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Why The Fair Price Of Bitcoin Is $0 - Business Insider

Why The Fair Price Of Bitcoin Is $0 - Business Insider | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The virtual currency craze is on a tear, with new virtual currencies emerging every day. The New York Times just ran a series of articles about them last week. “Charles Ponzi would be so proud!” one person appropriately commented at the bottom of this article.

 




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Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal is concerned with developing a better understanding of social change and cultural cohesion in cosmopolitan societies. Its focus lies at the intersection of conflict and cohesion, and in how division can be transformed into dialogue, recognition and inclusion.
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Forum Post: The Communal State: Communal Councils, Communes, and Workplace Democracy | OccupyWallSt.org

The particular character of what Hugo Chávez called the Bolivarian process lies in the understanding that social transformation can be constructed from two directions, “from above” and “from below.” Bolivarianism—or Chavismo—includes among its participants both traditional organizations and new autonomous groups; it encompasses both state-centric and anti-systemic currents. The process thus differs from traditional Leninist or social democratic approaches, both of which see the state as the central agent of change; it differs as well from movement-based approaches that conceive of no role whatsoever for the state in a process of revolutionary change.

 

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How The Sharing Economy Is Becoming The Scaling Economy

How The Sharing Economy Is Becoming The Scaling Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We think of the Sharing Economy as a mechanism for individual producers – amateurs – to build return on their assets.  Consumers can get extra mileage out the cars they own and their vacation homes as well.  For professional results and scalability, the classic enterprise-driven model still has significant advantages.  Now, a new wave of start-ups is professionalizing and scaling the sharing economy, and bringing a new wave of capability into the hands of individual entrepreneurs.

 
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The Third Revolution

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My thesis is that all these things that we are describing are the seed of a new political economy, of a new system of civilization.
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Dolly v Cirri: Two 3D Scanning Apps Compete for Indiegogo Dollars - 3D Printing Industry

Dolly v Cirri: Two 3D Scanning Apps Compete for Indiegogo Dollars - 3D Printing Industry | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
3D scanning technology still leaves a lot to the imagination with many companies offering products that rush to remedy the problem, including Indiegogo startups Cirri and Dolly.
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The Googlization of the Far Right: Why Is Google Funding Grover Norquist, Heritage Action and ALEC?

The Googlization of the Far Right: Why Is Google Funding Grover Norquist, Heritage Action and ALEC? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Organizations that received “substantial” funding from Google for the first time over the past year include Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform, the Federalist Society, the American Conservative Union (best known for its CPAC conference), and the political arm of the Heritage Foundation that led the charge to shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act: Heritage Action.

 

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FlightCar brings the sharing economy to airport car rentals, launches at SFO with $570k in Seed funding

FlightCar brings the sharing economy to airport car rentals, launches at SFO with $570k in Seed funding | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On the scale of frighteningly ambitious startup ideas, taking responsibility of a stranger’s car and handing it over to a second stranger is pretty high up there. Welcome to the basic premise of FlightCar, and to the world of the sharing economy.

 
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Airbnb's Brian Chesky: It's only Day Two in the sharing economy ...

Airbnb's Brian Chesky: It's only Day Two in the sharing economy ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The sharing economy is just getting started and will change the world, Airbnb founder Brian Chesky told Sarah Lacy at PandoMonthly in San Francisco tonight.

 
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At Least 54 Bitcoin Clones Have Been Created Since April

At Least 54 Bitcoin Clones Have Been Created Since April | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The most recent is Asicoin, born on Sept. 11. It's advertised as a coin designed just for ASIC-mining hardware. ASIC chips are the most efficient types of chips for mining Bitcoin, and top of the line miners can retail for tens of thousands of dollars. So in theory Asiccoin is designed to equalize the mining playing field.

 




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It’s time to power up public city spaces - The Networked Society Blog

It’s time to power up public city spaces - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Modern “cityzens” expect mobile coverage and capacity wherever they go. Providing infrastructure for good mobile-data coverage and capacity is as important as public transportation, electricity, water and sewage. The question I want to address in this post is: how do operators leverage the capabilities of small cells to power-up performance in public spaces?

 
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FACING UP TO INEQUALITY: NEW APPROACHES BEYOND ECONOMISM | Other News

Grim recent studies reveal the shocking increase in inequality globally, both between and within countries. Anti-poverty economic policies since World War II have done little, except for their notable success in China. Worldwide, the share of nations’ productivity increases going to employees is shrinking – while the share to capital owners, financial firms, corporations and their top executives has mushroomed, as reported in the Economist, Nov. 2, 2013.

 

 

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Two UK-Based Equity Crowdfunding Platforms ... - Ethical Markets

Two UK-Based Equity Crowdfunding Platforms ... - Ethical Markets | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Seedrs Raises Over £1M Through Own Platform – Two leading equity crowdfunding platforms based in the UK, Seedrs and Crowdcube, announced plans to expand abroad recently. While Seedrs is heavily targeting European countries, Crowdcube is looking to launch in several European nations, and elsewhere. While making the announcement, Seedrs also launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund the expansion — within hours, the campaign reached (and well surpassed) its £750,000 ($1.2M) goal.

