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on peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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Facebook introduces hashtags (Wired UK)

Facebook introduces hashtags (Wired UK) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
There’s no #stopping hashtags. Facebook is confirming it will officially support the maddeningly ubiquitous categorisation tool, allowing users to #hashtag posts and making those hashtags #clickable
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RootsAction | TPP: Terrible Plutocratic Plan

How is the Trans-Pacific Partnership a disaster that must be stopped? Let us count the ways!
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6 reasons you should, and shouldn't, freak out about the NSA data-mining - The Week Magazine

The "unimaginably vast trove of communications data" the NSA is compiling isn't just a digital record of each of us, says Eugene Robinson in The Washington Post, but "the bigger it gets, the more useful it is in enabling analysts to make predictions." So you may not be concerned that U.S. spooks can, at least theoretically, read the emails of ordinary Britons and Germans — though our allies certainly are — but digital crystal balls are dangerous.

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Chicago Public Library welcomes first 'fab lab' - Crain's Chicago Business

Chicago Public Library welcomes first 'fab lab' - Crain's Chicago Business | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Next month, the Chicago Public Library will open the city's first free "maker space" on the third floor of Harold Washington Library in the Loop. The pop-up fabrication lab will offer the public access to 3D printers, laser cutters, a milling machine and a vinyl cutter as well as a variety of supporting design software.

 



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Airbnb contributes €185 Million to the Paris economy, so don't write-off the Sharing Economy just yet. - Rude Baguette

Airbnb contributes €185 Million to the Paris economy, so don't write-off the Sharing Economy just yet. - Rude Baguette | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Peer-to-peer marketplace Airbnb has released an economic study of its Airbnb hosts and guests in Paris, looking at key figures pertaining to guests & hosts. The study, which comes a few months after a similar study on Airbnb’s effect on the San Francisco economy, showed some pretty interesting stats, such as the €185 Million contributed to the Paris economy, much of which is new (as opposed to professional short-term rentals that existed before Airbnb). Comparing this to the $56M contributed to the San Francisco economy, it’s amazing to see that Airbnb makes more money in (and contributes more money to) Paris than SF, though their previous figures on the number of listings and their investment in Paris explains this.

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Respect Trust Framework - P2P Foundation

Respect Trust Framework - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Among the three trust frameworks currently available, an intriguing one is the “Respect Trust Framework”. The idea of this framework is to not only establish a digital identity, but also to provide individuals control over ownership and sharing of their data on the internet. The key to the framework is the use of a crowd-sourced, peer-to-peer reputation system. It’s really very simple – people can vouch for you (for example, say “I vouch for John Smith’s innovativeness”), or complain about you (“I complain about John Smith’s stubbornness”). Similarly to eBay’s reputation system, the peer-to-peer reputation system grows over time, and the more vouches and complaints about a particular person, the more precise the information is and therefore the trust level in this person increases or decreases.

 
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I like the sound of this...building trust into the infrastructure. 

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Victory for Patients: SCOTUS Rules Against Gene Patents

Victory for Patients: SCOTUS Rules Against Gene Patents | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that human genes cannot be patented, a victory for "patient care and medical innovation," that will allow greater access to genetic testing and more affordable treatment for cancer patients, the American Civil Liberties Unionsaid today.

 

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An Epistemological Critique of Wikipedia

An Epistemological Critique of Wikipedia | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The idea that Wikipedia is epistemologically conservative may be counter-intuitive for many. Is not Wikipedia completely open and free? Don’t we know that anybody may write and edit this encyclopedia and that the editing process itself is transparent? Isn’t Wikipedia a fantastic example of international collective intelligence and one of the big successes of crowd-sourcing? Of course! But the big lesson of Jankowski’s work is that all this is not enough. There are still some emancipatory efforts to be made.

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COMMON STRUGGLES. A journey with European movements for the commons.

"Common Struggles" is a documentary that tells the story of the search for the meaning of Common Goods (Commons) in Central and Eastern Europe. European Alternatives (EA) -- an organisation that advocates democracy and equality beyond the nation state- together with Rome's Teatro Valle Occupato began in 2012 a transnational discussion over the meaning of the Commons beyond borders. The desire to find out more about different struggles for the re-appropriation or the protection of commons goods in former communist and socialist societies gone through years of privatization took them through Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. This took the form of a "caravan of the common goods", made up of different actors and other occupants of the Teatro Valle, who travelled across Central and Eastern Europe to visit cities who were participating to the Transeuropa Festival, EA's cultural festival that took place in 14 European cities in May 2012. 
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Internet anonymity is the height of chic - The Guardian

Internet anonymity is the height of chic - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In this age of information overload, internet exhibitionism and NSA snooping, is it possible to make yourself unGoogleable? And does it earn you added credibility, as fashion designer Phoebe Philo and bands such as !!! suggest

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Junk shots? Racist rants? Sorry, social shaming on the Internet always backfires - NBCNews.com

Junk shots? Racist rants? Sorry, social shaming on the Internet always backfires - NBCNews.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Internet didn’t invent public shaming. Despite rampant viral humiliations, there’s no data to support whether the Internet even increases “Scarlet Letter”-like reprisals, or simply magnifies the behavior in which we’ve indulged since long before Hester Prynne was a gleam in Nathaniel Hawthorne's quill.

