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“Paul Mason’s remarkable and highly readable book does a great job of putting the uprisings of 2011 in a longer-term historical context, as well as helping to emphasize that they are far from over.”
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This video was made in an attempt to try an explain some of the specifics relating to the accusations against Julian Assange. It was also made in the hope of shedding some light on the circumstances that have led to the current diplomatic standoff involving the Wikileaks founder.
In 2006, graduate students and teachers at the Utrecht New Media & Digital Culture research program presented a list of books, films, movies and games that we considered essential for understanding new media.
But the phenomenon isn’t limited to the car. As the millennial cohort ages and moves into the workforce, observers are seeing a trend away from the splashy, unbridled consumerism of earlier eras, towards a new kind of thinking about ownership, one that affects everything from how we get around, to when we buy homes, right down towhy people buy things at all.
A short portrait of a view that pervades the zeitgeist of technological change. Find out about my next project on privacy & surveillance below..
A glance at history turns up the names of many heroes—from Robin Hood to Chief Joseph to Gandhi—who stood up to protect the commons on behalf of future generations. One name from history not likely to be associated with the commons is Muhammad.
TED Talks David Logan talks about the five kinds of tribes that humans naturally form -- in schools, workplaces, even the driver's license bureau.
Evolution is presented as a trial-and-error process that produces a progressive accumulation of knowledge. At the level of technology, this leads to ephemeralization, i.e. ever increasing productivity, or decreasing of the friction that normally dissipates resources. As a result, flows of matter, energy and information circulate ever more easily across the planet. This global connectivity increases the interactions between agents, and thus the possibilities for conflict. However, evolutionary progress also reduces social friction, via the creation of institutions. The emergence of such “mediators” is facilitated by stigmergy: the unintended collaboration between agents resulting from their actions on a shared environment. The Internet is a near ideal medium for stigmergic interaction. Quantitative stigmergy allows the web to learn from the activities of its users, thus becoming ever better at helping them to answer their queries. Qualitative stigmergy stimulates agents to collectively develop novel knowledge. Both mechanisms have direct analogues in the functioning of the human brain. This leads us to envision the future, super-intelligent web as a “global brain” for humanity. The feedback between social and technological advances leads to an extreme acceleration of innovation. An extrapolation of the corresponding hyperbolic growth model would forecast a singularity around 2040. This can be interpreted as the evolutionary transition to the Global Brain regime.
Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter may be all the rage today. But they’re only the beginning of something really big. Their true impact is that they’re spurring a new era of mass collaboration.
DemocracyNow.org - Outrage is growing over the U.S. Justice Department's prosecution of the 26-year-old who committed suicide last week just weeks before he ...
As the peer-to-peer marketplace expands in size and scope—moving beyond goods to a wide range of services—it will increasingly upend major industries, from hospitality and education to tourism and transportation. In researching Peer Power, one of our 10 Trends for 2013, we talked with Lisa Gansky, author of The Mesh: Why the Future of Business Is Sharing. Gansky focuses on the design of products, services, partnerships and business models in which “access to goods, services and talent triumphs over the ownership of them”; find her at Meshing.it. She talked to us about hidden value and “meanwhile use,” how P2P services can build community and how they benefit cities.
The petitioning group Avaaz is polling its 17 million members to redefine its priorities as part of a huge exercise in global democracy. But does its brand of online activism actually work? (Participatory democracy.
Rather than an economy based on property finance, underpinned by enormous debt, a new genuinely productive economy based on making, caring and exchanging goods and services could create thriving high streets again. Youth services, libraries, creches and the like, which all face savage cuts, are obvious choices for empty premises. Jamie Oliver's "Ministry of Food", silly name notwithstanding, has seen the opening of kitchens offering cookery classes in high streets from Rotherham to Stratford.
If 2011 was the year“collaborative consumption” went mainstream, and 2012 was the year it started to look like a threat to the old guard in the business world, 2013 may be the year that the crazy kids in the “sharing economy”are forced to grow up in a big hurry.
Welcome to the MA program New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands | Welkom bij de MA Nieuwe Media & Digitale Cultuur aan de Universiteit Utrecht
Parita Doshi, associate at OnPurpose, considers the bonuses of the "sharing economy" and why it has led to a boom in sharing online marketplaces
It won't bring him back. But the loss of the Internet activist has prompted a bill in Congress that would protect others from the same kind of prosecutorial abuse.
Neurosciences and especially neuroinformatics [iv] have their very own crowd versions. Among these, there is a case that is currently quite successful on the internet: the company Backyard Brains [v], founded by two students of the University of Michigan, Gregory Gage and Tim Marzullo.
Have you heard about The Commons? You own a piece of it; we all do.
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I have officially shed the house and two car lifestyle. These days I make my home in Belltown. Metro, cabs and lifts from friends have helped to fill the motorized transportation holes in my new life, together with a scooter I bought for short rides. And now there's another way for me to get around: short-term, one-way car rentals from Car2Go, a company profiled in Crosscut last month.
An entire generation brought up to regard many things in life—including communication and most intellectual property—as limitless and free is coming of age. They will join generations of their elders who studied college courses on the economics of scarcity and believe that "there is no such thing as a free lunch."
Scholars can connect between institutions, countries and disciplines easily, faster and more thoroughly than ever before. A two-part virtual seminar will give researchers tips on how to make the most of collaborative platforms and social networking sites, which are being used by a growing number of scholars worldwide.
Earlier this year Dr. Vuokko Jarva, a futures scholar who works on consumer education to promote future consciousness and planetary responsibility and is developing new narrative approaches in futures studies, invited me to write an essay for the Finnish journal Futura (a publication of the Finnish Society for Futures Studies). The special edition of the journal was concerned with what in Finland is termed “close democracy”. From what I understand from Vuokko, this is not quite what is termed in English “participatory democracy”, it is more hands on, more involved, more peer to peer. I get the feeling that the Fins are way ahead of everyone else in pioneering democratic avenues of expression