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Free software and the law. Out of the frying pan and into the fire: how shaking up intellectual property suits competition just fine » Journal of Peer Production

Free software and the law. Out of the frying pan and into the fire: how shaking up intellectual property suits competition just fine » Journal of Peer Production | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Free software is software which encompasses the freedom of the user to share, copy and modify the software. It is defined in opposition to ‘proprietary’ or ‘closed source’ software, which is licensed according to the exclusive right of the copyright holder usually in a much more restrictive fashion than with free software (such as imposing a charge on the licensee to use the software, withholding the source code, and prohibiting users from redistributing the software to others). Often proprietary software is not interoperable, and thus incompatible, with other software. Usually a user does not have to pay to access free software, whereas proprietary software will encompass a charge for the user. Although this is not necessarily the case, since what makes proprietary software proprietary is more the control that the copyright holder has over how the software is distributed, whereas with free software anyone with a copy can decide whether and how much to charge for a copy and related services – but then someone else with the same copy might decide to redistribute the same thing for free.

 
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Rights to Water and Land, a Common Struggle - Commons Transition

Rights to Water and Land, a Common Struggle - Commons Transition | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The declaration on the rights to Water and Land, a Common Struggle, was originally presented at the World Social Forum in Tunis,.
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10 Lessons from Kenya's Remarkable Cooperatives

10 Lessons from Kenya's Remarkable Cooperatives | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

For many people concerned about inequality in the United States, cooperatives represent a beacon of hope. By replacing big banks with credit unions, and precarious workplaces with worker-owned ones, we might someday do away with the worst ravages of capitalism. Much of the current generation of cooperative experimentation, however, has been more "small is beautiful" than "too big to fail." What would it take to make cooperatives truly transformative?

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Big Data And Internet Of Things Are The Keys To Singapore's 'Smart Nation' Dream

Big Data And Internet Of Things Are The Keys To Singapore's 'Smart Nation' Dream | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
An ageing population and the high density of population, are the drivers behind an extremely ambitious plan, that could become a model for other nations around the world.
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Online Direct Demoracy (Online Voting Party)

Online Direct Demoracy (Online Voting Party) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Come join the discussion on the Online Direct Democracy forums! Let Australia know what you think & send a message to government that you want to be heard.
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Chris Anderson on Elon Musk, the World's Most Remarkable Entrepreneur

Chris Anderson on Elon Musk, the World's Most Remarkable Entrepreneur | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk exudes confidence and know-how, both essential elements of good entrepreneurship. But according to TED's Chris Anderson, what sets Mus
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Monetary sovereignty, the mother of all sovereignties. (… Or what we should expect from #Salvados program.)

The Society of the Spectacle has these things to give us a show about two people who have faced the banking system and the status quo staging it as another episode in the war between different television audiences. Therefore, experts in public must have argued that what interests the masses are the stories of “bank robbers” proud of their mess, beyond the real causes of their actions. And especially they must have concluded that it would be juicy the fact that one of them, myself, be a “fugitive” of the Spanish justice.

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The new science journalism and open science | S...

The new science journalism and open science | S... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
by Joseph Rickert The New York Times is quietly changing the practice of science journalism.
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BioBots Is A 3D Printer For Living Cells

BioBots Is A 3D Printer For Living Cells | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
 U.S. biotech startup BioBots sits at the intersection between computer science and chemistry.
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Progress of Open Hardware Licensed Laptop 3D Printed Design

Demo showing the progress of development of an entirely Open Hardware Licensed Laptop 3D Printed Case (files publicly available *now* rather than "after it's ...
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Home - Festival Internazionale dei Beni Comuni

Home - Festival Internazionale dei Beni Comuni | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

With Salvatore Settis, Gustavo Zagrebelsky, Stefano Rodotà, Vandana Shiva, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Michela Murgia, Davide Ferrario, Marco Paolini and many others

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How Twitter shot itself in the food when it decided to kill its third-party ecosystem five years ago | P2P Foundation

How Twitter shot itself in the food when it decided to kill its third-party ecosystem five years ago | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“A crucial turning point in Twitter’s evolution that arguably helped put it where it is today, both in a positive sense (it is a publicly-traded $25-billion company) and a negative one (its growth potential is in question and its strategy doesn’t seem to be working). And that turning point happened about five years ago, when Twitter decided to turn its back on the third-party ecosystem that helped make it successful in the first place.

