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▶ Yochai Benkler - Conflicts in Cultural Production - YouTube

Does the end of exclusive control over copies spell the death of cultural production? Yochai Benkler thinks not. While the music industry makes money off CDs, musicians supports themselves with performances. He points out that the film studios, on the other hand, take a large part of their revenues from performance and less from media commodities. He outlines how the changing cost structures in film and music production are enabling new stratums of society to create.

  
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InMobi to host prestigious Aaron Swartz memorial hackathon - CIOL

InMobi to host prestigious Aaron Swartz memorial hackathon - CIOL | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 - January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist.

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Aaron Swartz Story Comes to Sundance - Jewish Daily Forward (blog)

Aaron Swartz Story Comes to Sundance - Jewish Daily Forward (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A year after Internet activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide, a new documentary brings to light the young computer prodigy’s earnest battle to bring online freedom of access to information for everyone.

 

 

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Michael J. Sandel: Markets and Morals (Complete)

Michael J. Sandel: Markets and Morals (Complete) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Political philosopher Michael J. Sandel gives a talk based on his recent book "What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets," following introductory remarks by Bunty Chand and Homi Bhabha.
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The Sharing Economy: A revolution for, not against

The Sharing Economy: A revolution for, not against | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“With this, a new social contract is forming based on peer to peer relations, which the P2P Foundation has been exploring for a decade. Instead competing with sharp elbows for rank in the hierarchy, individuals are empowered to face each other as equals and ask a simple but revolutionary question — “what can we create together?”

 
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Is Android the New Windows? Malware Makers Think So - Huffington Post

Is Android the New Windows? Malware Makers Think So - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

By now, most of us know that when surfing the Web we shouldn't click on ads promising us new ways to lose weight without dieting, read emails about magic pills to boost our "egos" or even click on Twitter links about the "shocking" pictures some friend supposedly found of us online. That is, we know not to do those things from our computers. And hackers and cybercriminals know we know this, too. That's why they're targeting our smartphones.

 
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Humanitarianism in the Network Age - P2P Foundation

Humanitarianism in the Network Age - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have just published a groundbreaking must-read study on Humanitarianism in the Network Age; an important and forward-thinking policy document on humanitarian technology and innovation. The report “imagines how a world of increasingly informed, connected and self-reliant communities will affect the delivery of humanitarian aid. Its conclusions suggest a fundamental shift in power from capital and headquarters to the people [that] aid agencies aim to assist.” The latter is an unsettling prospect for many. To be sure, Humanitarianism in the Network Age calls for “more diverse and bottom-up forms of decision-making—something that most Governments and humanitarian organizations were not designed for. Systems constructed to move information up and down hierarchies are facing a new reality where information can be generated by any-one, shared with anyone and acted by anyone.” (http://irevolution.net/2013/04/09/humanitarianism-network-age/)

 
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The second wave: forking the Bitcoin Protocol and what it means for the future of money

The second wave: forking the Bitcoin Protocol and what it means for the future of money | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“A programmer can piggyback on the bitcoin code, customise it, and within a day give you your own currency. There are around 70 cryptocurrencies currently being traded in reasonable quantities. At the moment, most have tinkered around with bitcoin to offer some kind of additional edge. Litecoins offer faster transactions. Worldcoins, designed with a small total cap, promise to appreciate over time. Anoncoin claims to be more anonymous (obviously) and Stablecoin to have “military-grade” encryption.

 
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Open Access: Current Policy and Business Models

Open Access: Current Policy and Business Models | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The seminar “Open Access: International and Domestic Policies” was held at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies on January 22, 2014. Open access has become increasingly important in the journal publication process, and the policies that surround both the publication and distribution are controversial. Drawing from careers in open access agencies such as AAAS, SPARC, and the Potomac Institute, the three panelists highlighted core features of US open access policy, as well as the business models of open access.

