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How “able” will the connected world become? - The Networked Society Blog

How “able” will the connected world become? - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Networked Glasses were introduced earlier this year while augmented reality applications are already entering the mass market. Disney is launching a networked wristband at their theme parks allowing families to pre-book their favorite rides and cut waiting times. Many of us are already using pulse-meters to monitor the impact of our exercise. The era of ‘wearables’ is just beginning.

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Shareable: How to Start a Community Currency

Shareable: How to Start a Community Currency | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The centralized creation of money and credit has a profoundly negative effect on local economies, sovereignty, and social cohesion. Bankers value profit at all costs, while locally-controlled institutions tend to hold other values - like community, justice and sustainability - more highly.

 

 

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Project of the Day: Turkopticon

Project of the Day: Turkopticon | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Helps the people in the ‘crowd’ of crowdsourcing watch out for each other—because nobody else seems to be. Almost half of the Mechanical Turk workers who wrote their Bill of Rights demanded protection from employers who take their work without paying”.

 
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Bezos needs to reinvent a business model, not journalism - Reuters Blogs (blog)

Bezos needs to reinvent a business model, not journalism - Reuters Blogs (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


It is the failure of traditional media companies to devise business models that turn the new distribution technology to their advantage.

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Call to fund research on an easy and COMPLETE alternative to Gmail, Facebook etc… | Stop

Call to fund research on an easy and COMPLETE alternative to Gmail, Facebook etc… | Stop | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I have been using my own email service and self-hosted blogs since 2006/2007. I started explaining why everybody should do the same three years ago, when I proposed Virtual Personal Email Servers to overcome the big limits of today’s email. In 2011 I repeated why it is important to find alternatives to Gmail.

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Noam Chomsky - The Purpose of Education

Noam Chomsky discusses the purpose of education, impact of technology, whether education should be perceived as a cost or an investment and the value of standardised assessment. 
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The German Rosa Luxemburg Foundation 2013 Activities on the Commons

The German Rosa Luxemburg Foundation 2013 Activities on the Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Second is a call for contributions (deadline 1st of december 2013) concerning the 100th Anniversary of Luxemburg’s “The Accumulation of Capital: A Contribution to an Economic Explanation of Imperialism”. In this work she developed the figure of “land grabbing” (Landnahme) as a continuous precondition for capitalist surplus production, whereby “land grabbing” can be understood more generally as “enclosure of the commons”. These texts will be used as the basis for an international workshop to be held on 7.- 9. March 2014, in Berlin.

 
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MIT Media Lab, d.school Point the Way Toward Decentralized, Networked ... - PBS MediaShift

MIT Media Lab, d.school Point the Way Toward Decentralized, Networked ... - PBS MediaShift | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

According to the ancient Greeks, humans received the gift of fire from the Titan, Prometheus. Paleoanthropologists have unearthed evidence that our early ancestor, homo erectus, was able to control fire around 400,000 years ago. Whether looking through the lens of myth or science the analysis is similar: Controlling fire was a watershed event in human evolution. It was perhaps the first of many critical technological thresholds that would radically change our relationship with the environment, ourselves and what it means to be human.

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Braintree aims to become go-to payment platform for sharing economy

Braintree aims to become go-to payment platform for sharing economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Payments company Braintree released a mobile marketplace API today that simplifies payment processing for marketplace operators, like TaskRabbit.
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The sharing economy: 40+ peer-to-peer start-ups | Econsultancy

The sharing economy: 40+ peer-to-peer start-ups | Econsultancy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

If you want hard numbers, Forbes magazine has estimated total revenues across the sharing and P2P companies could reach $3.5bn by 2014, with growth exceeding 25%.

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How Trust Builds Transactions in the Sharing Economy

How Trust Builds Transactions in the Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

BlaBlaCar is a trusted community marketplace that connects drivers with empty seats to passengers looking for a ride. At Convergence Paris 2013, founder Frédéric Mazzella explained how leveraging technology and social platforms enabled BlaBlaCar to gain and strengthen trust among its 3 million drivers and passengers, and making travel more efficient and cost effective for millions of members across Europe.

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Manning, Snowden, Assange and The Rise of the Internet Generation - Dissident Voice

Manning, Snowden, Assange and The Rise of the Internet Generation - Dissident Voice | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s volcanic revelations of ubiquitous US surveillance are in their third month. The aftershocks felt around the world continue. As Russia granted Snowden temporary asylum, the White House fell into anger and dismay.

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Which Innovation Will Millennials Be Remembered For? - PolicyMic

Which Innovation Will Millennials Be Remembered For? - PolicyMic | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Collaborative consumption is a system of organized sharing, renting, trading, or swapping of goods and services often facilitated by online platforms.

