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For a Democratic Cosmopolitarian Movement

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The world ecological crisis and the inability of the international system of states to respond to it demonstrate that the human condition is now universal; more so than ever before.
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Collaborative Software Development Platforms for Crowdsourcing

Collaborative Software Development Platforms for Crowdsourcing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In this IEEE article, authors provide an overview of current technologies for crowdsourcing in software development. They talk about the requirements, current practice and trends in collaborative platforms.
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The Factory of the Future Will Be Shaped by the Internet of Things - Manufacturing.net

The Factory of the Future Will Be Shaped by the Internet of Things - Manufacturing.net | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Around the globe, intelligent and pervasive industrial automation has been catapulted in recent years to a top national or regional priority. Known by different names, e.g., “Advanced Manufacturing”, “Smart Manufacturing”, “Industry 4.0” or “Factories of the Future” to highlight a few, these initiatives all bear the same characteristics, i.e., transforming the manufacturing process from a patchwork of isolated silos to a nimble and seamless whole fully integrated with the downstream and upstream production environment.  

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Viewpoints: Don't strangle California's skyrocketing sharing economy - Sacramento Bee

Viewpoints: Don't strangle California's skyrocketing sharing economy - Sacramento Bee | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

‘Technology is not neutral,” wrote the French philosopher Jacques Ellul. “It has both positive and negative effects.” As the sharing economy skyrockets in popularity, giving rise to companies such as Airbnb, Lyft, Uber and others we have yet to hear of, Ellul’s words bear remembering.

The wisdom of his observation was evident in the 1980s, when the Internet was in its infancy. Few then could grasp the tremendous commercial potential of the quasi-federal network of interconnected computers that emerged from government and university labs. As the Internet’s commercial power became apparent in the 1990s, some viewed it as a threat to traditional commerce and pushed to tax and regulate it.



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Will A Sharing Economy Be A Growing Economy? - Acton Institute (blog)

Will A Sharing Economy Be A Growing Economy? - Acton Institute (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

John O. McGinnis, the George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law at Northwestern University, says we are in the midst of a sharing economy, and that’s a good thing. (Don’t get all socialist on me; a sharing economy is one driven by service and technology. We are not going to have to pool our food in the commune.) McGinnis says this type of economy is good for liberty as well.

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Hating Uber Won't Make The Sharing Economy Go Away

Hating Uber Won't Make The Sharing Economy Go Away | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Ride-sharing companies have found a new enemy - this time, in their own backyard.
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UK funds development of 'world wide web for machines' - Telegraph.co.uk

UK funds development of 'world wide web for machines' - Telegraph.co.uk | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The UK government's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, has announced a further £1.6 million investment in the HyperCat standard, which enables everyday objects to communicate with one another
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New Police Hacking Technologies Raise Familiar Questions About Civil Liberties - Truth-Out

New Police Hacking Technologies Raise Familiar Questions About Civil Liberties - Truth-Out | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It's as true as anything else that political life is an ongoing process of (re)negotiating "normal." Policies and practices succeed and become part of society most often when they seem safely in the realm of already acceptable political opinion - what is tolerated depends on what is successfully sold as tolerable. Twenty years ago, equal marriage nationwide was unthinkable - today, it is quickly becoming business as usual. Meanwhile, US airports in the age of homeland security have assumed a new character, with carefully drilled experiments in choreographed security theater, as nonsensical as they are absolute. "Negotiations" of what is "tolerable" can take many forms.

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Tech-savvy millennials creating unconventional business models - Greensboro News & Record

Tech-savvy millennials creating unconventional business models - Greensboro News & Record | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


UNCG students Chris Matthews, left, and Evan Sparks help a family move into an apartment. The pair work for the online moving company Bellhops.

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Who Is Your Entrepreneurial Role Model? - Wall Street Journal

Who Is Your Entrepreneurial Role Model? - Wall Street Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Small-business owners often look up to other entrepreneurs who "made it" or those who have continued to run successful smaller operations. With this issue in mind, we asked The Experts: Who is your entrepreneurial role model?


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Uber's API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps - TechCrunch

Uber's API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps - TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Convincing users to join new collaborative consumption ventures can be a tall order, butUber’s API launch today gives us a glimpse at how others building businesses along similar lines might be able to juice usage and find a lasting place in the virtual toolboxes of smartphone owners.

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Vexed in the city: The 'sharing' economy's hidden toll on San Francisco - CNET

Vexed in the city: The 'sharing' economy's hidden toll on San Francisco - CNET | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

SAN FRANCISCO -- When Brad Worrell visited San Francisco on business last summer, he stayed in an Airbnb rental for the first time in the city's Castro district. He wasn't sure what to expect. He typically stays in hotels, but his company booked him a "Castro Gem" just a short walk to the studio where he'd be working for a few weeks.

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Lessons from Airbnb: How to protect your home from sharing economy squatters - Orlando Business Journal

Lessons from Airbnb: How to protect your home from sharing economy squatters - Orlando Business Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

If you’re a landlord, homeowner or primary tenant, odds are that you’ve at least considered renting out your house or apartment through sharing economy service providers like Airbnb.

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Here's How Robots Could Change The World By 2025 - Business Insider

Here's How Robots Could Change The World By 2025 - Business Insider | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This past week several reports came across my desk highlighting both the good news and the bad news about the future of automation and robotics. There are those who think that automation and robotics are going to be a massive destroyer of jobs and others who think that in general humans respond to shifts in employment opportunities by creating new opportunities.