 
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'Welcome' to the Sharing Economy -- Also Known as the Collapse of the American Dream

'Welcome' to the Sharing Economy -- Also Known as the Collapse of the American Dream | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Thomas Friedman, and others, have recently extolled the virtues of the sharing economy (see "Welcome to the Sharing Economy," or "How to Monetize Your Closet"). At the risk of bragging, my immigrant parents were clearly trendsetters in this area. They typically rented or borrowed spare rooms (rather than stay at motels/hotels, or in a regular apartment), cars, clothing, shoes or pretty much anything they couldn't afford to own themselves -- which was just about everything. They also pioneered as "micro-entrepreneurs," always willing to do an odd job for cash. Of course, this was in the late 1930s, when my poor and uneducated immigrant parents were just one step short of becoming homeless. The 21st century sharing economy isn't being embraced because people want "lightweight (asset-free) living." It's usually embraced for the same reasons it was embraced in the 1920s-1930s. For many people, there's not any other choice.

 
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The Sharing Economy - Dissident Voice

The Sharing Economy - Dissident Voice | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In recent years, the concept and practice of sharing resources is fast becoming a mainstream phenomenon across North America, Western Europe and other world regions. The internet is awash with articles and websites that celebrate the vast potential of sharing human and physical assets, in everything from cars and bicycles to housing, workplaces, food, household items, and even time or expertise. According to most general definitions that are widely available online, the sharing economy leverages information technology to empower individuals or organisations to distribute, share and re-use excess capacity in goods and services. The business icons of the new sharing economy include the likes of Airbnb, Zipcar, Lyft, Taskrabbit and Poshmark, although hundreds of other for-profit as well as non-profit organisations are associated with this burgeoning movement that is predicated, in one way or another, on the age-old principle of sharing.

 
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New collaborative platforms in Limburg: Startup Pirates for Innovators and Service Boulevard | Talkin'Business online magazine

New collaborative platforms in Limburg: Startup Pirates for Innovators and Service Boulevard | Talkin'Business online magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship, Chemelot Campus and LIOF introduce Startup Pirates for Innovators and the Service Boulevard. The launch of these regional initiatives brings young innovators together in a new collaborative platform in Limburg in an inspirational and supportive setting.

 
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Trends from CES 2014 – from the future telco perspective - The Networked Society Blog

Trends from CES 2014 – from the future telco perspective - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The news is full of stories covering the major trends at CES. From wearables to the Internet of Things, Connected Cars and the usual plethora of giant TV’s. Robots are a new and growing category. But what are the most important trends that operators, especially mobile operators, need to understand?

 
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Yochai Benkler - On Autonomy, Control and Cultural Experience - YouTube

Individuals have a stake in the fight for control over the information environment that goes beyond the lust for free entertainment. Here, Benkler discusses the growth of user autonomy, the possibility to be makers of our culture rather than remain merely passive recipients, as was the norm in the industrial system of information production. Those who formerly had control resist these changes for different reasons, be they the media industry through DRM, or teachers warning their pupils away from wikipedia.

  
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'The Internet's Own Boy' fights for reform after Aaron Swartz's death - The Verge

'The Internet's Own Boy' fights for reform after Aaron Swartz's death - The Verge | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

January 11th marked the first anniversary of Aaron Swartz’s death. As an inventor, a coder, and an activist, Swartz had an outsized impact on the world before he died at the age of 26. In his short life, he helped to shape the modern internet by developing RSS, Creative Commons licenses, and Reddit. But he also spent the last two years of his life fighting a legal case that stemmed from his copying millions of documents from a digital library. Depressed and facing 35 years in prison, Swartz committed suicide in his Brooklyn apartment.

 

 

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Ethical Capitalism? It's Worth a Try

Ethical Capitalism? It's Worth a Try | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We can understand why. The short-term, purely self-interested thinking that contributed to the crisis and subsequent recession has also contributed to a long list of human tragedies: Thousands of workers killed when unregulated factories collapse; a growing income inequality where one billion people barely survive on less than $1 a day; and dangerous climate changes pressuring the supply of basic commodities. Some blame "capitalism" for these problems and, by extension, condemn capitalism as inherently unethical.