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NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds

NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Agency also has overstepped legal authority since Congress gave it broad new power in 2008.
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Selected Citations on P2P (and) Technology

Selected Citations on P2P (and) Technology | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Technological transformations do not impress me, biological technology does not impress me, Internet does not impress me. I say this not out of arrogance. No doubt much of what we do will change if we adopt the different technological options at hand, but our actions will not change unless our emotioning changes. We live a culture centered in domination and submission, mistrust and control, dishonesty, commerce and greediness, appropriation and mutual manipulation … and unless our emotioning changes all that will change in our lives will be the way in which we continue in wars, greediness, mistrust, dishonesty, and abuse of others and of nature. Indeed, we shall remain the same. Technology is not the solution for human problems because human problems belong to the emotional domain as they are conflicts in our relational living that arise when we have desires that lead to contradictory actions. It is the kind of human being, Homo sapiens amans, Homo sapiens aggressans, or Homo sapiens arrogans, at the moment in which we have access to a new technology, either as users or observers, that determines how we use it or what we see in it.”

 
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How the Internet Can Open Government - Wall Street Journal

How the Internet Can Open Government - Wall Street Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


"One of the reasons you have a government is because in the provision of certain public processes you assume there is a greater wisdom in the official mind than exists anywhere else," he said.

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Commons Lab - P2P Foundation

Commons Lab - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The Commons Lab aims to structure a discourse and a series of actions and activities related to this concept. "Procomún" (Commons) is a new term that seeks to express a very old idea: that some assets belong to everyone and together they form a community of resources that should be actively protected and managed. That community consists of the things we inherit or create jointly and hope to leave to future generations. The Commons includes natural resources such as air, water, oceans, wildlife and deserts, as well as the Internet, radio-electric space, numbers, and medication. It also includes many social creations: libraries, parks, public spaces, scientific research, creative works, and the public knowledge we have accumulated over centuries.

 
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Meet the Hackers Who Want to Jailbreak the Internet | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Meet the Hackers Who Want to Jailbreak the Internet | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Packed into a small conference room in Portland, Oregon, this rag-tag band of coders has quite the online pedigree, and their mission is far more ambitious than you might expect. They hope to jailbreak the internet.
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Beach Reads: What On Earth Is Going On? - Forbes

Beach Reads: What On Earth Is Going On? - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Don Tapscott was an early pioneer in plotting the economic possibilities, first in Wikinomics (2006) and then with the wider implications inMacrowikinomics (2010). In a recent conversation, he pointed out to me that our institutions have “essentially run out of gas. For a long time, those institutions were great: they advanced humanity and prosperity around the world. But they are now unable to take us forward. So this is not a time for tinkering. This is a time of fundamental change.”

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How This Car-Sharing Company Is Growing Up, Fast | YoungEntrepreneur.com

How This Car-Sharing Company Is Growing Up, Fast | YoungEntrepreneur.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In the sharing economy, customers are your sellers, buyers and inventory. While efficient, the model may attract unwanted questions from regulators, as many startups are beginning to learn firsthand.
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Life-cycle economic analysis of distributed manufacturing with open ...

Life-cycle economic analysis of distributed manufacturing with open ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The recent development of open-source 3-D printers makes scaling of distributed additive-based manufacturing of high-value objects technically feasible and offers the potential for widespread proliferation of mechatronics education and participation. These self-replicating rapid prototypers (RepRaps) can manufacture approximately half of their own parts from sequential fused deposition of polymer feedstocks. RepRaps have been demonstrated for conventional prototyping and engineering, customizing scientific equipment, and appropriate technology-related manufacturing for sustainable development.
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U.S. Regulators Aim to Close 'Wild West' Frontier of Bitcoin - Entrepreneur

U.S. Regulators Aim to Close 'Wild West' Frontier of Bitcoin - Entrepreneur | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Americans are all about new frontiers. But the frontier of digital currencies represented by Bitcoin -- for so long the province and playground of crypto-anarchists, monetary-theory wonks and libertarian idealists and, more recently, the site of major venture-capital investment -- may soon be closing.

 



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5 Things Craigslist Teaches Us about the Beauty of Trade - Acton Institute (blog)

5 Things Craigslist Teaches Us about the Beauty of Trade - Acton Institute (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Perhaps the one thing that ties all this together is the obvious but underappreciated notion that interaction and exchange is interaction and exchange. All of the bigger economic arguments about mutual material benefit and the way trade connects Person X with Product Y or Service Z are important and compelling, but they represent neither the arc nor the end of the story.

 
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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Collaborative, Sharing Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Collaborative, Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Since the advent of the steam engine in the late 18th century, technology advances have been radically improving the productivity of business, enabling companies to significantly lower their prices while providing higher quality products and services.  Throughout the Industrial Revolution of the past two centuries, a stream of disruptive technologies, - steam engines, railroads, electricity, cars, airplanes, phones, radio, TV and so on, - have transformed the economy and just about every single industry, as well as re-shaping the institutions of society...

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Crowdfunding's Slippery Slope - Huffington Post

Crowdfunding's Slippery Slope - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Most people agree that it has been a boon -- another solution to the lack of credit in our economy -- but it's also treading some disturbing waters. First, some context.

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