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A new Google-powered website lets you compare every constitution in the world and write your own

A new Google-powered website lets you compare every constitution in the world and write your own | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In 1787, a few dozen men at the Philadelphia State House drafted the US constitution.  They debated and revised the document For four months, until they had something they could generally agree on.
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Making robots that have better morals than humans

Making robots that have better morals than humans | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Many people are worried about artificial intelligence, and what will happen if machines become smarter than humans.  Even Bill Gates has said he is concerned about the decisions machines of the future will make once they outsmart humans.
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Sorry, but net neutrality is far from settled

Sorry, but net neutrality is far from settled | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said Thursday was the proudest day in his public-policy career
It certainly received the most attention.
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Backlash against the sharing economy is a sign it's maturing

Backlash against the sharing economy is a sign it's maturing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
With all the buzzy new phenomena constantly popping up and dying down, Silicon Valley often falls victim to long-term memory loss. We forget we’ve seen this cycle before.
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How Google’s Silence Helped Net Neutrality Win

How Google’s Silence Helped Net Neutrality Win | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Google kept a very low profile during the past year's lobbying over net neutrality. That doesn't mean that the company didn't care about the outcome though. In fact, laying low may have been the best thing Google could have done.
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Is Google’s Latest TLD Purchase a Game-Changer?

Is Google’s Latest TLD Purchase a Game-Changer? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The idea of industry-specific Top Level Domains (TLDs) has always been a bit of a novelty.
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Internet Security and the Limits of Open Source and Peer Production - P2P Foundation

Internet Security and the Limits of Open Source and Peer Production - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Open source and peer production have been praised as organisational models that could change the world for the better. It is commonly asserted that almost any societal activity could benefit from distributed, bottom-up collaboration — by making societal interaction more open, more social, and more democratic. However, we also need to be mindful of the limits of these models. How could they function in environments hostile to openness? Security is a societal domain more prone to secrecy than any other, except perhaps for romantic love. In light of the destructive capacity of contemporary cyber attacks, how has the Internet survived without a comprehensive security infrastructure? Secrecy vs. openness describes the realities of Internet security production through the lenses of open source and peer production theories. The study offers a glimpse into the fascinating communities of technical experts, who played a pivotal role when the chips were down for the Internet after large-scale attacks. After an initial flirtation with openness in the early years, operational Internet security communities have put in place institutional mechanisms that have resulted in less open forms of social production."

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Embrace unknowns, opt for flexibility in environmental policies | UW Today

Embrace unknowns, opt for flexibility in environmental policies | UW Today | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We make hundreds, possibly thousands, of decisions each day without having full knowledge of what will happen next. Life is unpredictable, and we move forward the best we can despite not knowing every detail.

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Category:Commons Economics - P2P Foundation

Category:Commons Economics - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

First list of confirmations to conference: Allan Butcher, Sophie Anita Ball, Daniel Dahm (I plied to him already), Zofia Lapniewska, Margrit Kennedy, Kevin Hansen, Richard Rosen, Marvin Brown, Egardo Lander, Bernardo Gutierrez, Smari McCarthy, Wolfgang Hoeschele, Orsan Senalp, Jorge Machado

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Bristol: Green Capital?, Costing the Earth - BBC Radio 4

Bristol: Green Capital?, Costing the Earth - BBC Radio 4 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Bristol is Europe's Green Capital for 2015. Tom Heap finds out what that means.
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lettera27. With Kër Thiossane, Africa Is Home to Open Culture | Doppiozero

lettera27. With Kër Thiossane, Africa Is Home to Open Culture | Doppiozero | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Why Africa?  For many years lettera27 has been dedicated to exploring various issues and debates around the African continent and with this new editorial column we would like to open a dialogue with cultural protagonists who deal with Africa.
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Elena Papadopoulou: 10 Points on the Eurogroup decision

Elena Papadopoulou: 10 Points on the Eurogroup decision | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

1. The Eurogroup of the 20th of February was the end of the first (short) round of negotiations between the new Greek government and its European partners.

