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on peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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Chat with Dave Hakkens: that’s why Phonebloks it’s about Co-Design and OpenSource

Chat with Dave Hakkens: that’s why Phonebloks it’s about Co-Design and OpenSource | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Few days ago, after the presentation of the joint venture between Phonebloks and Motorola, called Project Ara, that I pretty enthusiastically commented earlier on this blog, we reached out to Phonebloks website with a contact request. Surprisingly enough we got very soon a very kind response from Dave Hakkens, the original creator of the Phonebloks idea and campaign. While navigating hundreds of emails with ideas and inspirations and, in parallel, building the platform that will help Phonebloks keep it’s independent vision going on, Dave found out some time so sit down in front of an hangout and share some time with us, discussing the next steps and the key points behind this incredible project that holds amazing promises.

 
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The Facts Are in: Austerity Politics Doesn't Work

The Facts Are in: Austerity Politics Doesn't Work | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
From England's double-dip recession to Portugal's spiking unemployment, there is now conclusive evidence of the complete failure of austerity.
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Peer to Peer energy production and the social conflicts in the era of “green development”

“Since the direct production process is the one that defines distribution, the single most important innate advantage of P2P production is that it ensures, on a long term and on a stable basis, a fairer and more equal distribution of wealth. In distributed production, argues George Papanikolaou, the largest part of the energy produced is intended for individual consumption, limiting the field of the market to exchanges of energy. A network that allows, without the mandatory intervention of a third party, the reversal of energy flows between peers, delimitates even more the sphere of the market and the official monetary circulation.”

 
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About Lift | Lift Conference

About Lift | Lift Conference | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Since 2006 Lift Events explores the business and social implications of technological innovation through the organisation of international event series and open innovation programs in Europe and Asia.


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Workers Control and/or Worker Cooperatives?* | Grassroots Economic Organizing

Workers Control and/or Worker Cooperatives?* | Grassroots Economic Organizing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

DARIO: The importance of this wide range of worker control experiences rests in its showing that during the past one hundred years workers have occupied their workplaces and started democratically controlled and self-managed production enterprises in almost all regions of the world. Under all forms of political rule, workers have struggled for participation in the decision-making processes of the enterprises they work in, and have attempted to develop forms of co- and self-management, or workers’ control; they have founded cooperatives and councils as a genuine expression and manifestation of their historical and material interests. In the early twentieth century, workers tried to gain control over production in social and socialist revolutions like those in Russia or Spain, and under state socialism as in Poland or Hungary; they did so as well in anti-colonial struggles and democratic revolutions in Portugal, Indonesia and Algeria. This form of worker control was present in labor struggles against capitalist restructuring in the last third of the twentieth century in Great Britain, Italy, Canada, and elsewhere; and it manifested itself strongly as an instrument of workers and communities contending against the consequences of global capitalist crises since the 1990’s, in Argentina, most of Latin America, and as well in India and some European countries.

 

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Open hardware for education with littleBits library of electronic modules | opensource.com

Open hardware for education with littleBits library of electronic modules | opensource.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Open hardware for education with littleBits, a library of electronic modules.
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Join Us In Building the Sharing Cities Network

Join Us In Building the Sharing Cities Network | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Imagine a city where everyone’s needs are met because people make the personal choice to share. Where everyone can create meaningful livelihoods. Where fresh, local food is available to all.
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Bike-sharing offers big boost for car-free tourists - USA TODAY

Bike-sharing offers big boost for car-free tourists - USA TODAY | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Back in August, I noted that hourly car rentals and peer-to-peer car sharing have become so popular in part because there has been a sea change among younger Americans in how they view automobiles.

 
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P2P Foundation's blog » Blog Archive » Civil Society Tactics to ...

“Using the case study of the 2012 illegal occupation of farmland owned by the University of California (“Occupy the Farm”), this paper investigates the promises and practical limits of constructing food sovereignty through direct action in the global North. Many grassroots activists find inspiration in the work of the Landless Peasant Movement (MST), La Via Campesina, and the concept(s) of Food Sovereignty (FS); many also express desires to transcend the market/state dichotomy through the creation of “commons”.

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it's not just nice to share; the peer-to-peer economy is the next big thing - freshwatercleveland

it's not just nice to share; the peer-to-peer economy is the next big thing - freshwatercleveland | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


From bikeshares to spare couches, swapping clothing to trading tools, the sharing economy has picked up some serious steam in recent years.

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The Unlikely Rebirth Of A Once-Dead Art Form - BuzzFeed

The Unlikely Rebirth Of A Once-Dead Art Form - BuzzFeed | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Video may have once killed the radio star, but the internet is helping relaunch it for a new generation.

 
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Seeing Like a State - P2P Foundation

Seeing Like a State - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"In “Seeing Like a State“, James Scott explains why certain state-centered schemes to improve the human condition have failed. Scott writes that “no administrative system is capable of representing [or monitoring] every existing social community except through a heroic and greatly schematized process of abstraction and simplification.” 

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Internet Of Things Meets Holiday Wish Lists - InformationWeek

Internet Of Things Meets Holiday Wish Lists - InformationWeek | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


For years, the Internet of Things was a future engineers could only dream about, but the technology is fast becoming a reality, with huge ramifications for the economy and society.

