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Pullquote: » Healthcare.gov and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality Clay Shirky

Back in the mid-1990s, I did a lot of web work for traditional media. That often meant figuring out what the client was already doing on the web, and how it was going, so I’d find the techies in the company, and ask them what they were doing, and how it was going. Then I’d tell management what I’d learned. This always struck me as a waste of my time and their money; I was like an overpaid bike messenger, moving information from one part of the firm to another. I didn’t understand the job I was doing until one meeting at a magazine company.

 
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EFF's Reading List: Books of 2013

EFF's Reading List: Books of 2013 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
At the end of each year, EFF puts together a list of some of the interesting and noteworthy books that have been published in the past 12 months or so.
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Will Bitcoin change the money landscape?

Will Bitcoin change the money landscape? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In a recent email, a friend of mine who is into currency speculation, especially the Iraki Dinar, made little of Bitcoin and said the current money system is just fine. I had tried to make him aware of the existence of this new kind of currency by sending him links to articles.

 
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Trend of the Day: Contextual Economics

Contextual economics understands that the economy itself contains at least three spheres. In addition to the for-profit business sphere—the focus of mainstream economics—there is also the core sphere, consisting of families and communities; this is the focus of a good deal of work in feminist and social economics. Third is the public purpose sphere, which includes governments as well as institutions that are both non-governmental and not-for-profit, such as not-for-profit hospitals and universities, environmental advocacy groups, foundations, etc..

 
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Web of Debt - P2P Foundation

Web of Debt - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Our money system is not what we have been led to believe. The creation of money has been "privatized," or taken over by a private money cartel. Except for coins, all of our money is now created as loans advanced by private banking institutions -- including the private Federal Reserve. Banks create the principal but not the interest to service their loans. To find the interest, new loans must continually be taken out, expanding the money supply, inflating prices -- and robbing you of the value of your money. Web of Debt unravels the deception and presents a crystal clear picture of the financial abyss towards which we are heading. Then it explores a workable alternative, one that was tested in colonial America and is grounded in the best of American economic thought, including the writings of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. If you care about financial security, your own or the nation's, you should read this book." (http://astore.amazon.com/crealm/detail/0979560810)

 
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Five Future Trends That Will Impact the Learning Ecosystem

Five Future Trends That Will Impact the Learning Ecosystem | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
As summer reflections on the past school year turn into aspirations for the next year, it's important to keep in mind the big picture of change in education. Five shifts in how we think about schools
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The New Industrial Revolution: Everyone's a Maker

The New Industrial Revolution: Everyone's a Maker | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We're in the midst of another Industrial Revolution, and it's all thanks to 3D-printing. While there are several startups working to expedite adoption of the innovative technology,MakerBot is the household name looking to get 3D-printers in the hands of the masses.

 
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Sierra_Mcswagger's curator insight, January 12, 2015 9:59 AM

With the new and improving phenomena known as 3D printing, we may be headed towards another industrial revolution. With this in our reach everyone can be a metaphorical "tinker". Creating things with the click of a couple buttons, will give industries a new tool that could be a potential threat to the hard working people in the economy, or could just make things a lot easier.

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JOIN THE SHARING ECONOMY: The Gen Y guide to collaborative consumption - Global Net 21

When our parents graduated from college, the bachelor’s degree was a coveted badge of honour. It gave applicants instant cred (and usually a larger pay cheque) no matter what the job.
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Yochai Benkler: Wealth of Networks in PDF

Just found out Yochai Benkler hosts the entirety of The Wealth of Networks on his site, what a brilliant gentleman: http://t.co/LudRIfIDQp
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While Tech Companies Call for Spying Reform, Telcos Silent - PBS MediaShift

While Tech Companies Call for Spying Reform, Telcos Silent - PBS MediaShift | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On Dec. 9, eight of the world’s leading technology companies set aside their rivalries to issue a direct challenge to U.S. lawmakers: Lead the world by example and fix America’s broken surveillance state. Although the tech companies’ statement sends a powerful message, notably absent from the letter’s signatories is the appearance of a single telecommunications company, or telco.

 
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▶ The exchange economy: Marta Nowinska at TEDxTheAnnexWomen - YouTube

Marta Nowinska discusses The Exchange Economy: Value for Values.

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Airbnb: Earning Money in the Sharing Economy - YouTube

How some consumers are using the collaborative web to make ends meet.
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Why they mattered: Aaron Swartz - Politico

Why they mattered: Aaron Swartz - Politico | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In January we lost Aaron Swartz, 26, to suicide. Or better, as the breadth of his work was wide and its depth, profound: In January we all lost Aaron Swartz to suicide.

 




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▶ Money as a Commons - YouTube

An interview produced by Alain Ambrosi, at the Economics and the Commons Conference which took place in Berlin from 22 to 24 May 2013. 