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The Top 11 Shareable Innovations in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Top 11 Shareable Innovations in Chattanooga, Tennessee | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Tucked down into the southeast corner of Tennessee, Chattanooga is, perhaps, the most unassuming city in the Volunteer State. Though it doesn't have the musical legacies of Nashville or Memphis, or the University of Tennessee like Knoxville, what Chattanooga's 170,000 residents do share is the fastest Internet speeds in the United States. That's right: Chattanooga is the first Western Hemisphere city running a one-gigabit-per-second fiber Internet service. It's 200 times faster than the national average and has earned Chattanooga its nickname, Gig City, along with a seat at the grown-up table.

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How One Supermarket Fights Food Waste with Ugly Fruits and Veggies

How One Supermarket Fights Food Waste with Ugly Fruits and Veggies | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Over 800 million people around the world suffer from food insecurity, and yet, global food waste continues to be a major issue with one-third of all food produced being thrown away. One reason for this is that we’re too damn picky about our fruits and vegetables. Most of us want these foods to look flawless, so anything that is not perfectly shaped gets thrown away before it even hits the market.
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From Spain’s 15-M Movement: The Charter for Democracy

From Spain’s 15-M Movement: The Charter for Democracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Stacco Troncoso and his colleagues at Guerrilla Translation in Madrid have completed an English translation of an important statement from Spain, “The Charter for Democracy,” which should be of great interest to small-d democrats throughout the world. He explains that “the group behind the piece, “Movimiento por la Democracia” (Movement for Democracy), is undoubtedly one of the most important evolutions of Spain’s 15-M movement. It clearly targets the political arena without desiring to become a political party itself. Their ‘Charter for Democracy’ is an inspiring, thorough text on what politics should be. It proposes a politics for the people: squarely grounded in environmental realities and social justice, based on the Commons, defended from corporate interests and neoliberal dictates.”

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Can Walkable Urbanism Boost the Economy?

Can Walkable Urbanism Boost the Economy? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Has the United States finally reached peak sprawl? Recent research, including a new study out of the George Washington University School of Business, suggests that the end of the era of automobile-oriented suburban growth is upon us. In Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America's Largest Metros [pdf], Christopher B. Leinberger and Patrick Lynch argue that current trends indicate a reorientation to high-density, multi-use development akin to—but not quite the inverse of—the mid-twentieth-century abandonment of the center city for the suburbs. Moreover, they suggest that a wholehearted embrace of walkable urban development would strengthen the American economy in addition to providing the less tangible benefits associated with living and working in walkable communities.

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Setting the Record Straight on the Legality of Seed Libraries

Setting the Record Straight on the Legality of Seed Libraries | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

After the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture cracked down on a seed bank in the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, hundreds of seed libraries in the U.S. are suddenly wondering if they are breaking the law. According to Pennsylvania regulators, in order to give out member-donated seeds, theSimpson Seed Library would have to put around 400 seeds of each variety through impractical seed testing procedures in order to determine quality, germination rate, and so on. The result of the Pennsylvania crackdown is that the library will no longer give out seeds other than those which are commercially packaged.

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Editorial: Airbnb and the sharing economy need to pay up

Editorial: Airbnb and the sharing economy need to pay up | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The appeal is obvious: out-of-town visitors looking for an authentic experience at an affordable price go online and search through an array of private houses, apartments and rooms offered up by locals who pocket extra cash. It’s win-win — or so it seems.

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Wikipedia’s vision is “a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.”

Wikipedia’s vision is “a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.” It’s a value that we at Access share. So we were shocked last week when the Wikimedia Foundation, which supports and hosts Wikipedia, turned its back on the greatest driver of open access to information the world has ever known, the open internet.

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Out of Poverty Author Paul Polak |

Spring Health is implementing a radically affordable, decentralized delivery system, to provide safe and affordable drinking water to a potential 200 million people in Eastern India alone who earn less than $2 a day. We started out in Odisha, and plan to move into Bihar, E. Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and West Bengal in the next two years.

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Online labour marketplaces: job insecurity gone viral?

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The type of work offered by online employment agencies extends the “casualisation” of the workforce accounting now for around 20 per cent of Australian employees. Is this a good or bad trend?
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GNUnionize! Self organized session at Interference, Amsterdam 17.08.2014

GNUnionize! Self organized session at Interference, Amsterdam 17.08.2014 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“…The time is past due for new forms of association to be created that can steer the world away from its destruction through commodified exploitation. The greatest hacks of our time may turn out to be forms of organising free collective expression, so that from this time on, abstraction serves the people …” M. Wark

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Hackers tribes (Saving the World) by Becha - Technologia Incognita

Hackers tribes (Saving the World) by Becha - Technologia Incognita | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Contents   1 Hackers Tribes (Saving the World) 1.1 Why are hackers like tribes? 1.2 About hackers 1.3 About hackerspaces 1.4 Why are hackerspaces like tribes? 1.4.1 On Ethics 1.4.2 Teaching Hackers...
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Storj Vs. Dropbox: Why Decentralized Storage Is The Future - Bitcoin Magazine

Storj Vs. Dropbox: Why Decentralized Storage Is The Future - Bitcoin Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In April 2014, Storj, an open source decentralized storage platform, won the Texas Bitcoin Conference’s hackathon, netting them $250,000 from the BitAngels Fund. Thecrowdsale for their token SJCX and early access to the software has begun and will be running until August 18th (3 days).


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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation