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Crowd-funding: Can mass appeal translate into street smarts? - The Globe and Mail

Crowd-funding: Can mass appeal translate into street smarts? - The Globe and Mail | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Websites such as Kickstarter that solicit online donations to meet fundraising goals for specific projects are not currently allowed to issue equity. The Ontario Securities Commission said last month it was weighing an exemption to change that in Ontario. Equity crowd-funding would give emerging companies access to a new source of capital and investors the chance to bet on small private companies and start-ups.

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Hacking for the common good - Isthmus

Hacking for the common good - Isthmus | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Tech geeks can have a huge impact on civic services, and it doesn't have to cost them a ton of time or money. They just need access to public data for so-called civic hacking.
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Sharing Is Everything But Caring In The Sharing Economy

Sharing Is Everything But Caring In The Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
One of the hot topics so far this year is what will become of P2P services and the sharing economy. Last year Airbnb became the largest hotel chain in the..
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Jean Lievens: Apps for Antwerp – From Open Data to Open Services

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Apps for Antwerp: From Open Data to Open Services
Since 2012 the City of Antwerp is releasing open data and the datasets keep coming our way, but that is not all what Antwerp is releasing.
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How MOOCs can develop good (and bad) teaching habits (essay) - Inside Higher Ed

How MOOCs can develop good (and bad) teaching habits (essay) - Inside Higher Ed | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
How MOOCs can develop good (and bad) teaching habits (essay)
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I've been working recently with a faculty member who is turning his thermodynamics course into a massive open online course, or MOOC.
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New Fab Lab goes hands on with science and tech - Sarasota Herald-Tribune


But in contrast with G.Wiz, the Fab Lab, though boasting a few hands-on exhibits, isn't vying to be a big-city science museum or to impress visitors with glitz and glamour.

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A new Google-powered website lets you compare every constitution in the world and write your own

A new Google-powered website lets you compare every constitution in the world and write your own | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In 1787, a few dozen men at the Philadelphia State House drafted the US constitution.  They debated and revised the document For four months, until they had something they could generally agree on.
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Making robots that have better morals than humans

Making robots that have better morals than humans | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Many people are worried about artificial intelligence, and what will happen if machines become smarter than humans.  Even Bill Gates has said he is concerned about the decisions machines of the future will make once they outsmart humans.
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Sorry, but net neutrality is far from settled

Sorry, but net neutrality is far from settled | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said Thursday was the proudest day in his public-policy career
It certainly received the most attention.
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Backlash against the sharing economy is a sign it's maturing

Backlash against the sharing economy is a sign it's maturing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
With all the buzzy new phenomena constantly popping up and dying down, Silicon Valley often falls victim to long-term memory loss. We forget we’ve seen this cycle before.
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How Google’s Silence Helped Net Neutrality Win

How Google’s Silence Helped Net Neutrality Win | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Google kept a very low profile during the past year's lobbying over net neutrality. That doesn't mean that the company didn't care about the outcome though. In fact, laying low may have been the best thing Google could have done.
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Is Google’s Latest TLD Purchase a Game-Changer?

Is Google’s Latest TLD Purchase a Game-Changer? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The idea of industry-specific Top Level Domains (TLDs) has always been a bit of a novelty.
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Internet Security and the Limits of Open Source and Peer Production - P2P Foundation

Internet Security and the Limits of Open Source and Peer Production - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Open source and peer production have been praised as organisational models that could change the world for the better. It is commonly asserted that almost any societal activity could benefit from distributed, bottom-up collaboration — by making societal interaction more open, more social, and more democratic. However, we also need to be mindful of the limits of these models. How could they function in environments hostile to openness? Security is a societal domain more prone to secrecy than any other, except perhaps for romantic love. In light of the destructive capacity of contemporary cyber attacks, how has the Internet survived without a comprehensive security infrastructure? Secrecy vs. openness describes the realities of Internet security production through the lenses of open source and peer production theories. The study offers a glimpse into the fascinating communities of technical experts, who played a pivotal role when the chips were down for the Internet after large-scale attacks. After an initial flirtation with openness in the early years, operational Internet security communities have put in place institutional mechanisms that have resulted in less open forms of social production."

