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Anyone who thinks new technology isn’t going to keep changing the world has got their head in the sand. We are seeing progress every day online, and businesses are doing their level best
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If you support structures that distribute violence, in what way are you nonviolent? How is nonviolence a meaningful concept in this context? Does nonviolence just mean opposition to nonstate violence and state violence deem illegitimate?
I think people of the sustainable equitable democratic left benefit greatly from being technoscientifically-literate and technodevelopmentally-concerned, since technoscience issues and change are a primary site of social struggle in our historical moment.
2012 was, without a doubt, the most intense year to date in the fight for civil liberties and against the copyright monopoly. While much work remains to be done, we can see a light at the end of the tunnel.
RT @alansmlxl: Open Business Models http://t.co/hGvMQynV from the Collaborative Economy report of mbauwens #OpenBusiness
= Freicoin is a peer-to-peer (P2P) currency based on the accounting concept of a proof-of-work block chain used by Satoshi Nakamoto in the creation of Bitcoin.
If a law enforcement agency wants to examine your snail mail or the contents of your computer hard drive, it must obtain a search warrant, which means it must convince a judge that there is probable cause that a crime has been committed. But no warrant is required to obtain email or documents you have stored in a computer "cloud" so long as they are 180 days old.
Arun Sundararajan, professor and NEC Faculty Fellow at New York University's Stern School of Business, speaks at Techonomy 2012 in Tucson, Ariz.
An initiative from participants at the World Social Forum of 2009, at Belem – Pará, Brazil, which calls all citizens of the world and their organizations to engage in the struggle for the deprivatization and demercantilization of common goods.
www.euronews.com Meet the author of a work about staving off our own extinction: Jeremy Rifkin, who advises the European Commission. He is an American economist. He has just published ‘The Third Industrial Revolution’, which argues that the human species is coming to the end of a cycle. In it, he looks at economic desperation, climate change and the exhaustion of fossil fuel supplies, and contends that only a sweeping adoption of alternative energy sources and what he calls ‘lateral power’ will ensure that we enjoy our future, and prepare a happy one for our children. Maxime Biosse Duplan spoke to the author on the terrace of the Fine Arts Museum in the French city of Lyon, where euronews is based, about awareness of our whole biosphere. Maxime Biosse Duplan, euronews: Mr Rifkin, you’ve said it is highly unlikely that human beings will manage to survive on this planet. We hear a lot of talk about economic crisis, but you say we are threatened with extinction. Isn’t this vision a bit pessimistic? Jeremy Rifkin: You know, 99.5% of all the species that have ever lived on this planet have come and gone. It is hubris to believe that somehow we are going to live in perpetuity here. And so I think this is a moment of crisis. We are now paying the bill for 200 years of an industrial revolution based on fossil fuels. We spew too much CO2 and methane and nitrous oxide into the atmosphere. We can’t get enough of the sun’s heat off the planet, and what we are seeing here is a …
In 1991, an undergraduate Finnish computer science student, Linus Torvalds, had a surprising idea: he began to write a new operating system on his PC. His initial goal was to be able to try some things that weren’t possible with the operating systems then available to him. After several months of tinkering, Torvalds noted that he had developed a system that could be useful for others, too. He announced his work on the Internet and asked for feedback about features that people would like to see. Some weeks later, he put the software online. Now anybody could download and use his code. It was also possible to adapt it to better fit your needs, if you knew how to program.
Although the problem is now considerably smaller than it was one year ago, a significant amount of misinformation about Bitcoin continues to float around the internet. Part of the problem is that the concept of Bitcoin is so unlike anything seen before; decentralized currencies that have no offline presence were not exactly a common sight before Bitcoin came along. Bitcoin is also unusual in that it is a high-tech subject which has consequences reaching far outside the technology world, leading to under-educated journalists churning out sentences like “the Bitcoin program is under licensing by MIT, the globalist-controlled think-tank college.”
Streetbank puts you in touch with your community, bringing neighbourboods closer and making the world a bit nicer. See members living within one mile, make requests on the community noticeboard, lend items, give away unwanted stuff and ask for help.
A social charter is an established set of norms, rules, rights, and practices that define a community’s relationship to a commons and way of governing it. When commons have been enclosed, lost, or forgotten, commoners have historically turned to the social charter as a tool for reclaiming those commons and managing them in trust for their beneficiaries.
In a recent post, Paul Krugman asks us to "[c]onsider for a moment a sort of fantasy technology scenario." The appearance of that word "scenario" should be chilling enough to those who know it tends to portend think-tank non-thinking is on the way. That it is preceded by the word "technology" removes all doubt, and as for the word "fantasy," well, whenever the words "technology" and "scenario" are combined one should more or less just consider that one implied.
To me it is basically the idea, probably born at the same time as post-tribal class-based society, that an alternative human arrangement based on equal relationships and without the inheritance of wealth and privilege is possible. It is something that appears again and again in human history as an expression of those that are not privileged in the existing social arrangements.
Welcome to Internet 3.0 era: a collaborative life, an age where access trumps over ownership, an age where openness becomes the new standard
Fantastisch goed en zeer lezenswaardig artikel over de opkomst van the collaborative economy.
“A little-noticed report by the OECD sheds light on why the telco industry so forcefully prevents more and better internet connectivity to Europe’s entrepreneurs and households: the telcos are currently overcharging by five orders of magnitude by forcing people to use the telco network rather than the Internet.”
World changing pundits struggle with naming a concept that creates economic growth, increases access to goods and services, yet reduces consumption.
Bernard Stiegler is the only philosopher I know who deals directly with the emergence of the new generative logic of the internet and the shock it creates with the prevailing system, and how it is therefore, derailed.
"A commons-based society refers to a shift in values and policies away from the market-based system that dominates modern society, especially over the past 30 years. The foundation of the market is narrowly focused on private wealth, while the commons is built upon what we all share—air, water, public spaces, public health, public services, the Internet, cultural endowments and much more. One of the most compelling ideas being raised today is the possibility of evolving from a market-based society to a commons-based society. The commons has always been an element of human civilization. But its central role in sustaining all societies has recently been rediscovered, inspiring new lines of thinking in fields ranging from high technology to public health to business. A commons-based society is one that values and protects commons assets, managing them for the benefit of everyone. Market-based solutions would be valuable tools in a commons-based society, as long as they do not undermine the workings of the commons itself." (http://www.commonslearningalliance.org/content/what-commons-based-society)
Internet is now shaping the real, material goods economy. Welcome to the era of Internet 3.0: a collaborative life, an age where access trumps ownership, an age where openness becomes the norm.
MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. — After Zach Marks' parents got angry that their son went behind their backs to play on Facebook, the 11-year-old decided to create his own, kid-friendly social media site.
While smaller enterprises nibble at the edges, Big Business will take a big bite into the Collaborative Consumption market.
AirBnB, TaskRabbit, ZipCar, Boris Bikes - there are some iconic businesses driving the growth in Collaborative Consumption, aka The Sharing Economy.