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Why Startup Urbanism Will Fail Us

Why Startup Urbanism Will Fail Us | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In 1958, three years before her masterpiece, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs wrote an article called “Downtown Is for People.” In it she noted:
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About the Project | Dronecode

About the Project | Dronecode | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Dronecode Project is an open source, collaborative project that brings together existing and future open source drone projects under a nonprofit structure governed by The Linux Foundation. The result will be a common, shared open source platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
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DIYBio Comes of Age — Backchannel — Medium

DIYBio Comes of Age - Backchannel - Medium
The DIYBio (or Do-It-Yourself Biology or Biohacking) Revolution is upon us. The Maker Movement — the combination of new digital fabrication tools, low-cost sensors, and an open-source ethos — opened the doors for the creation of scientific tools at fractions of the cost of their commercial counterparts. The next generation of these machines are about to hit the market (well, Kickstarter) and their makers are expecting a much bigger wave of interest and involvement.
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The green machine of Copenhagen

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When machines break down, don't throw them away, fix them. Anders Koefoed has declared war on “planned obsolescence.” This is the third video in our Everyday Stories series, showcasing people who are adding more meaning and sustainability to their lives. (Video, 5 mins)
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Foundations of a Marxist Theory of the Political Economy of Information - P2P Foundation

Foundations of a Marxist Theory of the Political Economy of Information - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Essay: Foundations of a Marxist Theory of the Political Economy of Information: Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property, and the Production of Relative Surplus Value and the Extraction of Rent-Tribute. By Jakob Rigi. TripleC, 2014
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Wikipedia Is a Rancorous, Sexist, Elitist, Stupidly Bureaucratic Mess. Can It Be Fixed?

Wikipedia Is a Rancorous, Sexist, Elitist, Stupidly Bureaucratic Mess. Can It Be Fixed? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

ikipedia is a paradox and a miracle—a crowdsourced encyclopedia that has become the default destination for nonessential information. That it has survived almost 15 years and remained the top Google result for a vast number of searches is a testament to the impressive vision of founder Jimmy Wales and the devotion of its tens of thousands of volunteer editors. But beneath its reasonably serene surface, the website can be as ugly and bitter as 4chan and asmind-numbingly bureaucratic as a Kafka story. And it can be particularly unwelcoming to women.



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Accelerating Nature Through Green-Business Entrepreneurs

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Accelerating Appalachia is the world's first nature-based green-business accelerator that connects innovators, investors and mentors that are aligned with people, place and prosperity.
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Venessa Miemis Video - Idea Exchanges - YouTube

I think the Web is evolving into a massive idea exchange. People around the world are more eager than ever to share their knowledge and expertise in order to help each other and to solve problems. Now, with the real-time Web, people are able to assemble themselves around an idea, to talk about it, to exchange information about it, to refine it, and to develop a plan of action around it. This is being doing in real time and at a scale that has just never been possible before. I don't think we've even scratched the surface, yet, of understanding how to leverage the power of these social dynamics, but I think a key to unlocking the potential is going to be through developing better tools to visualize our human capital, which would be a combination of our strengths, our skills, and our social connections.

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Non-participation in digital media. Toward a framework of mediated political action

This paper explores the notion of digital non-participation as a form of mediated political action rather than as mere passivity. We generally conceive of participation in a positive sense, as a means for empowerment and a condition for democracy. However, participation is not the only way to achieve political goals in the digital sphere, and can be hampered by the “dark sides” of participatory media, such as surveillance or disempowering forms of interaction. In fact, practices aimed at abandoning or blocking participatory platforms can be seen as politically significant and relevant. We propose here to conceptualize these activities by developing a framework that includes both participation and non-participation. Focusing on the political dimensions of digital practices, we draw four categories: active participation, passive participation, active non-participation, and passive non-participation. This is not intended as a conclusive classification, but rather as a conceptual tool to understand the relational nature of participation and non-participation through digital media. The evolution of the technologies and practices that compose the digital sphere forces us to reconsider the concept of political participation itself.
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Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away

Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Low-lying south Florida, at the front line of climate change in the US, will be swallowed as sea levels rise. Astonishingly, the population is growing, house prices are rising and building goes on. The problem is the city is run by climate change deniers
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The 'Adjacent Possible' of Big Data: What Evolution Teaches About Insights ... - Wired

The 'Adjacent Possible' of Big Data: What Evolution Teaches About Insights ... - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Stuart Kauffman in 2002 introduced the the “adjacent possible” theory. This theory proposes that biological systems are able to morph into more complex systems by making incremental, relatively less energy consuming changes in their make up.
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First Completely Open-source Humanoid Robot Developed In France

First Completely Open-source Humanoid Robot Developed In France | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

World's first completely open-source, 3D printed, humanoid robot has been developed in France.

