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Freelancers are building the sharing economy

Freelancers are building the sharing economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
When someone puts their apartment up for rental on Airbnb or hails a car via Lyft, they’re participating in a dynamic new economy built around sharing.
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Using lessons today to inspire innovators of tomorrow

Using lessons today to inspire innovators of tomorrow | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Rabiah Mayas is fostering innovation for today and tomorrow.
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It’s Time for the Sharing Economy to Become the Sharing Society, FastC

It’s Time for the Sharing Economy to Become the Sharing Society, FastC | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Welcome to my media blog! I'm a recent Stanford grad - MA '13 Communication, BA '12 Classics - looking to share some ideas. Read some of my thoughts on business, communication, collaboration, and other fun things. Please enjoy and share the knowledge!...Continue the dialogue with me on Twitter @aluscutoff. 
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Pope Benedict Defends Francis on Markets and Ethics - Codewit World News

Pope Benedict Defends Francis on Markets and Ethics - Codewit World News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Pope Francis commented recently on accusations of Marxism stemming from anti-market language employed in Evangelii Gaudium. Unfortunately overshadowed by his new status as TIME’s Person of the Year (apparently one of the few things that trumps a papal interview these days), the remarks are concise and support the reading  of EG offered here, here, and here.

 
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Facebook Forces Video Ads on You Because Marketers Told It To - Wired

Facebook Forces Video Ads on You Because Marketers Told It To - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Facebook is embracing what is likely to be a controversial addition to its popular social networking site: video advertisements that appear — and automatically play — in your Facebook “News Feed.”

 
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Google's bizarre and patronizing reversal on Android app controls - CITEworld

Google's bizarre and patronizing reversal on Android app controls - CITEworld | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Clearly the technology exists for Android users to have granular control of apps permissions, and clearly many Android users want exactly that.

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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto is Anonymous-style Cell from Europe

Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto is Anonymous-style Cell from Europe | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: Widely believed to be Japanese, Nakamoto likened to the Anonymous group. (RT @joshuamcclure: Theory that Satoshi Nakamoto is a secret group of European financial insiders.
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Despite rise of Android tablets, Google still isn't serving magazine publishers - The Guardian (blog)

Despite rise of Android tablets, Google still isn't serving magazine publishers - The Guardian (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This year, Android-powered tablets began outselling Apple's iPads for the first time. With a variety of Google devices flying off shelves this Christmas, 2014 will see a huge new audience for digital magazine publishers to tap.

 

 

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Of cooperation between men and machine - OuiShare

Of cooperation between men and machine - OuiShare | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It’s eight a.m. on a Monday morning in 2007. In the Arcueil examination centre, a thousand heads crane with difficulty over wooden desks that are damaged by pens scratching across thin sheets of paper. Railway lines surround the enclave; trains make the building shudder rhythmically; the heads lookup for a minute, distracted, then return to concentrate on the studious, urgent writing of their paper. Invigilators wander the rows, imperturbable, watching every head that turns, every hand hiding in jean pockets. Only the noise of crumpled paper can be heard and, when this fades away, the room is deathly silent. A thousand pupils have been gathered here for six hours to answer a difficult question. All interaction with their peers is forbidden and, if an unexpected memory lapse should halt their train of thought, they cannot consult their notes. The essays produced by the pupils will sink into oblivion, stored in a dedicated hanger that has housed examination papers for many generations.

 
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Coming in 2014: Murder by Internet and the Collapse of Bitcoin and Tor - Motherboard (blog)

Coming in 2014: Murder by Internet and the Collapse of Bitcoin and Tor - Motherboard (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Security experts have foreseen the future of cybercrime, and it's exceedingly grim. A report out today from the web security firm IID (Internet Identity) predicts that within the next two years we'll see the first person murdered through a "smart" object, the downfall of both Bitcoin and Tor, and other equally bleak examples of the dark side of technology's future.


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Cooperative Firms as a New Mode of Production

Cooperative Firms as a New Mode of Production | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The importance of the notion of ‘the mode of production’ is emphasised by all those scholars who hold that the ‘history-as-totality’ approach is the core of Marx's theory of society. Among them, Gramsci argued that while scientific advancements could shed little light on the issues with which philosophers and economists had traditionally been concerned, concepts such as ‘social relations of production’ and ‘mode of production’ had provided valuable insights for philosophical and economic inquiry. Hence our interest in the question of whether a system of producer cooperatives would actually lead to the establishment of a new mode of production. Opinions in the matter diverge greatly, and major implications stem from the distinction between worker managed firms (WMFs) and labour managed firms (LMFs), where the latter strictly segregate capital incomes from labour incomes. We conclude that LMF cooperatives do implement a new mode of production because they reverse the typical capital–labour relation right within a capitalistic system. An additional major point addressed in some detail is the main contradiction in capitalism.

