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on peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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Uber taxi app banned in Germany following court ruling - EurActiv

Uber taxi app banned in Germany following court ruling - EurActiv | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


After months of protests throughout Germany, taxi drivers have won a victory against their start-up competitor, Uber, in a Frankfurt district court.

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Google Analyst: Bitcoin Could Be 'The Internet of Money' - CoinDesk

Google Analyst: Bitcoin Could Be 'The Internet of Money' - CoinDesk | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Bitcoin holds potential to act as “the Internet of money” if regulated correctly, according to a new report from Google policy advisor Andy Yee.

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Bitcoin? Yawn. CheapAir Is Now Taking Litecoin and Dogecoin

Bitcoin? Yawn. CheapAir Is Now Taking Litecoin and Dogecoin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"Big banks have such a stranglehold on commerce with their 3% per transaction fees. They need some competition and digital currencies are best suited to provide it."
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Journal of Peer Production (JoPP) Call for Papers for Special Issue on Feminism and (Un)Hacking | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com

Journal of Peer Production (JoPP) Call for Papers for Special Issue on Feminism and (Un)Hacking | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There has been a recent growth in interest in feminist approaches to practices like hacking, tinkering, geeking and making. What started off as an interest in furthering representations of women in the technical fields of computer science and engineering, often along the lines of

liberal feminism, has now grown into social, cultural, and political analyses of gendered modes of social reproduction, expertise, and work, among others.

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Big Data, Data Mining, and Machine Learning, book review: A sound but ... - ZDNet

Big Data, Data Mining, and Machine Learning, book review: A sound but ... - ZDNet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Big data and machine learning are powering some of today's biggest online businesses and services. If you want to adopt these technologies in your own business, you need to understand not only what they do, but also how they do it. Jared Dean's Big Data, Data Mining, and Machine Learningpromises to help business leaders understand the potential and provide guidance for those faced with putting the techniques into practice.

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Smit Röntgen Does Metal 3D Printing in Pure Tungsten | Inside3DP.com

Smit Röntgen Does Metal 3D Printing in Pure Tungsten | Inside3DP.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Philips-owned company Smit Röntgen is using Direct Metal Laser Sintering for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing in pure tungsten.
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MicroHouse Workshop 4 – Extreme Manufacturing

MicroHouse Workshop 4 – Extreme Manufacturing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This is a 5 day MicroHouse Extreme Manufacturing (XM) workshop- led by Marcin Jakubowski – intended for innovators and entrepreneurs who are interested in exploring the limits of XM for rapid building of environmentally friendly homes. Blending Compressed Earth Block construction with modular roof panels as our contract-first design, our goal is to demonstrate that quality housing can be built with multi-purpose flexibility using module-based designs and parallel building for optimizing design evolution. Our goal is reducing the duration of construction by a factor of 20 compared to industry standards, at ⅓ the cost of conventional housing. Our XM design process involves a rapid parallel swarm workflow with 48 people using simple-to-follow documentation created with Agile and Waterfall methods prior to build. The MicroHouse XM 4 design is built on the experience of the last 3 iterations to produce the most ambitious – level of completion – build of a 762 sf home using test-driven open source techniques and equipment. If you are interested in natural home building or extreme efficiency of effort towards manufacturing, you will learn first hand how to take your home or project to the next level of ownership. Workshop includes 4 days of hands-on immersive building, nightly lectures, and a full day for review, discussion, and exploration of entrepreneurship opportunities. Our concept is consistent with open source economics and social production.

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Essays on Principles of Energetic Materialism: A Meta-theory of Unity of Everything in Diversity

There has been no Big Bang, no past, no present, no future, where our particles have been embedded and floating in the space-time dimension fluxing from big bang towards beyond the borders of the universe, at least as we have been thinking of them. They are still out there, exist, real, knowable, observable, and changeable. Yet in simultaneously existing multitude, of distributed universes which we call them the networked cosmos.

