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Not Everyone Is a Fan of the Sharing Economy | VICE News

Not Everyone Is a Fan of the Sharing Economy | VICE News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Services such as Airbnb and Uber encourage sharing, but they might also have some unintended consequences.
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White House Maker Faire: The Mobile Fab Lab

MIT Professor Neil Gershenfeld, Nadya Peek, and Makeda Stephenson talk about the Mobile Fab Lab at the first-ever White House Maker Faire.
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The Internet's Own Boy tells Aaron Swartz's sad tale - Straight.com

The Internet's Own Boy tells Aaron Swartz's sad tale - Straight.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Anyone with a glancing knowledge of the Internet’s recent history was shocked last year when Aaron Swartz—one of the web’s brightest flames to date—committed suicide at the age of 26. It’s widely accepted that the U.S. government hounded him to death, and The Internet’s Own Boy certainly takes that view. Despite heavy-handed moments, the film goes deeper than blanket assumptions, and shows how much we lost when that light went out.

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Groundbreaking new tool aims to protect online journalists - Arizona State University

Groundbreaking new tool aims to protect online journalists - Arizona State University | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Online freedom of speech is getting some extra help this week from a company called CloudFlare, which helps websites stay online when they are hit with "distributed denial of service" (DDoS) attacks that overload servers with requests for information, rendering them basically unreachable.

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Stigmergic Epistemology, Stigmergic Cognition | Learning Change

If social epistemology has the formation, acquisition, mediation, transmission and dissemination of knowledge in complex communities of knowers as its subject matter, then its third party character is essentially stigmergic.
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3D Printing To Disrupt Heavy Industrial Manufacturing - Bidness Etc

3D Printing To Disrupt Heavy Industrial Manufacturing - Bidness Etc | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Over the last few years, 3D printing has become all the rage as the technologies behind it are gradually commercialized. Bidness Etc looks at how 3D printing is used in industrial-level manufacturing processes
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Russia's Hacker Collective That Wasn't - Global Voices Online

Russia's Hacker Collective That Wasn't - Global Voices Online | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There is an Internet group in Russia that publishes compromising political information that the public was never supposed to see. For the past six months, a collective that calls itself “Anonymous International,” and also goes by the name “Shaltay-Boltay” (translation: Humpty-Dumpty), has disclosed internal government memos, hacked email archives, and “insider” analytical reports about rivalries within the Kremlin. The group opened a Twitter account on December 4, 2013, and launched a blog eight days later, on the twentieth anniversary of Russia’s current constitution. On December 31, for its first publication, Anonymous International posted the transcript of Vladimir Putin’s New Year’s Eve speech, hours before he actually delivered it.

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FabLab: a free game that creates 3D printable toys - Boing Boing

FabLab: a free game that creates 3D printable toys - Boing Boing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Makies, the 3D printed toy and game company, has launched FabLab, its inaugural game! FabLab is a free game for people eight and up, through which you create and customize a character and its accessories, which you can also get as real-world, one-off, custom-fabbed objects. MakieLab, the company that created FabLab, was founded by my wife Alice Taylor, and so I've had an inside view into the process by which the game and its back-end -- which includes a remarkable toolchain for turning 3D game-objects into printable items -- came into being. The Makies here in London are fantastic, and they've done brilliantly with the game, if I do say so myself. Please give the game a try -- and tell your friends!

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The Breakthrough Institute - Jeremy Rifkin's Techno-Nirvana Fantasy

The Breakthrough Institute - Jeremy Rifkin's Techno-Nirvana Fantasy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In “The Zero Marginal Cost Society,” Jeremy Rifkin argues that, within 50 years, technology will have developed to the point where there will be virtually no more jobs, where the marginal cost of everything will be zero and where capitalism will cease to exist. There are so many problems with this analysis that it is hard to know where to start, says Robert Atkinson. Productivity growth rates are low; corporate profits are up; wages are stagnant; and the marginal cost of producing virtually most goods is not anywhere near zero. Faddish accounts of how technology will either save us or immiserate us are great for book sales, but don't tell us much about the future.


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Open Innovation – platform for innovation professionals » Agile ...

Open Innovation – platform for innovation professionals » Agile ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This article by Link and Lewrick (2014), presented at the Science-to-Business Marketing Conference, provides an interesting overview of the possibilities of Agile Methods in Innovation Management. The authors propose that Agile Methods should not be used in R&D only, but also in fields like organizational culture, management style, structures, effective working and cunstomer relationships.


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Greek employees: salary delays up to 12 months & “coupons” instead of “money”

Greek employees: salary delays up to 12 months & “coupons” instead of “money” | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Do you remember the serfs and servants and villeins and peasants in the good old times of feudalism and the Middle Ages? If you don’t, I have good news for you! The custom of working in return of goods instead of salary revives in Greece of modern European Union and of exquisite Euro area. The results of a survey conducted by the Labor Institute of the Confederation of Labor Union (GSEE) are shocking but not unexpected. KTG has often reported in the four years of blogging about these sweet little working and payment conditions of modern Greek slaves living under the feudal law of austerity, recession and  competitiveness.

