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Ericsson and Facebook create Innovation Lab for Internet.org - Wall ...

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb. 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Facebook today announced the creation of a joint innovation lab supporting the Internet.org initiative. The Internet.org Innovation Lab, an Ericsson-Facebook collaboration, will provide an environment and expertise for optimizing applications, networks, devices and services for the next five billion Internet users.


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Uncovering Racial Discrimination in the ‘Sharing Economy’ — HBS Working Knowledge

Uncovering Racial Discrimination in the ‘Sharing Economy’ — HBS Working Knowledge | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The "sharing economy" is a burgeoning business model in which people offer their personal belongings and personal services to others, usually through online marketplaces that facilitate the transactions.

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Racial Discrimination In The Sharing Economy - Forbes

Racial Discrimination In The Sharing Economy - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

New research from Harvard Business School shows how online marketplaces like Airbnb can inadvertently fuel racial discrimination against sellers.  The problem? The ubiquity of profile pictures.


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Chris Anderson: The Makers Revolution – A Seminar Flashback ...

This is the debut of a new feature on our blog. A couple times a month we’ll highlight a past Long NowSeminar About Long-term Thinking (SALT). We’ll start with a talk from a year ago. Author and technologist Chris Anderson spoke about The Makers Revolution in February 02013.

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OpenCommonsGame | Hacking Day 1 | 14Monday24 - Liv.io

OpenCommonsGame | Hacking Day 1 | 14Monday24 - Liv.io | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Today was the first day that we started coding on our OpenCommonsGame. Our goal is to find a way to collaboratively share our common goods without being depended on trading via exchange of goods and money. The concept is to eliminate the process of trading and concentrate on a fair voting mechanism giving everyone the possibility to distribute the resources in a direct and democratic fashion. We’ll keep you updated on our first week of coding and you will be able to follow our progress, on this blog and the social networks.

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DIY Drones - = a site for all things about amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): How-to's, videos, discussion and mor

DIY Drones - = a site for all things about amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): How-to's, videos, discussion and mor | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"DIY Drones, which has blossomed into a community of 30,000 registered members. The site gets 1.4 million page views a month, has 6,000 blog posts, 8,000 discussion threads, and 80,000 comments a year. Anderson has marshaled that community to create open-source software for all sorts of drones." (http://venturebeat.com/2012/07/27/open-source-model-disrupts-the-commercial-drone-business/)

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Computational Complexity of Democracy - P2P Foundation

Computational Complexity of Democracy - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The foundamental question that I inquire in dept is this: “It's possible a P2P society on large scale?” In the last work I have examined the logical and the ethical possibility of a large scale P2P society. And the answer was “not”, because the human beings are free and they can choice between many, but not arbitrary, concepts of “good”. And from a logical point of view, some of these concepts are in contradiction between them. The question of a large scale P2P society has many aspects. This time I wanna examine if there is a possibility in practise. If the greater part of human beings choice the same concept of “good” and choice to associate to it the same concept of “evil”, these humans can live all together in a unique and very large P2P society? If we imagine a P2P society in which every individual can dialogue with every other individual, a big problem open to us: the computational complexity of the scene. The theory of combinations or combinatorics come in help to us.
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Harvard supercomputing cluster hijacked to produce dumb cryptocurrency

Harvard supercomputing cluster hijacked to produce dumb cryptocurrency | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Love of money can cause people to do unwise things—like stealing time on your university's resident supercomputer to mine crypto-coins. The Harvard Crimson is carrying the story of someonewho did exactly that: an unnamed individual who was discovered using Harvard's Odyssey supercomputing cluster to generate dogecoins.





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▶ Is Society on the Verge of Collapse? - YouTube

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/07/25/Why_Cities_Grow_Corporations_Die_and_Life_Gets_Faster Theoretical physicist Geoffrey B. West discusses the impli...
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Nigeria's Top 20 Websites And The Social Revolution

Nigeria's Top 20 Websites And The Social Revolution | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The table below shows the 20 most visited Nigerian owned sites according to web traffic. This excludes Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Youtube and Twitter and the likes as though they more popular in Nigeria, they are foreign owned.

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Video: Building Electronics is Getting Easier with the Open Hardware Revolution

Video: Building Electronics is Getting Easier with the Open Hardware Revolution | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I have been involved in the open hardware revolution since the very beginning. I call it a “revolution” as opposed to a movement, because I believe it will send jolts through technology, design, and innovation, similar to the way 3D printing has rocked all of these fields. The open hardware revolution is not simply about making hardware that is shareable, but also building together, on top of each other’s designs. I developed littleBits to create the platform where people could create on top, instead of just making product after product from scratch.

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Book of the Day: On Property-Owning Democracy

Book of the Day: On Property-Owning Democracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Property-owning democracy is unfamiliar and not well-understood, but it is a promising ideal for progressive political economy. In this very instructive, wide-ranging, and most welcome volume, Martin O’Neill and Thad Williamson have assembled fourteen thoughtful essays and a substantial introduction which together explore its meaning and history, and the prospects of its implementation. The book has a great deal to interest political philosophers and theorists, political scientists, political economists, and reflective political activists on the left. The essays are accessibly written, and the economics that is included is not mathematically demanding. As with any collection on an unfamiliar topic, a review of this one requires the provision of considerable background. The book is not primarily about Rawls. But its sub-title is “Rawls and Beyond” and it takes Rawls’s treatment of property-owning democracy as its touchstone and starting point. And so to appreciate this book, we need to see what Rawls meant by “property-owning democracy” and why he concluded in Restatement that either it or what he called “liberal socialism” “seem[s] necessary” to realize his conception of justice.[3] I shall therefore explain what Rawls had in mind while engaging and commenting on a number of the essays in O’Neill and Williamson’s collection.

