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Coda: A Collaborative Platform for Creative Writers - The Next Web

Coda: A Collaborative Platform for Creative Writers - The Next Web | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


If you have a penchant for poetry, lyric-writing or penning short stories, you likely have your tools of choice – be it a pencil and notepad or laptop.

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Paul Dempsey: 'Media companies must embrace the open internet to survive' - The Guardian (blog)

Paul Dempsey: 'Media companies must embrace the open internet to survive' - The Guardian (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The president of BBC Worldwide says the internet is challenging established organisations to become more consumer-focused and behave more like startups
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Open thread: are social enterprises becoming mainstream? - The Guardian

Open thread: are social enterprises becoming mainstream? - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Research released by the Social Economy Alliance last month found a clear preference among consumers for community-owned businesses which reinvest profits. Around half of people said they would switch to social enterprises and co-ops in housing, transport and banking; while two-thirds would switch to this model in the care of the elderly, food, energy and utilities.

 
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5 Hacking Myths You Probably Believe (Thanks to Movies)

5 Hacking Myths You Probably Believe (Thanks to Movies) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Websites are less like facades and more like handbills stapled to telephone poles. You can scribble all over that Albertson's ad in crayon, but no amount of doodling will let you steal a big pile of steaks. It's the same thing with all those movies where some supervillain hacker cracks his way onto the power grid: You'd have to know a ton of secret internal information to have a hope of getting in. Even the word "mainframe" itself is kind of an anachronism, because they've been largely replaced with server farms. Those servers are connected to a company-wide intranet, but why would Microsoft or Lockheed Martin pay to host all their billions of gigabytes of secret files in the cloud? That would be like paying thousands of dollars to install a solid glass gun safe in your front yard.

 

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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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Want to save the world? Share! - OnEarth Magazine

Want to save the world? Share! - OnEarth Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Years ago, perhaps after I served them a rustic-looking crème broulee, my in-laws gave me a miniature blow torch, the better to caramelize future desserts. It’s a neat tool—efficient and exciting to use—but I can’t say I’ve precision-melted sugar more than four times in the last twelve years (crème brulee leaves behind too many egg whites for a household that doesn’t love angel food cake). And so the gadget sits above my refrigerator, a slight risk for explosion but mostly just taking up space.

 
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Google's grand plan for Nest goes way beyond the Internet of things - InfoWorld

Google's grand plan for Nest goes way beyond the Internet of things - InfoWorld | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

When Google buys a company, the results aren't usually pretty. Nearly all get shut down, their technology sometimes absorbed into the gargantuan data-capture engine that is Google's services and apps business. A few stick around, although heavily Googleized. This was the case with Android, an ostensibly open source effort that Google runs as it pleases, and Motorola Mobility, whose original staff was decimated and whose 3LM security technology was jettisoned.

 
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The Lure of the Technological Sublime: Morosov and the Makers - Education Week News (blog)

The Lure of the Technological Sublime: Morosov and the Makers - Education Week News (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The lure of the technological sublime has ruined more than one social movement," writes Evgeny Morozov to conclude his latest essay in the New Yorker on the Maker Movement. For anyone interested in making in education, in education technology generally, and the history of technology, I'd recommend "Making It" highly.

 
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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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