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Why the market for 3D printing will triple in five years

Why the market for 3D printing will triple in five years | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Wall Street is starting to wake up to the potential of 3D printing. This morning Citi analyst Kenneth Wong released a bullish note projecting that the market for 3D printing and related services will triple by 2018, citing the leading companies in this area, Stratasys and 3D Systems. (Granted, such rapid growth is possible partly because the industry is still tiny, just $1.7 billion in 2011, with the market for 3D printed parts accounting for about half of that.) 
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The 14 Biggest Business Stories of 2014 - GoLocalPDX

The 14 Biggest Business Stories of 2014 - GoLocalPDX | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
From legal marijuana to civic battles with rideshare giant Uber, Oregon had another year of growth in 2014, coming in as the ninth fastest-growing economy in the nation. 
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Imagining A Different Future For Labor Unions - Forbes

Imagining A Different Future For Labor Unions - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Fight for $15 protest movement has provoked a lot of discussion of the future of labor unions in the U.S. It's not entirely clear to me how this protest-based model is really a sustainable future for unions.
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[Phoronix] Linux Hardware Reviews, Open-Source Benchmarking & Linux Gaming Benchmarks

[Phoronix] Linux Hardware Reviews, Open-Source Benchmarking & Linux Gaming Benchmarks | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Phoronix is the leading technology website for Linux hardware reviews, open-source news, Linux benchmarks, open-source benchmarks, distribution screenshots, interviews, and computer hardware tests.
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Building Open Source Hardware: DIY Manufacturin...

Building Open Source Hardware: DIY Manufacturin... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This is the first hands-on guide to the entire process of designing and manufacturing open source hardware.
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Sharing Economy Series: 5 lessons on making your marketplace survive its first year

Sharing Economy Series: 5 lessons on making your marketplace survive its first year | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Like most marketplace businesses, we wrestle with the inherent challenges of seeding and growing a marketplace with two user bases, as well as navigating an industry adverse to change. One year in,...
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FAQs on connected manufacturing value chain

FAQs on connected manufacturing value chain | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Manufacturers are continuously working on reducing costs and increasing productivity, arguably perfecting their operations, but the industry has yet to reach its full potential.
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2014: When The Rental—Not "Sharing"—Economy Exploded - ReadWrite

2014: When The Rental—Not "Sharing"—Economy Exploded ReadWrite The year 2014 ushered in a new wave of what is often wrongly thought of as the “sharing economy.” It's more accurately termed the Rental Economy—a collection of changes that have...
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GET Decentralized Spring 2015 – San Francisco Bay Area | GET-D

GET Decentralized Spring 2015 – San Francisco Bay Area | GET-D | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
GETDecentralized has been the event where we will be sharing ideas, skills and resources to co-create new experiences around the decentralized web.
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Essay of the Day: Commons-Based Reciprocity Licenses To Advance Reciprocity for the Commons | P2P Foundation

Essay of the Day: Commons-Based Reciprocity Licenses To Advance Reciprocity for the Commons | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The copyfarleft licensing model is a concrete proposal related to the commercial usages debate. It suggests one way to improve on “non-commercial clauses”, arguably making them more effective in reducing negative social impacts, such as wage labour being exploited in building the commons. We believe it is an interesting contribution that mostly avoids the problems mentioned above, but also has its potential drawbacks. This position paper comments on them (as well as on some merits of this model), and proposes an alternative or complementary model that attempts to solve some of those drawbacks.”

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Feminist Theory and Free Software - P2P Foundation

Feminist Theory and Free Software - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"Feminist scholars and feminist expertise are rarely mentioned in the context of FS studies, and if so, relating mainly to topics such as the “gender gap” (Kelty 2008) or the “coproduction of gender and technology” (Faulkner 2001; Oudshoorn et al 2004)3. However, we claim that instead of merely assessing the gender ratios in the free software community, feminist theory can help to better understand the epistemology of free software – or more precisely the entanglement of epistemology, ethics and ontology; of knowing, being and acting. That is, while we agree that the free software movement has had profound effects on the epistemic practices involved in software creation, i.e. the ways in which software if produced, improved and modified collectively, it is insufficient to focus only the epistemic dimension. Instead, a performative understanding of knowledge requires us to understand and account for the fact that epistemic practices are inherently ethical practices because a) instead of merely representing what is there, they are also generative and b) they may have differential effects on different agents.
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Michel Bauwens: Top Ten P2P Trends of 2014

Michel Bauwens: Top Ten P2P Trends of 2014 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Phi Beta Iota: From distributed renewable energy it is a small step to “free” energy, which in turn provided unlimited desalinated water for hydroponic agriculture (code for death to Monsanto and pesticides). Also significant in the above the maturation of open value accounting. Not yet evolving at a discernible or satisfactory rate are information technology tools for public intelligence and mobilization, or alternatives to the mobilization protocols centered on inevitably corrupt political dictatorships and duopolies that block all others from access to political and thus economic and social power. Two emergent terms or Open Cooperatism and Fusion Economics.