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Proof That Facebook is A Little Nervous About WhatsApp - DailyFinance

Proof That Facebook is A Little Nervous About WhatsApp - DailyFinance | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Facebook  is preparing to put down $19 billion to acquire WhatsApp. However, the bulk of that total is comprised of common and restricted stock. To be precise, $15 billion will be equity. Beyond the fact that Facebook only has $11.5 billion in cash right now and couldn't afford an all-cash deal, there's some information in how Facebook decided to structure the deal.

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Fairtrade at 20: much achieved, but much more needs to be done - The Guardian

Fairtrade at 20: much achieved, but much more needs to be done - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It is 20 years since the Fairtrade Foundation mark appeared on British shelves, and its founders have cause to celebrate a certification system that has far exceeded the quality and reach of the early packets of tea and coffee.

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Chicago Takes the Lead in Going Green - Michigan Avenue Magazine

Chicago Takes the Lead in Going Green - Michigan Avenue Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Scholtens doesn’t believe any of this diminishes Chicago’s position at the forefront of the movement, largely because the city has become a go-to national resource. “One of the things Chicago is doing that’s leading the way is the amount of green professionals we have,” Scholtens says, as he runs through a list of places—upstate New York; Cape Cod; Marin County, California; even Hawaii—all of which have net-zero residential developments that Scholtens has been involved with. “I see us as an exporter of the [net-zero] mind-set.”


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My New Life in the Shared Economy, Part One - TheWrap

My New Life in the Shared Economy, Part One - TheWrap | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In fact I love the whole idea of the shared economy, the concept that the Internet enables a measure of economic efficiency that has never before been possible, putting to use idle goods and services in a drive for a higher quality of life for a greater number of people. In a world of diminishing resources, it offers a path to survival. In a tight economy, it offers a financial boost while promoting conservation.

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Court Rules Off-The-Grid Living Is Illegal | Off The Grid News

Court Rules Off-The-Grid Living Is Illegal | Off The Grid News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Special Magistrate Harold S. Eskin ruled that the city’s codes allow Robin Speronis to live without utility power but she is still requiredto hook her home to the city’s water system. Her alternative source of power must be approved by the city, Eskin said.

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Open Everything taken literally. Is it worth considering? - Liv.io

Open Everything taken literally. Is it worth considering? - Liv.io | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Gary Lachance is suggesting a rather radical open everything approach. Is it over the edge or even worth to consider? What are your thoughts, where are the advantages, where are the problems?

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Jack of All Trade Universe - P2P Foundation

Jack of All Trade Universe - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

JOATU is a web application that allows you to offer all of the things you want including services & products to sell, give or loan. For example, I’ll grow you a tomato plant, tutor you, lend you a power-tool for an equitable exchange.

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OuiShare Fest Awards

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Rewarding emerging initiatives of the Collaborative Economy. Application open fom February 17th until March 30th
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Project of the Day: the Cultural Commons Collecting Society

For a long time, the registered association OpenMusicContest.org e.V. has dreamed of a fair alternative to the GEMA. The OpenMusicContest (openmusiccontest.org/), from which the registered association emerged, showed the difficulties in communicating and interacting with the GEMA. The activities of the association therefore shifted from the organization of the event to becoming the supporting association for the Cultural Commons Collecting Society.”

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Dogecoins kicked out of Harvard (after hijacking supercomputers)

Dogecoins kicked out of Harvard (after hijacking supercomputers) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Excerpted from ars technica, by Lee Hutchinson. A meme-based cryptocurrency that came and went almost unnoticed, seems pretty frivolous. But how much more insubstantial is it than making “regular” money out of thin air? Plus, this particular (and popular) meme lends itself well, graphically, to the “coin” icon.

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The Energy Internet - Our World

The Energy Internet - Our World | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Integrating renewable energy with Internet connectivity can help to sustain economic development and reduce poverty without fueling a climate catastrophe.
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Video: Gabriella Coleman on Understanding Anonymous

Video: Gabriella Coleman on Understanding Anonymous | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Gabriella Coleman will join us to examine the various factors that secure their dynamic presence, mutability, plurality and flexibility and their contemporary geopolitical power including its ability to land media attention, its bold and recognizable aesthetics, its participatory openness, and the misinformation that surrounds it. One feature stands out in this mix: Anonymous’ unpredictability. It is difficult to know when or why it will strike, when a new node will appear, whether a campaign will be successful, and how Anonymous might change direction or tactics during the course of an operation. Anonymous, borne through raucous experimentation, still values errantry and play, their unpredictability a central ingredient to their thunderous rise and success.*

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The indignity of no work

The indignity of no work | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

RECENT discussion over the labour-supply effects of Obamacare has touched off a debate over the usefulness of the dignity of work as a social value. Leading Republicans argue that policies that discourage work and therefore signal that work is not important should be strongly resisted. Paul Krugman insists that it is impossible to maintain the illusion of the dignity of all work when financiers bring home incomes vastly larger than those earned by the typical worker, all while adding dubious value to the economy. Kevin Drum issympathetic to Mr Krugman's arguments, but says Democrats should nonetheless avoid the temptation to play down the importance of the dignity of work:

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