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The internet of things: the FTC considers privacy and security in a connected ... - Lexology (registration)

The internet of things: the FTC considers privacy and security in a connected ... - Lexology (registration) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Internet of Things refers to the network of communications between everyday devices and between those devices and their owners, manufacturers and others. Emerging “smart” devices include self-driving cars, self-monitoring refrigerators and smart toasters. There are currently more devices connected to the Internet than there are people in the world. Cisco predicts that by 2015, more than 25 billion things will be connected to the Internet, and more than 50 billion in 2020. With the Internet of Things comes a new set of privacy and security issues to be grappled with. After soliciting public comment on the issue, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) invited practitioners and researchers to participate in a workshop on November 19, 2013, to discuss the consumer privacy and security issues posed by the rapidly expanding Internet of Things.

 
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Social networks for sentiment analysis

“The familiar framing of submission to various forms of online monitoring in terms of the logic of exchange (we submit to the collection of information about ourselves in return for access to “free” goods and services) needs further interrogation: not just in terms of what information is collected vs. what information we consciously disclose about ourselves, and not just in terms of the economic and social relations that structure the “free” exchange, but also, perhaps, in terms of the split between the forms of gratification associated with online services and the data gathered about us. These might be seen, increasingly, as overlapping categories.

 

 

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The Official Motorola Blog: Goodbye Sticky. Hello Ara.

The Official Motorola Blog: Goodbye Sticky. Hello Ara. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Over the last six months, our MAKEwithMOTO team took Sticky, a truck wrapped entirely in velcro and filled with rooted, hackable Motorola smartphones and high-end 3D printing equipment, across the country for a series of make-a-thons. On that trip we saw the first signs of a new, open hardware ecosystem made possible by advances in additive manufacturing and access to the powerful computational capabilities of modern smartphones. These included new devices and applications that we could never have imagined from inside our own labs. Open fuels innovation. See some examples here, here, and here.

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Government of Ecuador Shuts Down Fundación Pachamama

Government of Ecuador Shuts Down Fundación Pachamama | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This morning, the government of Ecuador entered the offices of Fundación Pachamama in Quito and shut down their services.
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En Équateur, la Fondation Pachamama, l'une des plus importantes organisations de défense des droits autochtones et droits environnementaux au pays, a été fermée le 4 décembre 2013 par le gouvernement en raison de ses positions contre l'expansion pétrolière en Amazonie.

 

IDLE NO MORE France soutient l'appel à la solidarité internationale contre cette tentative de bâillonner les voix hétérodoxes qui défendent tous les autochtones et leurs cadres de vie.

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sdclan | Take up a challenge – visualise democracy!

sdclan | Take up a challenge – visualise democracy! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Have you ever tried to imagine democracy? How does it look like? Do you see it as close as your neighbourhood or as far as the national state? We posed similar questions to more than 20 citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina. They were challenged to revoke, analyse and visualise very intimate relationships in the society and their bonds with the state. This process created new spaces for people – space for revoking personal stories, space for visualisation of experiences, space for learning, space for establishing relationships, and space for deepening knowledge about democracy.


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Apple vs. Samsung: Who Will Win?

Apple vs. Samsung: Who Will Win? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Korean company with 3 CEOs recently overtook Apple by revenue and now seriously threatens it in the post-Jobs era.2 questions:1. So who actually is the best company today?2. Who is going to win (Android vs.
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Trogholm » Blog Archive » Culture Hacking at the Dawn of Time

Trogholm » Blog Archive » Culture Hacking at the Dawn of Time | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Suppose as a thought-experiment that you are the first true human, living some 400,000 years ago. You have been awakened by a stroke of higher knowledge to a sense of your own nature and potential — but you have no one with whom to share that awareness.

 
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P2P Foundation's blog » Blog Archive » Working on a definition of ...

(Greek) Project of the day: Social kitchens and food distribution · Working on a definition of the sharing economy. photo of Michel Bauwens. Michel Bauwens. 4th December 2013. Video from the recent fourth Ouishare Summit in Brussels.
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What do we need to achieve Internet Justice - P2P Foundation's blog

“We are all now citizens of an Internet-enabled world whether we are “users” or not. And as citizens of an Internet-enabled world we have interests and perspectives on how the Internet is deployed and managed now and well into the future; and those need to be expressed and articulated as demands in all the forums where the future of the Internet is being discussed.

 
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Will open data lead to open government? - Business Spectator

Will open data lead to open government? - Business Spectator | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Speaking via prerecorded video at the GovInnovate conference in Canberra last week, Minister Turnbull issued an unequivocal call to action to the Australian Public Service to improve the quantity of government services delivered online, and enrich their quality, depth and level of engagement with citizens.

 
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A Big Little Idea Called Legibility

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James C. Scott’s fascinating and seminal book, Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, examines how, across dozens of domains, ranging from agriculture and forestry, to urban planning and census-taking, a very predictable failure pattern keeps recurring.  The pictures below, from the book (used with permission from the author) graphically and literally illustrate the central concept in this failure pattern, an idea called “legibility.”

 

 

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Amazon UK: A tough place to work, but Brits keep clicking - Christian Science Monitor

Amazon UK: A tough place to work, but Brits keep clicking - Christian Science Monitor | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A well known beauty company is taking the company to court for infringing its trademark. A group of high-profile parliamentarians are urging shoppers to boycott the Internet colossus, following revelations that Amazon dodges much of the hefty corporation tax that weighs on other retailers. With Amazon-bashing becoming a national pastime, newspapers are quick to cover its workers striking in Germany and its battles with the book trade in France.

 
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