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Airbnb: A Spare Room for Debate

Airbnb: A Spare Room for Debate | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Airbnb's legal travails raise the question: how free should you be to rent out your place? (That's right. Let's legislate market disruption right out. >> Is the sharing economy even legal?
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Why Small Businesses Are Starting to Win Again - The New Yorker

Why Small Businesses Are Starting to Win Again - The New Yorker | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In certain industries, the simple story of big-beats-small doesn’t hold true. Consider the story of craft beer.
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Wezer - P2P Foundation

Wezer - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

= wezer is a collaborative and open source platform for the solidary and cooperative economy, in preparatoin by the Association Valeureux

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Creditocracy: making the case for debt refusal | ROAR Magazine

Creditocracy: making the case for debt refusal | ROAR Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In his latest book, Creditocracy, scholar-activist Andrew Ross makes a compelling case for debt refusal as “a protective deed on behalf of democracy”.
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How I thrived on a Basic Income of less than $11,000 last year in Montreal — Basic income — Medium

How I thrived on a Basic Income of less than $11,000 last year in Montreal - Basic income - Medium
$10,815.47 to be exact.
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Technological Determinism and Social Change - P2P Foundation

Technological Determinism and Social Change - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The aim of this book is to shed new light on this theoretically and practically significant issue, and questions the role of technology and culture in social change. It challenges us to reconsider and rethink the impact of new information and communication technologies on civil society, participatory democracy and digital citizenship in theoretical and methodological contributions, through the analysis of specific cases in Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, China, Colombia, Kenya, Netherlands and the United States. Access to information and communication technologies is a necessity, and the importance of access should not be trivialized, but a plea for digital literacy implies recognizing that access is the beginning of ICT policies and not the end of it. Digital literacy requires using the Internet and social media in socially and culturally useful ways aimed at the inclusion of everybody in the emerging information/knowledge society. Technology matters, but people matter more."

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The Workers Lab | Uniting workers, transforming low-wage industries, rebuilding the American middle class.

The Workers Lab | Uniting workers, transforming low-wage industries, rebuilding the American middle class. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Simply put, we’ve become a low-wage nation where workers invest hours into jobs with little hope of providing for their basic needs. The result has been a social and economic crisis marked most distinctly by the recession of 2008. During the depths of the recession 24% of jobs were classified as low-wage or ones where workers earned roughly $47,000 or less to support a family of 4. The daunting fact is that the percentage of low-wage jobs is projected to double to over 48% by 2020.
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Mapping how 530 global cities use their water - Urbanful

Mapping how 530 global cities use their water - Urbanful | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A groundbreaking new study has revealed just how much water we're using and if this consumption will still be sustainable by 2050.
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US wealth inequality - top 0.1% worth as much as the bottom 90%

US wealth inequality - top 0.1% worth as much as the bottom 90% | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Not since the Great Depression has wealth inequality in the US been so acute, new in-depth study finds
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The right’s home-school conspiracy: How I helped GOP launch a religious war

The right’s home-school conspiracy: How I helped GOP launch a religious war | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As someone who participated in the rise of the religious right in the 1970s and 1980s, I can tell you that you can’t understand the modern Republican Party and its hatred of government unless you understand the evangelical home-school movement. Nor can the Democrats hope to defeat the GOP in 2016 unless they grasp what I’ll be explaining here: religious war carried on by other means.
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Hackathons, Smart Cities and Startups: Life Inside a Coworking Space

Hackathons, Smart Cities and Startups: Life Inside a Coworking Space | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

So you’ve got your Next Great Idea for a data science startup that’s going to change the world. There’s a diverse number of paths you could take- incubators, accelerators, hiring a cheap office space- but one option we hear less about is coworking. We recently spoke to William van den Broek, one of the Co-Founders of the Mutinerie coworking spaces in Paris, about why he sees coworking as “the future of work”.

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A Scientist's Odyssey in a Globally Networked Society - YouTube

Rolf Pfeifer's farewell lecture at Aula (University of Zurich). With a number of guest appearances from around the globe... and featuring Roboy! Jump to 5:15...
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Book of the Day: Cyber-Proletariat | P2P Foundation

Book of the Day: Cyber-Proletariat | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“The utopian promise of the internet, much talked about even a few years ago, has given way to the information highway’s brutal realities: coltan mines in the Congo, electronics factories in China, devastated neighborhoods in Detroit. In Cyber-Proletariat, Nick Dyer-Witheford shows the dark side of the information revolution through an unsparing analysis of class power and computerization. He reveals how technology facilitates growing polarization between wealthy elites and precarious workers and how class dominates everything from expanding online surveillance to intensifying robotization. At the same time he looks at possibilities for information technology within radical movements, casting contemporary economic and social struggles in the blue glow of the computer screen.
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Open Source Doesn’t Need More Support. It Needs Better Business Models | Java Code Geeks

Open Source Doesn’t Need More Support. It Needs Better Business Models | Java Code Geeks | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Jamie Allen, Typesafe‘s Director of Global Services published an interesting point of view on Twitter: Pivotal’s move to end support of Groovy is a stark reminder that enterprises who depend on FOSS projects should help support them.
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SJ Watson: ‘The internet has this illusion of anonymity, but we give ourselves away’

SJ Watson: ‘The internet has this illusion of anonymity, but we give ourselves away’ | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Second Life author talks to Alex Clark about becoming a bestselling author, after giving up a safe hospital job just before turning 40
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Another Politics—from anti-colonial to Occupy

Another Politics—from anti-colonial to Occupy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Seven years ago I worked at a tenant and worker organizing group in Washington, D.C. We referred to ourselves as a “movement-building” organization, but weren’t always clear what we meant by that. One evening I was out door-knocking with one of our members, James, an African American man in his 50s. He asked me about a conference some of us had attended in Atlanta the previous week, the U.S. Social Forum.
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Essay of the Day: The Role of Crowdsourcing for Better Governance in Fragile States | P2P Foundation

Essay of the Day: The Role of Crowdsourcing for Better Governance in Fragile States | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
““[The report serves] as a primer on crowdsourcing as an information resource for development, crisis response, and post-conflict recovery, with a specific focus on governance in fragile states. Inherent in the theoretical approach is that broader, unencumbered participation in governance is an objectively positive and democratic aim, and that governments’ accountability to its citizens can be increased and poor-performance corrected, through openness and empowerment of citizens. Whether for tracking aid flows, reporting on poor government performance, or helping to organize grassroots movements, crowdsourcing has potential to change the reality of civic participation in many developing countries. The objective of this paper is to outline the theoretical justifications, key features and governance structures of crowdsourcing systems, and examine several cases in which crowdsourcing has been applied to complex issues in the developing world.”
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100% open-source innovations designed for peer-to-peer knowledge sharing

100% open-source innovations designed for peer-to-peer knowledge sharing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In early 2015, we will announce a series of groundbreaking "low-tech" inventions for humanity. This non-profit humanitarian effort will empower citizens across the world.
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Corporate Power | State of Power 2015

Corporate Power | State of Power 2015 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The fourth edition of our annual State of Power report, coinciding with the international meeting in Switzerland of what Susan George calls “the Davos class”. This series seeks to examine different dimensions of power, unmask the key holders of power in our globalised world, and identify sources of transformative counter-power.

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Can taxi unions build an app to take on Uber?

Can taxi unions build an app to take on Uber? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
NEW YORK CITY — Last Friday, in the Taxi Workers Alliance’s recently expanded new offices in an industrial area of Queens, union cab driver activists from across the country, plus a couple from Europe, convened for a council of war.
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San Francisco Is Painting the Streets with Historical Creeks

San Francisco Is Painting the Streets with Historical Creeks | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Though it's not common knowledge today, there used to be a waterway that burbled through the heart of downtown San Francisco. This was Hayes Creek, asince-culverted gully that stretches under Hayes Valley and just south of City Hall.

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Professor Steve Keen- Debunking Economics, on Share Radio's Evening Show with Simon Rose

This is a fairly short interview, and it has a relatively concise description how national economies actually operate minus the economic superstitions favored by neo-liberal politicians, neo-classical economism-ists, and the paleo(gold bug) economism-ists.

When you have a grasp of what Steve is saying, then you will also be in reach of an understanding of how a sovereign, fiat currency can support a functional community (remembering that "oikos" the Greek root of the first part of the word "economics" means "community"). From that point it is also a fairly short reach to the details of how a cooperating community could operate a local currency system both to benefit the participating community, as well as the community in which that process is embedded.

One more caveat, the system requires a certain level of expectation of the capacity to operate in a communal or even on a "cooperative" basis. Think of neo-classical economics like a pair shoes that are too tight and that make your feet and the rest of your body feel serious pain. The source of that pain is the belief system that subscribes to the notion that sovereign communities should operate in a manner comparable to separate households. The primary solution is at least to go shopping for another pair of shoes, hopefully without reproducing the pain caused by the much cherished economic superstitions. BTW the bitcoins episode is NOT such a model.

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A New Form of ID Allows You to Be a Citizen of the World | VICE | United Kingdom

A New Form of ID Allows You to Be a Citizen of the World | VICE | United Kingdom | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We spoke to Janina Lowisz, the first holder of a "blockchain" ID, about the prospect of a libertarian future with no governments.
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Collective intelligence is a commons that needs protection and a dedicated language.

Technology is what boosts the capacity of individuals and communities to become authors of their own stories, and what enables collective intelligence to become aware of itself and to fulfill its long awaited promise.
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Ten Degrowth-Oriented Policy Proposals

Ten Degrowth-Oriented Policy Proposals | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Degrowth is a historical necessity but a very hard political sell, and at the P2P Foundation we use rather the post-growth thematic and a focus on ‘thrivability’. But these proposals from Giorgios Kallis seem entirely reasonable and even vital.
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From smart meter to smart grid - looking at real world examples - The Networked Society Blog

From smart meter to smart grid - looking at real world examples - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

My previous post talked about the increasing penetration of smart meters around the world and explored a few ways in which we can use the data coming out of them. But it isn’t just meters that are getting smarter. The entire energy backbone and energy distribution network in many countries is being instrumented and is starting to send back large quantities of real-time operational data.

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