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Do social movements create new ideas?

Do social movements create new ideas? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The (London) Guardian reported two weeks ago on a group of students that are cooking up a storm, or a"quiet revolution," in Manchester. Their online petition charges that "Academic integrity requires that alternative economic theories be introduced to students" and the "recognition of the fact that economics is a discipline that consists of a variety of schools of thought." The Guardian thinks highly of them. Aditya Chakrabortty in an opinion piece headed by a stern stone faced Marx, revived the story later in the week. In the original (online) article the group is pictured as if posing for the latest installment of the Avengers. Action heroes for economics! Badass!

 
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Essay of the Day: Open Source Capitalism

“The co-operative movement and the open source movement both create complex, world-class organisations motivated by social rather than financial goals. From Wikipedia and Linux to Mondragon and the Co-operative Bank, both movements offer coherent alternatives to the kind of business-as-usual profit-seeking structures which are driving the world to the brink of ecological collapse.

 
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Yes, there is an alternative to capitalism: Mondragon shows the way

Yes, there is an alternative to capitalism: Mondragon shows the way | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Richard Wolff: Why are we told a broken system that creates vast inequality is the only choice? Spain's amazing co-op is living proof otherwise
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On the basic income law, economic democracy, participatory economics, and the importance of the commons in the 21st Century: Further thoughts on an alternative philosophy of social change

On the basic income law, economic democracy, participatory economics, and the importance of the commons in the 21st Century: Further thoughts on an alternative philosophy of social change | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It appears to me that in majority of discussions about life after capitalism and possible social-economic alternatives, a very familiar anxiety tends to surface and resurface. This anxiety, I argue, is both existential and social in nature. It is the result of what I describe as one of the most fundamental philosophical problems of the 21st Century: namely that if capitalism, as a system of in-direct domination, emerged in history as an alternative to systems of direct domination; how might we then formulate, in the present, a truly progressive and emancipatory alternative without reproducing direct or in-direct systems of domination?

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Manifesting the Internet: A Review of Dmytri Kleiner’s The Telekommunist Manifesto

At the heart of any debate regarding the structure and future of the Internet is the question of ownership. The problem is that the "network of networks," that crowning achievement of late capitalism, is a property quagmire. It is built mainly of free/libre/open source software (FLOSS) coded long before the glimmer of commercialization twinkled in the California sunshine. That code was developed on government—and university—owned machines by researchers on federally subsidized salaries, only to be perfected by a loosely defined cadre of community-oriented libertarians. And yet upon that foundation of non-commercial, neutral, decentralized infrastructure, private Capital has erected its most glorious, if immaterial, cathedrals.

 
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Disruptions: Betting on a Coin With No Realm

Disruptions: Betting on a Coin With No Realm | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The real question is not what Bitcoin will be worth. It is whether digital currencies have promise and, if so, how they could change our world.
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Welcome to the OpenDrone Community! - OpenDrone

Welcome to the OpenDrone Community! - OpenDrone | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The OpenDrone Community aims to create a quadcopter built on open source hardware and software. We are also developing a number of other open source hardware and embedded projects, such as a Wi-Fi Car, a Frets On Fire Guitar, and some OpenWrt-based projects.

 
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Open-spec Neo900 phone heads toward production

Open-spec Neo900 phone heads toward production | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Germany-based Neo900.org was announced in October, as a spinoff from OpenPhoenux, which itself was a spinoff from the splintered OpenMokoopen source smartphone project.

 
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Out in the Open: Ex-Google Ad Man Saves You From Ad Hell - Wired

Out in the Open: Ex-Google Ad Man Saves You From Ad Hell - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

As the World Privacy Forum just told Congress, the bottom feeders of the data brokerage world are making big money selling lists of everything from rape victims and AIDS patients to alcoholics, giving marketers the power to hit those folks with emails, phone calls, and ads — and much of this data is coming from the net. In a report of its own, Senator John Rockafeller and his senate investigation committee highlight the massive amounts of consumer data that brokers collect online and off, starkly criticizing how little we know about how this data is collected and used.

 
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Can FabLabs Change The Future Of Manufacturing?

Can FabLabs Change The Future Of Manufacturing? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

More importantly, however, these new technologies enable individuals to reclaim some of the manufacturing independence that was lost with the beginning of industrialization. FabLab manufacturing will never overshadow traditional manufacturing, but it can help to educate the public about modern technology and localized production.

 
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It’s A Wonderful Life, For A Few Of Us | TechCrunch

It’s A Wonderful Life, For A Few Of Us | TechCrunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Meanwhile, US income inequality today is the highest that it’s been since 1928 — which matters especially because “the decline in middle-class incomes owes as much to rising inequality as it does to the depressed state of the economy.” The NYT recentlyhighlighted a Brooklyn neighborhood where

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