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The hope of the democratic monster, between Syriza and Podemos | transversal texts

“A spectre is haunting Europe”. The Italian newspaper Il Manifesto used this headline a few days ago for its homepage, commenting on the visits of Tsipras and Varoufakis to European governments. A real nightmare for the ordoliberal Germans, a Geisterfahrer, to be precise, a suicidal conductor looking to collide with the European bus, as Der Spiegel described on its front pageImagine what could happen with the victory of Podemos in Spain: what a magnificent spectre would then be seen lurking about, a real monster created by the exploited and the productive forces of the fourth European economy! In just a few weeks, election rounds will begin in Spain, and the mantra of the European governments will be repeated, with double the force, in an attempt to frighten Spanish citizens. Let us prepare ourselves. With the certainty that the arrogance of the bad omens of this propaganda will be defeated. But in the meantime, let us prepare ourselves: What could Podemos say about Europe?

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A New Alignment of Movements? Part I: The General Challenge | Commons Transition

A New Alignment of Movements? Part I: The General Challenge | Commons Transition | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“In September 2014, the Commons Strategies Group convened a three-day workshop in Meissen, Germany, of 25 policy advocates and activists from a variety of different economic and social movements. The topic of the “deep dive”: Can leading alt-economic and social movements find ways to work more closely together? Can there be a greater convergence and collaboration in fighting the pathologies of neoliberalism?” 


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Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah Sentenced to Five Years in Jail

Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah Sentenced to Five Years in Jail | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Prominent Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah, an icon of the Egyptian revolution, was sentenced to five years in prison today.
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Feminist writers are so besieged by online abuse that some have begun to retire

Feminist writers are so besieged by online abuse that some have begun to retire | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The emotional costs of continuing are just too steep.
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Why “Citizenfour” Deserved Its Oscar - The New Yorker

Why “Citizenfour” Deserved Its Oscar - The New Yorker | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What the country still has to work out is whether the Edward Snowden leaks were actually transformative. That’s the question about a good movie, too.
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Shaping a new agenda for Europe promoting investment in distributed architectures

Shaping a new agenda for Europe promoting investment in distributed architectures | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
During the afternoon session of a conference that took place in Brussels on Tuesday 17/2, it is my interpretation that Fabrizio Sestini indicated there is currently an opportunity to produce a collaboratively written agenda for Europe on distributed architectures for decenteralised data management. At the political level the EC is currently tackling data-monopolies through conventional means but this is clearly not enough.
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Reforming the Monetary System in Greece (1) – A Varoufakis Conversion

Reforming the Monetary System in Greece (1) – A Varoufakis Conversion | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
by Chris Cook originally published http://www.pieria.co.uk/articles/greece__a_varoufakis_conversion Greece’s new Syriza government has two major economic challenges to address: a Resolution of Greece’s unsustainable debt burden followed by a...
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Fab Labs: Potential for Sustainable Urban Development « URBACT The blog

Fab Labs: Potential for Sustainable Urban Development « URBACT The blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
According to the Fab Foundation, there are currently more than 400 Fab Labs (Fabrication Laboratories) worldwide. Most of them are located in Europe and in North America but their number is constantly rising on all continents. Since 2013, there is also a Fab Lab in Luxembourg , located within the Technoport business incubator and co-working place in Esch/Belval. Fab Labs have long ceased to be exclusive technical playgrounds for enterprises, academic institutions and individuals. Cities have recognized that Fab Labs can be efficient tools to support neighbourhood regeneration and contribute to a more balanced socio-economic urban development. But let’s start with the basics: what are Fab Labs? And perhaps more interestingly, what are their potential for sustainable urban development?
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Podcast #14 - Rachel Botsman outlines how the sharing economy is affecting global business

Podcast #14 - Rachel Botsman outlines how the sharing economy is affecting global business | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In an exclusive interview with Chartwell, Rachel Botsman outlines how the sharing economy and collaborative consumption is affecting global business.
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What you think about millennials is wrong - Washington Post (blog)

What you think about millennials is wrong - Washington Post (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A new study by IBM debunks many of the myths associated with this younger generation in the workplace.
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Is there a library-sized hole in the internet? - Research Information (press release)

David Weinberger is senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and has been instrumental in the development of ideas about the impact of the web. Shortly before his recent keynote presentation at OCLC’s EMEA Regional Council Meeting in Florence, he spoke with Sarah Bartlett about the library-sized hole in the Internet and how a ‘library graph’ might help librarians to fill it.

