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A true transitional open-access business model ...

A true transitional open-access business model ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What do we want of a transitional process? First and foremost, a transitional process should allow for a smooth transition path from toll-access to open-access that is, in the short term at least, revenue-neutral. Intrinsically revenue-reducing transitions will find little support among publishers and revenue-increasing transitions will be appropriately rejected by scholarly institutions. Note that just because a transitional process is revenue-neutral in the short term does not mean that no moneys will be saved in the longer term as the result of the transition; a move to author-side fees from reader-side fees has the potential to be a much more transparent, competitive, and efficient market, which may well lead to overall cost reductions. Secondly, a transitional process should embed incentives for movement along the path. This second issue has rarely been taken into account.

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Crowdsourcing in the public sector: Dave Conabree at TEDxElginSt

Dave Conabree is a Canadian public service executive, a former technology writer published by the Globe & Mail and CBC, and a contributor to the Web2.0 reference material used by the Dalhousie University MPA program. He holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration Management.

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BBC Radio 4 - Start the Week, The Future of Capitalism

BBC Radio 4 - Start the Week, The Future of Capitalism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Anne McElvoy talks to the social theorist Jeremy Rifkin who foresees the gradual decline of capitalism and the rise of a collaborative economy. As new technology enables greater sharing of goods and services, Rifkin argues that it provides a challenge to the market economy. The sociologist Saskia Sassen warns that the majority of people may not enjoy the fruits of this new world as increasing inequality, land evictions and complex financial systems lead to their expulsion from the economy. The Conservative MP Kwasi Kwarteng looks back at the history of international finance and how gold and war have shaped the economic order of today.

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What Makes or Breaks Startups in the Sharing Economy? Insurance Rates - Wired

What Makes or Breaks Startups in the Sharing Economy? Insurance Rates - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What Makes or Breaks Startups in the Sharing Economy? Insurance 
Insurance represents both the lifeblood and the biggest threat to the sharing economy.

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A policy makers’ guide to the forces behind the Networked Society - The Networked Society Blog

A policy makers’ guide to the forces behind the Networked Society - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In my previous blog I wrote about the political economy of ICT-enabled societal transformation and the vital role that policy makers play in maximizing socio-economic benefits. I also promised to share my insights on how the Networked Society is reshaping basic value-creating conditions and how this will change our society (by changing peoples’, businesses’ and the public sectors’ behaviors) for the better.

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How to enjoy networking and share success

How to enjoy networking and share success | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As Richard Branson said Nobody can be successful alone. (Networking is not simply about building a mass of LinkedIn contacts.
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PatternLanguage.com

PatternLanguage.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Each us struggles; and we hold precious our freedom. Hard to define, it is nevertheless the most precious aspect of our social existence, and the most vital obligation of society—to provide us with this freedom.

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Creating An Alternative Internet To Keep The NSA Out | PopularResistance.Org

Creating An Alternative Internet To Keep The NSA Out | PopularResistance.Org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Scores of communities worldwide have been building these roll-your-own networks—often because a mesh can also be used as a cheap way to access the regular internet. But along the way people are discovering an intriguing upside: Their new digital spaces are autonomous and relatively safe from outside meddling.
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In Each Other We Trust: Coining Alternatives to Capitalism

In Each Other We Trust: Coining Alternatives to Capitalism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

With panel discussions on “the monetization of everything”, “dismantling global finance”, “beyond Bitcoin”, “a critique of crowdfunding” and “designing alternatives”, the organizers of the conference set the tone right: in a world dominated by finance, a thoroughly indebted world in which money has effectively assumed the function of a universal signifier under which all aspects of social and natural life are rapidly becoming subsumed, we desperately need to start exploring radical alternatives to the capitalist money-form — not because alternative currencies are somehow a panacea, but because the state and the banks clearly aren’t going to do it for us. Despite major technological advances made in recent years, right-libertarian innovations like Bitcoin just won’t cut it. And so there is an urgent need to dissect, discuss and discover new ways of valuing work, time, nature, community and the fruits of our collective labor.

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Microsoft Open Sources Its Internet Servers, Steps Into the Future | Enterprise | WIRED

Microsoft Open Sources Its Internet Servers, Steps Into the Future | Enterprise | WIRED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Today, Microsoft will not only lift the veil from its secret server designs. It will “open source” these designs, sharing them with the world at large so that other online outfits can use them inside their own data centers.
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Average Joe entrepreneurship & the 'sharing economy' - Al Jazeera America

Average Joe entrepreneurship & the 'sharing economy' - Al Jazeera America | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Chances are, you have stuff you don’t always use that others would pay to rent:  A lawnmower, extra car or even an expensive purse.  America’s “sharing economy”, born out of the economic crisis in 2007, exploded into a $26B/yr industry but not without its critics. Taxi cab & hotel groups say they’re being robbed of business by people operating illegally…some even arguing it will drive costs up.

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Towards a Global Participatory Platform - Democratising Open Data, Complexity Science and Collective intelligence

The FuturICT project seeks to use the power of big data, analytic models grounded in complexity science, and the collective intelligence they yield for societal benefit. Accordingly, this paper argues that these new tools should not remain the preserve of restricted government, scientific or corporate ´elites, but be opened up for societal engagement and critique. To democratise such assets as a public good, requires a sustainable ecosystem enabling different kinds of stakeholder in society, including, but not limited to,citizens and advocacy groupsschool and university students, policy analysts, scientists, software developers, journalists and politicians. Our working name for envisioning a sociotechnical infrastructure capable of engaging such a wide constituency is the Global Participatory Platform (GPP). We consider what it means to develop a GPP at the different levels of data, models and deliberation, motivating a framework for different stakeholders to find their ecological niches at different levels within the system, serving the functions of (i) sensing the environment in order to pool data, (iimining the resulting data for patterns in order to model the past/present/future, and (iiisharing and contesting possible interpretations of what those models might mean, and in a policy context, possible decisions. A research objective is also to apply the concepts and tools of complexity science and social science to the project’s own work. We therefore conceive the global participatory platform as a resilient, epistemic ecosystem, whose design will make it capable of self-organization and adaptation to a dynamic environment, and whose structure and contributions are themselves networks of stakeholders, challenges, issues, ideas and arguments whose structure and dynamics can be modelled and analysed.

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Opinion | Jeremy Rifkin

Opinion | Jeremy Rifkin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
  • The 'internet of things' will affect global business profoundly. But the UK is well placed to take advantage – thanks to robust social enterprises and a strong not-for-profit sector
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Each MIT Undergraduate to Get $100 in Bitcoin as Part of Student Project - Boston.com

Each MIT Undergraduate to Get $100 in Bitcoin as Part of Student Project - Boston.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Each of the 4,500-plus undergraduates at MIT will soon get $100 in bitcoin as part of a project launched by a pair of students who announced today that they’ve raised a half million dollars to fund the effort.

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Off-Grid: Welcome to an open space hand crafted for reconnection and re-imagination

Off-Grid: Welcome to an open space hand crafted for reconnection and re-imagination | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Off Grid is an opportunity to breathe deeply and tread lightly. This summer, join our newly indigenous tribe of builders, growers, healers and storytellers as we celebrate the beginning of an Age of Reunion. Between August 14th – 17th our emerging community will open the doors of perception and glimpse Another World.

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Editors Lab - Vanguard Hackdays Begins Tomorrow - AllAfrica.com

Editors Lab - Vanguard Hackdays Begins Tomorrow - AllAfrica.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The much anticipated Nigeria's edition of Editors Lab hackdays by the Global Editors Network, GEN, will commence tomorrow at the corporate head office of one of Nigeria's leading newspapers, Vanguard newspaper, Lagos.

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Make me a match: How matchmaking in search can improve the sharing economy - GigaOM

Make me a match: How matchmaking in search can improve the sharing economy - GigaOM | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Matchmaking can extend into more peer-to-peer collaborative sharing, as well, ensuring that users with similar schedules and interests can more easily swap items.

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10 Social Media Accounts You Can Learn From - Search Engine Journal

10 Social Media Accounts You Can Learn From - Search Engine Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Because most social media networks are free and can reach a large audience, it's no wonder that people and companies have increased their presence on social media.

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Environment and Planning D abstract

Abstract. This paper develops an analytical framework to place the rise of open source urbanism in context, and develops the concept of the ‘right to infrastructure’ as expressive of new ecologies of urban relations that have come into being. It describes, first, a genealogy for open source technology, focusing in particular on how open source urban hardware projects may challenge urban theory. It moves then to describe in detail various dimensions and implications of an open source infrastructural project in Madrid. In all, the paper analyses three challenges that the development of open source urban infrastructures is posing to the institutions of urban governance and property: the evolving shape and composition of urban ecologies; the technical and design challenges brought about by open source urban projects; and the social organisation of the ‘right to infrastructure’ as a political, active voice in urban governance. In the last instance, the right to infrastructure, I shall argue, signals the rise of the ‘prototype’ as an emerging figure for contemporary sociotechnical designs in and for social theory. 

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Fossil fuels losing relevance as renewables take over

The powerful fossil fuel energy cartel is shaking in its boots. Solar promises energy without the need to centralize energy production and without the fuel costs. That is something oil, gas and coal just cannot compete with.

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3ders.org - Make your own 3D printed microscopes for as little as $2 | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

3ders.org - Make your own 3D printed microscopes for as little as $2 | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Australian National University (ANU) researchers have developed a new process to create inexpensive lenses that will cost less than a penny for each piece.
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Novena: Open Source Hardware PC start crowdfunding campaign !

Novena: Open Source Hardware PC start crowdfunding campaign ! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The team that is building the Novena project is launching a crowdfunding campaign around the Novena open hardware computing platform.
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Regulators aren't playing nice with the sharing economy - STLtoday.com

Regulators aren't playing nice with the sharing economy - STLtoday.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Arun Sundararajan, a professor at New York University's Stern School of Business, thinks cities should embrace, not resist, the sharing model.

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"Utopian Potential of the Internet": Astra Taylor on How to Take Back Power ... - Democracy Now

"Utopian Potential of the Internet": Astra Taylor on How to Take Back Power ... - Democracy Now | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We are joined by author and activist Astra Taylor, whose new book, "The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age," argues net neutrality is just the beginning of ensuring equal access and representation online. "The utopian potential of the net is real," Taylor notes. "The problem is the underlying economic conditions haven’t changed. The same old business imperatives, the same old incentives that shaped the old model and made it so problematic are still with us. The Internet might have disrupted investigative journalism, but it didn’t disrupt advertising."

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15 brilliant hacks from the TNW Conference Kings of Code Hack Battle - The Next Web

15 brilliant hacks from the TNW Conference Kings of Code Hack Battle - The Next Web | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


The ‘Kings of Code Hack Battle‘ is always a highlight at TNW Conference. The projects – developed over 30 hours – are often quirky, inventive, beautiful, or a mixture of all three. The batch this year were equally impressive, stunning the crowd and our expert jury.

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