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Sustaining the Commons - P2P Foundation

Sustaining the Commons - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"For newcomers to the commons wishing to acquaint themselves with Elinor Ostrom’s work, it can be a hard slog. Her scholarly treatises, while often quite insightful, can be quite dense in delivering their hard research results and refined insights. It is a real pleasure, therefore, to greet Sustaining the Commons, a new undergraduate textbook that has just been published. The book provides a general overview of the intellectual framework, concepts and applications of Ostrom’s research on the commons.

 
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Peadar Kirby in discussion with Michel Bauwens

Peadar Kirby in discussion with Michel Bauwens | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Continuing our series from Open Everything  we have today Professor Peadar Kirby, a resident of Cloughjordan Ecovillage in discussion with Michel Bauwens. If you are interested in other videos from this series see presentations by Peter Couchman , John Restakis and Michel Bauwens . Open Everything t
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Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out | TechCrunch

Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out | TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Drop whatever you’re doing and go read Maciej Cegłowski’s absolutely magnificent essay Our Comrade The Electron, an astonishing history of the amazing Russian engineer Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Make sure you read right down to its punchline, “the most badass answer imaginable.” But if time is short, or you struggle to read English, please at least read its angry rant, from which I quote:
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Event/Greece 6/11 - Wind Empowerment with Michel Bauwens | P2P Foundation

Event/Greece 6/11 - Wind Empowerment with Michel Bauwens | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Distributed Energy and empowerment through small wind turbines.
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Research Is Just the Beginning: A Free People Must Have Open Access to the Law | P2P Foundation

Research Is Just the Beginning: A Free People Must Have Open Access to the Law | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The open access movement has historically focused on access to scholarly research, and understandably so. The knowledge commons should be shared with and used by the public, especially when the public helped create it.
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Annie Leonard: Reconnecting to Your Role as a Changemaker

Annie Leonard: Reconnecting to Your Role as a Changemaker | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Annie Leonard, executive director of Greenpeace, shares tips for how colleges and universities can be leaders of transformation.
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Reliability vs verifiability on Wikipedia, the peer production encyclopedia | Open Thoughts 2014

Reliability vs verifiability on Wikipedia, the peer production encyclopedia | Open Thoughts 2014 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Wikipedia has been said to be the largest commons-based peer production project in the world. Since its creation in 2001 it has been edited and reviewed billions of times. It has long achieved the goal to be the greatest encyclopedia even written, and aims to be the sum of all human knowledge.

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Verizon is launching a tech news site that bans stories on U.S. spying

Verizon is launching a tech news site that bans stories on U.S. spying | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
There’s just one catch: In exchange for the major corporate backing,
tech reporters at SugarString are expressly forbid…
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Ed Snowden Taught Me To Smuggle Secrets Past Incredible Danger. Now I Teach You. - The Intercept

Ed Snowden Taught Me To Smuggle Secrets Past Incredible Danger. Now I Teach You. - The Intercept | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Late on the evening of January 11, 2013, someone sent me an interesting email. It was encrypted, and sent from the sort of anonymous email service that smart people use when they want to hide their identity. Sitting at the kitchen table in the small cottage where I lived in Berkeley with my wife and two cats, I decrypted it.
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Open Government and Civil Society - P2P Foundation

Open Government and Civil Society - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The rise of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as the driving force of globalization, has generated an intense interest in the use of ICTs for the promotion both of good government and of social development in the operations of modern democratic societies. This is particularly so with respect to the role of civil society as a force for the progressive democratization of politics and for the alleviation of social and economic inequities. The relevance of ICTs in this respect is also central to the promotion of what has been described as Good Living (Buen Vivir) as the defining purpose of Ecuador’s National Plan. Open Government and an empowered and engaged civil society are the political prerequisites of such a transition.
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Amazon’s hypocritical tax scheme: How exploiting a massive loophole helped it destroy bookstores

Amazon’s hypocritical tax scheme: How exploiting a massive loophole helped it destroy bookstores | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Thanks to a new study by the National Bureau for Economic Research, we now have data that reinforces something many people probably understood intuitively: A large chunk of Amazon’s success came, not as the result of private-sector brilliance, but because of a simple tax loophole.
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Will Free Data Become the Next Free Shipping?

Will Free Data Become the Next Free Shipping? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, Dan Check, the vice president of technology at Slate, was looking for ways to increase traffic to the online magazine’s podcasts. After a bit of brainstorming, he decided to try paying the toll.
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Silicon Valley will destroy your job: Amazon, Facebook and our sick new economy

Silicon Valley will destroy your job: Amazon, Facebook and our sick new economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The "sharing economy" makes Silicon Valley rich and takes from the rest of us. We ignore this at our imminent peril
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Amazon Is Not a Monopoly

Amazon Is Not a Monopoly | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Franklin Foer has an interesting new essay at New Republic arguing that Amazon is a monopoly trampling the public good and necessitating a vigorous public response, à la Ma Bell or U.S. Steel before it. There’s just one problem with his argument: Amazon is not a monopoly.
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▶ Open Access Explained! - YouTube

What is open access? Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen take us through the world of open access publishing and explain just what it's all about. Make sure to watch it in HD and Fullscreen!