 
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A Conversation on the "Sharing Economy" with Neal Gorenflo and ...

A Conversation on the "Sharing Economy" with Neal Gorenflo and ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The sharing economy is a movement of movements emerging from the grassroots up to solve today’s biggest challenges, which traditional institutions can’t manage alone. New and exciting solutions are changing how we produce, consume, govern, and solve social problems. In the same vein, the maker movement, collaborative consumption, the solidarity economy, open source software, open government, and social enterprise are a few of the movements showing a way forward based on sharing. At the core of this societal turnaround is both modern and infinite wisdom – “that it’s only through sharing, cooperation, and contribution to the common good that it’s possible to create lives and a world worth having”.

 
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Inside The Internet Underground - Esquire

Inside The Internet Underground - Esquire | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As the struggle intensifies between those who would limit access to information and those who believe the internet should remain entirely unregulated, the cyber war has gone offline: in bedrooms and boardrooms, in the streets, in court, even in prison, hackers, trolls and associated free speech activists are fighting against governments and corporations over the digital world’s greatest resource: data. Esquire went inside the Internet Underground – Anonymous, LulzSec and other groups of pranksters and protesters – to find that as the authorities harden their stance, the hackers are regrouping, wounded but defiant. And the battle has only just started.

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Plans for new 'people-powered' net

Plans for new 'people-powered' net | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

An ambitious project has been launched that the developers hope could one day replace the current internet.

Bitcloud aims to harness the same methods used to mine Bitcoins, to provide services currently controlled by internet service providers (ISPs) and corporations.

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Why Cooperatives and Cooperators Outlast Start-Ups ?

Why Cooperatives and Cooperators Outlast Start-Ups ? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Co-operatives and mutuals have performed impressively in the recession, with turnover across the board up 9.6% since 2008, compared to a shrinkage of 1.7% in the UK economy. That resilience is also seen in start-up success: 98% of co-operatives are still trading three years after formation against 65% of ordinary companies.

 
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Microvinyas: ethical vineyards producing wine for the common good - The Guardian

Microvinyas: ethical vineyards producing wine for the common good - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Wine producers in Spain are pioneering a collective approach, where investors can buy a small plot and produce their own vintages from the vines there 
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How can you adapt to a 'sharing' economy?

How can you adapt to a 'sharing' economy? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As the green shoots of a global economic recovery make a show, you may be tempted to take a deep breath, remember what life was like back in 2008 and look forward to things getting back to how they used to be.
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The Sharing Economy: A Short Introduction to its Political Evolution

The Sharing Economy: A Short Introduction to its Political Evolution | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Can the sharing economy movement address the root causes of the world’s converging crises? As the sharing economy receives increasing attention from the media, a debate is beginning to emerge around its overall importance and future direction.
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Securing the Internet of Things… and Everything - The Network

Securing the Internet of Things… and Everything - The Network | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Media buzz from the recent Computer Electronics Show (CES), leaves no doubt that the era of the Internet of Things (IoT), smart, networked devices, is here and growing at an exponential pace. Wearable devices like fit bands are becoming commonplace. Smart phone applications have become essential for work and leisure where access and connectivity are key. Add to these home devices like Nest thermostats that program themselves through the power of the cloud – and you can see how these “things” all contribute to today’s count of approximately 10 billion Internet-connected devices. Now consider the people who use them, how they use them, and all the data they generate. With IoT, we are unlocking the “personalization of IT.”

 
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Can open middleware revolutionize education? - opensource.com

Can open middleware revolutionize education? - opensource.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"It is a miracle that curiosity escapes formal education." These words by Albert Einstein reflect a lot about the current state of education. It also captures the need for overhauling the fabric of our school system. Society needs technology solutions that extract the best out of all the stakeholders in education—students, teachers, and parents. And we need enterprises that revolutionize the learning ecosystem. inBloom is one such company that utilizes and integrates massive amounts of data to change the landscape of the education sector.

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