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Is Secession the Answer? The Case of Catalonia, Flanders and Scotland - Knowledge@Wharton

Is Secession the Answer? The Case of Catalonia, Flanders and Scotland - Knowledge@Wharton | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Separatist movements are growing in certain European countries and regions -- but what would be the impact if these areas gained sovereignty?
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New Left Review - Rob Lucas: The Critical Net Critic

Four decades on from the origin of the Internet, and more than twenty years from the birth of the Web, discussions of these technologies retain a strong mystical odour. Prophecies about a coming ‘information society’, or of new technological ruptures comparable to the Industrial Revolution, have long served to conceal any realistic sense of what they most immediately are; the computer can still be portrayed as a thing of magic, a portal onto some other plane of Being; the Net even more so. Mainstream technology pundits have typically played a propaganda role for American hi-tech industries: ‘we have a moral obligation to increase the amount of technology in the world’, Wired magazine ‘Chief Maverick’ Kevin Kelly once declared, while Stewart Brand—founder of the Whole Earth Catalogue and a pioneer of the libertarian Californian tech culture with which the Net has been associated since the start—has come out as an advocate for biotech and nuclear energy. [1] At the same time such figures have been central in making a literary genre of the Web’s mystification.

 
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Catalan Integral Cooperative - P2P Foundation

Catalan Integral Cooperative - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"The Catalan Integrated Cooperative (CIC) began two years ago; it now has 850 members and several thousand people who participate in debates and projects. Under the label "integrated," the Cooperative functions as a political project seeking to tie together consumer and labor initiatives "and many others, such as education, mechanisms to create a cooperative basic income, eco-stores, collective stores, meetings and events, and a legal structure to help the formation of eco-networks and other similar projects in Catalonia," explains its communication team.

 
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Europe’s BlaBlaCar Has Created the Purest Version of the Sharing Economy So Far — And It’s Working

Europe’s BlaBlaCar Has Created the Purest Version of the Sharing Economy So Far — And It’s Working | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
BlaBlaCar, the Paris-based long-distance ride-sharing marketplace, now has a million active monthly users.
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Blueprint for P2P Society: The Partner State & Ethical Economy

Blueprint for P2P Society: The Partner State & Ethical Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A new way to produce is emerging. By this I mean: a new way to produce anything and everything, whether it is software, food, or cities.
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Editorial Notes (not mine): This is one of Michel's older articles from last year, but as Resilience contributor Øyvind Holmstad who suggested the article, points out, "This is one of Bauwens' major essays and it describes in detail his view and vision. It also continues well the thoughts of his last essay at Resilience, The Third Revolution." -KS 
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Welcome | The Internet, Policy & Politics Conferences

Welcome | The Internet, Policy & Politics Conferences | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Welcome to the biennial Internet, Politics, and Policy (IPP) academic conference series. Our 2014 conference will explore the new research frontiers opened up by Crowdsourcing for Politics and Policy. It aims to serve as a forum to encourage discussion across disciplinary boundaries on how to exploit crowdsourcing to inform policy debates and advance social science research.

 
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, December 2, 2013 3:50 PM

Look over this article for some great ideas about how to use and just how important it is for citizens to use the internet to shape policy and the future.

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3D printing and the Memetic | Introduction To Engineering

3D printing and the Memetic | Introduction To Engineering | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
3D printing is not going to revolutionize manufacturing. The $20k printers are already in those facilities. They don't even make a major stop on the tour. Why? A small human skull occupies a 3D printer for 8 hours.
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How Much Does Asia Contribute to the Global Sharing Economy? - Crowdsourcing Week

How Much Does Asia Contribute to the Global Sharing Economy? - Crowdsourcing Week | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The sharing economy this year will generate $350 billion in transactions in 2013, but how much of that is actually coming from Asia? (How much does #Asia contribute to the global Sharing Economy?
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Stallman calls for "truly anonymous" alternative to Bitcoin - Ukrainian Information Security Center

Stallman calls for "truly anonymous" alternative to Bitcoin - Ukrainian Information Security Center | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The outspoken activist praised Bitcoin for delivering a payment system that was largely independent of financial institutions in an interview with Russia Today, although he warned that most Bitcoin transactions could be traced.
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What Your Mother Taught You About Sharing Could Result In A Better Economy

What Your Mother Taught You About Sharing Could Result In A Better Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The climate change should be inspiring for entrepreneurs and startups, according to the founder of Zipcar, Robin Chase.

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Mass Production using Additive Manufacturing? Yes, Says a New Research Collaboration. - 3D Printing Industry

Mass Production using Additive Manufacturing? Yes, Says a New Research Collaboration. - 3D Printing Industry | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Inside the factory of world’s largest manufacturer of aircraft engines in the fossilized outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio, GE Aviation is now producing new fuel nozzles using additive manufacturing techniques. The nozzle, which was once constructed by producing and assembling 18 parts is now constructed in a single piece with an overall weight 25% lighter than its predecessor. According to GE Aviation, this new cutting edge technology requires no cutting at all and has given them new degrees of freedom to think about component design.

 
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New Documentary on Transforming Finance from ... - Ethical Markets

New Documentary on Transforming Finance from ... - Ethical Markets | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We are excited to announce thelaunch our new documentary - Transforming Finance.  Get a sneak preview– watch the trailer here.  The film will be available online from 4th December.

 
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