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Social media revolution ignites Middle East and North Africa

Social media revolution ignites Middle East and North Africa | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

After the Tunisia’s Twitter revolution and the social media-fueled protests in Egypt that toppled both their presidents, the social media revolution is spreading to other areas of North Africa and the Middle East.



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The Tech Revolution's Disruptions Begin

The Tech Revolution's Disruptions Begin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The high-tech revolution that began in the final decades of the 20th century is once more gaining momentum. The Nasdaq Composite index is approaching its heady heights of March 2000—except this time the bull market in high-tech shares is being driven by profitable companies with proven business models. More to the point, the changes wrought by the IT revolution are starting to cause social disruptions that may eventually prove even more severe than those of the industrial revolution 200 years ago.

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The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy - The Guardian

The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Robert David Steele, former Marine, CIA case officer, and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity, is a man on a mission. But it's a mission that frightens the US intelligence establishment to its core.

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The Revolution Will Not Be Monetized

The Revolution Will Not Be Monetized | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
For years, the internet's biggest players have hoarded your personal data and sold it for billions. Now, a band of angry startups is demanding privacy and aiming to overhaul the social-media business forever.
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Talk About a Revolution: Open Data, Open Government

The wheels of progress often grind slowly, except during revolutionary periods. Who would argue that we don’t live in such a world today?
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Why are comedians, not musicians, talking 'bout a revolution?

Why are comedians, not musicians, talking 'bout a revolution? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
David Harvie, Brian Layng and Keir Milburn: In the twilight of neoliberalism it's comics such as Russell Brand and Beppe Grillo who puncture establishment thinking. Will pop ever become political again?
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The Coming Revolution of Peer Production and Revolutionary Cooperatives. A Response to Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis and Stefan Meretz

The Coming Revolution of Peer Production and Revolutionary Cooperatives. A Response to Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis and Stefan Meretz | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This article agrees with Meretz (2014) that the peer producing cooperatives which are proposed by Bauwens & Kostakis (2014) will become parts and parcels of the capitalist economy. Further, it argues that the so called Peer Production Licenses (PPL), originally designed by Dmitry Kleiner (2010), which is the basis of their proposal is a rent seeking instrument. Contra Bauwens & Kostakis, it argues that, from the perspectives of both reform and revolution, GPL is profoundly anti-capitalist.

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Amid the revolution - Mennonite World Review

Amid the revolution - Mennonite World Review | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It is no coincidence that the Protestant Reformation shook the foundations of Christendom less than a century after Gutenberg invented the printing press. A revolution in communication sparked a revolution in religion. It happened 500 years ago, and it is happening now.

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The Economic Realms: What Then Must We Do?

The Economic Realms: What Then Must We Do? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Gar Alperovitz is the Lionel R. Bauman professor of political economy at the University of Maryland and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative. He is the author of the newly released book, "What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About The Next American Revolution."

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Small Is Beautiful: Impressions of Fritz Schumacher

This film is a short documentary portrait of economist, technologist and lecturer Fritz Schumacher. Up to age 45, Schumacher was dedicated to economic growth. Then he came to believe that the modern technological explosion had grown out of all proportion to human need. Author of Small Is Beautiful - A Study of Economics as if People Mattered and founder of the London-based Intermediate Technology Development Group, he championed the cause of "appropriate" technology. The film introduces us to this gentle revolutionary a few months before his death.

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The Industrial Revolution 2.0 - PopMatters

The Industrial Revolution 2.0 - PopMatters | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Human societies change continually, but the changes tend to be slow and incremental. Genuinely revolutionary changes—sudden, radical breaks with the status quo—are rare in human history. Deeper changes, which dissolve and re-form the foundations of the status quo, are rarer still. The great shift from nomadism to village agriculture was one; the emergence of cities, and all they entail, was another. The late 18th century substitution of steam power for wind, water, and muscle—the trigger for the Industrial Revolution and the First Machine Age—was a third. We are living, economists Erik Brynjolffson and Andrew McAfee argue, on the verge of a fourth. The Second Machine Age is their book about it.


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The Goal Must Be Revolution — Not Reform - Dissident Voice

The Goal Must Be Revolution — Not Reform - Dissident Voice | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Toronto Star article states, “It goes without saying that our next mayor should have integrity, be law-abiding and set a good example to our children. We also need an effective consensus builder and administrator. We need a mayor whom police will want to work with rather than tail.”

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Facebook Can Ignite, Predict Political Revolution? - Guardian Liberty Voice

Facebook Can Ignite, Predict Political Revolution? - Guardian Liberty Voice | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Big social media sites like Facebook are igniting political action, if not outright revolution, across the globe and the data they generate can help analysts predict when and where it will happen next. Examples can be found almost daily.

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Internet billionaire Nick Hanauer warns of coming revolution - BBC News

Internet billionaire Nick Hanauer warns of coming revolution - BBC News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Nick Hanauer, internet entrepreneur, has a message for his fellow "zillionaires": the revolution is coming.


Mr Hanauer, an early investor in internet retail giant Amazon, says like many of his fellow one-percenters, he owns his own yacht, multiple homes and private jet. He says he acquired all his wealth by seeing the potential of the internet and acting on it.

