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WebRTC is almost here, and it will change the web

WebRTC is almost here, and it will change the web | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) is a new HTML5 standard framework that enables the sharing of video, audio, and data directly between web browsers. These capabilities open the door to a new wave of advanced web applications.

 

If all goes according to plan, over 50% of all web browsers will support this capability in the next three to four months.

 

This is the most significant step forward in web browser connectivity since 2004...

 

Comment: WebRTC might substantially change the way we use and live the internet. Real connectivity at the edges ... from friend to friend without the intervention of a central server or a website. It is kind of hard to imagine where this will lead us. 

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Google gives new meaning to "Orwellian"

Google gives new meaning to "Orwellian" | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The New Scientist has the stunning story (2/28/15, “Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links,” by Hal Hodson):


“THE internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free ‘news’ stories spread like wildfire. Google has devised a fix – rank websites according to their truthfulness.”


Great idea, right? 


Sure it is. 


The author of the article lets the cat out of the bag right away with his comment about “anti-vaccination” websites...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Google can, to a large extent, determine what you get to see on the internet, if you use the search engine. 

Search results have long been slanted to favour government and certain other sites and commercial interests (Google's advertising customers). 


But now there will be a new slant to Google ranking. Does the site pass the official consensus test, does it conform what the "authorities" say?

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UK parliament calls for Internet to be classified as a public utility

UK parliament calls for Internet to be classified as a public utility | Networked Society | Scoop.it

A new report published by the upper house of UK parliament—the House of Lords—has called for Internet access to be reclassified as a public utility.


Further, the report says that the UK is falling behind other countries when it comes to both high-speed Internet access (i.e., new fiber-to-the-home and fiber-to-the-node deployments) and universal Internet access—two factors that could significantly affect the UK's ability to compete in the still-rapidly-growing international digital economy.


The House of Lords' call for UK Internet access to be reclassified as a public utility is very similar to the conversation surrounding Title II reclassification of ISPs in the US. "We conclude that the Government should define the Internet as a utility service, available for all to access and use," reads the summary of the House of Lords report.

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A step in the right direction...

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Collaborative Consumption and The Sharing Economy: Opportunities for Cities, Organizations and Wellbeing - (Video 1hour)

In her talk, April Rinne, Chief Strategy Officer, Collaborative Lab illustrates how the collaborative economy (which includes "the sharing economy") has the potential to transform the way we design products and services, create sustainable and "shareable" cities, re-imagine public services, reduce waste and connect communities.

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New ways of putting things to use, share assets we have, unlock wealth we didn't even know was there and in the process connect with others.

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Greece: Will Syriza party pave the way for a Commons-oriented society if elected? | P2P Foundation

Greece: Will Syriza party pave the way for a Commons-oriented society if elected? | P2P Foundation | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Andreas Karitzis, member of Syriza’s think tank on digital policies and a candidate MP in the ongoing elections, recently wrote an article in the Greek version of the Huffington Post highlighting the commitment of his party to free/open source technologies, transparency and participatory democracy.


Mr. Karitzis claims that Syriza will support the adoption of free/open source software in the public sector and the distribution of public data under Commons-based licenses.


It is true that from program to implementation, several steps are required, however the first step seems to have been made: Syriza appears to not only be aware of the advantages of free/open source technologies but also to realize the potential and the new political economy of this emerging proto-mode of production.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Greece led the way to democracy in ancient times. 

Will they do it again, and show us how to build a p2p society? 

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If Andreas Karitzis has won the election [I don't know] and if he is allowed to implement his concepts to free/open source technologies, transparency and participatory democracy, it'd be a game changer in Europe.

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Check Out What the Urban Farming Guys Have Been Doing the Last 3 Years in Kansas City. You're Gonna Be Amazed.

Check Out What the Urban Farming Guys Have Been Doing the Last 3 Years in Kansas City. You're Gonna Be Amazed. | Networked Society | Scoop.it
16 minutes | The Kansas City-based Urban Farming Guys aren't just growing food, but the hopes and dreams of a community, too.
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Is Urban Farming taking off? 