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Debating the degrowth alternative | P2P Foundation

Debating the degrowth alternative | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Is degrowth, as currently formulated, sufficiently rigorous and inclusive to offer the theoretical legitimacy and political unity for a system shift?
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Reforming the Monetary System in Greece (2) – The Tethered Money proposal by Shann Turnbull

Reforming the Monetary System in Greece (2) – The Tethered Money proposal by Shann Turnbull | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Earlier this week we featured an article by Chris Cook originally published by Pieria.co.uk. Today we feature a response to that article by Shann Turnbull.
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Tools for Collective Labor Action in the Gig Economy

Tools for Collective Labor Action in the Gig Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
SARAH KESSLER reports on how “Workers and activists are creating new tools” for labor organizing in the mis-named ‘sharing economy': The first tool she discusses is Dynamo: “Milland took her gripes to a new platform called Dynamo, which was created...
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Internet Security and the Limits of Open Source and Peer Production - P2P Foundation

Internet Security and the Limits of Open Source and Peer Production - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Open source and peer production have been praised as organisational models that could change the world for the better. It is commonly asserted that almost any societal activity could benefit from distributed, bottom-up collaboration — by making societal interaction more open, more social, and more democratic. However, we also need to be mindful of the limits of these models. How could they function in environments hostile to openness? Security is a societal domain more prone to secrecy than any other, except perhaps for romantic love. In light of the destructive capacity of contemporary cyber attacks, how has the Internet survived without a comprehensive security infrastructure? Secrecy vs. openness describes the realities of Internet security production through the lenses of open source and peer production theories. The study offers a glimpse into the fascinating communities of technical experts, who played a pivotal role when the chips were down for the Internet after large-scale attacks. After an initial flirtation with openness in the early years, operational Internet security communities have put in place institutional mechanisms that have resulted in less open forms of social production."

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Facebook reaching out to users who might be suicidal

Facebook reaching out to users who might be suicidal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Facebook began rolling out a set of tools on Wednesday that aim to help prevent suicide.
You can now report posts to Facebook that seem to show someone suffering from suicidal thoughts.
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David Graeber - ARTIST TAXI DRIVER Curates. - CULTURE IS NOT YOUR FRIEND - YouTube

David Graeber is an American anthropologist, political activist and author. He is currently a professor at the London School of Economics and was formerly an...
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Rebuilding care services: could social co-operatives be the answer?

Rebuilding care services: could social co-operatives be the answer? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A democratic ownership model could help improve public trust in social care, says Pat Conaty
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Secrecy versus openness: Internet security and the limits of open source and pee :: TU Delft Institutional Repository

Open source and peer production have been praised as organisational models that could change the world for the better. It is commonly asserted that almost any societal activity could benefit from distributed, bottom-up collaboration — by making societal interaction more open, more social, and more democratic. However, we also need to be mindful of the limits of these models. How could they function in environments hostile to openness? Security is a societal domain more prone to secrecy than any other, except perhaps for romantic love. In light of the destructive capacity of contemporary cyber attacks, how has the Internet survived without a comprehensive security infrastructure? Secrecy vs. openness describes the realities of Internet security production through the lenses of open source and peer production theories. The study offers a glimpse into the fascinating communities of technical experts, who played a pivotal role when the chips were down for the Internet after large-scale attacks. After an initial flirtation with openness in the early years, operational Internet security communities have put in place institutional mechanisms that have resulted in less open forms of social production. 

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Will the sharing economy disrupt the banking industry? | Impact Lab

Will the sharing economy disrupt the banking industry? | Impact Lab | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In the same way that it has torn apart newspapers, radio and the postal service, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney worries that technology will disrupt
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Greece’s fate: In Angela Merkel’s hands?

Greece’s fate: In Angela Merkel’s hands? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Economist James Galbraith recently spent a week with Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. He shares with Fortune what he learned while looking at the nation’s fiscal crisis from the inside.
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Technology can turn haves and have-nots into partners

Technology can turn haves and have-nots into partners | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Most rich people agree with the goals of redistribution but would like to ensure that their money is well spent, and new technologies can help in this regard, writes Lorenzo Fioramonti
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A New Alignment of Movements? Part II: Strategies for a Convergence of Movements | Commons Transition

A New Alignment of Movements? Part II: Strategies for a Convergence of Movements | Commons Transition | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A key challenge facing all of the movements, noted Kate Swade of Shared Assets, is whether to pursue solutions through pragmatic politics and elections, or whether to try to change the general political discourse and institutional structures over the long term. It seems difficult to pursue both options at the same time. This apparent choice may be especially vexing for the Degrowth movement, whose very name is often seen as unappealing to the political mainstream. (“At least the term can’t be easily co-opted,” quipped one leader at the Fourth International Degrowth Conference in Leipzig, Germany, held days after this workshop.) Is this a cautionary lesson for other movements seeking to change the discourse?

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