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WII? (2a) Information Theory, Claude Shannon, Entropy, Redundancy, Data Compression & Bits

Is reality indistinguishable from information? Is consciousness a self-aware, self-modifying information field? Does information have intrinsic meaning? How does meaningfulness arise? How do sentient and non-sentient entities differ in the way they perceive and process information?...

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The Communal State model in Venezuela - P2P Foundation's blog

The Communal State model in Venezuela - P2P Foundation's blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Communal State model in Venezuela. photo of Michel Bauwens. Michel Bauwens. 7th December 2013. Excerpted from Dario Azzellini: “In January 2007, Chávez proposed to go beyond the bourgeois state by building the communal state.
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P2P Foundation's blog » Blog Archive » Is cyberlibertarianism ...

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Part of this disconnect between advancing technology and a retreating left can be explained by the advent of cyberlibertarianism, a view that widespread computerization naturally produces democracy and freedom.


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Predators and Creators in Capitalism's Future (w/ Geoff Mulgan)

Geoff Mulgan author of The Locust and the Bee: Predators and Creators in Capitalism's Future explains the different types of capitalism, why preparing the ground work for the next economy is essential for our economic and ecological future, what the current economic debate misses and addressing inequality in the future economy.

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Marjorie Kelly on the Emergent Ownership Revolution

Can we sustain a low-growth or no-growth economy indefinitely without changing dominant ownership designs? That seems unlikely. Probably impossible. How, then, do we make the turn? How can we design economic architectures that are self-organized not around profit maximization, but around serving the needs of life? *

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How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy

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No one joins Facebook to be sad and lonely. But a new study from the University of Michigan psychologist Ethan Kross argues that that’s exactly how it makes us feel. Over two weeks, Kross and his colleagues sent text messages to eighty-two Ann Arbor residents five times per day. The researchers wanted to know a few things: how their subjects felt overall, how worried and lonely they were, how much they had used Facebook, and how often they had had direct interaction with others since the previous text message. Kross found that the more people used Facebook in the time between the two texts, the less happy they felt—and the more their overall satisfaction declined from the beginning of the study until its end. The data, he argues, shows that Facebook was making them unhappy.

 
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Why Facebook Makes You Feel Bad About Yourself | TIME.com

Why Facebook Makes You Feel Bad About Yourself | TIME.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
No surprise — those Facebook photos of your friends on vacation or celebrating a birthday party can make you feel lousy.
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[290] Obama the One Percenter, the Degrowth Movement & Fast Food Strikers Unite

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin calls out President Obama for giving a speech against growing income inequality meanwhile surrounding his administration with Wall Street Bankers. Abby then calls out the corporate media for highlighting a fake phenomenon called the "Knockout Game", while ignoring real stories such as lobbying group ALEC's fight against green energy , The NSA's collection of five billion cell phone records and the UK government's attempt to criminalize journalism by going after the editor of The Guardian newspaper. Abby then speaks with Charles Eisenstein, author and activist with the degrowth movement, which promotes an anti-consumerist economy and a rethinking of the modern money system. Abby then interviews Gar Alperovitz, political economy professor at the University of Maryland about his social prescriptions for democratizing local economies, citing the benefits of credit unions and participatory budgets. Abby then gives props to the fast food workers who are leading protests across the country for better wages and the right to unionize. BTS wraps up the show with a short tribute to revolutionary and peace activist, Nelson Mandela, who just passed away at the age of 95.

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How Do Newspaper Companies Plan to Survive? - DailyFinance

How Do Newspaper Companies Plan to Survive? - DailyFinance | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In the past 15 years, American print publishers have experienced a massive decline in advertising revenues. According to Statista, after peaking in 2000 newspaper ad spending has fallen more than 70% and reached a 50-year low point recently. According to Macquarie Capital, a similar trend can be seen for magazines. This could get worse in the coming years as marketers continue to shift resources to online advertising. Nowadays, Americans spend only 4.6% of their media time reading magazines and newspapers, while almost 20% of their media time is devoted to mobile devices. 

 
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Ecuador Rebrands Itself As The Home Of Internet Freedom

Ecuador Rebrands Itself As The Home Of Internet Freedom | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The FLOK Society gets funding from the Ecuadorian government and grew out of speeches Correa had made calling for a “social knowledge economy,” according to Michel Bauwens, a founder of the P2P Foundation hired to work on the FLOK project for Ecuador. According to an interview given by Daniel Vazquez, a Spanish “hacktivist” and one of FLOK’s directors, the idea also springs from Ecuador’s five-year “Plan of Good Living” introduced in 2009.

 
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The rise of machines will defray labor costs - Indianapolis Star

The rise of machines will defray labor costs - Indianapolis Star | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

After you heard President Obama’s call for a hike in the minimum wage, you probably wondered the same thing I did: Was Obama sent from the future by Skynet to prepare humanity for its ultimate dominion by robots?