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The End of the World As We Know It? The rise of the post-carbon era

The End of the World As We Know It? The rise of the post-carbon era | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In an exclusive new essay, political scientist Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed presents a dramatic picture of the world we're about to leave behind, and the new possibilities ahead. He argues that the age of Carbon is coming to a close, and only a concerted effort can prevent an impending crisis on a global scale.
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A Look Back: Making Sense of Social Business Trends - CMSWire

A Look Back: Making Sense of Social Business Trends - CMSWire | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
2014 wasn't the year Facebook staked an unshakeable claim for the hearts and minds of brands and consumers. By the time Jan. 1, 2014 dawned, that had already happened.
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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Participate in The Sharing Economy | Sharing Economy, Pickup Trucks, Collaborative Consumption, Startups| GoShare Blog

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Participate in The Sharing Economy | Sharing Economy, Pickup Trucks, Collaborative Consumption, Startups| GoShare Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

1. Access Without Ownership – The sharing economy is great for people who need to use something short term but don’t need to own it. Two great examples are boats and pickup trucks. Everybody has needed or wanted access to a boat or a pickup truck every now and then, but most people don’t need to own them. Companies like Boatbound and GoShare give people easy access to those items when they need it.

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Business models for open innovation: Matching h...

Business models for open innovation: Matching h... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Research on open innovation suggests that companies benefit differentially from adopting open innovation strategies; however, it is unclear why this is so.
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What is Open Source Hardware? | Think Tank M&A

What is Open Source Hardware? | Think Tank M&A | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Open Source Hardware also called Open Hardware was created to provide an alternative to patents as a way to promote innovation.
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2015 Prediction: It would be a mistake to underestimate the impact of IoT

2015 Prediction: It would be a mistake to underestimate the impact of IoT | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Over the next 12 months we should be looking for the first signs of those truly definitional technological changes.
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Rock stars amp up in digital music copyright war - Politico

Rock stars amp up in digital music copyright war - Politico | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
There are a lot of policy meetings on Capitol Hill — and they pretty much never end in song.
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Twilio helps sharing economy workers connect, and retain privacy - SFGate

Twilio helps sharing economy workers connect, and retain privacy - SFGate | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
When Brian Schrier calls or texts folks who hire him via TaskRabbit to do odd jobs, his actual phone number — and theirs — is masked.
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Critical Power of Free Software - P2P Foundation

Critical Power of Free Software - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In sum, I am arguing that one particular way in which FS comes to constitute a material critique of computing epistemology is when the act of coding confronts forms typical of the wage nexus. It is then that the absurdities of bending coding to the requirements of the reproduction of capital become most evident, and thus when a “free” ethic is appears in great contrast to a profit motive. In pointing this out, I intend to be taking a small step toward specifying the conditions under which FS practice does indeed become material critique, not just that it can do so." 

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An intentional egalitarian community as a small-scale implementation of postcapitalist, peer production model of economy. Part I : Work as a spontanous, voluntary contribution | P2P Foundation

An intentional egalitarian community as a small-scale implementation of postcapitalist, peer production model of economy. Part I : Work as a spontanous, voluntary contribution | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In this article, I will present egalitarian communities, mainly Acorn community in Virginia, to examine whether the postcapitalist mode of production in the physical world can be introduced by establishing intentional communities. It should be noted that the opinions presented here are not necessary those of the founders or members of the community where I have done research. I interpret my findings with regard to their significance for this economic change and their reflection on the postcapitalist mode of production. Acorn community does not define itself as a peer production project so the following analysis is not an evaluation of the implementation of peer production theory into practice. It is instead an extrapolation from the practice to how peer production organizations in the physical world could operate in the current system and in the future.
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Most Important P2P-Related Projects and Trends of 2013 - P2P Foundation

Most Important P2P-Related Projects and Trends of 2013 - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Please not that 'most important' does not mean any blanket endorsement, nor 'best'. It just means that it is an important project.

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Shadow, Ritual, and Relationship in the Gift | P2P Foundation

Shadow, Ritual, and Relationship in the Gift | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Charles Eisenstein follows up his work on Sacred Economics with this short essay on the uncharted, and challenging relations than emerge from gift economies.
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