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on peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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Busted! 10 myths that reveal just how dangerous the NSA really is

Busted! 10 myths that reveal just how dangerous the NSA really is | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
NSA apologists make plenty of excuses for the surveillance state. Here's why you shouldn't believe them
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The View from Africa on Elinor Ostrom | On the Commons

The View from Africa on Elinor Ostrom | On the Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Since the 1960s, the predominant policy prescription for ensuring the exploitation of land resources in Africa has been the individualisation of land held under custom.
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Essay of the Day: Land as a Commons in the Cooperative Tradition

Essay of the Day: Land as a Commons in the Cooperative Tradition | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Land is part of the global commons like water, air, language, knowledge and culture. The loss of commons land continues to increase with the demise of county farms and the growing sales of public sector land to raise money to close the fiscal deficit. Today two thirds of the UK’s 60 million acres is owned by just 158,000 families or 0.36% of the population according to Kevin Cahill (2001) in Who Owns Britain.

 
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The Story of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom | On the Commons

The Story of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom | On the Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Elinor Ostrom overcame considerable barriers to become the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Economics.
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MOOCs: Because people want to learn - eCampus News

MOOCs: Because people want to learn - eCampus News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The popularity of MOOCs - despite consistently low completion rates -- shows that there is a global demand for the experimental online classes.
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Internet of Things: From Stadium Pouring Rights to Washing Machine Pouring Rights, a Revolution is Coming

Internet of Things: From Stadium Pouring Rights to Washing Machine Pouring Rights, a Revolution is Coming | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Someone walked into my UCLA class a year ago and three hours later I realized that the business of media and the business of business itself was about to be turned inside out.
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FRANK FEATHER ~ Business Futurist's curator insight, January 14, 4:32 PM

This is a "WEBOLUTION" (my word) of massive proportions, with the world producing more chips than grains of rice.

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Sharing economy – Disrupting the future of travel | ETC Digital

Sharing economy – Disrupting the future of travel | ETC Digital | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Collaborative consumption was once a utopia for backpackers, hitchhikers and other independent travellers. However, due to technological advances such as Internet and online payments, and against the background of the global economic downturn, this niche has transformed into an economy sector to be reckoned with. Collaborative consumption describes not only an economic shift, but also the social shift away from ownership towards (temporary) access to goods and services. This move towards sharing and collaborative consumption has affected many industry sectors, in particular the travel and tourism industry (Skift).

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Telecommuting Is The Future of Work - Forbes

Telecommuting Is The Future of Work - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Red Hat is one example of a highly distributed, highly effective company; in addition to its corporate hub in Raleigh, NC and development center in Westford, MA, it employs many highly-talented virtual employees. Red Hat’s culture is friendly to remote workers. Apple, on the other hand, is densely concentrated in Cupertino, where plans for a spaceship-like office complex are moving forward. Its centralized, command-and-control culture appears to be less adaptable to supporting large numbers of remote workers. Go figure.

 
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The new stars of social media - Boston Herald

The new stars of social media - Boston Herald | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

New social networks are popping up all the time, each one promising to be the next Facebook or Twitter. And with Facebook reportedly losing ground among teens and tweens, there is certainly room for another “next big thing.”

 
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Open Innovation or Co-creation and Coexistence of Business Models

Open Innovation or Co-creation and Coexistence of Business Models | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Collaborate is not a simple consequence of a statement. It takes courage! To collaborate requires a different attitude that is, go beyond case studies or exchanges of good practices. Business facing the demands of a constant torrent of change, cannot be satisfied in transferring a solution from one company to another, or adapting existing models. To collaborate inside the increasing complexity that companies are facing is a destination that people who embrace inter-disciplinarity and who are not afraid to be wrong, wish (that exemplify the startups).

 




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Sharing As Part of the New Economy: An Interview with Lauren Anderson | Solutions

Sharing As Part of the New Economy: An Interview with Lauren Anderson | Solutions | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Named by Time magazine as one of the “10 Ideas That Will Change the World,” collaborative consumption describes the shift in consumer values from ownership to access. Collaborative Consumption (www.collaborativeconsumption.com) currently has a network of global curators from every continent, except Antarctica, who catalogue local organizations in this space. Lauren Anderson is the Chief Knowledge Officer for Collaborative Lab.


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The Continuing Struggle for Control of Cyberspace—And The Deterioration of Western Influence

The Continuing Struggle for Control of Cyberspace—And The Deterioration of Western Influence | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Who will run cyberspace?   It’s one of the most important questions in the world today.  Yet few outside a narrow group of policy wonks, lawyers, technologists, and international bureaucrats are paying attention to the question—much less the answer.

 
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Statistics | European Citizens' Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income

The results on the map and in the table are compiled from live data from the EC database.
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Bezoek Wikipedia fors gedaald door Google

Bezoek Wikipedia fors gedaald door Google | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Iedereen die regelmatig Google gebruikt, zal het zijn opgevallen: sinds enige tijd staat er bij bepaalde zoektermen een blokje met wat feiten en beeldmateriaal aan de rechterkant van de pagina. In alle landen waar Google het zogenoemde Knowledge Graph heeft geïntroduceerd, waaronder België, is het bezoek aan Wikipedia fors gedaald. Dat meldt Wikipediocracy, een blog die kritiek levert op Wikipedia.