 
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Facebook Erects Supercomputers With Giant Stacks of Mac Minis - Wired

Facebook Erects Supercomputers With Giant Stacks of Mac Minis - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

If you walk into one of the massive data centers that underpin Facebook’s ever-expanding online empire, you’ll find tens of thousands of computer servers. Many of them are designed by Facebook, and most run Linux, the open source operating system that drives so much of the modern web. But those aren’t the only machines you’ll find.

 
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Researchers track mobile phone locations with cheap hardware and open-source software

Researchers track mobile phone locations with cheap hardware and open-source software | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

While cop shows have shown us that it's easy for service providers to track a person's location via their mobile phone, researchers at the University of Minnesota have revealed it's also an easy task for hackers. Using a cheap phone and open source software, the researchers were able to track the location of mobile phone users without their knowledge on the GSM network, which is estimated to serve 80 percent of the global mobile market.

 
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Movement of the Day: the Tech Co-op Network

Movement of the Day: the Tech Co-op Network | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“a network of Worker-Owned Tech Collectives: “worker cooperatives (businesses owned and democratically controlled by our workers) offering a wide range of media, communications, and computer technology goods and services.”

 
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The New Social Leadership: Move From Fear To Freedom

The New Social Leadership: Move From Fear To Freedom | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
It's time to shift from old school to new social leadership--what does that look like and how to assess if you're ready.
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China Bans Financial Companies From Bitcoin Transactions

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China’s central bank barred financial institutions from handling Bitcoin transactions, moving to regulate the virtual currency after an 89-fold jump in its value sparked a surge of investor interest in the country.
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I’m depressed that studies prove Facebook makes us depressed

I’m depressed that studies prove Facebook makes us depressed | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A University of Michigan study confirms what many of us have long suspected: that using Facebook bums us out. Here’s a suggestion for reversing that trend.
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Design in Communal Endeavours

“The present study explores collective design processes that both closely tied communities and emergent collectives are increasingly engaging in. The hypothesis was that collaborative design in these settings is better understood at the intersection of the evolution of the every-day practices and the shared new media forms that emerge, since both of these aspects shape and give direction to each other.

 
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The Open Secret Of iBeacon: Apple Could Have 250M Potential Units In The Wild By 2014 | TechCrunch

The Open Secret Of iBeacon: Apple Could Have 250M Potential Units In The Wild By 2014 | TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Yesterday, Apple began a small press push on its new iBeacon technology, pushed an Apple Store app update to support them and turned the feature on in 254 U.S. based stores in an initial rollout. According to the details we know so far, some Apple stores may have as many as 20 iBeacons deployed, depending on the size.

 
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Couchsurfing’s Sex Secret: It’s The Greatest Hook-Up App Ever Devised

Couchsurfing’s Sex Secret: It’s The Greatest Hook-Up App Ever Devised | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Riccardo G.’s profile on CouchSurfing.com, the website that partners intrepid wanderers with willing hosts, notes that he lives in the “best neighborhood to go out and have drinks,” that he offers a “cozy/clean/nice sofa/couch” and that he’ll even let you bring your “small dog, if you just can’t live without him.”

 

 


 

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Beppe Grillo's Blog

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The third industrial revolution means power to the people both literally and figuratively: power to the people. Just think of the power of the Internet revolution. We have made communications democratic. There are now two and a half billion human beings that communicate with each other peer to peer with a power that is shared, collaborative and lateral. We have lateral power that is infinitely greater than that of the twentieth century television and radio networks and that at virtually zero cost. It is as striking as the democratisation of communication that inspired the new generations worldwide to start calling for a different kind of future. But this is only half the story: now, within the next twenty years, with communication via the Internet joining up with the Energy Internet, each and every one of us will be able to produce our own electricity, and here we’re talking about billions of human beings with the power to generate their own green electricity and share it via the Internet with people in other regions and other continents.
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Mandela’s Socialist Failure - NYTimes.com

Mandela’s Socialist Failure - NYTimes.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In the last two decades of his life, Nelson Mandela was celebrated as a model of how to liberate a country from the colonial yoke without succumbing to the temptation of dictatorial power and anti-capitalist posturing. In short, Mandela was not Mugabe, South Africa remained a multi-party democracy with free press and a vibrant economy well-integrated into the global market and immune to hasty Socialist experiments. Now, with his death, his stature as a saintly wise man seems confirmed for eternity: there are Hollywood movies about him — he was impersonated by Morgan Freeman, who also, by the way, played the role of God in another film; rock stars and religious leaders, sportsmen and politicians from Bill Clinton to Fidel Castro are all united in his beatification.

 
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FLATE Focus: Have a Holly Jolly Christmas in a Fab Lab Near You!

FLATE Focus: Have a Holly Jolly Christmas in a Fab Lab Near You! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A number of years ago Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Bits and Atoms launched the first “Fab Lab” or fabrication laboratory. A worldwide network of “Fab Labs are connected with each other and the MIT Center by having a defined set of tools and equipment, shared resources for training, managing, organizing, and projects. Envisioned as a place to seed and expand product-based, small businesses across the U.S., Fab Labs began to grow in numbers across the country in libraries, community organizations, museums, and educational institutions. 
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