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on peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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The Digital Currency Sideshow: Are Bitcoins Really Worth Anything - Forbes

The Digital Currency Sideshow: Are Bitcoins Really Worth Anything - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The bitcoin story keeps getting bigger. I don’t pretend to understand the technical undergirding, but let’s take a peek at the economics of this potentially revolutionary digital currency.

 
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P2P Foundation's blog » Blog Archive » Video: Mayo Fuster Morell ...

Source: “Conference Wikipedia: Critical Point of view (CPOV). Institute for the network culture. Presentation: Wikimedia Governance: The Role of the Wikimedia Foundation and the Form and Geopolitics of its Internationalization. Amsterdam, March 2010.”

 
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Elite overproduction and the next great wave of social instability

Elite overproduction and the next great wave of social instability | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Of about 30 detailed indicators I developed for tracing these historical cycles (reflecting popular well-being, inequality, social cooperation and its inverse, polarization and conflict), almost all have been moving in the wrong direction in the last three decades.

 
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P2P Foundation's blog » Blog Archive » Smart Citizens vs. the ...

“A Urban Intelligence Industrial Complex (led by IBM, Cisco, General Electric, Siemens, Philips et al) has emerged and continues to try to insert itself into urban agendas; with little success, in comparison to the marketing spend, it must be said. One can imagine a quiet fading away of all those “Smarter Planet” promotional schemes soon, actually.”

 
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What are liquid, direct and representative democracy? « The ...

What are liquid, direct and representative democracy? « The ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Direct democracy is when every citizen can vote on each issue directly, this allows people an equal voice, independent of whom they are. Direct democracy has a number of drawbacks. Firstly many people don’t have the time or energy to continuously vote on single policy issues, also many people don’t feel informed enough to take the decisions, meaning they may not vote, this means that voting can become a privilege of those with free-time and confidence in their knowledge. The Second problem is that where direct democracy and popular assemblies, can work well in smaller and less complex communities, such as in ancient Athens, modern nation states are incredibly complex.

 
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P2P Foundation's blog » Blog Archive » Shanzhai: Flexible Manufacturing for the Next Generation - Linkis.com

P2P Foundation's blog » Blog Archive » Shanzhai: Flexible Manufacturing for the Next Generation - Linkis.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The literal meaning of shanzhai is “mountain fortress,” but it carries the connotation of a fortified area or stronghold outside the state’s control, or a place of refuge for bandits or rebels (much like the Cossack communities on the fringes of the Russian Empire, or Sherwood Forest). The 108 bandits of Song Jiang, one of the more notable shangzhai legends, also carry a  flavor something like “Robin Hood meets Che Guevara,” according to Huang.

 
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On the Evolution of “Social Business” | MIT Sloan Management Review

On the Evolution of “Social Business” | MIT Sloan Management Review | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
However you define it, social business is changing the world.
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How can you get your “slice of cake” in the sharing economy? ~ 3 delicious ways [includes infographic] - Greenesign it!

How can you get your “slice of cake” in the sharing economy? ~ 3 delicious ways [includes infographic] - Greenesign it! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Development of mobile and Internet technologies has somehow set a stage for this new paradigm shift. Virtual platforms and connections that they enable have narrowed the gap between owning and not-owning. Users can gain more value from the physical goods they use and share, while at the same time, those physical goods are triggering new relationships and communities – enabled by virtual platforms.

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Shareable: It's Time to Go Big: A Vision for th...

Shareable: It's Time to Go Big: A Vision for th... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Ferananda's insight: Not a lot of new in this article about sharing economy yet a good reflection for the vision we want to create. It asks, We’re at a critical juncture.
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Project VIE - SENSORICA

Project VIE - SENSORICA | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
SENSORICA: an open, decentralized and self-organizing value network, designing, producing, and distributing sensing and sensemaking solutions.
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Book of the Day: Off the Network

Book of the Day: Off the Network | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Off the Network is a fresh and authoritative examination of how the hidden logic of the Internet, social media, and the digital network is changing users’ understanding of the world—and why that should worry us. Ulises Ali Mejias suggests how we might begin to rethink the logic of the network and question its ascendancy.”

 
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What Bitcoin and Internet of Things Startups Have in Common

What Bitcoin and Internet of Things Startups Have in Common | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Bitcoin has captivated the imaginations of many with its quasi-anonymous, hyper cost-efficient payment network. The potential for Bitcoin to change foreign exchange is hard to overstate. In the same vein, the technologies that enable the internet of things (IoT) like Bluetooth Low Energy and Apple's Beacons and Electric Imp's infrastructure will transform the way we interact with the physical world to something akin to the mall in Minority Report.

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Proof That 3-D Printing Will Change Aviation Forever (GE)

Proof That 3-D Printing Will Change Aviation Forever (GE) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

General Electric (NYSE: GE  ) recently held a contest for the online engineering community to help solve one of its biggest aviation challenges and knocked it out of the park. The aviation giant asked "makers," or do-it-yourselfers with engineering experience, to take a conventionally manufactured metal jet engine loading bracket and reimagine it for 3-D metal printing manufacturing to achieve a lighter weight, but still maintain its strength. The community response was outstanding -- nearly 700 designs were submitted from 56 countries.

 
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P2P Foundation's blog » Blog Archive » Can we organize ...

“Governments have got stuck with the weight of their own regulations. Regulations are important, but they also do slow down progress. Therefore governments rarely are at the forefront of new developments, though they are necessary for sovereign jurisdictions.

 
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McKenzie Wark on the Unity of Cultural and Technological Hackers

McKenzie Wark on the Unity of Cultural and Technological Hackers | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Almost never is the “technical a real object of inquiry. It is something fallen, quotidian, not an object to be thought. Its something about which to direct only a hermeneutic suspicion. The mode in which the most general sphere of action is understood is either as culture or politics. Technology has no margin of interest; politics and culture do.

 
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In 2014, Every Business Will Be Disrupted By Open Technology - Forbes

In 2014, Every Business Will Be Disrupted By Open Technology - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The most salient aspect of technology is its power to disrupt.  The important innovations are the ones that change our world so profoundly that the previous order becomes not only untenable, but unthinkable.

 
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What role for banks in a sharing economy of social capitalism? - The Financial Services Club's blog - MoneyScience

I was struck yesterday, as I presented my themes around Digital Bank at a conference, that there’s one area I’ve discussed for a long time, but not blogged (.@Chris_Skinner - What role for banks in a sharing economy of social capitalism?
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Jeremiah Owyang: The Sharing Economy Is Here To Stay

Jeremiah Owyang, Chief Catalyst of Crowd Companies, at LeWeb'13 Paris talks about the importance of building new relationships for shared value.
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The Power of Collaboration

The internet is igniting a boom in the collaborative economy. From homes to food, just about everything is being shared. This video explains how it isn't onl... (The Internet is fuelling the collaborative economy.
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Google acquires Boston Dynamics, makers of robots as cool as they are terrifying

Google acquires Boston Dynamics, makers of robots as cool as they are terrifying | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Writes Markoff in the NYT: "Google confirmed on Friday that it had completed the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that has designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon. The company, based in Waltham, Mass., has gained an international reputation for machines that walk with an uncanny sense of balance and even — cheetahlike — run faster than the fastest humans."

 
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Patrick Williams's curator insight, December 15, 2013 7:01 PM

This is so cool! I also read an article of Drudge and it aid that the miliary could use these! The stuff now coming into the future just fascinates me!

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Is Big Data The New Term for Business Intellige...

Is Big Data The New Term for Business Intellige... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Is Big Data The New Term for Business Intelligence?Smart Data CollectiveBusiness analytics is comprised of solutions used to build analysis models and simulations to create scenarios, understand realities and predict future states.
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Against Social Determinism

Against Social Determinism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Getting anything done generally requires the collaboration of people who do different kinds of work, and whose various kinds of work has shaped various kinds of thinking. It calls for some kind of translation or code switching.
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The PsyCommons - Ordinary Wisdom and Shared Power

Around 45% of the UK population have no need of 'mental health' services. What is it they know and do that keeps them psysavvy? The psyCommons examines the ordinary wisdom and shared power hidden from us by the mental illness industries and the medicalization of ordinary human distress.

  
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An Open Letter to the Commoners and Co-operators of the World to participate ... - Wired

An Open Letter to the Commoners and Co-operators of the World to participate ... - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In a speech on Sept. 19, 2012, President Correa of Ecuador appealed to the young people of his country to fight for and realize a vision of “good living” based on a commons-based and open knowledge society. The FLOK Society project (Free/Libre Open Knowledge) has been created to propose a transition plan and a policy framework to achieve this unique vision. In accordance with Ecuador’s National Plan, there can be no ‘good living’ policy that is not inspired by, and rooted in, free and open knowledge and a thriving commons.

 
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