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on peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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The Leveraged Buyout of America

The Leveraged Buyout of America | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Giant bank holding companies now own airports, toll roads, and ports; control power plants; and store and hoard vast quantities of commodities of all sorts. They are systematically buying up or gaining control of the essential lifelines of the economy. How have they pulled this off, and where have they gotten the money? 
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Can We Design Cities for Happiness?

Can We Design Cities for Happiness? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

That’s the view of Enrique Peñalosa, who is not a starry-eyed idealist given to abstract theorizing. He’s actually a politician, who served as mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, for three years, and now travels the world spreading a message about how to improve quality-of-life for everyone living in today’s cities.

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Social Media Literacies Syllabus: College/University - Google Drive

As an instructor of undergraduate and graduate students at University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University, I created this syllabus for the benefit of other college/university level instructors. I am beginning to develop a high school version. (If you are a high school teacher, and want to work on making the syllabus more suitable for high school students, contact Howard Rheingold). Please feel free to use, modify, and share this syllabus. Reorder the modules, add or subtract required or recommended texts and learning activities. Use your own assessment methods. If you wish to help improve this seed document, contact howard@rheingold.com and I will add you as a commenter.

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Crowdsourcing, for the Birds

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The online network eBird uses data turned in by tens of thousands of citizen scientists to create what may be the first real-time view of the world’s bird populations.
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The Chinese Can't Stage a Decent Show Trial - Forbes

The Chinese Can't Stage a Decent Show Trial - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Chinese Communist Party can’t even do a decent show trial when they need one. The trial makes president Xi Jiping and his team look like incompetent bunglers. They need to find a new form of electronic lynching for the internet age. What they are doing with Bo Xilai is simply not working. Behind the facade of party leaders attired in immaculate business suits is a disoriented party, desperately searching for legitimacy, afraid to shed its Maoist past, and unable to avoid the image of a splintered party.

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Financing by the people - Khaleej Times

 As crowdfunding expert and lead associate at Booz & Company Jihad Khalil points out, the phenomenon is not new — look back to 1885, when cash from over 120,000 Americans helped build the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty in the United States.

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3D-printed iPhone gear stirs Game of Thrones copyright clash - The Age

3D-printed iPhone gear stirs Game of Thrones copyright clash - The Age | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Copyright clashes are increasing as 3D printers become more mainstream and affordable.

 

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Molecular nanotechnology - The second industrial revolution!

Molecular nanotechnology - The second industrial revolution! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Attribution: Tor Barstad
It´s been claimed that nanotechnology will lead to a second industrial revolution.
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Social Media Issues | Stanford University Comm 182/183

Social Media Issues | Stanford University Comm 182/183 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This is part 3 of a series Howard Rheingold and I have been working on to demonstrate out the open how to create a learning environment using open source tools like WordPress, MediaWiki, and more. go here for all the videos so far. The idea behind this series is to get faculty and students interested in how they might fashion their own learning environments in a web hosting environment using their own domains. The first fifteen minutes of this video focuses on Howard’s approach to assessment in his Social Media Issues course, which will be experimenting with contract grading. From there we explored a few things in regards to the open source framework we are building.

 
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One Year After The IPO, Is Facebook Already Becoming A New Economy Dog?

One Year After The IPO, Is Facebook Already Becoming A New Economy Dog? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I felt so strongly that Facebook was overpriced that I offered readers two rather  staid stocks which I suggested had better appreciation prospects.  I am pleased to say that these recommendations have also been vindicated.

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Ownership Reinvented for the Sharing Economy

Ownership Reinvented for the Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Co-own underutilized items and get more for less. Jointli makes co-ownership of a boat, RV, vacation home, or just about anything easy and safe.
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Networking Things and Creators in Open Source Hardware

Networking Things and Creators in Open Source Hardware | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As many of you know, just few months I had the chance to co-host the first Open Source Hardware Documentation jam in New York.
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The New Sharing Economy… Collaborative Consumption Provides Solutions for Eco-Conscious Citizens

The New Sharing Economy… Collaborative Consumption Provides Solutions for Eco-Conscious Citizens | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As wages stagnate and citizens are under continued pressure to buy and consume and most of all want, people are exploring new ways to fulfill needs and desires through subletting rather than ownership.
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5 Ways You Can Fight Citizens United

5 Ways You Can Fight Citizens United | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We never expected to be writing an article with this title. Aren’t united citizens a good thing? Civil Rights movement? Egypt? Madison?

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Making Living Sharing - Trailer #1

Making Sharing Living is a movie about global collaboration and local fabrication. How can we help people create their own products? How can we make a living from sharing?
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Lessening the damage by the next Snowden - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Lessening the damage by the next Snowden - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


It's much harder to keep secrets in a networked world, and whistle-blowing has become the civil disobedience of the information age.

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Living with Just Enough | Global Oneness Project

Living with Just Enough | Global Oneness Project | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Artist and designer Azby Brown offers simple lessons in sustainability from the Edo period of Japan.
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Researchers debunk myth of 'right-brained' and 'left-brained' personality traits

Researchers debunk myth of 'right-brained' and 'left-brained' personality traits | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists now assert that there is no evidence within brain imaging that indicates some people are right-brained or left-brained.
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So The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear? After David Miranda We Now Know Where This Leads

So The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear? After David Miranda We Now Know Where This Leads | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The destructive power of state snooping is on display for all to see. The press must not yield to this intimidation 
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Google and the NSA: Who’s holding the ‘shit-bag’ now? | The Stringer

Google and the NSA: Who’s holding the ‘shit-bag’ now? | The Stringer | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It has been revealed today, thanks to Edward Snowden, that Google and other US tech companies received millions of dollars from the NSA for their compliance with the PRISM mass surveillance system.

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The end of consumerism?

The end of consumerism? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The sharing economy takes advantage of connected mobile technology to allow people to rent things temporarily that they either don't need to own permanently or can't afford.

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Making Data Useful: User-centric Approaches to Data

Making Data Useful: User-centric Approaches to Data | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We are swimming in data. Every minute, YouTube sees two days' worth of video uploaded, Tumblr sees about 25,000 blog posts, and there are 2,000 check-ins to Foursquare. Yet most uses of data—big or small, point or range, stream or batch—are undertaken by organizations for organizations. Though we mortals have benefited from available data in services like search and mapping, most of the innovation in combinations and uses of data takes place far from where we are.

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Collaboration thrives in Dallas-area co-working spaces - Dallas Morning News

Collaboration thrives in Dallas-area co-working spaces - Dallas Morning News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Co-working spaces, which first sprouted in San Francisco several years ago, mix the ambience of a coffeehouse with open desks and common amenities. Many have events in and outside the space to foster friendships and connections.

 
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All That We Share - A Field Guide to the Commons | On the Commons

All That We Share - A Field Guide to the Commons | On the Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons is a wake-up call that will inspire you to see the world in a new way.
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The Real Neuroscience of Creativity | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

The Real Neuroscience of Creativity | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Depending on the task, different brain networks will be recruited. For instance, if you’re attempting to mentally rotate an image in your mind (e.g., trying to figure out how to fit luggage into the trunk of your car), the Visuospatial Network is likely to be active. This network involves communication between the posterior parietal cortex and frontal eye fields.

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Curated by jean lievens
Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation