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Compound Interest - P2P Foundation

Compound Interest - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Compound interest rates have a huge impact on our lives, socially, economically, and environmentally.Yet this issue is seldom discussed let alone analyzed.The sheer mathematical facts reveal what the compounding of interest over short intervals does to governments, small businesses, and households for the benefit of global banks. In ordinary circumstances, a debt at 3% compound interest will double in 24 years; at 6% will double in 12 years; and at 12% will double in 6 years.Thus with a variable rate interest on a 25-year mortgage, homeowners frequently pay three to four times the sum they borrowed in the first place. If payments are missed, penalty charges, default fees, and interest charged on interest can escalate costs higher still.'

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Shareable’s Top 16 New Books for Spring

Shareable’s Top 16 New Books for Spring | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A few times a year, we round up the best new books about the sharing economy, community, and all the other good sharing stuff. It’s amazing that there's never a shortage of good reads for our book finds. It speaks to the growing number of people who want to create a better world through sharing. Below are our top 16 reads this spring. If you know of any new, sharing-themed, must-reads, please share them in comments.
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Sharing economies are here to stay

Sharing economies are here to stay | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Today is the final day of OuiShare Fest 2014, a three-day conference in Paris bringing together over 1,000 collaborative economy entrepreneurs to examine every aspect of the sharing economy, from the Open Source Beehives Project to challenges for corporations in the collaborative economy.

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LeWeb Trends

LeWeb Trends | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The technology trends shaping the world today, including: digital disruption; the sharing economy; the makers movement; the internet of things; wearable tech; mindfulness; music; philanthropy; EU startups and more!  Explore these themes with us at LeWeb'14 Paris 

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Services, like Airbnb, Mean We Need to Adapt to a New Economy - NYTimes.com

Services, like Airbnb, Mean We Need to Adapt to a New Economy - NYTimes.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We need to create a new regulatory framework for online service providers, balancing their lower risks with appropriately designed safeguards. By Arun Sundararajan.
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Four Myths on How Consumers React to the Share Economy - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Four Myths on How Consumers React to the Share Economy - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


On the heels of explosive growth and optimistic marketplace predictions for the share economy, mature companies and startups are clamoring to compete in this space.

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Q&A: Why Does the Sharing Economy Matter? - Huffington Post (blog)

Q&A: Why Does the Sharing Economy Matter? - Huffington Post (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Amid a rapidly rising cost of living, many in the San Francisco Bay Area have been embracing the sharing economy movement. Through it, participants divvy up their access to products and services, be it a bike or entire apartment, rather than take individual ownership.

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You Say Bitcoin Has No Intrinsic Value? Twenty-two Reasons to Think Again. - Bitcoin Magazine

You Say Bitcoin Has No Intrinsic Value? Twenty-two Reasons to Think Again. - Bitcoin Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

An intrinsic theory of value (also called theory of objective value) is any theory of value in economics which holds that the value of an object, good or service, is intrinsic or contained in the item itself. Most such theories look to the process of producing an item, and the costs involved in that process, as a measure of the item’s intrinsic value.


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Ecuador, Open Knowledge, and ‘Buen Vivir’: Interview With Michel Bauwens | The Living Principles for Design

Ecuador, Open Knowledge, and ‘Buen Vivir’: Interview With Michel Bauwens | The Living Principles for Design | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It sounds as if Ecuador is not yet a Christmas fairy story. The rights of nature, the principle of Buen Vivir – and the commitment to open knowledge — are indeed signs of hope. But they must co-exist for now with a diversity of actors with different agendas and approaches.

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▶ Occupy Activist Found Guilty of Assaulting Police Officer, but Was Justice Served? - YouTube

Attorney Kevin Zeese discusses how the judge hearing Cecily McMillan's case did not allow the defense to show images, which would have proven that the activist was reacting to getting her breast grabbed

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Pioneering the Commercial Open-source Business Model

Pioneering the Commercial Open-source Business Model | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

eZ has, from its inception 14 years ago, been a commercial open-source company. We founded eZ on the belief that the open-source model is superior in innovation, development speed and distribution. Whilst also being a commercial company from day one, we needed a business model that could generate revenue.

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How big data is changing how we study languages - The Guardian

How big data is changing how we study languages - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


This is partly because so much of our communication is now mediated by networked digital computing devices.