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Internet Phases: Past, Present, and Future | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing

Internet Phases: Past, Present, and Future | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Thanks to you, last week’s report on the collaborative economy was readily received, and has been viewed over 26k times, the media picked up on it, and bloggers alike.  As we digest what it means, it’s important to recognize this is the next phase in the internet, and the next phase of social business.  An interesting finding is that the second era (social) and the third era (collaborative economy), use the same technologies (social technologies) but instead of sharing media and ideas –people are sharing goods and services.  This is all part of a continuum and we need to see our careers progress as the market moves forward with us.

 

 

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Organize for Complexity - special edition white paper

"Two papers in one" special edition of the BetaCodex Network white papers "Organize for Complexity", parts 1 and 2.
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Ahmad Sufian Bayram's blog: Hashtag And the Third Level of Communication

The TPP is actually the Trans-Pacific Partnership, more commonly known as NAFTA on steroids. The U.S. government is secretly negotiating this treaty with Pacific nations.  Here are a few highlights of what whistleblowers have revealed is in this fundamentally anti-democratic treaty: 


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Nirgal's Logs: Ethical Marketing Strategies Sharing ~ Marketing our Selves and Collective Selves

Nirgal's Logs: Ethical Marketing Strategies Sharing ~ Marketing our Selves and Collective Selves | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Here's how we can organize the individual and collective marketing aspects in an anarchist andP2P way.

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Category:Energy - P2P Foundation

Category:Energy - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Surveying the Territory of Energy Alternatives, check the Report: Energy Alternatives: Surveying the Territory. Corner House, 2013: [8] The main conflict in energy policy today is not between 'business as usual' and 'The Alternative', but among the many different proposed alternatives themselves.
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Poverty reduction in Pakistan through ICT - News Tribe (blog)

Poverty reduction in Pakistan through ICT - News Tribe (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“ICTs are technological tools but poverty often has social and political roots. The poverty reduction is possible simply by the use of a new technology is the exception but not the rule. Often social and political change is needed as well”. – Richard Gerster

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Open-source Blender Foundation now welcomes bitcoins - CoinDesk

Open-source Blender Foundation now welcomes bitcoins - CoinDesk | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Blender Foundation, which is behind the free and open-source 3D computer graphics program Blender, has joined the community of websites that accept bitcoin donations. While not much fanfare accompanied the decision, Blender’s website now features a bitcoin address — 17orEh51ab8HoU7g8Ezwcp76jCpeL7PabJ — for supporters who want to throw a bit of digital currency its way.

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Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA's history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows
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U.S., British intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program

U.S., British intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
U.S. has access to the servers of nine Internet companies as part of top-secret effort.
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Shareable: San Francisco's Mayor Lee Launches Sharing Economy Partnership for Disaster Response

Shareable: San Francisco's Mayor Lee Launches Sharing Economy Partnership for Disaster Response | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Yesterday morning San Francisco’s Mayor Edwin Lee announced an unprecedented new partnership between the city’s Department of Emergency Management (DEM) and BayShare, a sharing economy advocacy group in the San Francisco Bay Area whose mission is to make the Bay Area the best place on the planet for sharing. BayShare was officially launched with this partnership.

 
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Mark Suster: The Sharing Economy Is Here to Stay - CNBC.com

Mark Suster: The Sharing Economy Is Here to Stay - CNBC.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I spoke this past week at the LeWeb conference in London, which was a superbly well run event with a very quality production team. Kudos. The 20-minute video of my presentation is here if you're interested.

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How very wrong David Simon is about the NSA's capabilities - The Guardian

How very wrong David Simon is about the NSA's capabilities - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As the debate about National Security Agency powers continues, one of the most widely read expressions of support for the NSA has been David Simon's post, "We Are Shocked…", which makes a muscular case for the basic legitimacy of current surveillance techniques on several rationales, including this one

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Zizek on the limits of self-organization, etc.

Zizek on the limits of self-organization, etc. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This splendid rant by Slavoj Zizek is from the Subversive Festival, Zagreb, May 15, 2013. I excerpted some bits Zizek delivered during a joint session with Alexis Tsipris, president of Syriza, the Greek left party (which is now a formal party, and not a loose coalition) for my June 6 radio show. For those who don’t want to listen to the whole show, here’s an MP3 of Zizek proclaiming the limits of spontaneous self-organization and autonomous zones, and calls for a reinvention of the state that provides a basic structure to allow social movements to flourish and also allow him to do his crazy philosophy.

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Jen Hinton interviewed by Layne Hartsell 1/2

Jen Hinton (US) studied sustainability at Lund University in Sweden before joining the Post-Growth Institute where she is a core member. Her work involves taking the perspective of the generalist in trying to develop a systems view in creating a sustainable future. She lives in Athens, Greece......'Human development can grow deeper roots, going beyond materialism as development.'
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