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on peer-to-peer dynamics in the field of politics, economics and institutions
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Open Source Business Models: This is just the beginning

Open Source Business Models: This is just the beginning | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This week I was invited to give a talk at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos about my experiences in the Open Source world. The part people are most interested are always the history of Liferay, how it was funded and grew up (world wide and in Spain in particular), its business model, what has worked and what has not, etc.

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3ders.org - 450 Fab Labs in US and 100 innovation houses in Shanghai | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

3ders.org - 450 Fab Labs in US and 100 innovation houses in Shanghai | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

End of 2011 Shanghai Government Technology committee issued a call for a proposal to build 100 community hackerspaces ("Innovation House") with government funding for equipment. The community in each resident area will manage the space and pay for the material. Each space will be at least 100 square meters, open 200 days a year, equipped with wood lathes, metal lathes, saws and drill grinding combined machine, milling machine and other tools.

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Building an Efficient Economy: the Open Source Economy | Marion Institute

Building an Efficient Economy: the Open Source Economy | Marion Institute | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Marion Institute is dedicated to identifying and promoting programs that seek to enhance life for the Earth and its inhabitants.
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Social media: A modern-day 'printing revolution'/ An interview with Clay Shirky, New York University Associate Professor - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Social media: A modern-day 'printing revolution'/ An interview with Clay Shirky, New York University Associate Professor - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The power of social media essentially boils down to two things. Firstly, it enables interactive, collective communication. Secondly, it facilitates the formation of groups.
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The long and inevitable decline of internet advertising

The long and inevitable decline of internet advertising | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“People have long described the price difference between print and Web ads as moving from analog dollars to digital dimes,” explains The New York Times‘s Claire Cain Miller. “Cell phone ads could be described as trading those dimes for mobile pennies. Clicks on mobile ads cost about 40 percent of the price of desktop ads, according to Stifel Nicolaus,” she continues. And, unfortunately for the ad-sales biz, the stats show mobile use is on the rise.

 
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amor mundi: p2p is EITHER Pay-to-Peer OR it is Peers-to-Precarity

Paul Krugman is right to say that the cancellation of Google Reader provides yet another demonstration of the failure of private profitability to provide for the maintenance of public goods, even though I disagree that it seems hard in the least "to envision search and related functions as public utilities," which is indeed "where th[is] logic will eventually take us." Although such conclusions do take us far afield from the assumptions and aspirations that drive the common wisdom of the catastrophically failed generation of neoliberal digital-utopian irrational exuberance, it is just as true that they return us to terms that should be familiar from Econ 101.

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Basic Income, a new human right

Basic Income should be universal, individual, unconditional and high enough to ensure a dignified existence and participation in society. 
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Steve V's curator insight, March 24, 2013 3:37 PM

European Citizens: need your support!

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Book of the Day: On achieving prosperous degrowth - Blog

Book of the Day: On achieving prosperous degrowth - Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“Consider the future with less fossil fuel and no new natural or technological energy sources. How can it be peaceful and prosperous? More and more leaders concerned with the global future are warning of the impending crisis as the surge of unsustainable growth exceeds the capability of the earth’s resources to support our civilisation. But while history records the collapse of countless civilisations, some societies and ecosystems have managed to descend in orderly stages, reducing demands and selecting and saving what is most important. Although some scientists predict disaster, this book shows how our world can still thrive and prosper in a future where we live with less and charts a way for our modern civilisation to descend to sustainable levels. The authors make recommendations for a more equitable and co-operative world society, with specific suggestions based upon their evaluations of trends in global population, wealth distribution, energy sources, conservation, urban development, capitalism and international trade, information technology, and education. This thoughtful and provocative book will force us to confront our assumptions and beliefs about our world’s future, which is all too often taken for granted.”

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Worried your cloud service will die? Get open source insurance - InfoWorld (blog)

Worried your cloud service will die? Get open source insurance - InfoWorld (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
By killing Reader, Google may have done us a favor, focusing attention on the power of open standards and open source in protecting us against the whims of service providers
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Shirky: Situated Software (2004)

Part of the future I believe I'm seeing is a change in the software ecosystem which, for the moment, I'm calling situated software. This is software designed in and for a particular social situation or context. This way of making software is in contrast with what I'll call the Web School (the paradigm I learned to program in), where scalability, generality, and completeness were the key virtues.

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Robin Chase from Business Innovation Factory

BIF-8: Robin Chase from Business Innovation Factory. Like this? Watch the latest episode of Business Innovation Factory on Blip!http://blip.tv/thebif/watch
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Guest Post: Embracing the Shift to a Partnership Paradigm - Inside Facebook

Guest Post: Embracing the Shift to a Partnership Paradigm - Inside Facebook | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Facebook’s updates to the Preferred Marketing Developer (PMD) requirements, which put a large emphasis on paid media, will be a huge benefit to both developers and marketers alike.

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Making Cosmetic Packaging Beautiful with 3D Printing | Objet Blog

Making Cosmetic Packaging Beautiful with 3D Printing | Objet Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Collcap Packaging’s design team uses the Objet30 Pro desktop 3D printer to vastly improve the cosmetic packaging prototyping experience for their customers.
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Eight business models for government open data | Government in The LabGovernment in The Lab

Eight business models for government open data | Government in The LabGovernment in The Lab | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Alex Howard has written an excellent article over at the O'Reilly Radar listing eight business models forgovernment open data, a handy list for those in government agencies attempting to justify to senior management or Ministers why releasing government data is important and valuable.

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Groups, Clay Shirky and Online Education

Groups, Clay Shirky and Online Education | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We are just beginning to see the power of groups in online learning courses with massive numbers of students. There is great potential yet to be realized, for the development of new knowledge and problem solving with the collaborative efforts of students worldwide. The power of groups cannot by ignored, the influence they have is great, and the institutions that embrace it and acknowledge that they are no longer in control, will be better prepared to create conditions to harness its potential.

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Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology | Video on TED.com

At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data -- including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he'll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.

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Project of the Day: Masque Una Casa

Project of the Day: Masque Una Casa | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The masqueunacasa.org project is conceived as an online framework that enables the spreading and promotion of alternative options to the mainstream way of acquiring a home, which has basically been private real estate development leading to individual home ownership. What masqueunacasa.org does is explore and support housing models that strive towards collective formulas of production, possession and use. Some of these models have had a long standing in other countries and are beginning to take hold as pioneer samples in Spain.

 
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40% of America’s workforce will be freelancers by 2020

40% of America’s workforce will be freelancers by 2020 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The debate over telecommuting that Yahoo has spurred raises an important issue, but it’s not simply about workplace flexibility or telecommuting, but rather the fundamental nature of work itself. By 2020, more than 40% of the US workforce will be so-called contingent workers, according to a study conducted by software company Intuit in 2010. That’s more than 60 million people.

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Multi-Dimensional Science - P2P Foundation

Multi-Dimensional Science - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Multi-Dimensional Science, or MDS represents a new revolutionary approach towards a more objective understanding of claimed psychic, and spiritual phenomena. If possible, and if ultimately correct it could in the future have extraordinary benefits for the advancement of the human race.

 
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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg eyes political push on immigration - Michelle Quinn and Anna Palmer

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg eyes political push on immigration - Michelle Quinn and Anna Palmer | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The group is forming at a time when the tech industry is stepping up its immigration efforts, with executives advocating key provisions to help in the battle for global talent. But those executives also say they support reforms to create a path to citizenship for undocumented people for the good of the nation and economy.

 

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The Worlwide List of Open Source Hardware Online Stores | Making ...

The Worlwide List of Open Source Hardware Online Stores | Making ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Don’t spend any more time browsing desperately the internetz to find parts for your RepRap, Arduino kits or local sensors and PCBs distributors for your new project. I put together this worldwide list of online stores selling open source hardware. There is a big chance your country is in it and that you will finally find your favourite local online store to get open source electronics, robotics, parts, kits, materials and supplies for your hardware projects.

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Robert Platek's curator insight, March 26, 2013 5:27 PM

Nice list of open hardware (arduino, rpi, sensors) online stores and service providers (PCB, assembly, etc)

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Capitalism? It's our survival kit - Director magazine

Capitalism? It's our survival kit - Director magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The term capitalism is used more by followers of Karl Marx rather than us – the people who are alluded to as the greedy creators of inequalities. Because we generate and hold on to wealth, they say, a weaker class of have-nots is automatically created as a by-product. 
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Solving the Internet's Congestion Problem - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

Solving the Internet's Congestion Problem - blogs.hbr.org (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

With internet innovation comes congestion. The amount of content shared and accessed by the world's 2.4 billion Internet users is constantly increasing — in volume, and in size. It is outpacing the internet's, and Internet Service Providers', ability to efficiently deliver it.

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You are only as smart as the people around you - The Networked Society Blog

You are only as smart as the people around you - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Creativity is no longer about one genius in a lab somewhere with a big, secret idea. Instead, creativity is about intelligence of the crowd and about sharing and interacting. And the best place to find these conditions is in a dense, diversified city.

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Hacking Culture: Infosec, the "White Hats"

Hacking Culture: Infosec, the "White Hats" | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
White hats are known to be the antitisis of all that groups such as anonymous stand for. Anonoymous claims to fight for freedom of information and see the Infosec community as the ones looking to withhold it.
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Jason Toy's curator insight, June 20, 2013 5:51 AM

In my opinion there are more of us that live in the grey than white hats or balck hats combined. Just like with anything else, if you are too far to one side or the other it becomes difficult to see the full spectrum.