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on peer-to-peer dynamics in politics, the economy and organizations
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Australian unemployment union wants to represent the out of work

Australian unemployment union wants to represent the out of work | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Owen Bennett mastered the art of sweeping the floor but little else during a work-for-the-dole stint at an op-shop after he left school.
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Neil Postman - technology is no substitute for human values - YouTube

Neil Postman offers a critique of our modern philosophical condition by challenging our widely held assumptions concerning education, technology and media. His new book is called "Building a Bridge to the Nineteenth Century". (Original broadcast 2000)

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The Anxieties of Big Data

The Anxieties of Big Data | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
2014 is the year we learned about Squeaky Dolphin. That’s the Pynchon-worthy code name for a secret program created by British intelligence agency GCHQ to monitor millions of YouTube views and Facebook likes in real time. Of course, this was just one of many en masse data-collection programs exposed in Edward Snowden’s smuggled haul. But the Squeaky Dolphin PowerPoint deck reveals something more specific. It outlines an expansionist program to bring big data together with the more traditional approaches of the social and humanistic sciences: the worlds of small data. GCHQ calls it the Human Science Operations Cell, and it is all about supplementing data analysis with broader sociocultural tools from anthropology, sociology, political science, biology, history, psychology, and economics.
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Culture in Decline | Episode #1 "What Democracy?" by Peter Joseph - YouTube

UPDATE: *Season One, two DVD Set now available. Help support future episodes:
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How the crowd, not medical professionals, will lead the health-tech revolution

How the crowd, not medical professionals, will lead the health-tech revolution | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Forty percent of patients want to use technology to deal with health issues without visiting a physician’s office. Just 17 percent of physicians are in favor.
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What 'America's Data Agency' Should Be Doing With Its Data - Nextgov

What 'America's Data Agency' Should Be Doing With Its Data - Nextgov | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Lessons from an open data roundtable at the Commerce Department.
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Holly Jones's curator insight, October 20, 2014 6:31 PM

This article talks some abut what the Commerce Department could do to improve the quality of their data, more clean, concise and easier to access. 

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Snapchat Ads Are Probably Cooler Than Facebook's, But Still Not Cool - TechCrunch (blog)

Snapchat Ads Are Probably Cooler Than Facebook's, But Still Not Cool - TechCrunch (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Prepare for ads on Snapchat, bruh! The company announced on Friday that users will start receiving ads from brands under the Recent Updates section of the..
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Platform or Publisher? Call it whatever you want. But it's the future of media. - moviepilot.com

Platform or Publisher? Call it whatever you want. But it's the future of media. - moviepilot.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We started moviepilot.com in 2012, right when Facebook started to become a big driver for content distribution. We were convinced that Facebook as a platform had the power to completely change the media landscape. That Facebook would become the frontpage of everything. The place you would discover what is going on in the world, in your network, in your family or your field of interest.

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Mobbr Launches World's First Crowd Payment Platform - CryptoCoinsNews

Mobbr Launches World's First Crowd Payment Platform - CryptoCoinsNews | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Crowd payment solutions provider Mobbr announced the launch of a crows payment platform known as Mobbr Crowd Payments, which also has Bitcoin as one of its currencies.
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Mellon grant will support development of new online platform to study ancient Chinese texts

Mellon grant will support development of new online platform to study ancient Chinese texts | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Yale will be home to a new digital humanities project for the study of the Chinese textual tradition, supported by a three-year, $430,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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Uber and Airbnb: The sharing economy is facing growing pains as it comes of age

Uber and Airbnb: The sharing economy is facing growing pains as it comes of age | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Uber and Airbnb are having to deal with increasingly complex problems as they transform from idealistic startups to profitable businesses.
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Best Buy to Display 3D Printing Technology in Stores with 50 Intel Technology ... - 3DPrint.com

Best Buy to Display 3D Printing Technology in Stores with 50 Intel Technology ... - 3DPrint.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

With 3D technology being so accessible, and hobbyists producing so many amazing 3D printed objects in the comfort of their own homes, it just makes sense that curious shoppers could check out this new technology firsthand across the street at their neighborhood Best Buy.