Here's a documentary about the Urban Farming Guys in Kansas City... 

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What is Commons Transition?

What is Commons Transition? | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The entrepreneurial activities that are created around the commons induce the vision of an ethical economy, a non-capitalist marketplace that re-introduces reciprocity and co-operation in the market’s functioning, while co-creating commons and creating livelihoods for the commoners.


This type of economy and market in which co-operation, mutuality, and the common good define the characteristics of a new kind of political economy, point the way to a new state form, which we have called the Partner State.

Thus, the commons not only introduces a third term next to the state and the market, i.e. the generative, commons-producing civil society, but also a new market and a new state. A foundation principle of a Commons Transition Plan is that the changes must happen concurrently in all three aspects of our social and economic life.


Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

The commons has been neglected in our capitalist society. We will have to re-build it.

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Decentralized Internet Will Save Humanity! - YouTube

As technology is being used to control humanity more and more there lies an unsuspecting beacon of hope that will change everything. The decentralized intern...
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A little talk on why we should decentralize the internet...

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Valve pioneers a boss-free business

Valve pioneers a boss-free business | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Imagine a company where everyone is equal and managers don't exist. 


A place where employees sit where they want, choose what to work on and decide each other's pay. 


Then, once a year, everyone goes on holiday together.


You have just imagined Valve...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

A successful company without managers... apparently it's possible.


Their manual is on line here

http://www.valvesoftware.com/company/Valve_Handbook_LowRes.pdf ;

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Italy Pioneers An Internet Bill of Rights

Italy Pioneers An Internet Bill of Rights | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Today marks the first day Italy will open the bill for open consultation via the Civici platform, the first of its kind in Europe.


Introduced to the public and to European deputies on October 12 to 13, the initiative was created with an international framework in mind. The draft, for example, has been published in ItalianEnglish, and French. And its rationale is that “the many questions related to access and use of the Internet go well beyond national borders because of the very nature of the net and therefore, call for a coordinated effort at the international level.”


Since the bill is now open for public debate, it will therefore change substantially. As it is now, it consists of a preamble and 14 articles that span several pages.


Topics range from the “fundamental right to Internet access” and Net Neutrality to the notion of “informational self-determination.”


The bill also includes provisions on the right to anonymity and tackles the highly debated idea of granting online citizens a “right to be forgotten.”


Measures are taken against algorithmic discriminations and the opacity of the terms of service devised by “digital platform operators” who are “required to behave honestly and fairly” and, most of all, give “clear and simple information on how the platform operates.”

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

I believe this is a good debate to have - what rights do we have when on the net? 

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The Sharing Economy Takes On Electricity, So You Can Buy Your Power From Neighbors

The Sharing Economy Takes On Electricity, So You Can Buy Your Power From Neighbors | Networked Society | Scoop.it

One startup in the Netherlands is creating an Airbnb-style site for electricity, cutting utilities out of the transaction entirely.


Vandebron says consumers and producers both benefit.


Producers can get a higher price per unit because they're no longer forced to accept what the utility offers.


Consumers save because they don't have to swallow the mark-up utilities charge for passing on that power.


Individuals pay exactly what producers price their product at. Vandebron doesn't add anything in the middle. However, it does charge a flat subscription fee to each side--about $12 a month.


"It means there is a better price for sustainable energy and also that the business case for investing in sustainable production is better," says Aart van Veller, another of the founders.


One farmer on the site says he can make $12,700 more revenue this year than he would have otherwise.

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Electric Utilities are soon getting some competition ... from direct p2p energy contracts

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Ello - an ad-free social network in beta testing

Ello - an ad-free social network in beta testing | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Ello is a beautiful, simple, and ad-free social network.


The Ello interface supports posting and private messaging. Ello allows users to share images, video, text, and sound files in an elegant environment that makes it fast and easy to read, post, and search content submitted by friends.


Ello does not mine user data and there are no advertisements.


Clutter management tools help users filter noise and minimize unwanted content while helping users focus on the posts that matter most.


"Ello is currently invitation-only. To join Ello, you need to know someone that is already on the network.


Alternatively, you can request an invitation by visiting the Ello Home Page."

 

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This social network promises not to use or sell your data, and it has a no-ad policy. 


Here is an article about Ello:

Mad Genius Creates Ello, the Elegant Anti-Facebook

There have also been critical voices of Ello. Here is one of them...

https://aralbalkan.com/notes/ello-goodbye/
 
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AXIOM Beta: The first open digital cinema camera

AXIOM Beta: The first open digital cinema camera | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Creating the first free software and open hardware digital cinema camera.
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An open source film camera being developed...  

Is film making going to have its own open source hardware? 

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Mesh networks could bridge the gap between internet capacity and demand

Mesh networks could bridge the gap between internet capacity and demand | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Internet providers are about to face a connectivity crisis. Micha Benoliel, CEO of Open Garden, says software-based mesh networking is the solution. According to Benoliel, soon every smartphone, tablet, computer and wearable device will become a node in the global internet.


The humble smartphone’s ease of use, connectivity and widespread adoption puts it in a good position to bring reliable internet access to everyone. Considering that most smartphones already have the components to act as routers, one can imagine a new generation of networks, where each device becomes an active part of the network.


Mesh networks, as they’re called, are built out of a patchwork of wireless-enabled devices — smartphones, tablets, computers, even wearable devices that connect with one another directly in a peer-to-peer mode.


These networks configure the data-sharing capabilities within those devices, so that the devices can share and receive not just data, but the connection itself, becoming pieces of the network’s piping.


A group of devices linked along a mesh network becomes an incredibly powerful intranet. And if one of the network devices connects to the internet, they can share that access across all the other devices as well.


It’s like crowdsourcing the network.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Directly mesh networking mobile phones to share data and connectivity with the internet... it's coming, and it will make the network more resilient.

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Librem 15: A Free/Libre Software Laptop That Respects Your Essential Freedoms

Librem 15: A Free/Libre Software Laptop That Respects Your Essential Freedoms | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The first high-end laptop that respects your freedom and privacy.


The Purism Librem 15 is the first high-end laptop in the world that ships without mystery software in the kernel, operating system, or any software applications.


Every other consumer-grade laptop you can purchase comes with an operating system that includes suspect, proprietary software, and there’s no way for you to know what that software does.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Finally a laptop geared specifically for open source (free/libre) operating system and software... 

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Finally a laptop geared specifically for open source (free/libre) operating system and software... 

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Towards a Commons-Based Political Economy: Rethinking State, Market and Civil Society - Course at Schumacher College (UK)

Towards a Commons-Based Political Economy: Rethinking State, Market and Civil Society - Course at Schumacher College (UK) | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Michel Bauwens, John Restakis and
Kevin FlanaganCourse dates: 
Monday, 20 April, to Friday, 24 April, 2015

This course will be of interest to activists and practitioners in social change movements; to policy makers interested in new forms of governance and public/social partnerships; to academics and students interested in the relations between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and social change; and to practitioners and advocates in the co-operative, commons, and sustainability movements.


In the first part of this course, we will introduce the economics of the commons and peer production, and other forms of the ‘collaborative economy’ (Michel Bauwens), as well as the innovative forms that the revival of the co-operative and solidarity economy have taken after the crisis (John Restakis).


In the second part of the course, we will move to policy and political concerns, as  well as the logic and outline of the commons transition itself, based on the ground-breaking experience in Ecuador around the transition to a ‘social knowledge economy’.

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At the cutting edge of social change ... imagining a new society.

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The rise of the ‘peer-to-peer populists’ - shaping a new political project

The rise of the ‘peer-to-peer populists’ - shaping a new political project | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Paul Walsh argues that the success of Syriza has much in common with Spain's Podemos and Scotland's Radical Independence Campaign.


One thing that unites new political animals such as Syriza, Podemos and Scotland’s Radical Independence Campaign (RIC) is their ability to capture and mobilise young people. The charge that the Facebook generation are apathetic and apolitical doesn’t hold here. To be sure, unemployment is a key factor in Spain and Greece. 

