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Europe's booming software clusters still no match for Silicon Valley - Techworld.com

Europe's booming software clusters still no match for Silicon Valley - Techworld.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The EU has built a core of world class software zones but remains some way from emulating Silicon Valley’s ability to fuse technological innovation with economic success, a Fraunhofer Institute study looking at the continent’s top 15 clusters has found.

 
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How 3D printing is bringing the past back-to-life

How 3D printing is bringing the past back-to-life | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
THE Smithsonian Institution is bringing history into the future by breaking its artefacts out of the glass cabinets and into homes using 3D printing.
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'Team Open': Creative Commons finally finding its role? |

'Team Open': Creative Commons finally finding its role? | | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Creative Commons licenses are essential to virtually all of the different “open movements”, which have emerged over the past two decades beyond open source software. In the realm of open education, open science and open access, Creative Commons licenses are the standard way to make content open to the wider public. Also in fields such as open data and open government Creative Commons licenses are widely used to make it easier for third parties to re-use publicly funded content.

 
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Giving more in a sharing economy

Giving more in a sharing economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

People’s surplus time is something we can make much more of, particularly with regard to the needs of older people who are isolated or who feel vulnerable. To capitalise on this resource we have to tackle those obstacles that reduce people’s propensity to offer their surplus time. The solutions may be many but include technologies that allow people to identify where their surplus time, however marginal, can be used to good effect, achieving a better connectedness between formal care, informal family care and other community support, enabling organisations and groups to increase mutual support within existing structures, changing the perception of what older people have to offer, and supporting people to create their own systems of informal support. For each of these proposals there is a practical agenda. Finally, and perhaps most difficult to attach practical actions, we need a different ‘meme’ for supporting people that helps people to understand it as an everyday action for everyone.

 
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The Cheapening of ‘Open Source’, Where Source No Longer Means Source Code | Techrights

The Cheapening of ‘Open Source’, Where Source No Longer Means Source Code | Techrights | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

HEN it comes to freedom-respecting hardware, an explanation to the public about the benefits is relatively simple. Many refer to particular actions as “unlocking” or “jail-breaking”, so there is also familiar terminology one can use. The words “free” and “freedom” would have been very helpful in this context, but the “Open Source” movement sought to bury those words.

 
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The Uber Risk of The Sharing Economy - Enhance Insurance

The Uber Risk of The Sharing Economy - Enhance Insurance | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Airbnb guys are not dumb, they are well aware of the fault-lines in their model, they know the problems inherent in the accommodation industry, they know that at some point, someone will be beaten or molested or murdered, they know that a host will return home to the horrifying sight of a guest suicide, they know exactly what the media reaction will be, they know exactly what will happen to the notional value of their company, they know that one big compensation order will completely destroy the tenuous math upon which their company is based.

 
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III - Peer-to Peer Home Rental

III - Peer-to Peer Home Rental | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
If you are planning to rent out your home, guest room, couch—or even your home office while you are at work—your first step should be to contact your insurance professional. Peer-to-peer sharing opportunities, such as Airbnb, can be a handy way to bring in extra money and are increasingly popular; however, they can also leave you financially vulnerable, for example if your renter damages your property or if someone is hurt while they are in your home. 
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The commons and co-operative commonwealth - 4 Nov 2013 - Pat Conaty

Pat Conaty - Research associate at Co-operatives UK looks at the 'commons' throughout history and argues that the 'commons' are more relevant than ever in the 2
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Francis: The Occupy Pope? By Joshua Shnayer - American Spectator (blog)

Francis: The Occupy Pope? By Joshua Shnayer - American Spectator (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In an apostolic exhortation issued last Sunday Pope Francis characterized the free enterprise system as a form of “the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless.”

 
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The value of Twitter - Nouse

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This huge market capitalisation is incredible when one considers that by any common sense measure, Twitter is a failing business. The company, founded in 2006, has never turned a profit.

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Crowdsourcing: The Great Gender Equalizer? [Video] - Crowdsourcing.org

Crowdsourcing: The Great Gender Equalizer? [Video] - Crowdsourcing.org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Thomsgard's non-profit uses collective intelligence of the crowd to find females to speak at conferences, in the media, and everywhere else.

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Ecuador’s government asks society to help create a draft of a Free Software law | Sumak Yachay - Buen Conocer

Ecuador’s government asks society to help create a draft of a Free Software law | Sumak Yachay - Buen Conocer | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Ximena Amoroso, Ecuador’s Subsecretary of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENESCYT) invited Ecuadorian society to help “transparently write a draft software law for the country.