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PBS Profile: Detroit 'Revolutionary' Grace Lee Boggs, 98

PBS Profile: Detroit 'Revolutionary' Grace Lee Boggs, 98 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The 90-minute film film features Bill Moyers, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and the subject's late husband and fellow radical, James Boggs.
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Want to Change the World? Read This First

Want to Change the World?  Read This First | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
If you want to change society—or are interested in aiding or evaluating the efforts of others to do so—some understanding of exactly how environmental circumstances affect such efforts could be extremely helpful.
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How social media can spark a revolution

How social media can spark a revolution | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
NBC News chief correspondent Richard Engel looks at social media and the unrest it has fueled around the world. (How can social media spark a revolution?
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The Role of Social Media in Revolution Movements | New Eastern Outlook

The Role of Social Media in Revolution Movements | New Eastern Outlook | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Intelligence Community, regardless of regime type, has famously always tried to co-opt and ultimately adopt advancements and evolutions in technology, especially in terms of media. Newspapers, radio, and television have long been appropriated in order to influence, massage, and outright manipulate messages and events important to the national interest. Often the question is not so much whether a country’s intelligence community engages in such activity but rather how explicit and open will it engage (from a softer, less visible approach in democratic states to a harder, more obvious method employed by authoritarian states). My position will argue why social media like Facebook and Twitter are in fact resistant to authoritarian co-optation and are uniquely structured to be only an effective grassroots tool for social disruption and civil disobedience. They are poor tools for hindering mobilization because of the structural nature of both social media and authoritarian government. While these instruments of new information and communication technology indeed seem capable of inspiring and impacting recent international and transnational affairs (i.e. the Arab Spring), it will be shown how these technologies have certain limitations, not only in terms of governmental use but also in terms of protest. Indeed, social media tools are best when considered only facilitators of dissent and mobilization but not guarantors of political results or systemic change. As such, opponents and proponents of the political power of social media are often overstating their respective cases.

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Gar Alperovitz Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution - YouTube

May 30 2013 speaks about why the time is right for a revolutionary, new-economy movement — what it would mean to democratize the ownership of wealth, what it will take to build a new system to replace the decaying one, and more. What people may be surprised to find out is that this revolution is already well under way in the United States with organizations like worker owned cooperatives, credit unions and local currency collectives already taking up a huge portion of the economy. The renowned historian, economist, activist, and writer, is presently the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland. His latest book is What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution. Cameras by Todd Boyle and J Glenn Evans

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Around the World in 843 Protests: Living the Most Revolutionary Times in History

Around the World in 843 Protests: Living the Most Revolutionary Times in History | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

If Karl Marx raised his head, he would be absolutely baffled: Revolts are shaking the world, bursting in the most unexpected places, but they rarely take power. The conditions for rebellion are as sharp today as in the nineteenth century, but few protests lead to the literal meaning of revolution, that "violent change in political, economic or social institutions of a nation."

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In addition, working people, whom Marx called the proletariat, seem not to have found control of the worldwide riots they are sparking – nor is class struggle the leitmotif of the wave of social unrest that has been repeating since the Arab Spring. Instead, a new political subject – more diffuse, more heterogeneous, more unclassifiable – is blurring the boundaries and formal definitions of revolution.

Measuring the period between 2006 and 2013, we live in the most agitated era in modern history – more intense than 1848, 1917 or 1968 – according to the World Protests report released last fall by the Initiative for Policy Dialogue and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in New York. We sail in an unstable political ocean, surfing bursts of protests and unexpected revolts emerging across the globe: 843 large protests in the last eight years, according to the study.

British journalist Paul Mason sees a strong parallel between the current unrest and the waves of discontent stirring in 1848 and 1914. The philosopher Alain Badiou even envisions a "rebirth of the story" in a new age of "riots and uprising" after a long revolutionary interval.

It may be what we are seeing now with the constant procession of protests and pop-up revolts. People take the streets. They hack codes (legal, social, urban). They build new communities. But the establishment, in most cases, barely ruffles.

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Travel in France: discover the sharing revolution

Travel in France: discover the sharing revolution | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Very few commentators – even other savvy travellers like us – are talking about this fascinating phenomenon. We were intrigued to find out more… ("The sharing economy is a real trend... [not] some small blip." - Joe Kraus, Google ventures.
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The Recondite Revolution: War, the “Modified” State of Nature, Human Morality, and the Social Contract Theory - Strategic Outlook

The Recondite Revolution: War, the “Modified” State of Nature, Human Morality, and the Social Contract Theory - Strategic Outlook | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
War ab initio has always been conceived of as one of the worst crimes against human nature and life; with approximately 14500 military conflicts having been conducted throughout the history of the world and around 3.5 billion human lives that have...
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Global, networked, and united GNU-wikistrikes: GNUnion call for a ride with the Worldwide #Waveofaction

Global, networked, and united GNU-wikistrikes: GNUnion call for a ride with the Worldwide #Waveofaction | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Since 2010-2011 we have been rising from our ashes in Athens, Paris, Wisconsin, Tunis, Cairo, Madrid, New York, Tel-Aviv, Rio, Istanbul and everywhere… We have been making millions of connections, stregthening ties around the planet, we have learned a lotthrough our networks and linked them on the ground!

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Does a growing global youth population fuel political unrest? - The Guardian

Does a growing global youth population fuel political unrest? - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Young people under 30 are the majority in many countries in the Middle East and South America, yet politicians do little or nothing for them. Is the demographics of the 'youth bulge' enough to explain the huge rise in disaffection?

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The Metropolitan Revolution: Cities on the Rise out of Necessity

The Metropolitan Revolution: Cities on the Rise out of Necessity | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In the face of “federal gridlock, economic stagnation and fiscal turmoil,” cities and metropolitan areas across the country are tackling the pressing problems that Washington won’t, says Jennifer Bradley, a fellow at the Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy Program. Her new book The Metropolitan Revolution (with Brookings colleague Bruce Katz) is about cities that are instigating change from the ground up in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, and citizens.
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