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Why AllSeen - AllSeen Alliance

Why AllSeen - AllSeen Alliance | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
To enable widespread adoption and help accelerate the development and evolution of an interoperable peer connectivity and communications framework based on AllJoyn for devices and applications in the Internet of Everything.
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Farewell corporate power: How the rise of the blockchain could change everything

Farewell corporate power: How the rise of the blockchain could change everything | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
OUR WORLD is full of third parties – the people and organisations that regulate and manage our interactions.
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Enlightenment values and the politics of transformation

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The philosopher Tzvetan Todorov argues that, notwithstanding its many varieties and fuzzy boundaries, the Enlightenment centres around three radical ideas: ‘autonomy’, or the idea that individuals should be free to be the authors of their own life stories; ‘universalism’, a recognition of the dignity of all human life from which emerges the idea of human rights; and ‘humanism’ which in this context can be taken to mean the possibility of progress defined in terms of increased human welfare.

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Essay of the Day: Democracy and Consensus in African Traditional Politics | P2P Foundation

Essay of the Day: Democracy and Consensus in African Traditional Politics | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“Wiredu discusses the use of the consensus principle for political theory and practice in Africa. The consensus principle used to be widespread in African politics, and Wiredu elaborates on the example of the traditional political system of the Ashantis in Ghana as a possible guideline for a recommendable path for African politics. For empirical data, he draws from historical material published by British anthropologists (Evans-Pritchard & Fortes et al.) and Ghanaian intellectuals (Busia et al.). According to Wiredu, a non-party system based on consensus as a central principle of political organisation in Africa could avoid the evident problems of both the one-party system and the multi-party system imposed by the West.”
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Bologna Regulation for the Care and Regeneration of Urban Commons - P2P Foundation

Bologna Regulation for the Care and Regeneration of Urban Commons - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"This Regulation was drafted by a working group appointed by the City of Bologna within the project “The city as a Commons” supported by Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna (www.fondazionedelmonte.it). The Italian version can be downloaded here. Translation into English was prepared and edited by LabGov - LABoratory for the GOVernance of commons (http://www.labgov.it) at LUISS Guido Carli. Through this acknowledgment note, LabGov would like to express its gratitude to all those who spent time and energies on this translation of what is now known as the Bologna Regulation on Public Collaboration for Urban Commons. Thus we extend our thanks to LabGov interns who translated single parts of this Regulation: Salvatore Borghese, Edoardo De Stefani, Elena de Nictolis, Alessandra Feola, Fabio Fioravanti, Rosaria Gimmelli, Lucia Mosca, Silvia Pianta, Gianluca Purpura, Marco Quaglia, Stefano Speranza, Margherita Sperduti. Also, LabGov expresses sincere gratitude to professors Sheila Foster and Giacinto della Cananea for commenting the regulation and its English version during the workshop on "Urban commons and the Bologna Regulation on public collaboration. An Inter-Atlantic dialogue" held at LUISS Guido Carli on October 31st, 2014." (http://www.labgov.it/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Bologna-Regulation-on-collaboration-between-citizens-and-the-city-for-the-cure-and-regeneration-of-urban-commons1.pdf)
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Alex Williams et Nick Srnicek: «Nous avons perdu le fil du futur»

Alex Williams et Nick Srnicek: «Nous avons perdu le fil du futur» | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Alex Williams et Nick Srnicek rêvent d’un post-capitalisme boosté aux technologies. Auteurs d’un manifeste, ces théoriciens de l’accélération pressent la gauche, paralysée par la nostalgie, de s’activer à l’avènement de cette nouvelle modernité.
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Keystone XL pipeline may no longer make economic sense, experts say

Keystone XL pipeline may no longer make economic sense, experts say | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Amid the shouting on Capitol Hill, the wads of campaign cash and the activist careers shaped around the Keystone XL pipeline, the project at the flashpoint of America's energy debate now confronts a problem bigger than politics.
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Debating the Sharing Economy

Debating the Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Editors Note: Below is sociologist Juliet Schor's insightful analysis of the sharing economy. She comes to an important conclusion, one that we at Shareable share -- we should be more aware of the sharing economy's exploitative side but not so cynical that we overlook its potential to create new businesses "that allocate resources more fairly, that are more democratically organized, that reduce eco-footprints, and that can bring people together in new ways." And importantly, that it will take a movement to shape it into a solution that addresses our biggest social, economic, and environmental challenges. -Neal Gorenflo

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Brussels on strike: Rich city, poor citizens

Brussels on strike: Rich city, poor citizens | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
BRUSSELS - Brussels is the second richest region in Europe. It has been in the top three for decades now. But right now 34 percent of its population is living in poverty. The unemployment figure is around 20 percent, 30 percent for youth and even up to 50 percent in some areas.
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The Climate Talks Find an Enemy at COP20: The Fossil Fuel Industry

The Climate Talks Find an Enemy at COP20: The Fossil Fuel Industry | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Over the last week, negotiators here in Lima have been working on the draft of a new climate agreement that world leaders hope to ratify in Paris. Up for debate is everything from forest management to climate finance. The text is complicated, sprawling, and a jungle of acronyms and jargon.

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