 
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Linux chief: 'Open source is safer, and Linux is more secure than any other OS ... - VentureBeat

Linux chief: 'Open source is safer, and Linux is more secure than any other OS ... - VentureBeat | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In an interview with Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin, VentureBeat got a bird’s-eye view of the future of the open-source operating system for 2014.

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Get Ready for a Whole New World Says Will i am

Will.i.am shares his view on 3D printing. "3D Printing will create jobs that don't exist yet" he states. 
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Defending the Cultural Commons: the Avant-Garde and Information ...

Today’s Open Access Week guest post comes from Stephen Voyce, Assistant Professor in the University of Iowa’s English department. It is an excerpt from an essay titled “Toward an Open-Source Poetics: Appropriation, Collaboration, and the Public Domain”, originally published in the journal Criticism (53.3 [Fall 2011]: 407-38). Professor Voyce will be participating in today’s panel discussion on academic publishing and open access. It will be held at 3 pm in room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre, and refreshments will be served. Find more details here about this event and Open Access Week at the University of Iowa. We hope you’ll join us.

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How San Francisco Is Changing the Way People Think of Green Space - National Journal

How San Francisco Is Changing the Way People Think of Green Space - National Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Tables and chairs sit neatly arranged on a wooden platform in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District. When the sun is shining, customers spill out of cafes and restaurants and crowd onto the platform. But this isn't just outdoor seating. It's a park.

 
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Stigmergic Collaboration A Theoretical Framework for Mass Collaboration

Stigmergic Collaboration A Theoretical Framework for Mass Collaboration | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This thesis presents an application-oriented theoretical framework for generalised and specific collaborative contexts with a special focus on Internet-based mass collaboration. The proposed framework is informed by the author’s many years of collaborative arts practice and the design, building and moderation of a number of online collaborative environments across a wide range of contexts and applications. The thesis provides transdisciplinary architecture for describing the underlying mechanisms that have enabled the emergence of mass collaboration and other activities associated with ‘Web 2.0′ by incorporating a collaboratively developed definition and general framework for collaboration and collective activity, as well as theories of swarm intelligence, stigmergy, and distributed cognition.

 
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Motorola Wants Everyone To Build Smartphones Like Lego Kits

Motorola Wants Everyone To Build Smartphones Like Lego Kits | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Introducing Project Ara, an experiment from Motorola aimed to creating smartphones made out of modular open source hardware.
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Zipcar examines how the sharing economy is stacking up

Zipcar examines how the sharing economy is stacking up | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Brits could pocket £12.4bn in savings by embracing a 'pay-as-you-live' economy and shunning traditional ownership of good and services.
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The Sharing Economy: Why Even the Mainstream Wants a Piece of the Pie - Knowledge@Wharton

The Sharing Economy: Why Even the Mainstream Wants a Piece of the Pie - Knowledge@Wharton | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


The sharing economy this year will generate $350 billion in transactions, said Melissa O'Young, founder of Let's Collaborate!

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Pat Conaty on the Need for Fast Money but Slow Capital

“”I am working to compile this as a report on an integrated Fair Trade Money and Banking system. This BALTA report for the Canadians should be published early next year. I gave a public lecture on the elements of this at Schumacher College in Devon last March. This was an Earth Talk and co-sponsored by Transition Towns UK.

 

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The Changing American Family

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Families, they say, are becoming more socially egalitarian over all, even as economic disparities widen. Families are more ethnically, racially, religiously and stylistically diverse than half a generation ago — than even half a year ago.

 
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New Web Video Series Looks at Privacy and the Paradox of the Digital Age - mediacaster

New Web Video Series Looks at Privacy and the Paradox of the Digital Age - mediacaster | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The key to protecting privacy online will be revealed in a new video series that looks at digital privacy in a hyper-connected world.

 
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MIT CoLab Conference seeks 'bottom-up' approach to climate change - Cambridge Chronicle

MIT CoLab Conference seeks 'bottom-up' approach to climate change - Cambridge Chronicle | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence’s CoLab together with the MIT Energy Initiative, the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, and MIT Sloan Sustainability, sponsored a conference to explore the role new technology-enabled approaches – like crowdsourcing, social media, and big data – could have in combating climate change. The Climate CoLab is an MIT project that seeks to crowdsource citizen-generated ideas on a range of topics related to climate change.

 

 

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Open Source Religion and Open Source Spirituality and its Relationship to a Global Spiritual Commons

A Global Spiritual Commons is defined as a common and free access spiritual wisdom resource (database,) cyber hub and collaborative network created and expanded by any and all individuals or organizations who wish to share their spiritual wisdom and experience in an open-source, peer-to-peer collaboration and co-creation. The Open Source Religion and Spirituality process and spiritual and administrative principles listed below this section facilitate the expansion, maintenance and the free and open use of the Global Spiritual Commons.

 
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