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on peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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Facebook's business model revisited

Facebook's business model revisited | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Through the introduction of a Want button, Facebook could open up more targeted advertising options, while the other social commerce features could broaden the social network's scope from purchasing intent to actual purchases.
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New book: Sharing and the Creative Economy

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“Sharing and the Creative Economy: Culture in the Internet Age is an extended and adapted English version of “Internet & Creation : how to recognize non-market exchanges over the internet while funding creation” published in French in October 2008 by InLibroVeritas.

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Social business design and the software revolution

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“Today, the world’s largest bookseller, Amazon, is a software company—its core capability is its amazing software engine for selling virtually everything online, no retail stores necessary. On top of that, while Borders was thrashing in the throes of impending bankruptcy, Amazon rearranged its web site to promote its Kindle digital books over physical books for the first time. Now even the books themselves are software.
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Cyberunions Podcast: Episode 54 This is What Democracy Looks Like in a Workplace | Cyberunions

Cyberunions Podcast: Episode 54 This is What Democracy Looks Like in a Workplace | Cyberunions | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
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Book Summary | Producism

Book Summary | Producism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The goal of this book is to succinctly explain fundamental problems in the U.S.’s current economic system, and to propose a solution that is easy to understand through the use of text, image, and video content. A mobile application will also accompany the book, with the same goals described above.

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Open Source Open World

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Focus FYI gives professionals a look at trending topics in business, marketing, and technology through the use of infographics and engaging articles.
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Annie Leonard: moving from consumer to citizen

Annie Leonard is author and host of The Story of Stuff and director of The Story of Stuff Project. She has also worked with GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives), Health Care Without Harm, Essential Action and Greenpeace International.
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Open Source Business Models

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This is a presentation delivered by the Infrastructure Department Head of Exist, Joanna Mariazeta-Taguinod, during the plenary sessions of Software Freedom Day Philippines 2010 held in UP Diliman last 18 September.
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Video - 1988's view of the coming information age - (RT @russeltarr)

Recommended Link from Russel Tarr at www.activehistory.co.uk (I really hope this technology catches on!
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Energy Democratized | Corporate Knights

Energy Democratized | Corporate Knights | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“The Third Industrial Revolution is a new convergence of communications and energy,” Rifkin explained in a recent chat with Corporate Knights editor-in-chief Tyler Hamilton. “This fundamentally changes the distribution of power and our relationship to energy and resources. And, of course, the Internet is a big part of this.”
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Web conference: Stephanie Kelton on Modern Money Theory and ...

Web conference: Stephanie Kelton on Modern Money Theory and ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We’re pleased to announce our upcoming web conference with Stephanie Kelton, Assistant Professor in the Economics Department of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
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People » Journal of Peer Production

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The inaugural issue of the Journal of Peer Production was published under the title Critical Studies in Peer Production. It was then hosted by Oekonux, a non-profit organization devoted to the theoretical and practical advancement of peer production. However disagreements about the direction of the journal led to the editorial team deciding to leave Oekonux and relaunch the project under a new name. The Journal of Peer Production is now hosted by the Foundation for P2P Alternatives, a non-profit organization aiming to study the impact of peer to peer technology and thought on society.

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Fab Lab News

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A personalized newspaper built from articles, blog posts, videos and photos selected by sakkhara.
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The Technium: I See Cats

Google researchers connected 16,000 computer cores together into a huge neural net (like the network of neurons in your brain) and then used a software program to ask what it (the neural net) "saw" in a pool of 1 million pictures downloaded randomly from the internet. This is called "unsupervised learning" because the researchers and algos were not biasing the program in certain directions.
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Web 2.0 and Participatory Democracy « Creating life with words ...

Web 2.0 and Participatory Democracy « Creating life with words ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Participatory democracy is situated within a perspective of the struggle for socialism. The social agent of that struggle is the self-organised popular movement, comprising the working class and its allies. Participatory democracy is one key process through which the self-organised popular movement constructs itself and the perceived strategy by governments and organisations to mobilize the population through the participatory democratic process is not simply to create a more active citizenship or to achieve a fairer distribution of social goods, but to create a counter-hegemonic force capable of confronting governments.
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The Journal of Peer Production, issue #2 Bio/Hardware Hacking

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“La Paillasse works on several projects: a bioethics workshop that aims to define the current limits of French and European legislation concerning the manipulation of biological and chemical samples and thereby “help La Paillasse to provide a legal framework for its experimental and social activities”; the construction of kits to detect GMOs in food; the creation of renewable energy from waste, bacteria and algae; projects to do with informatics, and so on.

