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Scholars Crowd Up To Study Wisdom of Crowds - Forbes


Their paper, still in development, is titled Does Collective Intelligence Create More Biases Than Experts? Evidence From Wikipedia and Britannica. When network ties hurt innovation.

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Technology's Role In Direct Democracy - TechCrunch

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An influx of communication and collaboration technologies since the beginning of the 21st century has helped to make this the most connected time in human history — and seemingly easier than ever for society to work together. Yet, where is the political yield?


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Open Source Modeling: The Key Importance of the...

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Ericsson has been using modeling tools at the heart of its software system development process, in different business units, for over fifteen years.
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The Continuing Evolution of Open Source-Based Business Models

The Continuing Evolution of Open Source-Based Business Models | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Quentin Hardy, the deputy technology editor at the New York Times, published a blog post last Wednesday concerning a subject that’s important to us at Actuate: Open Source and the Challenge of Making Money.
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CureCoin: the digital currency designed to help cure Cancer - PCR-online.biz

CureCoin: the digital currency designed to help cure Cancer - PCR-online.biz | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


“It is not just Bitcoin that has gained traction amongst the online community, many other alternative currencies exist.

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This new era demands collective leadership, not heroic individuals - New Statesman

This new era demands collective leadership, not heroic individuals - New Statesman | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Now the dust has settled on Ed Miliband’s perceived leadership strengths and weaknesses, maybe we can have a more profound discussion aboutpolitical leadership in the 21st century. Substance, style, background, empathy and more have been thrown into the mix. But the times demand not just a change of emphasis in how we are led but a very different type of leader – not least because to be more successful as a society we need more women to lead.


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New Bitcoin challenger launches - Fortune

New Bitcoin challenger launches - Fortune | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The San Francisco-based startup, whose technology lets businesses accept online payments, helped introduce a newBitcoin-like currency on Thursday called “stellar,” as well as a payments network that lets users send any kind of traditional and digital currency including U.S. dollars, pesos, euros and Bitcoins. People will be able to send one kind of currency across the globe and have it automatically converted into another — a sort of all-inclusive online money exchange.

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California removes ban on Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and other alternative currencies

California removes ban on Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and other alternative currencies | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A new California law removes a ban on using currencies other than the U.S. dollar, which is intended to accommodate the growing use of alternative payment methods such as bitcoin.

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MyLuso's curator insight, August 2, 2014 8:38 PM

It a brave new world..

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Currencies that are good for the planet

Currencies that are good for the planet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Alternative currencies (SolarCoin, e-portemonnee, etc.) promote social innovation and sustainable consumption.
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Facebook unveils open-source networking switch. Sucker punches Cisco?

Facebook unveils open-source networking switch. Sucker punches Cisco? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Facebook is trying to redefine networking with a new open-source switch that functions pretty much like a server that more engineers can work with, while Cisco, Dell and other bigwigs try to catch up.
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Open Source Modeling: The Key Importance of the Community and the Impact on Business Models - YouTube

Ericsson has been using modeling tools at the heart of its software system development process, in different business units, for over fifteen years. 

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Conference on 3D Printing to Open in Schaumburg, IL

Conference on 3D Printing to Open in Schaumburg, IL | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

 A new, all-day conference on 3D printing will be offered during the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Midwest trade event, which takes place October 15-16, 2014, at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL. The educational sessions on Wednesday, October 15, cover new materials used in 3D printing, including metals, innovative uses of 3D printing in manufacturing, and a case study of 3D printing used in medical prostheses.

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Collaboration technology's winning kick - CITEworld

Collaboration technology's winning kick - CITEworld | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


It may be that these executives are getting out of the habit of truly vetting collaborative platforms.

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▶ Punk Rock and the Origins of the Maker Movement - Chris Anderson - YouTube

Creating your own labels was entrepreneurship of '80s punk rock movement. The idea was that you didn't have to adhere to the mass production model of the traditional entertainment industry. That's where Chris Anderson grew up, and he's been following that model ever since. From the Bay Area Maker Faire 2014 Center Stage.