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Marc Andreessen On Apple Pay, Bitcoin and Airbnb

Marc Andreessen On Apple Pay, Bitcoin and Airbnb | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Marc Andreessen said Apple Pay lacks innovation, actually surprising about Apple Pay is how many things don't change with Apple Pay
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Jacques Ellul - The Betrayal by Technology part 1 of 6 - YouTube

Philosopher and Sociologist Jacques Ellul explains how technology is not "neutral" and is implicated in every aspect of social relations. I hope this video helps explain why green anarchists are not setting for less when they defend small-scale organization.
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Spanish lawmakers to kill CC licensing | P2P Foundation

Spanish lawmakers to kill CC licensing | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As usual, Spanish politicians react with fear and repression when confronted with the effects of new ways of sharing information: they are preparing a new law (to go with the ones restricting crowdfunding and services like AirBnB and Uber) to tax those who wish to share information freely. The pattern appears to be: existing industry feels threatened, lobbies government, government passes legislation to hamper innovations. The individual merits of each new service can be argued but anyone who knows the way the conservative government in Madrid generally thinks and reacts, we can be pretty sure they do not understand the milieu in which they are attempting to act.
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Trust, morality -- and oxytocin?

Trust, morality -- and oxytocin? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What drives our desire to behave morally? Neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it "the moral molecule") is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that help build a stable society.
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Bitcoin Social Revolution Documentary Teaser - YouTube

History teacher Dan Falcone and English teacher Saul Isaacson spoke with Noam Chomsky in his Cambridge office on September 16, 2014, about education and indoctrination, the 1960s, the Powell memorandum, democracy, the creation of ISIS, the media and the way "capitalism" actually works in the United States.

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Peter Thiel, Believe It Or Not, Is A Marxist - Forbes

Peter Thiel, the “don” of the Paypal Mafia has a new book out called Zero to One, based on his Stanford Startup course.  It is an excellent book, both insightful and practical, and anyone who’s interested in creating a business should read it.

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The Rise Of Open Source Hardware

The Rise Of Open Source Hardware | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Hardware has always lagged behind software in the open source movement. But one website is beginning to change that. 
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The Selfie Culture: Should We Be Worried? - The Social Media Monthly

The Selfie Culture: Should We Be Worried? - The Social Media Monthly | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Selfie Culture: Should We Be Worried?   You can hardly go onto Facebook, Instagram or any other social media site without being inundated with selfies.
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Maryland company to open 3-D printer plant - Baltimore Sun

Maryland company to open 3-D printer plant - Baltimore Sun | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Meet Micro, a cube-shaped 3-D printer that could stand on your desk or kitchen counter, carries on its plastic shoulders part of an effort to turn Maryland into a center of a fast-growing technology.

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Open source solutions ease process of updating legacy systems

Open source solutions ease process of updating legacy systems | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Firmware development makes it possible to update legacy equipment while controlling costs.
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The Innovative, Unlikely Idea That Could Save America's Forests - TakePart

The Innovative, Unlikely Idea That Could Save America's Forests - TakePart | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Warming and drought are contributing to bigger and more frequent wildfires. A new approach—helping trees get the rain and snowfall they need—could be a model to help forests worldwide.
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MyCreativity | Never Mind the Sharing Economy: Here’s Platform Capitalism

MyCreativity | Never Mind the Sharing Economy: Here’s Platform Capitalism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Lately, the so-called “sharing economy” has been all over the news. Under flashy headlines such as “Sharing is the New Owning” it is heralded as the solution to the current financial crisis, the path toward a more sustainable economy or even the harbinger of a post-capitalist society. And while the “sharing economy” is supposed to be all these wonderful things at once, it also generates such disruptive and fantastically profitable businesses  likeAirBnBUber or TaskRabbit. No wonder then, that policy makers are getting increasingly excited about this ‘force for good’. Just a few weeks ago, the British government announced its intention to “make the UK the global centre for the sharing economy.” As Business and Enterprise minister Matthew Hancock rejoiced: “By backing the sharing economy… we’re making sure that Britain is at the forefront of progress and by future proofing our economy we’re helping to protect the next generation.”

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Peer Production as a Model for the Provision by Food Services Collectives - P2P Foundation

Peer Production as a Model for the Provision by Food Services Collectives - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"Based on the examples of two collectives preparing lunches and giving them for free with an option of donation at Montreal universities, this article considers how services of general interest could be organized in an alternative way — namely how the combination of paid and unpaid work, spontaneous work involving high number of volunteers, and the dissociation of annual income from sale of output can serve as a model for providing needed public services. The probable expansion of such services in the future is supported by several current trends in the developed countries: for example, underemployment of human resources, a new work ethos, and the democratic deficit inherent in the current system of service provision by state or market providers. This article applies the case study method to illustrate citizens’ attitudes and to consider what structural and organizational changes may be needed to set up an alternative form of service provision potentially applicable to other venues."
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