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Today we stand at the Information Age’s frontier:...

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There is an accelerating centripetal dance between what technologies are doing outside us and inside us. Externally, technology no longer simply processes our instructions on a one-way street. Instead, it increasingly provides intelligent feedback.
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Information Age - Mind To Mind – The Brain Accelerator

Information Age - Mind To Mind – The Brain Accelerator | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
When we were babies, the only way we knew how to learn was through the eidetic memory, which we refer to as the photographic memory. We managed to absorb tremendous amount of data and we learned even though we couldn’t read. We couldn’t understand speech and we couldn’t verbally communicate, however as we got older we went to school and learned to read – as a result, we lost the ability to process data through our Photographic Memory.
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Issue #0: Mass Peer Activism » Journal of Peer Production

Issue #0: Mass Peer Activism » Journal of Peer Production | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Peer production means that people work together collaboratively and transparently to create a public good. This work often requires the creation of new institutions and rules. One of the aims of the Journal of Peer Production is to challenge the current self-reinforcing paradigm where academic journals that ‘reject more attract more’, so that ‘avoiding faults becomes more important than new ideas’.
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How Open Source Hardware Is Driving the 3D-Printing Industry - ReadWriteWeb

How Open Source Hardware Is Driving the 3D-Printing Industry - ReadWriteWeb | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The potential of 3D printing to transform the way we get things - the market is predicted to hit $3.1 billion in the next four years - gets a lot of press. But not much of that attention has focused on the unique role of open source hardware in enabling 3D printing to realize its promise.
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Michel Bauwens: Indignados are (not so) silently gaining strength « Public Intelligence Blog

Michel Bauwens: Indignados are (not so) silently gaining strength « Public Intelligence Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The 15-M movement has gone beyond protest: it has succeeded in altering the collective imagination and the political atmosphere at its very roots. It has generated a process of re-politicization of society. The agenda of actions has expanded and been radicalized: now we do not only occupy the squares, but we are taking back the public spaces in our own neighborhoods. We stop evictions. We crowd-fund our initiatives. We bring legal actions against bankers. We build our own parallel networks of social support. Does this show a weakened movement, running out of strength? Or does it rather show a dynamic movement, working in the underground on a silent revolution?
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Video of the Day: Inside Wikispeed Seattle

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“Wikispeed’s Joe Justice takes us on a tour of a 20×40 foot storage unit in Seattle — a licensed light-industrial space used by the company as a prototyping facility for cars that can get more than 100 miles per gallon.”
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Networked Activism In early June Yochai Benkler...

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In early June Yochai Benkler spoke at the Personal Democracy Forum about the political power of networked activism.
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Political Pioneers or Bed Texters? - Huffington Post

Political Pioneers or Bed Texters? - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
When it comes to technology, young people, and politics, youth are characterized as either having started the Arab Spring with only their cell phones or as slackers who've dropped out of school to play video games and text friends all day from bed. It seems pundits and the public do not know what to think. As we approach the 2012 elections, where young people and technology are expected to have a significant impact on the presidential race, we need greater clarity.
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Dmytri Kleiner's Critique of Peer Production Ideology - P2P Foundation

Dmytri Kleiner's Critique of Peer Production Ideology - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"Imaging that a “better” copyright system or a “freer” Internet could exist within the present system of economic relations is to misplace the deterministic factors. The intrinsic truth in arguments against copyright and the clear technical superiority of distributed technologies over centralized ones have not been the deciding factors in the ultimate development of our intellectual property system or our global communications infrastructure, both of which have gotten more consolidated, regulated and restrictive. The determining factor is, as always, the fact that those whose interests are served by restricting freedom have more wealth with which to relentlessly push toward their ends then is available to resist them.
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Curated by jean lievens
Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation