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» Napster, Udacity, and the Academy Clay Shirky

Fifteen years ago, a research group called The Fraunhofer Institute announced a new digital format for compressing movie files. This wasn’t a terribly momentous invention, but it did have one interesting side effect: Fraunhofer also had to figure out how to compress the soundtrack. The result was the Motion Picture Experts Group Format 1, Audio Layer III, a format you know and love, though only by its acronym, MP3
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Food Commons Project - P2P Foundation

Food Commons Project - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"One priority is to shape our actions in such a way that they start to reconfigure these systems on a bioregional scale. In food, advanced prototypes are already being tested. The Food Commons, for example, launched in the US in 2009, is the the world’s first prototype for a designed regional food system. The Food Commons platform features the physical, financial and organisational elements of an infrastructure that’s designed to connect myriad small to mid-sized enterprises: farms; food processor; distributors, retailers. The platform helps these foodshed actors to collaborate by providing advanced communications tools, community-based economic models, and scientific knowledge about sustainable agriculture. For Professor Larry Lee, founder of The Food Commons, “the Food Commons represents a whole new cloth; it’s woven from threads of several successful organizations, business enterprises,and disciplines”." (http://www.doorsofperception.com/most-read/a-whole-new-cloth-politics-and-the-fashion-system/)

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For Email Newsletters, a Death Greatly Exaggerated

For Email Newsletters, a Death Greatly Exaggerated | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Email newsletters, old-school artifacts that were supposed to die with dial-up connections, are not only still around, but very much on the march.
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How Rio’s residents are fighting World Cup inflation with fake currency

How Rio’s residents are fighting World Cup inflation with fake currency | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The residents of Rio have had enough. Fed up with high inflation and rip-off prices ahead of this year’s World Cup and the Olympics in 2016, they have set up a Facebook page called “Rio $urreal – Don’t Pay” dedicated to “exposing and boycotting the extortionate prices being charged by bars, restaurants and shops”. It has quickly gathered close on 150,000 supporters, and is growing fast.

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Category:P2P State Approaches - P2P Foundation

Category:P2P State Approaches - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This section will be further developed:

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Are We Comfortable With Commercial Open Source Now? - Forbes

Are We Comfortable With Commercial Open Source Now? - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Yet, if anything, the global IT community may have ultimately learned more about community contribution models and commercial open source support than anything else.

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Google is playing catch-up on cybercrime with Project Zero - The Conversation

Google is playing catch-up on cybercrime with Project Zero - The Conversation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Google is playing catch-up on cybercrime with Project Zero The Conversation But this collaboration will go even further in protecting our individual and collective security and privacy online: it will slow the activities of intelligence agencies...
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Valle degli Elfi Community | A Path Less Trodden

Valle degli Elfi Community | A Path Less Trodden | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Whilst browsing one of my favourite blog writers Lucky Jimm I came across reference to a 25 year old community in Tuscany (Italy) in the Valle degli Elfi
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The Internet's Own Boy review: Remembering—and honoring—Aaron Swartz - Ars Technica

The Internet's Own Boy review: Remembering—and honoring—Aaron Swartz - Ars Technica | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Every element of Aaron Swartz's brief, remarkable life exemplifies the stuff we cover all the time on Ars.

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Noah Raford » How to Build a Collective Intelligence Platform to Crowdsource Almost Anything

Noah Raford » How to Build a Collective Intelligence Platform to Crowdsource Almost Anything | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The MIT Center for Collective Intelligence recently published an important overview of the theory and mechanisms behind successful crowdsourcing efforts.  Their report, called “Harnessing Crowds: Mapping the Genome of Collective Intelligence“, can be found here.

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Crowdsourcing project seeks ideas for health service transformation - Crowdsourcing.org

Crowdsourcing project seeks ideas for health service transformation - Crowdsourcing.org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Crowdsourcing project seeks ideas for health service transformation Crowdsourcing.org The crowdsourcing project is designed to produce a 'co-created' vision and set of principles to help inspire commissioners and providers of community health and...
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'Better farming could feed 3 billion more' - The Hindu

'Better farming could feed 3 billion more' - The Hindu | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The world’s existing cropland could feed at least 3 billion extra people if it were used more efficiently, a new study has found, showing that the large increases in population expected in the next three decades need not result in widespread hunger.