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The Cybersyn experiment, lessons from a past failure in mutual coordination economics | P2P Foundation

The Cybersyn experiment, lessons from a past failure in mutual coordination economics | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What pricing is for market allocation, and decisions are for planning, mutual coordination is for commons economics. Two previous experiments, the failed Russian internet described in Francis Spufford’s Red Plenty and the Cybersin experiment described in Eden Medina’s Cybernetic Revolutionaries, failed. We have argued that commons-oriented peer production offers a unique chance to revive these practices (see here), but below, Eden Medina looks back at what went wrong in Chile, even before Pinochet destroyed the project:

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Ours to Manage and to Own: Beyond the Shared Economy

Ours to Manage and to Own: Beyond the Shared Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The backlash against unethical labour practices in the “collaborative sharing economy” has been overplayed. Recently, The Washington Post, New York Times and Guardian started to speak out against online labour brokerages like Taskrabbit, Handy, and Uber because of their utter lack of concern for the workers.

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Coliberation - P2P Foundation

Coliberation - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"CoLiberation is what happens when we work extraordinarily well together. Like on a basketball team or in an orchestra, when we actually experience ourselves sharing in something bigger than any one who is present. This is what I call the experience of the "Big WE." It's a corollary to the "Big ME" experience of self-transcendence. If the Big ME is the "peak experience," CoLiberation or the Big WE, is like becoming a whole mountain range." (http://deepfun.com/colib.htm)

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How IBM Plans To Help Reinvent The Modern Corporation

How IBM Plans To Help Reinvent The Modern Corporation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Throughout its history, IBM has played a special role in helping companies adapt to changes in the marketplace. These days, however, technology is not enough and IBM’s new initiative seeks help companies move at the speed of a lean startup.
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China's Manufacturers Are Shifting Towards Zero-Labor Factories

China's Manufacturers Are Shifting Towards Zero-Labor Factories | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A company in South China’s Guangdong province is building the city’s first zero-labor factory. It’s an effort to address worker shortages and rising labor costs, but the rise of semi-autonomous “smart factories” could be a sign of things to come, in China and elsewhere.
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Labour rolls up sleeves to tackle the future of work - Stuff.co.nz

Labour rolls up sleeves to tackle the future of work - Stuff.co.nz | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Subsidised training is among Labour's ideas to protect careers threatened by new technology.
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Michael Boezi on "The Future of Work"

Michael Boezi on "The Future of Work" | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Michael Boezi talks about content strategy, building an audience, and making the shift from employee to small business owner. http://bit.ly/FOW-interview
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The Sharing Economy: What it Means for You (ft. Arun Sundararajan and Heather Wake)

Arun Sundararajan, NYU professor, talks about how this emerging phenomenon will affect everyday asset‐intensive services, stimulating new consumption, ...
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Open Access to Research Data – Timeline | Open Access Working Group

Open Access to Research Data – Timeline | Open Access Working Group | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Sharing the results of publicly funded research
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How to Manage Manufacturing Order in Odoo

Learn the manufacturing process using open source ERP, Odoo. Odoo has a wonderful functionality of managing the manufacturing process for all salable ...
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Since 2008, the workers' cooperative movement has been strongly revived | P2P Foundation

Since 2008, the workers' cooperative movement has been strongly revived | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
From a good overview article in the Guardian. The full article discusses five countries in depth. Excerpted from Jon Henley, Ashifa Kassam et al.: “The economic meltdown unleashed by the 2008 financial crisis hit southern Europe especially hard, sending manufacturing output plunging and unemployment soaring. Countless factories shut their gates. But some workers at perhaps …
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How far can we go in unifying p2p initiatives ? | P2P Foundation

How far can we go in unifying p2p initiatives ? | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I’ve been using the term “Archipelago Island Model” to describe an approach to managing local economic tools (such as credit unions, CDFIs, time banks, time networks, mutual credit variants, the gift economy) by enabling each “island” (neighbourhood, village, town, region, on-line social network, common bond, and so on … scaling in various “recursive dimensions”) to seed its own local ecosystem from tools for which it recognizes an immediate need (in some cases time banks, in others credit unions, in others LETSystems, and so on …) then gradually extending the option by adopting new tools and progressively interacting with more communities, progressively reaching further but only as far as necessary to match resources to needs. In that way efficiency and cohesion can be increased progressively while reducing emissions and resource consumption.

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Commons Fest 2015 Program | P2P Foundation

Commons Fest 2015 Program | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The program of the CommonsFest 2015, which is taking place this weekend in Athens, has just been announced here. The event will include seminars, workshops, interactive discussions, exhibitions, and concerts. This year, Richard Stallman, Massimo de Angelis and Pat Conaty are going to deliver the keynote speeches during the three days of the festival (May 15, …
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