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Embrace unknowns, opt for flexibility in environmental policies | UW Today

Embrace unknowns, opt for flexibility in environmental policies | UW Today | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We make hundreds, possibly thousands, of decisions each day without having full knowledge of what will happen next. Life is unpredictable, and we move forward the best we can despite not knowing every detail.

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What Is 'Middle-Class Economics'? - New York Times

What Is 'Middle-Class Economics'? - New York Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Helping improve the situation of middle-income people is harder and more expensive than doing the same for the poor.
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Drone maker 3D Robotics raises $50 million

Drone maker 3D Robotics raises $50 million | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Qualcomm is the lead investor in latest funding round for quad-copter firm.
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Sharing the benefits of the sharing economy - Policy Forum

Sharing the benefits of the sharing economy - Policy Forum | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
How should policymakers respond to the rise of Uber, AirBNB and the 'sharing economy'?
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What the circular economy can learn from the sharing economy - Tech Page One

In 2011, Time identified the sharing economy as one of its “10 Ideas That Will Change the World.” It is based on the idea of pooling underutilized assets – whether they be cars, homes, skills, DVDs or even money.
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Reforming the Monetary System in Greece (2) – The Tethered Money proposal by Shann Turnbull

Reforming the Monetary System in Greece (2) – The Tethered Money proposal by Shann Turnbull | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Earlier this week we featured an article by Chris Cook originally published by Pieria.co.uk. Today we feature a response to that article by Shann Turnbull.
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Tools for Collective Labor Action in the Gig Economy

Tools for Collective Labor Action in the Gig Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
SARAH KESSLER reports on how “Workers and activists are creating new tools” for labor organizing in the mis-named ‘sharing economy': The first tool she discusses is Dynamo: “Milland took her gripes to a new platform called Dynamo, which was created...
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Internet Security and the Limits of Open Source and Peer Production - P2P Foundation

Internet Security and the Limits of Open Source and Peer Production - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Open source and peer production have been praised as organisational models that could change the world for the better. It is commonly asserted that almost any societal activity could benefit from distributed, bottom-up collaboration — by making societal interaction more open, more social, and more democratic. However, we also need to be mindful of the limits of these models. How could they function in environments hostile to openness? Security is a societal domain more prone to secrecy than any other, except perhaps for romantic love. In light of the destructive capacity of contemporary cyber attacks, how has the Internet survived without a comprehensive security infrastructure? Secrecy vs. openness describes the realities of Internet security production through the lenses of open source and peer production theories. The study offers a glimpse into the fascinating communities of technical experts, who played a pivotal role when the chips were down for the Internet after large-scale attacks. After an initial flirtation with openness in the early years, operational Internet security communities have put in place institutional mechanisms that have resulted in less open forms of social production."

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Facebook reaching out to users who might be suicidal

Facebook reaching out to users who might be suicidal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Facebook began rolling out a set of tools on Wednesday that aim to help prevent suicide.
You can now report posts to Facebook that seem to show someone suffering from suicidal thoughts.
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David Graeber - ARTIST TAXI DRIVER Curates. - CULTURE IS NOT YOUR FRIEND - YouTube

David Graeber is an American anthropologist, political activist and author. He is currently a professor at the London School of Economics and was formerly an...
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Rebuilding care services: could social co-operatives be the answer?

Rebuilding care services: could social co-operatives be the answer? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A democratic ownership model could help improve public trust in social care, says Pat Conaty
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Secrecy versus openness: Internet security and the limits of open source and pee :: TU Delft Institutional Repository

Open source and peer production have been praised as organisational models that could change the world for the better. It is commonly asserted that almost any societal activity could benefit from distributed, bottom-up collaboration — by making societal interaction more open, more social, and more democratic. However, we also need to be mindful of the limits of these models. How could they function in environments hostile to openness? Security is a societal domain more prone to secrecy than any other, except perhaps for romantic love. In light of the destructive capacity of contemporary cyber attacks, how has the Internet survived without a comprehensive security infrastructure? Secrecy vs. openness describes the realities of Internet security production through the lenses of open source and peer production theories. The study offers a glimpse into the fascinating communities of technical experts, who played a pivotal role when the chips were down for the Internet after large-scale attacks. After an initial flirtation with openness in the early years, operational Internet security communities have put in place institutional mechanisms that have resulted in less open forms of social production. 

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