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Free Schools or No Schools

Free Schools or No Schools | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Serious question: Why are we so comfortable with imprisoning children for 12 – 14 years? It seems the answer is we’ve constructed an economic system that requires both parents to work, for most of each weekday. Schools act in loco parentis, helping to tame children in preparation for an adulthood of service to industry. They take in creative, artistic, anarchic individuals and release obedient, ambitious conformists. But there is another way.
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Book of the Day: State of Crisis | P2P Foundation

Book of the Day: State of Crisis | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“Today we hear much talk of crisis and comparisons are often made with the Great Depression of the 1930s, but there is a crucial difference that sets our current malaise apart from the 1930s: today we no longer trust in the capacity of the state to resolve the crisis and to chart a new way forward. In our increasingly globalized world, states have been stripped of much of their power to shape the course of events. Many of our problems are globally produced but the volume of power at the disposal of individual nation-states is simply not sufficient to cope with the problems they face. This divorce between power and politics produces a new kind of paralysis. It undermines the political agency that is needed to tackle the crisis and it saps citizens’ belief that governments can deliver on their promises. The impotence of governments goes hand in hand with the growing cynicism and distrust of citizens. Hence the current crisis is at once a crisis of agency, a crisis of representative democracy and a crisis of the sovereignty of the state.
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The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World | WIRED

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World | WIRED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A few months ago I made the trek to the sylvan campus of the IBM research labs in Yorktown Heights, New York, to catch an early glimpse of the fast-arriving, long-overdue future of artificial intelligence. This was the home of Watson, the electronic genius that conquered Jeopardy! in 2011. The original Watson is still here—it's about the size of a bedroom, with 10 upright, refrigerator-shaped machines forming the four walls. The tiny interior cavity gives technicians access to the jumble of wires and cables on the machines' backs. It is surprisingly warm inside, as if the cluster were alive.
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A collaborative medical data platform to help rare disease research | Jone Ojinaga | TEDxMadrid

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. How might we help rare disease research using our medical records? This is the challenge launched by last year's TedxMadrid audience to the H2i Institute students. It is tough to obtain medical records when we talk about rare diseases: there are not many, they are difficult to access and there is not a standard format yet. This project involves an on-line platform which tries to deal with all this difficulties.

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Fighting Ebola with open source digital fabrication

Fighting Ebola with open source digital fabrication | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
3D bioprinting could put powerful medical care in the hands of millions and help curtail the spread of diseases like Ebola.
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Turkey's Twitter Wars Heat Up

Turkey's Twitter Wars Heat Up | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As the Turkish government continues to squeeze freedom of expression, many Turks have found themselves resorting increasingly to social media in order to learn what's going on in their country. (92 percent of Turkey's online population now uses social media, the highest share in the world.) But this refuge is now coming under severe pressure as well. And the trend is particularly noticeable in the case of Twitter.
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Commercialisation: the antithesis of sharing | Share The World's Resources (STWR)

Commercialisation: the antithesis of sharing | Share The World's Resources (STWR) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The danger is not commercialisation per se but our constant identification with its inner and outer manifestation, in which humanity’s intelligence is led in the opposite direction from nature and spiritual evolution.
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Towards a Security and Opportunity Society - P2P Foundation

Towards a Security and Opportunity Society - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Over the past generation, the economic risks American families face have increased substantially. Yet public programs have largely failed to adapt to these new and newly intensified risks, and private workplace benefits have eroded. As a result, Americans increasingly and themselves on an economic tightrope, without an adequate safety net if, as is ever more likely, they lose their footing. This tightrope both creates anxiety about the future and causes hardship when families do lose their balance. But importantly, it also threatens opportunity by making it more difficult for families to feel sufficiently secure to look confidently toward the future and make the risky investments in skills, education, and assets necessary to prosper in a highly dynamic and uncertain economy.

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Emails showing Google's closeness with the NSA Director really aren't that surprising

Emails showing Google's closeness with the NSA Director really aren't that surprising | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Last week, Al-Jazeera caused a minor shitstorm by publishing a short stack of emails between ex-NSA Director Keith Alexander and Google execs Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt.
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Communalism - P2P Foundation

Communalism - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"I wish to propose that the democratic and potentially practicable dimension of the libertarian goal be expressed as Communalism, a term that, unlike political terms that once stood unequivocally for radical social change, has not been historically sullied by abuse. Even ordinary dictionary definitions of Communalism, I submit, capture to a great degree the vision of a "Commune of communes" that is being lost by current Anglo-American trends that celebrate anarchy variously as "chaos," as a mystical "oneness" with "nature," as self-fulfillment or as "ecstasy," but above all as personalistic.7
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Amazon Must Be Stopped

Amazon Must Be Stopped | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
efore we speak ill of Amazon, let us kneel down before it. Twenty years ago, the company began with the stated goal of creating a bookstore as comprehensive as the great Library of Alexandria, and then quickly managed to make even that grandiloquent ambition look puny. Amazon could soon conjure the full text of almost any volume onto a phone in less time than a yawn. Its warehouses are filled with an unabridged catalogue of items that comes damn close to serving every human need, both basic and esoteric—a mere click away, speedily delivered, and as cheap as capitalism permits.
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Ayn Rand’s capitalist paradise lost: The inside story of a libertarian scam

Ayn Rand’s capitalist paradise lost: The inside story of a libertarian scam | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The theme of Ayn Rand’sAtlas Shrugged, according to Ms. Rand herself, is “what happens to the world when the Prime Movers go on strike.” The prime movers are corporate executives – “the motor of the world” – and Rand imagines what would happen if they all just went away. To Rand this is nothing less than “a picture of the world with its motor cut off.”
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