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Middle East Smart Cities Summit 2014 | Fleming Gulf

Middle East Smart Cities Summit 2014 | Fleming Gulf | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
3rd Annual Middle East Smart Cities Summit (Open Dialogue Panel at #MESCS14 - Breaking through Tools for developing Smart City Business Models.
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Anti-leaders(hip) in Social Movement Organizations: The case of autonomous grassroots groups

Through the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement, the idea of horizontal, leaderless organization has come to the attention of the mass media. In this article we explore radical, participative-democratic alternatives to leadership through an empirical study of four Social Movement Organizations (SMOs). Whilst there has been some writing on leadership within SMOs, it has mirrored the ‘mainstream’ assumption that leadership is the product of individual leaders possessing certain traits, styles and/or behaviours. In contrast, critical leadership studies (CLS) recognize that leadership is a relational, socially constructed phenomenon rather than the result of a stable set of leadership attributes that inhere in ‘the leaders’. We utilize this framing to analyse how leadership is understood and performed in anarchist SMOs by examining how actors manage meaning and define reality without compromising the ideological commitments of their organizations. Furthermore, we also pay attention to the organizational practices and processes developed to: (a) prohibit individuals from permanently assuming a leadership role; (b) distribute leadership skills and roles; and (c) encourage other actors to participate and take-up these roles in the future. We conclude by suggesting that just because an organization is leaderless, it does not necessarily mean that it is also leadershipless.

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Hacking the world, public health style

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What has the Maker Movement got to do with public health? Quite a lot as it turns out, as I explore in the latest Risk Bites video.  This in turn was inspired by being invited to talk at the inaugural We Make Health Fest in Ann Arbor (August 16 – please join us if you can!).

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Bitcoin isn't a currency, Bitcoin advocates argue - Washington Post (blog)

Bitcoin isn't a currency, Bitcoin advocates argue - Washington Post (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


You may know Bitcoin as a kind of digital cash that can be spent just like the U.S. dollar and can't be traced to a person's specific identity.

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"Anarchy Unbound" - Polish Edition. Free Ebook and print-on-demand.

"Anarchy Unbound" - Polish Edition. Free Ebook and print-on-demand. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We are raising money for Polish translation of \”Anarchy Unbound\” book by Prof. Peter Leeson. \”Anarchy Unbound\” is a scholarly analysis of the self-governance regime, bringing contemporary and historical examples of the \”governance without government\”. Prof. Leeson is an acknowledged expert in the area of Analytical Anarchism

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Alternative Currencies | State of Terror

Alternative Currencies | State of Terror | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Bitcoin is a possible revolution in the making. Bitcoin is not just about convenient money, or avoiding government inflation, or all the other problems inherent with central banks and fiat money. What if a substantial number of transactions are conducted in Bitcoins themselves, without first buying them with dollars? What if sellers do not convert the proceeds of their Bitcoin sales into dollars, but instead buy their supplies and labor with those Bitcoins, and the recipients likewise buy what they need in Bitcoin? That is, what if an economy were created in which buyers and sellers transact only with Bitcoins—untraceable, anonymous, and secure. For sellers, the Bitcoin economy would leave no records of sales with the State. No reportable income, and, if not reported, no taxes to pay on sales or profits. This would be equivalent to a cash underground economy, but one that is far more vast.

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Meet Vitalik Buterin, the 20-Year-Old Who Is Decentralizing Everything

Meet Vitalik Buterin, the 20-Year-Old Who Is Decentralizing Everything | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Credit: Lightcoin on Ethereum.org. Just before last New Year’s, 19-year-old Vitalik Buterin, a Canadian college dropout and Bitcoin enthusiast, had an idea. By the end of last week, that idea had attracted more than $5 million in the first week of its pre-sale — a new kind of crowdfunding that crypto-currency makes possible. Not bad, especially considering that nobody knows whether the idea will really work.
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Sharing Economy Sets Sights on Business Travelers -- But Will They Bite?

Sharing Economy Sets Sights on Business Travelers -- But Will They Bite? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Airbnb and Uber both announced new services exclusively targeting businesses, but will travelers look beyond a host of security and regulatory issues plaguing the sharing economy? (Airbnb and Uber unveil brand new platforms for biz travelers.
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Richard Stern's curator insight, August 5, 2014 9:41 AM

Business travel is growing. Technology is driving some of the way people will consume and plan. Painless business travel begins with great planning. One way is to let a professional plan for you.

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13 Business Models for Book Authors - NOOP.NL

13 Business Models for Book Authors - NOOP.NL | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
People pay for access and exclusivity, not for stupid copies. You need to develop your sense of business accordingly, and think about your business model as a book author.
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Open Source ‘Solar Pocket Factory’ Can 3D Print A Solar Panel Every 15 Seconds

Open Source ‘Solar Pocket Factory’ Can 3D Print A Solar Panel Every 15 Seconds | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein, two young inventors based in the Philippines, are taking their passion for clean free energy and… (Wow, more manufacturing at home with a 3D printer.
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