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26 Platforms for Blogging - Practical Ecommerce

26 Platforms for Blogging - Practical Ecommerce | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Roon offers premium add-ons for custom domains, custom analytics, and more. Price: Free. See site for add-ons pricing. Medium. Medium is a place to share stories and ideas.

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Renewable energy is ready to supply all of Australia's electricity - The Conversation

Renewable energy is ready to supply all of Australia's electricity - The Conversation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In a recent article on The Conversation, University of Melbourne Professor Emeritus Frank Larkins wrote that Australia’s targets to increase renewable energy will make electricity more expensive, thanks to problems with consistency and storage.

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Wild Law - P2P Foundation

= The concept of “a wild law,” which grants equal rights to nature, is based on the idea that humans do not have an explicit right to destroy our natural environment. Under wild law, natural ecosystems’ rights supersede the interests of any one species (including humans). [1]

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Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy - P2P Foundation

Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This entry is about the forthcoming book "Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy" co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis and Michel Bauwens. The scholarly book will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2014 and here you may find a working draft of it. Thank you all for contributing to its writing with comments and suggestions.

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Save the date! The 4th edition of our annual Living on the Edge even takes place on October 23-26 at the unMonastery in Matera, Italy.

Save the date! The 4th edition of our annual Living on the Edge even takes place on October 23-26 at the unMonastery in Matera, Italy. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What it's all about: http://goo.gl/jcX9C5 Increasing impact of existing projects and programs. Getting new initiatives off the ground and keeping them there. Building a collaborative stewardship ecosystem to better take care of physical, digital and community assets. 
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Let's share! Please provide your credit card information to get started | openDemocracy

Let's share! Please provide your credit card information to get started | openDemocracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Sharing has been monetized – from Task Rabbit, which allows you to pay people to go grocery shopping, to websites where you can rent a puppy for the weekend. But goodwill is best left off the shelves.

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‘Sharing Economy’ Has Tricky Insurance Issues

‘Sharing Economy’ Has Tricky Insurance Issues | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We should be in no hurry to regulate Uber et al. Some decisions are necessary now, to protect consumers, but they must have rigid sunsets.
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New legal business model for BitTorrent - ABC Online

New legal business model for BitTorrent - ABC Online | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


BitTorrent peer-to-peer downloads are widely associated with content piracy, but there's nothing inherently sinister about the technology.

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Women in politics: a feminist party is not the only way to end gender divide - The Guardian

Women in politics: a feminist party is not the only way to end gender divide - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


The coalition made a contribution to political debate over a 10-year period before its graceful exit back into civil society activism.

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Mike Norman Economics: How the Iron Law of Oligarchy Extends to Peer Production

This is the dilemma facing humanity since the advent of liberalism in the Enlightenment. There is an inherent tension between popular, participatory democracy and efficient organization. The social, political and economic challenge is to work out tradeoffs that enable humanity to recapture the liberty and dignity of Rousseau's noble savage"while also harnessing the advantage of modern organization and management.
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Collaborative economy services: changing the way we travel

Rachel Botsman delivered a keynote speech about how the collaborative economy will change the hospitality ecosystem at the Hospitality Financial and Technology… 

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Our view: The sharing economy arrives - Roanoke Times

Our view: The sharing economy arrives - Roanoke Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Welcome to what's been called “the sharing economy.” Welcome, too, to one of the next big political fights, in which Virginia will be on the front lines.

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The End of 'Genius' - New York Times

The End of 'Genius' - New York Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

But the lone genius is a myth that has outlived its usefulness. Fortunately, a more truthful model is emerging: the creative network, as with the crowd-sourced Wikipedia or the writer’s room at “The Daily Show” or — the real heart of creativity — the intimate exchange of the creative pair, such as John Lennon and Paul McCartney and myriad other examples with which we’ve yet to fully reckon.

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US Empire Reaches Breaking Point. “Greatest Threat to Humanity”. Time To End It - Center for Research on Globalization

US Empire Reaches Breaking Point. “Greatest Threat to Humanity”. Time To End It - Center for Research on Globalization | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The US is involved in military disputes around the globe, conflicts each could lead to a much broader war. The US role seems to encourage violence, rather than minimize it; to intervene, rather than allow people in the country or region resolve disputes. The breadth of Empire is costly in financial and human terms as well as to the respect of the United States and its people. Is the US Empire spread so thin at a time of a struggling economy that this is a moment where people can come together and build a movement to end Empire?
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