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Does the internet promote fairness of income distribution?

Does the internet promote fairness of income distribution? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The question of how an economic system should be structured in order to best promote fairness and equality is one of the most debated subjects of all time. By approaching the complexities of this question from the field of network science, researchers from MIT and other institutions have found that the average degree to which individuals in a society are connected to each other can crucially affect the fairness of income distribution.

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Camp Pixelache 2014: Celebrating the Commons in Finland

Camp Pixelache 2014: Celebrating the Commons in Finland | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Pixelache Helsinki 2014 will be an international 2-day trans-disciplinary event focusing on the theme of “The Commons”, including bio-, urban culture and knowledge commons topics. Adding a new island to its logbook after Suomenlinna (2011) and Naissaar (2013), Camp Pixelache will take up residence in Vartiosaari, a nature island surrounded by eastern suburbs of Helsinki, during 6-8th June 2014.

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P2P: an introduction to Peer to Peer by Michel Bauwens - The Bumble Bee

P2P: an introduction to Peer to Peer by Michel Bauwens - The Bumble Bee | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In distributed networks, participants may freely link with each other, they are fully autonomous agents. Hence the importance to clearly distinguish between our usage of the concepts 'decentralized' vs. 'distributed'. Peer to peer is specifically the relational dynamic that arises in distributed networks.

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Heathwood Press » Hierarchy or Horizontalism? – Critics of Occupy

Heathwood Press » Hierarchy or Horizontalism? – Critics of Occupy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The cycle of struggle which opened in 2011 has had numerous critics. A frequent target has been Occupy’s commitment to ‘horizontalism’ and direct democracy. Voices from the traditional left and from present-day critical theory declare that horizontalism is (at best) limited in its application or (at worst) incoherent. Our essay indicates a line of thought which allows such voices to be stilled.

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The “sharing economy” is being pulled ever farther from actual sharing

The “sharing economy” is being pulled ever farther from actual sharing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The “sharing economy” has seen a rapid slide away from collaborative sharing towards further deregulated and precarious employment — the direct consequence of venture capital funding and the growth imperatives that come with that money. Such a project won’t bring us any closer to the more equitable society we want to see any time soon.

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Sharing Economy Frontrunners Consider Promising Trends and ...

Sharing Economy Frontrunners Consider Promising Trends and ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Reinhart’s business model, in contrast, works because it’s not local. If people found the used clothing they were looking for locally and easily, his business would not exist. He believes access has always existed in our economy, but it’s access at a price. The sharing economy is helping drive the cost of access down. What he would most like to see is consumers driving demand for quality. “Stop buying the terrible sh!t in your closet,” he pleaded. The quality is poor, and it has little to no value in resale. When consumers buy quality goods, the total cost of ownership is less, and the items can have several lives’ worth of reuse.

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Can Twitter co-founder take an 'evolutionary leap' into storytelling? - The Guardian (blog)

Can Twitter co-founder take an 'evolutionary leap' into storytelling? - The Guardian (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Medium, Twitter co-founder Ev Williams's online publishing venture, has no shortage of ambition – to reinvent the blog as a digital storytelling format and match the impact of the microblogging service, no less.

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Slideshow: Facebook Drives Open Hardware | EE Times

Slideshow: Facebook Drives Open Hardware | EE Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
At the fifth annual summit of the Facebook-led Open Compute Project, Microsoft joined the movement, contributing its latest server designs.
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Take it from Facebook and Microsoft: The future of hardware is open

Take it from Facebook and Microsoft: The future of hardware is open | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Microsoft backs Facebook's Open Compute Project, embracing open source hardware and one-upping secretive Amazon
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Something Absolutely Terrible Just Happened To The Internet. Here's Why.

Something Absolutely Terrible Just Happened To The Internet. Here's Why. | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This is something every Internet user should be aware of.
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In the New 'Intimate Economy' We're All Potential Entrepreneurs - BusinessNewsDaily

In the New 'Intimate Economy' We're All Potential Entrepreneurs - BusinessNewsDaily | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Despite the relative novelty of the phrase "sharing economy," the concept behind it has existed far longer than the term itself.

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Jeremiah Owyang: Why the Industrial Revolution is about to unravel - Silicon Prairie News

Jeremiah Owyang: Why the Industrial Revolution is about to unravel - Silicon Prairie News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In 2005, social media was a nascent topic, viewed as a fad by brands and corporations. He saw it coming then, and believes the next step after social—a collaborative economy based on peer-to-peer transactions and co-innovation—is about to change our world.

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Digital Democracy: Returning to Chiapas

This month, Dd is returning to Chiapas, Mexico to continue an initiative we began in 2012 calledEqual Footing. Working with Mayan villages in the Lacondon Jungle, we are supporting their efforts to communicate with the Mexican authorities who have threatened them with eviction from the rainforest where they live.

