn in revenues.



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Making the Most of the Internet of Things

Making the Most of the Internet of Things | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Himanshu Bari is the Director of Product Management for DataTorrent. His prior experience includes working a Senior Product Manager for Symantec and Hortonworks, a Strategy Consultant for Panasonic, and a Senior Systems Analyst for Goldman Sachs.
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Richie Hecker: Thanks to the Sharing Economy, Everyone Is an Entrepreneuer

Richie Hecker: Thanks to the Sharing Economy, Everyone Is an Entrepreneuer | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Richie Hecker, Chairman and CEO of Traction + Scale: Once upon a time, people went and got a job and had a single boss. Those days are nearing their end. With the rise of the shared economy, everyone is now an entrepreneur.
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Increasing the GDP of the Internet - MIT Technology Review (blog)

Increasing the GDP of the Internet - MIT Technology Review (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Improving payment technology is vital if Internet companies are to make an impact, says Stripe CEO Patrick Collison.
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The Unlikely Marriage Between Apple and IBM

The Unlikely Marriage Between Apple and IBM | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The recent IBM-Apple partnership shows how much has changed since 1984. Today, firms prosper by widening and deepening connections to talent, information, partners and consumers.
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Completely open source, high-end laptop gets closer to reality - Engadget

Completely open source, high-end laptop gets closer to reality - Engadget | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
If you've wanted a laptop where all the software is free and open source (FOSS), you've usually had to settle for mediocre hardware. Even FOSS champion R
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Local Motors to open Knoxville microfactory, storefront

Local Motors to open Knoxville microfactory, storefront | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Jay Rogers aims for the company he co-founded to build at a Knoxville microfactory an attractive, electric-powered vehicle designed for staff at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to get around campus.
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Two thirds of Aussies will use sharing economy sites in 2015

Two thirds of Aussies will use sharing economy sites in 2015 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
MORE than two thirds of Aussies are planning to make extra money from sharing economy sites such as Uber, Airtasker and Airbnb in 2015, according to a new study.
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The opportunity in Greece | P2P Foundation

The opportunity in Greece | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Greek people must be thanked for putting the need for changing the course of economic policies firmly on the European agenda. The stakes are high. A failure in Greece will be seen as vindication of austerity as the only option. It will have negative repercussions for any progressive alternative throughout Europe. Those convinced that Europe needs to change cannot sit on the fence, but need to engage in support of the new winds of reform.
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Book of the Day: Sociofobia

Book of the Day: Sociofobia | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“At a conference in Barcelona in June 2014 I ran into Madrid-based critic César Rendueles who told me about the success of his book Sociofobia, El cambio político en la era de la utopia digital in the Spanish speaking world, published late 2013. On the cover it reads: “the ideology of the network has generated a diminished social reality.” Rendueles (b. 1975) used to work for the cultural organization Círculo de Bellas Artes and now teaches at Complutense University, Madrid. I would characterize Rendueles’ approach as that of a straight forward academic, without the customary doubt, double meanings and postmodern cynicism, amplified by a clear populist-left set of demands (inspired by Latin-America) to re-nationalize public infrastructure, in this case the mix of telecom, knowledge production, education and media. This southern European variety of “cybersocialism” stands in contrast to the Blairist “third way” that originated in northwestern Europe and accepted limited state intervention in economic ownership. It is also distinct from a “commons” approach, where the commons are governed by an undefined coalition of “stakeholders” in which the real power of both monopoly corporate players and the state is obscured. Instead, Rendueles focuses on a more traditional analysis of economic and political institutions, one that may pave the way for political transformation in the technological field.

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Fablab Festival Toulouse 2015, Conférences et ateliers makers, Imprimante 3D, robotique

Fablab Festival Toulouse 2015, Conférences et ateliers makers, Imprimante 3D, robotique | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
fablab festival 2015 toulouse artilect 3D printer imprimante conference atelier workshop france mai may makers
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Want To Be Happy? You Only Have To Do 1 Thing. Over And Over.

Want To Be Happy? You Only Have To Do 1 Thing. Over And Over. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Matthieu Ricard says that the way for all of us to live sustainably on this planet is to adopt a culture of thinking about each other. And not just the others who are here right now, but also people we'll never meet.
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One Of The Best Examples Of Collective Intelligence You'll Ever See

One Of The Best Examples Of Collective Intelligence You'll Ever See | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Individual ants are not very smart, but ants working together in a colony are capable of extraordinary feats.
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As Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar count patents, warning signs ahead

As Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar count patents, warning signs ahead | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Government regulators and the taxi industry can’t stop Uber — but maybe a patent can.
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Lyft CEO Logan Green Will Drive Interactive Keynote Mon. March 16

Lyft CEO Logan Green Will Drive Interactive Keynote Mon. March 16 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Logan Green, co-founder and CEO of Lyfthas a vision to fill the 80 percent of empty seats on the road and ultimately transform the face of transportation around the world. Long fascinated by innovation in transportation, Green grew up in Southern California and spent a lot of his time stuck in traffic. Fast forward a few years to 2007 Lyft was born. Not as Lyft but as Zimride.

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Green Activist is First Mainstream UK Politician to Accept Bitcoin

London-based green activist Gulnar Hasnain has become the first mainstream political candidate to accept bitcoin in the UK.
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5 Reasons To Be Optimistic About The Future

5 Reasons To Be Optimistic About The Future | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
While the problems we face have never been greater, our capacity to meet challenges is outpacing them.
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How Google Attacks Problems—Not People

How Google Attacks Problems—Not People | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In strong cultures, everybody knows where they want to go and do what they need to get there. In weak cultures, people just do what they're told.
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The New Age Of Platforms

The New Age Of Platforms | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It’s easy to scoff at early adopters, but that shouldn’t blind us to new capabilities that can either propel us forward or run us over.
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