 
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Games with Words: Results (Round 1): Crowdsourcing the Structure of Meaning & Thought

Games with Words: Results (Round 1): Crowdsourcing the Structure of Meaning & Thought | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Language is a device for moving a thought from one person's head into another's. This means to have any real understanding of language, we also need to understand thought. This is what makes work on language exciting. It is also what makes it hard.

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The Sharing Economy is Not Civic Tech

The Sharing Economy is Not Civic Tech | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
There's a new report out on civic tech from the Knight Foundation making the rounds. It's worth taking a read through the findings and the data that Knight gathered in their attempt to map the (.@GlobalIntegrity Thx for thoughts on @knightfdn report.
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What Hotels Can Learn From the Sharing Economy

What Hotels Can Learn From the Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The sharing economy should not be viewed as a threat to the hotel industry.
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The rise of the fluid beat structure - Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

The rise of the fluid beat structure - Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Now that we all have publishing power, the mechanisms by which we share information are increasingly dictated by networked structures rather than institutional ones. And now that publishing has changed, production — including beat reporting — shouldn’t just mirror institutional structures of the past either.

 
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Share and Share-Alike: A "Sharing Economy" Nonprofit Builds Steam - Associations Now

Share and Share-Alike: A "Sharing Economy" Nonprofit Builds Steam - Associations Now | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
With “sharing economy” companies such as Airbnb and Lyft under increasing scrutiny, it was only a matter of time before an industry advocate came along. That advocate, Peers, is drawing attention—good and bad—for its grassroots-style techniques. 
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Wind Power Rivals Coal With $1 Billion Order From Buffett

Wind Power Rivals Coal With $1 Billion Order From Buffett | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The decision by Warren Buffett’s utility company to order about $1 billion of wind turbines for projects in Iowa shows how a drop in equipment costs is making renewable energy more competitive with power from fossil fuels.
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The Future of Us: The Technological Sublime

Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired magazine, thinks we need to change how we think about tech.
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Combining 'hard' and 'soft' global governance | vox

Combining 'hard' and 'soft' global governance | vox | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Crises expose weaknesses in rules and institutions, and provide impetus for reform. Macroeconomic policy coordination was strong early in the financial crisis, but momentum slowed. There has been significant progress on financial regulation, yet major challenges remain. International safety nets have been reinforced – including a trebling of IMF resources. This column argues that ensuring the future effectiveness and legitimacy of the IMF, its member countries will need to agree on greater voice and representation for emerging market countries in the interest of a better managed global economy.

 
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Here’s the one thing someone needs to invent before the internet of things can take off

Here’s the one thing someone needs to invent before the internet of things can take off | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Part III in a series. As Quartz has already reported, the Internet of Things is already here, and in the not too distant future it will replace the web.
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Conscious Shopping is a Sideshow! - P2P Foundation's blog

“In this TEDx talk, delivered on October 20, 2012 at TEDxDirigo‘s Villages conference at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, conference, ILSR Senior Researcher Stacy Mitchell argues for a new phase in the local economy movement. She notes that there’s been a resurgence of support for small farms, local businesses, and community banks, but argues:

 
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Jeff Bezos, Drones and Megalomania - Huffington Post

Jeff Bezos, Drones and Megalomania - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Rumor has it that the future drones of Amazon Prime are a Cyber-Monday PR gimmick, sure to face insurmountable technical difficulties and never pass muster with the FAA. Who knows. And, whatever. Much more interesting is what Jeff Bezos' plan actually suggests about the culture that's drooling over it too much to ask whether it's a good idea.

 
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Open thread: co-operatives – what's in store for 2014? - The Guardian

Open thread: co-operatives – what's in store for 2014? - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The co-operative movement has had a turbulent past few months; the Co-op Bank went into crisis and a member of Spain's Mondragon co-op faced bankruptcy. However, in this year's autumn statement the chancellor, George Osborne, vowed to support employee ownership and include tax breaks for social enterprises. Does this mean the future is bright for co-operatives and the social enterprise sector as a whole?

 
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