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Open Data Could Unlock $230 Billion In Energy Efficiency Savings - Forbes

Open Data Could Unlock $230 Billion In Energy Efficiency Savings - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Energy-efficiency startups just need access to existing data—on electricity usage, housing characteristics, renovations and financing—to unlock hundreds of billions of dollars in savings, two founders of  startups said in Chicago Tuesday.

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Survey from The Economist Group

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Forget Piketty -- Data Fascism Is the Bigger Threat - Forbes

Forget Piketty -- Data Fascism Is the Bigger Threat - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Will Taylor’s mistakes be repeated? They’re already starting to be. Amazon has grown like a weed, but it can’t or won’t show a profit, and investors are losing patience. Amazon pledges allegiance to data and analytics, but its employee turnover is the highest in both technology and retail. This means that Amazon’s extraordinary data-driven efficiency is hurt by its higher costs in recruiting, retraining and retention.

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▶ Re-inventing the home: The internet of things - YouTube

Tony Fadell led the team that developed Apple's iPod. Now he is running Nest Labs, a company that has designed a revolutionary kind of thermostat
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Regulating the Sharing Economy - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

Regulating the Sharing Economy - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Are the growing number of apps and online services that give consumers more direct control cutting-edge conveniences that should be encouraged, or money-making businesses that need more regulation?
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Ecuador’s Pathbreaking Plan for Commons-Based Peer Production: An Update | David Bollier

Ecuador’s Pathbreaking Plan for Commons-Based Peer Production: An Update | David Bollier | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The nine-month effort in Ecuador to develop a new vision and policy architecture for commons-based peer production is coming into much sharper focus.  To refresh your memory on this project, the Government of Ecuador last year commissioned the FLOK Society (FLOK = “Free, libre, open knowledge”) to come up with a thoughtful plan for enabling every sector of Ecuador to be organized into open knowledge commons, to the maximum degree possible.  The project has now released a transition plan accompanied by more than a dozen policy frameworks for specific social and economic domains.

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What Drives America's Go-To Expert on the Sharing Economy? - Next City

What Drives America's Go-To Expert on the Sharing Economy? - Next City | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Professor Arun Sundararajan looks out at the sweeping view from the 19th floor of the downtown Brooklyn building that houses NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress. “The logic,” he says of the new institute’s location, “is that you can see the city you’re studying.” New York City is, at the moment, the site of perhaps the fiercest battle in Sundararajan’s area of study, “the sharing economy.” New York’s attorney general and his allies are cracking down on the room-rental service Airbnb for allegedly violating laws on short-term tenancy.

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Aaron Swartz documentarian discusses 'The Internet's Own Boy' - RT (blog)

Aaron Swartz documentarian discusses 'The Internet's Own Boy' - RT (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A filmmaker preparing to release a feature-length documentary about Aaron Swartz tells RT that he was amazed by the outpour of support that has helped make his forthcoming flick about the later computer prodigy possible.

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Rethinking Big Data to Give Consumers More Control - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

Rethinking Big Data to Give Consumers More Control - blogs.hbr.org (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The White House recently published two new reports on Big Data and privacy (here and here). The reports outline six policy recommendations, including new legislation to define consumer rights regarding how online activity data is gathered and used.

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The Collective Intelligence: 6 Famous Thought Experiments Explained in 1 Minute Each

The Collective Intelligence: 6 Famous Thought Experiments Explained in 1 Minute Each | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

6 Famous Thought Experiments Explained in 1 Minute Each

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▶ Drone Basics and Open Source Ship Tracking, Hak5 1612 - YouTube

Drone Basics explained. From components to flight functions - join autopilot developer Piotr Esden-Tempski and Darren Kitchen for the continuation of our Open Source drone series. Then tracking ships with open source software defined radio - Shannon Morse reports. All that and more, this time on Hak5!

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3D Printing's Success Points to a Rosy Future for Open Hardware

3D Printing's Success Points to a Rosy Future for Open Hardware | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Though still nowhere near as ubiquitous as FOSS, open hardware is gaining ground rapidly.
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The Zero Marginal Cost Society The Zero Marginal Cost Society

The Zero Marginal Cost Society The Zero Marginal Cost Society | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, Jeremy Rifkin describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of nearly free goods and services, precipitating the meteoric rise of a global Collaborative Commons and the eclipse of capitalism. 


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