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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » On the Convergence Between the P2P Commons Movement and the Cooperative Tradition

One of the activists and thinkers I admire most is Pat Conaty, who is part of a network of mostly British cooperative thinkers. With them, I have been having discussions on the potential of a convergence between the p2p/commons movements and priorities, and those of the cooperative tradition, which is being revived after the meltdown of 2008. The result should be an open cooperative model in which a new type of coops actually co-produce commons, create livelihoods for commoners as multi-stakeholder solidarity coops, and have the common good integrated as strategic priority in their statutes. Though taken out of the context of a group conversation, Pat’s answer to these proposals show rich potentiality for such future cooperation.

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Digital collaboration goes deeper, gets lightweight and intelligent - ZDNet

Digital collaboration goes deeper, gets lightweight and intelligent - ZDNet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The good news is that enterprises today -- large and small -- have more choice than ever before when it comes to digital tools to make collaboration more effective and productive. But that same blessing is also a curse when it comes down actually taking advantage of them.

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The inside story of the open source PC, and how it could stop you being a slave to your hardware

The inside story of the open source PC, and how it could stop you being a slave to your hardware | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Hardware engineer Andrew 'bunnie' Huang on how his path to building an open source computer started with a childhood fascination with the Apple II and why we need to rediscover open hardware.
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The unique risks of 'sharing economy' companies - MarketWatch

The unique risks of 'sharing economy' companies - MarketWatch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Investors are digesting a new wave of offerings from Silicon Valley: so-called “sharing economy” companies such as home-sharing service Airbnb Inc. and ride-sharing service Uber Technologies Inc.

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Defining the Collaborative Economy – how do we do it, and why? - Collaborative Consumption

Defining the Collaborative Economy – how do we do it, and why? - Collaborative Consumption | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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Community Supported Everything · Portland, Oregon

Community Supported Everything · Portland, Oregon | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What would happen if communities took higher education into their own hands? What if education meant pursuing our passions and growing at our edges, immersed in a culture of creativity, accountability, integrity and action? What if instead of using degrees to measure our success, we were credited by the direct impact our work has on the world? We could transform our communities and build resilient new systems that will carry us through the next century.

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What Next in the Campaign to Save the Internet? - Truth-Out

What Next in the Campaign to Save the Internet? - Truth-Out | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
New York Times
What Next in the Campaign to Save the Internet?
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This Cool Honeycomb Beautifully Breaks Down the Sharing Economy – Next City

This Cool Honeycomb Beautifully Breaks Down the Sharing Economy – Next City | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Crowd Companies’ Jeremiah Owyang has designed this easy-to-understand graphic to explain to big business how companies like Airbnb and Etsy fit into the U.S. economy.
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Hacker Plans Holy Marriage of GitHub and Bitcoin - Wired

Hacker Plans Holy Marriage of GitHub and Bitcoin - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


A Canadian software developer is fusing two of the most interesting open source projects of the 21st century: Git and bitcoin.

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3D Printing's Success Points to a Rosy Future for Open Hardware ...

Though still nowhere near as ubiquitous as FOSS, open hardware is gaining ground rapidly.
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Spanish Securities Crowdfunding Regulations: a Change of Approach

Spanish Securities Crowdfunding Regulations: a Change of Approach | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Back in February the Spanish government announced a proposal for a regulation of securities crowdfunding. The proposed rules, which Crowd Valley described into more details in this article in March, featured limitations on both the amount that could be raised by the issuer and the amount an individual could invest. The latter, in particular, was set to be at €3,000 per project, with a maximum of €6,000 per year.

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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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Network paradox may help algorithms overcome 'universal limitation' - Phys.Org

Network paradox may help algorithms overcome 'universal limitation' - Phys.Org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

While networks are used to represent a diverse range of interactions—from social to biological to physical—all networks share many of the same basic features. One common feature is their internal organization in communities. In intuitive terms, communities are well-connected subgroups (such as social cliques) within the larger network. In network terms, community structure is defined as a subgroup of nodes whose total number of internal links (links with each other) is larger than its total number of external links (links with nodes outside the subgroup).