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'We won't pay': students in debt take on for-profit college institution

'We won't pay': students in debt take on for-profit college institution | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Nathan Hornes didn’t think he’d still be working in fast food on his 25th birthday. He had a plan: he wanted to be a pop singer-songwriter and had moved from Missouri to Los Angeles after his 2008 high school graduation in order to become a star.

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An Astonishingly Small Number of Elite Graduate Schools Produce the Academics Who Get Jobs

An Astonishingly Small Number of Elite Graduate Schools Produce the Academics Who Get Jobs | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

he United States prides itself on offering broad access to higher education, and thanks to merit-based admissions, ample financial aid, and emphasis on diverse student bodies, our country can claim some success in realizing this ideal.

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The 7 Privacy Tools Essential to Making Snowden Documentary CITIZENFOUR

What needs to be in your tool belt if you plan to report on a massively funded and ultra-secret organization like the NSA? In the credits of her newly released CITIZENFOUR, director Laura Poitras gives thanks to a list of important security resources that are all free software. We've previously written about CITIZENFOUR and Edward Snowden's discussion of his motivation to release closely guarded information about the NSA.
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Newcastle Web Consulting's curator insight, February 26, 2015 4:30 PM

Truecrypt hard disk encryption

While CITIZENFOUR was in production, the pseudonymous team behind the popular Truecrypt software somewhat dramatically stopped supporting its further development. The future of the Truecrypt source code itself is a bit murky, then, but there are still viable alternatives for full-disk encryption. We've got a tutorial for the Windows tool DiskCryptor in our Surveillance Self-Defense guide, as well as general tips for full-disk encryption on Mac and GNU/Linux systems.

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Why I am stepping out of the debate on women in technology

Why I am stepping out of the debate on women in technology | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I started advocating for women in engineering in 2006 when my dean at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, Kristina Johnson, made me aware of the declining numbers of women entering the field. As a former tech entrepreneur, I found the situation alarming. I had spent the last few years researching how education, immigration, and entrepreneurship drive innovation. The fact that half of our population was being left out of the fields most important to our future seemed deeply wrong to me.

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Snowden's Motivation: What the Internet Was Like Before It Was Being Watched, and How We Can Get There Again

Laura Poitras’ riveting new documentary about mass surveillance gives an intimate look into the motivations that guided Edward Snowden, who sacrificed his career and risked his freedom to expose mass surveillance by the NSA. CITIZENFOUR, which debuts on Friday, has many scenes that explore the depths of government surveillance gone awry and the high-tension unfolding of Snowden’s rendezvous with journalists in Hong Kong.
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A New Dawn for World Governance | Kosmos Journal

A New Dawn for World Governance | Kosmos Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The world-governance system so desperately needed today has necessarily to be multilateral. Confrontations are recurrent and growing in numbers, while economic, political, and military multilateralism is blocked by belligerent tensions and xenophobic ideologies. As a result, it has become all the more difficult now to lay the foundations for new institutions that will be adapted to all levels of governance, from local to global.

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The City as Commons - Michel Bauwens interviews Professor Christian Iaione | P2P Foundation

The City as Commons - Michel Bauwens interviews Professor Christian Iaione | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Michel Bauwens interviews Professor Christian Iaione on the City as Commons
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Internet of Things – new business models, shifting cultures, and empowering ... - SiliconANGLE (blog)

Internet of Things – new business models, shifting cultures, and empowering ... - SiliconANGLE (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“If you look at the insights market, how people are using things is a bigger market than advertising,” said Stefan Ferber, vice president of Bosch Software Innovations, speaking on the developing trend around connected things. In his live interview with theCUBE at IBM’s annual InterConnect conference, Ferber explained that in the future, each product will be associated with a service. The purpose may be to improve maintenance and efficiency, but also to make things easier to use, understanding how people are using products, and gaining insight from that activity.

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Where does loyalty lie in the Collaborative Economy? - Collaborative Consumption

Where does loyalty lie in the Collaborative Economy? - Collaborative Consumption | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What brands can learn about loyalty from collaborative economy services
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On-Demand Economy: Creating Entrepreneurship or Exploitation? - CIO

On-Demand Economy: Creating Entrepreneurship or Exploitation? - CIO | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Companies like Uber, FancyHands, Airbnb and Snagajob are flourishing, driven by technology, a slow economic recovery and consumer demand. But what does that mean for today's workers?
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The FCC’s Plan to Protect the Internet

The FCC’s Plan to Protect the Internet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Most Americans believe that when they sign up for Internet access with a broadband provider, they are paying to access the lawful content and services of their choice.
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