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Thomas Rid | Forget The Hype about Cyberwar: Hacking Makes the World More Peaceful | Foreign Affairs

Thomas Rid | Forget The Hype about Cyberwar: Hacking Makes the World More Peaceful | Foreign Affairs | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Cyberwar Is Coming!” declared the title of a seminal 1993 article by the RAND Corporation analysts John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt, who argued that the nascent Internet would fundamentally transform warfare.
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Barclays to become the first major bank to accept Bitcoin

Barclays to become the first major bank to accept Bitcoin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Charities will be able to pay bitcoins into their bank accounts; private users may follow.
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Women, communists and foreigners: the forgotten heroes of Paris, 1945

Women, communists and foreigners: the forgotten heroes of Paris, 1945 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
For years French politicians pushed a myth of liberation from the Nazis that was miltiary and male. The truth is somewhat different
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Role and Challenges of Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science in the Context of the Data Revolution - P2P Foundation

Role and Challenges of Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science in the Context of the Data Revolution - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Despite of persistent efforts from the part of organizations aiming to solve or to alleviate the world’s most challenging issues, there are limitations of the current problem-solving system based on hierarchical bureaucratic models. These are mainly related to the powerlessness of the professional sector when, alone, facing global issues of ever increasing complexity and uncertainty. The current context often called “the network age” has in turn, supported and enhanced systems which serve as means for coping with these complex and uncertain scenarios, such as the concept of distributed cognition that leads (in its positive aspects) to collaborative, participatory and peer-to-peer common oriented processes, including the emergence of decentralized systems as well as the gradual empowerment of the civil society (overlapping with the latter); forming altogether, the background of latent paradigm shifts. Concurrently there is the political discourse (driven by the UN) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and of a Data Revolution, where the claim is that the latter is indispensable for achieving the former. 

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Growing Doubt: a Scientist’s Experience of GMOs

Growing Doubt: a Scientist’s Experience of GMOs | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Jonathan R. Latham, PhD By training, I am a plant biologist. In the early 1990s I was busy making genetically modified plants (often called GMOs for
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A review of Paul Mason's PostCapitalism: what about the precariat ? | P2P Foundation

A review of Paul Mason's PostCapitalism: what about the precariat ? | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Let’s look at the economics first. By applying Marx to Kondratieff’s long wave theory, Mason gives an answer to the ‘end of history’ question far more believable than the now ludicrous faith in the triumph of neoliberalism. We feel stuck, he says, because we are. In Kondratieff’s theory, capitalism has a rhythm: there are waves of upswings and downswings that should last approximately 50 years. In Mason’s theory, we are today stuck in the fourth wave, which should have ended with the economical upheaval and power struggles of the late ‘70s. Organised labour should have successfully resisted the lowering of wages, so forcing capitalists to innovate themselves out of the crisis: “working-class resistance can be technologically progressive… it forces the new paradigm to emerge on a higher plane of productivity and consumption”. But class struggle failed to fulfill that role. Instead, in the ‘80s, capitalists were able to slash wages in the centres of global capitalism like the UK and the US, go for low-value production, and mask the unsustainability of an undead economic model with a huge wave of financialisation. The long-wave pattern was disrupted. That’s because, Mason believes, we are now at the end of the capitalist era.

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DEAR ENTREPRENEURS: Here's How Bad Your Odds Are Of Success

DEAR ENTREPRENEURS: Here's How Bad Your Odds Are Of Success | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Everyone knows that starting companies–and investing in startups–is a risky way to earn a living.

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Call for a Chamber of Commons | P2P Foundation

Call for a Chamber of Commons | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A call for the establishment of a Chamber of Commons USA to advocate, preserve and develop the values and economic models of the Commons.
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POC21 - Camp Chat #7: Michel Bauwens on Peer-to-Peer

Michel Bauwens from the P2P Foundation explained in his keynote in our cosy little lounge area his theory on the peer-to-peer methodology and the creation of common goods and a fairer economy.

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Our Comrade The Electron - Webstock Conference Talk

Our Comrade The Electron - Webstock Conference Talk | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In 1952, an American attaché in Moscow was innocently fiddling with his shortwave radio when he heard the voice of the American ambassador dictating letters in the Embassy, just a few buildings away. He immediately reported the incident, but though the Americans tore the walls out of the Ambassador's office, they weren't able to find a listening device.