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Pop-Up House: the affordable passive house

Multipod Studio have patented a unique approach to passive construction that delivers outsanding thermal insulation at an affordable cost. No special tools required, the house is assembled using lightweight and recyclable materials for quick installation. The materials used are inexpensive so the cost remains unbeatable and the thermal envelope created means no additional heating is necessary. The first prototype of this new type of passive house, has bloomed in the pine valleys of the South of France.

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Why We Need A Cooperative Ownership Revolution | P2P Foundation

Why We Need A Cooperative Ownership Revolution | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Evergreen Coop in Cleveland Ohio provides an example of how cooperative and community owned enterprise help rebuild communities. The following extract is  from Chapter 4 of Towards a New Form of Economic Development: Why the Need for an Ownership Revolution Has Never Been Greater. a dissertation by Jerome Birolini. Schumacher College, MA Economics for Transition. 2014

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Low-paid Britain: 'People have had enough. It's soul destroying'

Low-paid Britain: 'People have had enough. It's soul destroying' | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Yes, they have jobs … but the five people featured here are typical of millions who have no security, no holiday or sick pay, limited hours, and no dignity at work, writes Yvonne Roberts
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Economists: An Anthropological View

Economists: An Anthropological View | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

" the economists have come to believe their own fictions. It is very strange stuff altogether. They build the models based on the a priori assumptions that they hold. Seemingly they then forget these assumptions. Then when they need an answer they consult the model which spits back at them what they already built into it. This output is then assumed to be Truth because it comes imbued with a sort of aura. In more practical, real-world sciences this has a name: its called GIGO which stands for Garbage-In, Garbage-Out. In more primitive societies this is similar to constructing altars to supposed oracles and then going to these altars to find out about the future, only to find a Truth that you yourself have already built into the altar. "


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David Week's curator insight, September 3, 2014 6:48 PM

One of the factors in city-making that we explore in Cities By Citizens is the tension between democracy (rule by the people) and technocracy (rule by experts.) Planners are the obvious experts who shape the city, but so too do economists.

Neo-classical economics (all about markets) has come under sustained criticism recently, for its bias towards certain interests in societies. So too have the arbitrary assumptions that economists have made in their theories, many of which are being shown to be just plain wrong.

This article takes a well-deserved poke at the pretensions of economics, in the tradition of Horace Miner's "Body Ritual among the Nacerima": https://www.msu.edu/~jdowell/miner.html

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YA dystopias teach children to submit to the free market, not fight authority - The Guardian

YA dystopias teach children to submit to the free market, not fight authority - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What marks these dystopias out from previous ones is that, almost without exception, the bad guys are not the corporations but the state and those well-meaning liberal leftists who want to make the world a better place. Books such as The Giver, Divergent and the Hunger Games trilogy are, whether intentionally or not, substantial attacks on many of the foundational projects and aims of the left: big government, the welfare state, progress, social planning and equality. They support one of the key ideologies that the left has been battling against for a century: the idea that human nature, rather than nurture, determines how we act and live. These books propose a laissez-faire existence, with heroic individuals who are guided by the innate forces of human nature against evil social planners.

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Why Medical 3D Printing Needs Insurance ASAP | Inside3DP.com

Why Medical 3D Printing Needs Insurance ASAP | Inside3DP.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

3Surgeons are refusing to learn how to incorporate 3D printing with reconstructive surgery and medical devices because it lacks insurance.

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Why New Forms of Spam Could Bloat Bitcoin's Block Chain - CoinDesk

Why New Forms of Spam Could Bloat Bitcoin's Block Chain - CoinDesk | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

New technologies bring the promise of exciting new services, but they also encourage those looking to make a quick buck at the expense of others.

