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Open-spec Neo900 phone heads toward production

Open-spec Neo900 phone heads toward production | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Germany-based Neo900.org was announced in October, as a spinoff from OpenPhoenux, which itself was a spinoff from the splintered OpenMokoopen source smartphone project.

 
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Out in the Open: Ex-Google Ad Man Saves You From Ad Hell - Wired

Out in the Open: Ex-Google Ad Man Saves You From Ad Hell - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As the World Privacy Forum just told Congress, the bottom feeders of the data brokerage world are making big money selling lists of everything from rape victims and AIDS patients to alcoholics, giving marketers the power to hit those folks with emails, phone calls, and ads — and much of this data is coming from the net. In a report of its own, Senator John Rockafeller and his senate investigation committee highlight the massive amounts of consumer data that brokers collect online and off, starkly criticizing how little we know about how this data is collected and used.

 
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Can FabLabs Change The Future Of Manufacturing?

Can FabLabs Change The Future Of Manufacturing? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

More importantly, however, these new technologies enable individuals to reclaim some of the manufacturing independence that was lost with the beginning of industrialization. FabLab manufacturing will never overshadow traditional manufacturing, but it can help to educate the public about modern technology and localized production.

 
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It’s A Wonderful Life, For A Few Of Us | TechCrunch

It’s A Wonderful Life, For A Few Of Us | TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Meanwhile, US income inequality today is the highest that it’s been since 1928 — which matters especially because “the decline in middle-class incomes owes as much to rising inequality as it does to the depressed state of the economy.” The NYT recentlyhighlighted a Brooklyn neighborhood where

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Podcast of the Day/C-Realm: Douglas Rushkoff on... Everything!

Podcast of the Day/C-Realm: Douglas Rushkoff on... Everything! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

KMO welcomes Douglas Rushkoff back to the C-Realm Podcast to talk about the themes of his most recent book, Present Shock: When Everything Happens now, and between tangets related to Scientology, the IRS, Colbert Report schwag, ceremonial magick, the faded out look of rock stars who’ve had their juju drained by millions of adoring fans and the little known collapse of WTC Building 12 on 9/11, they do manage to make at least passing reference to the themes of Doug’s book. KMO ends with listener feedback on last week’s conversation with Guy McPherson and announcements about the upcoming 2013 Age of Limits gathering and an Evolver NYC event, The Singularity is Where?

 
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Exploit Capitalism! To Build Gifting and Sharing Lifestyles » The Fellowship of Intentioneers

The monetary, debt-based system is an artificial resource, different from natural resources, with which the alternative, time-based economy turns the tables to exploit capitalism itself, in order to create a society with the values of gifting and sharing as opposed to taking and exchanging.

 
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Communitarian Mysticism: Material Spirituality in the Partnership Culture » The Fellowship of Intentioneers

Once a group of people recognize that gifting and sharing are the methods for creating a spiritual lifestyle, particularly labor-gifting and labor-sharing, this simple awareness may become their common affinity. With this recognition of their natural affinity the group can begin to work for common agreement upon collective actions to be taken in order to co-evolve their community. In this material-spiritual process of first recognizing our essential nature as itself being the basis of our common affinity, then arises the communitarian aspect of mysticism as it inspires people to practice mutual aid.

 
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Empathy | openDemocracy

Empathy | openDemocracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings and perspectives of others, and to use that understanding to guide one’s actions. It has been touted as a solution to economic, social and political problems, and as the source of radical change in schools and other institutions. But is empathy something revolutionary or just another passing fad? This series of articles interrogates these questions from a variety of perspectives. 
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From Free Software to Artisan Science - P2P Foundation

From Free Software to Artisan Science - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"My personal journey with Free Software began in the 1990′s when I was working on technology projects in the UK non-profit sector. I had become aware of a collaborative mode of software production that sounded like it shared a lot of the values of organisations I worked with. I was used to non-profit and participatory projects being small and mostly low impact: imagine my surprise when I read that most of the servers in the City of London ran Apache (a free software web server), and mostly without the knowledge of the senior managers.

 

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Socialize Social Media!: A Manifesto

Socialize Social Media!: A Manifesto | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Social media services can ultimately be run as public utilities, ad-free, at cost, in a democratic spirit and for social ends, in their enormous variety—or else digital society can become ever more subservient to the single end of the accumulation of private capital. The choice is between social life as an advertising platform and socialized social media. Tweeps and Facebook friends, unite! You have nothing to lose but some ads! (Except all the time you’re wasting. But you were already doing that.) 

 

 
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Marco Annunziata: Welcome to the age of the industrial internet | Video on TED.com

Everyone's talking about the "Internet of Things," but what exactly does that mean for our future?
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What the Future Holds for Social Media - AllBusiness (blog)

What the Future Holds for Social Media - AllBusiness (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

2014 should see a greater amount of awareness campaigns regarding online etiquette. This is already in action courtesy of Lauren McCarthy and Kyle McDonald, who have created an app which uses Google’s Hangouts section to keep people from being annoying. Us+ monitors your Google video chat through linguistic analysis. If you’re griping too much it will drop text hints to be more optimistic. If Us+ gets entirely bored of your verbose rambling it will shut the microphone off. Such initiatives will likely be on the increase in 2014 and you should make sure your company isn’t irritating customers with online content. One standard complaint is overdoing posts — keep activities concise, striking, and limited to avoid driving people away.