Why ‘peer-to-peer populists’? Because the young people who form the backbone of these new movements have grown up with the internet and peer-to-peer file-sharing: they know the difference between a torrent and a tweetabyte and a block chain.


Peer-to-peer networks also require no intermediate authority – the users themselves maintain, propagate and repair the network. Power and responsibility is decentralised to the hive.


Powered by a younger generation tired of austerity and neoliberalism, the ‘peer-to-peer populists’ are responding to the economic crisis and shaping a new political project.

 

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Peer to peer is the new wave...

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Project SAFE in London, Great Britain - join or organise a meet up to jump start the network...

Project SAFE: London

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Project SAFE (Secure Access For Everyone) aims to create a decentralized and secure Internet 2.0 (whitepaper). The SAFE Network is a secure and fully decentralized data manage...

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Project SAFE (Secure Access For Everyone) aims to create a decentralized and secure Internet 2.0 (here is a whitepaper).


The SAFE Network is a secure and fully decentralized data management service. The network is made up from the unused computer resources provided by the network users.


By providing resources, users earn Safecoins - a digital currency that can be used to access network services. The SAFE Network also supports distributed applications that can be accessed (for free or paid) by the network users. 

More information about what it is and how it works at
http://systemdocs.maidsafe.net/content/what_it_is/README.html
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

They have been working on it for years and it seems ready to go now... 


I believe that the SAFE network could be our chance of re-making the internet from the bottom up, using our own resources instead of centralised servers for our data and our communications.

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New Clues - from two of the original Cluetrain authors, Doc Searls and David Weinberger

New Clues - from two of the original Cluetrain authors, Doc Searls and David Weinberger | Networked Society | Scoop.it

It has been sixteen years since our previous communication

In that time the People of the Internet — you and me and all our friends of friends of friends, unto the last Kevin Bacon — have made the Internet an awesome place, filled with wonders and portents.

 

From the serious to the lolworthy to the wtf, we have up-ended titans, created heroes,  and changed the most basic assumptions about how Things Work and Who We Are. 

But now all the good work we've done together faces mortal dangers. 


When we first came before you, it was to warn of the threat posed by those who did not understand that they did not understand the Internet. 


These are The Fools, the businesses that have merely adopted the trappings of the Internet. 


Now two more hordes threaten all that we have built for one another...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

You might have heard of the original Cluetrain Manifesto. If so, you will appreciate these new clues. If not, here's your chance to catch up. 


"Fifteen years ago, four of us got together and posted The Cluetrain Manifesto which tried to explain what most businesses and much of the media were getting wrong about the Web. These New Clues come from two of the authors of that manifesto, and of the book that followed."  

(It's all about the internet and how we use it...)

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Open Source Everything

Open Source Everything | Networked Society | Scoop.it
We find ourselves at the end of centuries of isolation and alienation. We are at the beginning of the Great Awakening.


The evolution of social technologies and communications media appears to align with prophecies of indigenous cultures like the classic Maya, who looked toward our epoch as the end of one great cycle and the beginning of another. It's a window of opportunity for us, potentially the threshold of transformation of humanity into a new psychic collectivity, a new global civilization that can attain galactic citizenship.


We have the potential to achieve a radical evolution and expansion of our consciousness as a species, once we put aside all lesser goals.

Sharing, not secrecy, is the means by which we realize such a lofty destiny as well as create infinite wealth. The wealth of networks, the wealth of knowledge, revolutionary wealth — all can create a nonzero win-win Earth that works for one hundred percent of humanity. This is the "utopia" that Buckminster Fuller foresaw, now within our reach.

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Robert David Steele Vivas is an ex intelligence agent turned advocate of everything open. His vision is certainly worth considering...

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The Internet Of Someone Else’s Things

The Internet Of Someone Else’s Things | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The Internet Of Things is coming. Rejoice! ...Mostly. It will open our collective eyes to petabytes of real-time data...