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Surveillance, Cyberspying, and the Fig Leaf of Democracy - CounterPunch

Surveillance, Cyberspying, and the Fig Leaf of Democracy - CounterPunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

NSA deservedly takes its place with the CIA (like the New Deal in one respect, there are a number of agencies in the alphabet soup, here FBI, JSOC, FISAC, DNI, etc. etc. stand ready for admission into the Cathedral of Repression—let’s add, POTUS) at the foundations of the internal subversion of American democracy, such as it is, with its long history of racism, xenophobia, intervention, and wealth-inequality, already for centuries adding up to a modification or qualification of the uncritical use of the term. Like billboards on the highway for painless dentistry, the liberalization of fascism in America does not change substance and structure, only perception of substance and structure. The anesthetic (a cocktail of sport, consumerism, patriotism from every quarter, a cowardly MSM) places the patient—us, you and me—in a state of narcotization, as traditional liberties, more, the rule of law itself, are being gradually whittled away. Waking up, we feel nothing has changed, as meanwhile our intimate lives are placed on the table (slab?) for inspection and examination of “subversive” thinking and association.

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The sharing economy locked itself in its room again -- it’s going through puberty

The sharing economy locked itself in its room again -- it’s going through puberty | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Once you could use Airbnb for a harmless little orgy. NOW the grownups say no. Parents just don’t understand!
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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Is Sharewashing the new Greenwashing?

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Is Sharewashing the new Greenwashing? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There’s a debate going on about what a “sharing economy” actually constitutes – and that’s a good thing. The fact that there’ll be no end to this debate will be stressful to those who’d like some tidy answers to parrot.  From our point of view, the mutulization of resources and the decrease of “consumerism for its own sake” are good things, but we have to ask ourselves … what happens to the mutualization of the value created? To keep the conversation going, we present this article by Anthony Kalamar and originally published at Opednews.com.

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From monoculture to a monetary ecosystem – Bernard Lietaer | Qoin

From monoculture to a monetary ecosystem – Bernard Lietaer  |  Qoin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Bernard Lietaer explains why shifting the paradigm from monoculture to monetary ecosystem is essential for a prosperous world that stays within its ecological boundaries. Part of the CCS conference series.

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Mark Zuckerberg: Allow blood donation status on Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg: Allow blood donation status on Facebook. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

40,000 units of blood is required everyday in U.S. Every 2 seconds some one in the U.S. needs blood.There is large population of healthy people in these nations but there are levels of unawareness, stigma or just the lack of the right information. Shortage of all types of blood occur during the peak summer and winter seasons. Here’s an experiment - Google ‘Blood shortage’ and you will get results and latest in news about people who have been affected by shortage of blood. 

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Michel Bauwens

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Michel Bauwens is the founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property.
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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » The Peer Production License: A case in point from the Circus and Flow Arts

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » The Peer Production License: A case in point from the Circus and Flow Arts | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

My friend Ronan McLoughlin was member 951 of home of poi back in 2003, a website dedicated to the global renaissance of the traditionally Maori art of swinging poi . Back then the ‘jedi’ move, the most difficult move that existed, was the ‘behind the back weave’. Today there are over 150,000 members of this website today, and in true networked learning tradition the art has complexified becoming a complex physico-structural kinetic artform of geometric shapes, translations, and spacio-temporal pattern. As the artform and community developed together a global supracultural community of practice emerged with festivals, learning events, shops, tour routes and key seasonal places around the world, as well as spin offs in jewelery, fashion, and so on.

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Grocery Deliveries in Sharing Economy

Grocery Deliveries in Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Instacart matches independent contractors who are good at grocery shopping with customers too busy to shop for themselves. (Grocery delivery for the sharing economy.
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OHL 1: 5 Ways to Make Money with Open-Source Hardware

OHL 1: 5 Ways to Make Money with Open-Source Hardware | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
I am very excited to publish the first episode of the Open Hardware Labs podcast! One of the question I hear all the time is: how do you make money in the field of Open-Source Hardware? Doesn't open source mean free?
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GUERRILLA TRANSLATION - 2014 OUISHARE AWARD WINNERS

GUERRILLA TRANSLATION - 2014 OUISHARE AWARD WINNERS | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

OuishareFest was a blast, we really did have a great time. My overall impression is that both polarities present –  i.e., venture capital-funded, “P2P in the front / shareholders in the back” platforms, and real commons-oriented P2P initiatives – have grown stronger, yet aren’t confrontational. It was good to be able to criticize the former in a constructive way and be listened to respectfully, quite glad about that!

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The Fourth Internet - TechCrunch

The Fourth Internet - TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


There should be some Internet Preservation Society filled with individuals like Herrman or Marc Andreessen or Mark Zuckerberg or Andy Baio whose sole purpose is to keep them alive.

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The Collective Intelligence of the Web

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NASA showed us how to harness the collective intelligence of large groups of people in order to solve problems.
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