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Essay of the Day: Global Survey of Free Networks

Essay of the Day: Global Survey of Free Networks | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Wi-fi networks built owned and operated by their users are taking shape around the world. Basic infrastructure is “free” and structurally separated from Content which most often is the provision of a gateway to the internet provided to users for a small fee. These networks are not free of cost. Nothing is. But they are very purposefully designed so that the basic operational infrastructure is owned by no single person and can never be broken up and sold to the highest bidder. The owner is the community that labored and collaborated to bring it into existence,

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This entry was posted on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 at 5:00 am and is filed under Featured EssayMobile DevelopmentsP2P Collaboration. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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A new global economic system

A new global economic system | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I am envisioning a new global economic system1 where you do not provide service or goods to another person because they pay you, but because you evaluate how much, which and how they themselves have provided services and goods to others in the past. You announce your availability of a given service or goods to others, interested apply, and based on your values, beliefs, and information about their past contributions, you decide to whom you then provide given service or goods. Such economy promotes balance, is not impersonal and can properly award cultural, artistic, and sustainable services and goods.

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mark-elliott.net » Michel Bauwens @ Melbourne Law School

mark-elliott.net » Michel Bauwens @ Melbourne Law School | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The decentralised network is typified by the architecture of the Internet itself where information needn’t be subjected to hierarchies, rather it may pass through any number of hubs. In contrast, distributed networks short-circuit the route through hubs, enabling direct node-to-node connection. This is of course typified by peer2peer file sharing networks where a user may connect directly with another user and download files directly from their computer without the need of a centralised server (i.e. a hub in the network). In distributed networks, no permission or authority stands between users, rather, interactions are ground-level and consensual.

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'Rebooting Trust? Freedom vs Security in Cyberspace'

'Rebooting Trust? Freedom vs Security in Cyberspace' | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
president (Rebooting trust is way harder in society then for any algorithmic machine. Challenges of networked world well noted.
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What Role Should Librarians Play in the Sharing Economy ...

What Role Should Librarians Play in the Sharing Economy ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Public libraries have been a part of community life in the United States since the 17th century. The first public library was launched by Benjamin Franklin and his friends, who operated the Library Company of Philadelphia as a means of sharing information. The library ran using a subscription system, which allowed members to buy “shares,” and used combined funds to buy more books.

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Did the Sharing Economy Force This Man Out of His Home? - Wired


Regardless of who prevails in Butler's case, his story shows the dark side of “the sharing economy,” a place where sharing is more likely to mean conflict than cooperation.

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Stigmergic systems - summary of theory

self-organization,self-organizing,stigmergic systems,self-organizing web sites,strategy,agents,evolutionary strategy,kempelen box,using agents,knowledge management,critical mass (RT @nireiny: What is stigmergy?
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pyvideo.org - How Open Source Hardware Will Change the World

What if there was an open source project that changed how we produce the most fundamental apsects of our lives? From the food we eat, to the houses we live in, this project wants to open source the tools we use to obtain what we need to live.
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Will 3D Printing Change the World? | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios - YouTube

Much attention has been paid to 3D Printing lately, with new companies developing cheaper and more efficient consumer models that have wowed the tech community. They herald 3D Printing as a revolutionary and disruptive technology, but how will these printers truly affect our society? Beyond an initial novelty, 3D Printing could have a game-changing impact on consumer culture, copyright and patent law, and even the very concept of scarcity on which our economy is based. From at-home repairs to new businesses, from medical to ecological developments, 3D Printing has an undeniably wide range of possibilities which could profoundly change our world.

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George Lakoff on Communication: "Liberals Do Everything Wrong"

George Lakoff on Communication: "Liberals Do Everything Wrong" | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

George Lakoff, professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Berkeley, has been working on moral frames for 50 years. In Communicating Our American Values and Vision, he gives this precis: "Framing is not primarily about politics or political messaging or communication. It is far more fundamental than that: frames are the mental structures that allow human beings to understand reality – and sometimes to create what we take to be reality. But frames do have an enormous bearing on politics … they structure our ideas and concepts, they shape the way we reason … For the most part, our use of frames is unconscious and automatic."

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Can Airbnb, Uber, and Other Shared Economy Companies Threaten the Travel ... - DailyFinance

Can Airbnb, Uber, and Other Shared Economy Companies Threaten the Travel ... - DailyFinance | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What began as a new age-ish approach to vacation rentals has now become a trend that is infiltrating the business travel industry. The shared economy, also known as collaborative consumption, makes use of idle rooms, cars, office space, tools, and other items, and has grown significantly since the dawn of Internet-fueled communication and more trusted e-commerce.

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MOOCs and the Democratization of Online Education - Truth-Out

MOOCs and the Democratization of Online Education - Truth-Out | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


We shouldn't allow venture capitalists and wealthy educational institutions to continue to dominate education - we need to use online courses to create a more participatory democracy.

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