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International Whistleblowers Conference 2014

International Whistleblowers Conference 2014 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Whistleblowers put their careers, reputations and sometimes even their lives at stake to expose wrongdoing and abuses of power. When someone takes such a monumental decision, new legislation, technology and the public and media reception of that person’s disclosures become particularly relevant. In today’s information society, journalists, lawyers and technology experts have a joint responsibility to protect whistleblowers, as they literally put the public interest before their own. 


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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » The Commune movement is organising in Venezuela

“Communards have been meeting around the country on an independent basis to better organise their movement and present the government with their proposals and requirements for development.

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Stop Calling Airbnb the 'Sharing Economy' - Inc.com


Stop Calling Airbnb the 'Sharing Economy'. BY Christine Lagorio-Chafkin @Lagorio. It is just part of the regular economy, and a new analysis of the San Francisco market supports that.

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The End of the Capitalist Era, and What Comes Next

The End of the Capitalist Era, and What Comes Next | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The capitalist era is passing... not quickly, but inevitably. A new economic paradigm -- the Collaborative Commons -- is rising in its wake that will transform our way of life. We are already witnessing the emergence of a hybrid economy, part capitalist market and part Collaborative Commons. The two economic systems often work in tandem and sometimes compete. They are finding synergies along each other's perimeters, where they can add value to one another, while benefiting themselves. At other times, they are deeply adversarial, each attempting to absorb or replace the other.

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Bumps in the 'sharing economy': how one town – Malibu – is navigating them - Christian Science Monitor

Bumps in the 'sharing economy': how one town – Malibu – is navigating them - Christian Science Monitor | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Communities are trying to figure out the right balance between proponents of entities like Airbnb and Uber, and those who have pushed back hard against such enterprises. Malibu, Calif., has turned to subpoenas.

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In Front of Putin, Internet Titans Lose Their Nerve - The Moscow Times

In Front of Putin, Internet Titans Lose Their Nerve - The Moscow Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The statements that President Vladimir Putin made at a recent meeting with leaders of the Russian Internet are hardly worth discussing. As usual, he offered only vague assurances of support for a variety of freedoms while pretending that all of the recent legislative initiatives tightening control over the Internet were designed exclusively to fight pedophiles, drugs, terrorism and suicide.

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The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy - The Guardian

The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Robert David Steele, former Marine, CIA case officer, and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity, is a man on a mission. But it's a mission that frightens the US intelligence establishment to its core.

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Collaborative consumption: eBay, entrepreneurship and Africa's mass potential - Ventureburn

Collaborative consumption: eBay, entrepreneurship and Africa's mass potential - Ventureburn | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Collaborative consumption is of course nothing new. Long before the advent of the internet and smartphones, we had carpooling and timeshares. The beauty of technology is just that it has made the sharing economy so much more accessible. Now you, the potential investor (or sharer) just need to figure out how and why it works so well.

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Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses

Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Toronto have made a breakthrough that could lead to cheaper and more flexible solar cells being easily accessible to millions around the world.
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TaskRabbit is blowing up its business model and becoming the Uber for everything

TaskRabbit is blowing up its business model and becoming the Uber for everything | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Since it opened up five years ago, TaskRabbit has often been a godsend to people with more money than time. The company stocks its auction house of personal assistants with people ready to deliver cupcakes to your office, or assemble your Ikea furniture, or clean your home. But last summer, executives at TaskRabbit noticed a problem. The percentage of completed tasks posted to the service's auction house had leveled off and was beginning to decline. Individual tasks were seeing fewer bids, indicating frustration on the part of the workers who used the site. The company was stumped: TaskRabbit added 1.25 million users to its system in 2013 and doubled its force of contractors to 25,000. Supply and demand were as big as they had ever been, the company says, but something wasn’t working.

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- Nostalgia and Newspapers Clay Shirky

Aaron Kushner, CEO of Freedom Communications and the architect of a contrarian plan to expand southern California newspapers, began erecting hard paywalls for his digital properties while increasing newsroom and print outlay in the summer of 2012. That strategyimploded earlier this month, with layoffs, buy-outs, furloughs and the merger of two Freedom papers, essentially reversing the previous two years of investment.

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Open Source Pattern Language Re-Generative of Commons - P2P Foundation

Open Source Pattern Language Re-Generative of Commons - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

= Exploring how to embed into the system the code for its renewal. Fostering factors of opportunity and renewal as commons. Leveraging agency and empowering change agents in their own contexts across the board.


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Value Exchange Agreement - P2P Foundation

Value Exchange Agreement - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

= "links an individual’s work to a networked governance regime that connects the value exchanged by each individual to an off-balance-sheet record (a debt / sweat equity or ‘pay it forward’ labour / timebanking), a percentage of shareholding based on value and the ability to share dividends". [1]

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