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Peer production: a force for radical social change? | Department of Sociology

As a firm believer in both the desirability of and possibility for radical social change, I am often confronted with heavy doses of scepticism and doubt on the part of those willing to discuss the matter with me. Questions like ‘So what’s the alternative?’ or comments such as ‘That sounds like a nice idea, but is it not utopian?’ abound. There are many avenues I could take to provide an answer. I could, for example, point out the fact that capitalism is still a system whose development into a dominant economic and social form would have bemused many in the midst of the feudal age. I could also emphasise the frequent waves of disenchantment expressed by individuals in capitalist societies through their recurrent protests, e.g. Alter-globalisation movement and Occupy Wall Street, and the anti-capitalist spirit many of them have embodied. Here, however, I wish to concentrate my attention on another set of tendencies, to be found in the ‘anti-capitalist potential of information technology’ (Wright 2010: 194).

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Broadband and the future of learning - Computerworld

Broadband and the future of learning - Computerworld | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
High-speed broadband networks will not only accelerate learning, but they will also enable students to acquire the skills that they need to flourish in a post-industrial society
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Will net neutrality politics scuttle the FCC's upcoming incentive auction? - The Hill (blog)

Will net neutrality politics scuttle the FCC's upcoming incentive auction? - The Hill (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Some time next year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to hold a voluntary incentive auction in which it will attempt to entice broadcasters to relinquish some of their prime spectrum for mobile broadband use. Should the FCC allow the politics of net neutrality to interfere, however, the commission could blow one of the last great opportunities both to alleviate spectrum exhaust and to make a significant contribution toward deficit reduction without raising taxes.


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People helping people: the future of public services | Nesta

People helping people: the future of public services | Nesta | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Public services should be redesigned to make mobilising the energy and contribution of the public a core organising principle.
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Sharing Activists Reveal Plan to Turn Los Angeles into Sharing Mecca

Sharing Activists Reveal Plan to Turn Los Angeles into Sharing Mecca | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As a founding member of the Sharing Cities Network (SCN), Shareable interviewed Arroyo Sustainable Economies Organization (ASECO) to get the scoop on their recently released plan to create Share LA. It's a bold plan to turn notoriously unequal and sprawling Los Angeles into a community-oriented, resource sharing city for all.
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OSE Design Sprint - Open Source Ecology

OSE Design Sprint - Open Source Ecology | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

With your help, the world will receive clear instructionals on how to do this. We aim to make our CEB building technique so streamlined that it’s truly replicable by many people. The modules we are building are relevant to tiny homes of 144 square feet in area - and to larger ones - like the current one - at 750 square feet. This existing structure will become work space and office space.

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▶ FOUNDUPS.COM: Foundups are Not startups. How to usher in The Emphatic Civilization - YouTube

FOUNDUPS are part of a new business collective economy paradigm shift that Jeremy Rifkin talks about in his last 2 books.
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How to Crowdsource Better Governance in Authoritarian States

How to Crowdsource Better Governance in Authoritarian States | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I was recently asked to review this World Bank publication entitled: “The Role of Crowdsourcing for Better Governance in Fragile States Contexts.” I had been looking for just this type of research on crowdsourcing for a long time and was therefore well pleased to read this publication. This blog posts focuses more on the theoretical foundations of the report, i.e., Part 1. I highly recommend reading the full study given the real-world case studies that are included.

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Book of the Day: With Liberty and Dividends for All | P2P Foundation

Book of the Day: With Liberty and Dividends for All | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Everybody talks a lot about economic inequality, but there don’t seem to be many credible proposals out there, let alone ones that have political legs.  French economist Thomas Piketty documented the deep structural nature of inequality in Capital in the 21st Century, but the best solution he could come up with was a global wealth tax.  Good luck with that!

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Google New Breed: the commodification of digital art and its young minds | www.furtherfield.org

Google New Breed: the commodification of digital art and its young minds | www.furtherfield.org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Don't take me wrong, it's not my opinion, it's simply what Google states in the marketing campaign (see the heading image) that is accompanying the infamous DevArt exhibition at the Barbican in London.

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