 
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EXTRUD_ME 2014 [EN] | Calafou

EXTRUD_ME 2014 [EN] | Calafou | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
EXTRUD_ME 2014 is a self-managed event high technical level on these matters: creation of polymers, plastics recycling , installation and calibration of 3D printers, CNC milling machine .
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Technologically enhanced basic income as a solution to technological unemployment | DarkAI Blog

The ideas presented in this paper developed in response to help resolve some of the problems which will result from technological unemployment. We believe that as machines become more intelligent and work currently done by human beings become automated there will be a sharp increase in the unemployment rate as humans are laid off to be replaced by intelligent machines. We believe that intelligent machines can be leveraged to provide a basic dividend to a decentralized pseudo-anonymous group of owners as a means of providing an axillary safety-net which cannot be shut down by any government or corporation.

 
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Catonsville Fab Lab adds dimension to digital fabrication - Baltimore Sun

Catonsville Fab Lab adds dimension to digital fabrication - Baltimore Sun | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The din coming from the high-tech Fab Lab in the HTEC building on the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore was nearly deafening last week.  

 


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Who's not yet prepared for the social revolution: Lucian Despoiu at TEDxBucharest - YouTube

Lucian is a passionate entrepreneur determined to create meaningful connections between the political world and citizens. Where others see lies and false promises, Lucian strives for truths and earthbound programs. Where transparency, accountability and communication are found to be lacking, he throws in the tools and techniques to create a fair and effective link between politicians and citizens. It is for this reason exactly that he founded the two companies that promise to change the face of political communication -- Majoritas, Technology and Media, and Kondiment Group, the leading European Interactive Agency.
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Why Does New York Hate the Sharing Economy?

Why Does New York Hate the Sharing Economy? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Ask a bunch of New Yorkers where they spend their money: apartments, cars, vacation lodgings, maybe designer handbags. In the new American “sharing economy,” these can all be enjoyed at a fraction of their normal cost.
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Does the Sharing Economy Need Lawyers? And If So, What Kind? | Post Growth Institute

Does the Sharing Economy Need Lawyers? And If So, What Kind? | Post Growth Institute | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
People are experimenting with different ways of living – what kind of legal and regulatory support structures will help such initiatives to flourish?
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[Bunnie]'s Open Source Laptop Is Ready For Production - Hack a Day

[Bunnie]'s Open Source Laptop Is Ready For Production - Hack a Day | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Before setting out on this project, [Bunnie] had some must-have requirements for the design. Most importantly, all the components should be free of NDA encumbrances. This isn’t an easy task; an SoC vendor with documentation sitting around on their servers is rare as hen’s teeth, and Freescale was the only vendor that fit the bill. Secondly, the entire laptop should be entirely open source. [Bunnie] wasn’t able to find an open source GPU, so using hardware video decoding on his laptop requires a binary blob. Software decoding works just fine, though.

 
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How Art Can Save Your Soul

How Art Can Save Your Soul | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness,”British philosopher Alain de Botton wrote inArt as Therapy (public library), one of the best art books of 2013. He expounds the premise of the book in this fantastic “Sunday sermon” from The School of Life — the lecture series de Botton founded in 2008, premised on the idea that secular thought can learn a lot from the formats of religion, which went on toreimagine the self-help genre. De Botton argues that in the 19th century, culture replaced scripture as our culture’s object of worship, but we are no longer allowed to bring our fears and anxieties to this modern cathedral. “It is simply not acceptable to bring the aches and pains of our souls to the guardians of culture,” he laments. He goes on to explore how we can reclaim this core soul-soothing function of art from the grip of empty elitism and sterile snobbery, focusing on the the seven psychological functions of art. 

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David Johnson's curator insight, January 15, 6:14 PM

The practising of an Art form can definitely soothe the Soul. It is an escape, which allows you to disappear into a different world, from which one comes back relaxed and with renewed vigour.

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Peer to peer meets self storage

Peer to peer meets self storage | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The peer to peer marketplace is growing at quite a pace, with new platforms seemingly arriving on a daily basis to impact well established industries.  Last year for instance I wrote about the growth of a number of sites offering a peer to peer postal service. - See more at: 

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How Big Data Analytics on Twitter Can Help Predict Disease Spread [VIDEO] - Smart Data Collective

How Big Data Analytics on Twitter Can Help Predict Disease Spread [VIDEO] - Smart Data Collective | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Social networks have become so common in our lives that we post everything on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter. As such we also post how we feel and if we feel sick. Researchers at the University of Rochester  have now been able to use Twitter to predict how likely it is for a Twitter user to become sick. In the following video they show how they use Twitter to model how other factors — social status, exposure to pollution, interpersonal interaction and others — influence our health. The looked in total at 70 different factors and whether they had a positive, negative or neutral impact on the users’ health. They make predictions up to 8 days in advance what your health is going to be. With a 90% accuracy they are now able to predict if a Twitter user is going to be ill the next day and this information can help that user make decisions in their lives.

 
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'Digital Money Will Save the World's Poor' and Other Delusions

'Digital Money Will Save the World's Poor' and Other Delusions | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Last November several people spoke at a Senate hearing to defend bitcoin. I alreadygot a little cranky about them, but looking back over their testimony, there’s another small thing that they all believe that is unsupported by real-world experience: Bitcoin will help people who don’t currently use a bank.

 
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haziq's curator insight, January 20, 6:01 AM

The use of 'present-technology' can help some of those in need to lead a better and safe life. For example, credit cards are being used, for this instance. Credit cards help them to keep their hard-earned money, even though they are notthat much, safey, rather than have those money lying around where they can get lost easily.