The fundamental issue here is that the Internet of Things will not have a standard set of open APIs for consumers. You can’t get your Tesla to dump all of its data to a server you specify. While Nest has a public API, they maintain gatekeeper control over it.


When you buy a Smart Thing, you get locked into its software ecosystem, which is controlled by its manufacturer, whether you like it or not.

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The Internet of Things connects sensors and smart devices. Trouble is, we aren't in control over what data is sent and where it ends up.

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The Rise of the Network Commons

The Rise of the Network Commons | Networked Society | Scoop.it

When I came to Barcelona in July 2014, I was thrilled to see that as part of the EU funded research project Confine a project was under way to develop Quick Mesh Project (QMP). QMP is a so called free firmware, a Linux based operating system for network devices.


Many people now have at home wireless routers. When you buy Internet access from a provider, you often also get a box that allows to wirelessly connect to the net. QMP would replace the operating system of such a device with a much improved version, one that speaks the language of mesh network protocols.


To give a simple example, if in a street of apartment blocks everybody who owns a wireless router replaces the firmware with QMP and the puts the router on the window sill, all those machines would automatically connect and build a network without using any cables or other hardware from commercial providers.


It would make it easy and simple to connect without having to go deep into system settings.


This has now changed from being a faraway utopian goal to something that is literally around the corner.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

The internet needs to be re-built from the bottom up. Network locally first and only then connect to the world "out there". 


A local wireless network might be coming to your neighbourhood soon. 

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Free Is a Lie | P2P Foundation

Free Is a Lie | P2P Foundation | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Designer and social entrepreneur Aral Balkan believes it is time to build an alternate future where we own our own tools, services, and data. And to do this we must create a new category of design-led, experience-driven ‘technology’.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This is a 35 min video. Very interesting talk by Aral Balkan. About how our data is being mined by a few mega companies who offer 'Free' stuff. He also does have a solution... at least he's working on it. 

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Zero Marginal Thinking: Jeremy Rifkin gets it all wrong

Zero Marginal Thinking: Jeremy Rifkin gets it all wrong | Networked Society | Scoop.it

In this book, Rifkin is fascinated by the phenomenon of goods for which the marginal cost of production is zero, or so close to zero that it can be ignored.


All of the present-day examples of these he points at are information goods – software, music, visual art, novels.


He joins this to the overarching obsession of all his books, which are variations on a theme of “Let us write an epitaph for capitalism”.


In doing so, Rifkin effectively ignores what capitalists do and what capitalism actually is. “Capital” is wealth paying for setup costs.


Even for pure information goods those costs can be quite high. Music is a good example; it has zero marginal cost to reproduce, but the first copy is expensive.


Musicians must own costly instruments, be paid to perform, and require other capital goods such as recording studios. If those setup costs are not reliably priced into the final good, production of music will not remain economically viable.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Here is a contrary view to what is making the rounds on Jeremy Rifkin's latest book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society.

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Reinventing Organizations - a whole new organisational paradigm is emerging... YouTube Video (1h 43min)

A talk by Frederic Laloux about "Reinventing Organizations", a research and book that is turning into an international phenomenon. 

Increasingly, employees and managers (but also doctors, nurses, teachers, etc.) are disillusioned with the way we run organizations today. We all somehow sense that there simply must be better ways to run our businesses, nonprofits, schools and hospitals. 

This hopeful talk shares the key insights from groundbreaking research into the emergence, in different parts of the world, of truly powerful and soulful organizations that have made a radical leap beyond today's management thinking.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This is an important talk.

Are we finding a way to organise ourselves in radically different kinds of companies?

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Exarchia, a countercultural island in downtown Athens | Video (12 min)

Exarchia, a countercultural island in downtown Athens | Video (12 min) | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Exarchia is a district of Athens that is home to leftists and anarchists, poor people and intellectuals.


Greece's economic crisis hit it hard.


But solidarity and a culture of autonomy mean people have got together to help themselves and each other.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

These people are living a new kind of economy, where contribution, rather than exchange, is most valued.

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