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The next step in Open Science? Text and Data Mining! | Newsletter items

The next step in Open Science? Text and Data Mining! | Newsletter items | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
open access infrastructure, research information, open data, scientific publication, scientific information system, European Commission, EC, FP7, ERC, Horizon 2020, H2020, linked data
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Is this the future of work? - NEWS.com.au

Is this the future of work? - NEWS.com.au | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A LOT of people think Jennifer Nedelsky’s plan for the future of work is crazy, but when most hear her radical manifesto, their reaction is: “Where do I sign?”.
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The Hurricane and the Empire - Open Democracy

The Hurricane and the Empire - Open Democracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
On the tenth anniversary of Katrina, we republish an invitation to ponder the incapacity of the US government to respond to the disaster in New Orleans. What was at the root of that paralysis? From the archive, September 5, 2005.
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Op-Ed: Lexmark’s war against a man who recycles toner cartridges

Op-Ed: Lexmark’s war against a man who recycles toner cartridges | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The intellectual property interests are at it again, trying to leverage their rights to take away yours. No one knows this better than 44-year-old Eric Smith of Charleston, West Virginia. Smith has devoted his life to the office supply company founded by his father—a company that’s now under legal attack by printing behemoth Lexmark International, Inc.

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Obama Urges Action on Climate Change - NBC News

Obama Urges Action on Climate Change - NBC News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
President Obama spoke at the "GLACIER" conference in Anchorage, Alaska, and encourages nations to move faster on climate change.
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The Care-Centered Economy: A New Theory of Value | David Bollier

The Care-Centered Economy: A New Theory of Value | David Bollier | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I recently encountered a brilliant new essay by German writer Ina Praetorius that revisits the feminist theme of “care work,” re-casting it onto a much larger philosophical canvas. “The Care-Centered Economy:  Rediscovering what has been taken for granted” suggests how the idea of “care” could be used to imagine new structural terms for the entire economy. 

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Chamber of Commons US | Developing and Protecting our Commons

Chamber of Commons US | Developing and Protecting our Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Worldwide, numerous organizations are working to push back on the economic and political forces that increasingly threaten to enclose those things which we all own together, such as:

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Where's the missing part, Naomi Klein? Ask Pope Francis and Mohammed Mesbahi | Share The World's Resources (STWR)

Where's the missing part, Naomi Klein? Ask Pope Francis and Mohammed Mesbahi | Share The World's Resources (STWR) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The latest book by Naomi Klein is essentially a call to share the world’s resources, but its theory of social change is missing a crucial factor: a profound awareness of the reality of hunger and life-threatening deprivation.
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From egoboo to exit: startups launched on gifts

From egoboo to exit: startups launched on gifts | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Startups are sexy. There is something vital and heroic about quitting your job, finding your North Star, and taking a risk. For many people working in the corporate world, startups look like freedom. Startups represent an ‘outside’ to corporate life, the wild frontiers of ‘edge thinking’ and innovation.

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Molly Barton: What would Wu-Tang do? | The Bookseller

Molly Barton: What would Wu-Tang do? | The Bookseller | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Editor's Note: Molly Barton joins us here with the first of her articles as a regular contributor to The FutureBook. Barton's eye here is on "the rise of creative collectives." My own favourite creative collective is Magnum Photos, formed in Paris by Henri Cartier-Bresson and associates in 1947. Its photographers retain copyright on their work. And the collective's staffers support the photographer-members — not direct them. A former global digital director with Penguin, Barton writes, "The publishing houses have little to no consumer awareness and continually cede brand status to authors (which is why traditional book marketing is so inefficient)." Authors' best hope, she suggests, may be in "pooling their talents and early fan bases." — Porter Anderson


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The Uber/Airbnb “sharing economy” model is unsustainable | P2P Foundation

The Uber/Airbnb “sharing economy” model is unsustainable | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What Uber and Airbnb are “textbook examples” of is what Michel Bauwens of the Foundation for P2P Alternatives calls “netarchical capitalism”: an intermediate organizational form in which the owners of proprietary platforms use them to extract value from the users. As a friend on Twitter observed the same day the article was written, the capitalists at Uber and Airbnb extract usury from workers’ use of their own physical capital.

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The Problem with Saving the World - Commons Transition

The Problem with Saving the World - Commons Transition | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals aim to save the world without transforming it.
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Consumer Reports calls latest Tesla best vehicle they've ever tested, right wing goes nuts

Consumer Reports calls latest Tesla best vehicle they've ever tested, right wing goes nuts | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Tesla's new Model S P85D, so good it drives conservatives crazy!
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What All Publishers Can Learn from Clay Shirky

What All Publishers Can Learn from Clay Shirky | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Clay Shirky's arguments are uncomfortable, and they don't sit well inside companies that sell millions of dollars of books every year.
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Are We Nearing The End Of Capitalism?

Capitalism has reigned for decades, yet it might see itself overthrown by the arrival of shared economies. Is the end near for capitalism?

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Robots & the Future of Work

Deb and Tom from the Internet of Unintended Consequences (www.tiouc.com) introduce continue discussions on the theme of the month "Robots and Robotics.
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