 
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▶ Homebrew Computer Club Reunion, 2013 - YouTube

Before 1975, the computer was an exotic and expensive tool for engineers, scientists, and businesses. By 1985 the computer had been "democratized", and anyone with the need, the interest, and a few thousand dollars could have one of their own.

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While Tech Companies Call for Spying Reform, Telcos Silent - PBS MediaShift

While Tech Companies Call for Spying Reform, Telcos Silent - PBS MediaShift | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On Dec. 9, eight of the world’s leading technology companies set aside their rivalries to issue a direct challenge to U.S. lawmakers: Lead the world by example and fix America’s broken surveillance state. Although the tech companies’ statement sends a powerful message, notably absent from the letter’s signatories is the appearance of a single telecommunications company, or telco.

 
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▶ The exchange economy: Marta Nowinska at TEDxTheAnnexWomen - YouTube

Marta Nowinska discusses The Exchange Economy: Value for Values.

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Airbnb: Earning Money in the Sharing Economy - YouTube

How some consumers are using the collaborative web to make ends meet.
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Why they mattered: Aaron Swartz - Politico

Why they mattered: Aaron Swartz - Politico | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In January we lost Aaron Swartz, 26, to suicide. Or better, as the breadth of his work was wide and its depth, profound: In January we all lost Aaron Swartz to suicide.

 




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Trend of the Day: Occlusive Reality

“As Augmented Reality (AR) tentatively moves from obscurity to ubiquity, we find ourselves constantly enticed by the purported capabilities and glossy demonstration videos of this technology. While major corporate players seek to establish unique identities in this emerging information space, their design fictions focus on a product’s ability to improve everyday activities. By using images of comfort, convenience, and efficiency, the companies seeking to monetize Augmented Reality tend to gloss over AR’s potential to create distraction, disinformation, and delusion. As we begin to recognize the capacity for AR technology to obscure or eliminate elements of the real and the digital, we open up a new space for examination Occlusive Reality.

 
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Answers to the Anguish of the Ages » The Fellowship of Intentioneers

Communitarian movements attract to themselves many if not most of the new and progressive ideas of the times, often developing them into aspects of culture which then influences change within the dominant culture.  Those ideas may arise in the dominant culture, or may be adapted from indigenous tribal cultures, or from foreign cultures, or from within the intentional community movement itself.  From where ever the ideas come, in community they are developed in the context of small-scale human society, with relevant or appropriate versions of the cultural innovations then disseminated to the dominant culture as they prove to be viable.  In this way intentional communities serve as “crucibles of culture,” or as Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson wrote in 1986 in their book, Builders of the Dawn: Community Lifestyles in a Changing World, as “research and development” societies, providing along with their criticisms of the dominant culture many constructive solutions to problems of the “outside world.” (McLaughlin and Davidson, p. 40)

 

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Massive Open Online Course - P2P Foundation

Massive Open Online Course - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Massive Open Online Courses — known as MOOCs — a tool for democratizing higher education. While the vast potential of free online courses has excited theoretical interest for decades, in the past few months hundreds of thousands of motivated students around the world who lack access to elite universities have been embracing them as a path toward sophisticated skills and high-paying jobs, without paying tuition or collecting a college degree. And in what some see as a threat to traditional institutions, several of these courses now come with an informal credential (though that, in most cases, will not be free)." $

 
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Empathy, democracy and the economy | openDemocracy

Empathy, democracy and the economy | openDemocracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Democracy is lost unless we re-structure our economies, and re-structuring our economies requires a new system based on different values. This is the sixth article in our series on empathy and transformation.

  

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Collaborative Design, Open Innovation and Public Policy - P2P Foundation

Collaborative Design, Open Innovation and Public Policy - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"This book edited by Ezio Manzini and Eduardo Staszowski documents and presents some reflections on efforts of DESIS Labs in Europe, Canada, and the United States that are participating in the Public and Collaborative Thematic Cluster. It includes 11 articles that present from a critical perspective the labs' projects and activities during the 2012-2013 period. The book opens with Christian Bason's paper, Discovering Co-production by Design. In this paper Bason, Director of Denmark's MindLab, proposes a broad view of how design is entering the public realm and the policymaking processes. His essay offers updated and stimulating context for the entire book." (http://desis-dop.org/)

 
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Twitter and the transformation of democracy

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John Naughton: The social networking service has the power to control the expression of public opinion in political debate (RT @sufisal: While dinosaurs sleep through a Revolution, the world is transforming rapidly.
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The year of Snowden - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

The year of Snowden - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

So expect more revelations -- and with them more court rulings, committee hearings, controversies, and reforms. This has certainly been the Year of Snowden, but you can bet that the whistle-blower is going to own a significant chunk of 2014, too.

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Book Review: 'Does Capitalism Have a Future?' by Immanuel Wallerstein, et al.

Book Review: 'Does Capitalism Have a Future?' by Immanuel Wallerstein, et al. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Wallerstein's theoretical presentation of the mechanics of capitalism opens this volume. Capitalism, Wallerstein writes, is, at its most fundamental, a system of endless capital accumulation. While capitalism faced crises in its existence before, several forces are coming together now that will make a return to equilibrium impossible in the near future, ushering in a grand crisis. All of these forces involve the rising costs of doing business and the declining opportunities for their externalization.

 
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오수진's curator insight, October 27, 10:12 PM

Most nations have been building their government and interests that they can make on capitalism. However, the system, capitalism, is undergoing  a kind of  the crisis. Is there any choice we can take?