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The top 25 under-reported (censored) stories of 2013 - Project Censored

The top 25 under-reported (censored) stories of 2013 - Project Censored | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Project Censored specializes in covering the top stories which were subjected to media censorship either by being ignored or downplayed by the mainstream media each year.

 

The 5 top stories chosen this year include Bradley Manning and his courageous act of whistleblowing, tax havens where the 1% hide away their money, the secret negotiations for a trans-pacific partnership not subject to democratic controls, the fact that Obama has come after whistleblowers with heavy handed action, and the rise of groups in the US that preach hate and intolerance.


Other interesting stories: Interest on money inflates global prices by 35%, lots of hungry people in America (a fifth of Americans go hungry), the looming health threat of wireless technologies, journalists are under attack ... can't protect their sources any more, the ten-year anniversary of the Creative Commons providing an alternative to copyright, the dangers of fracking, Monsanto's trail of suicided farmers in India, and a proposed transaction tax that could curb speculation while bringing huge tax income...


See the stories and summaries by following the headline...

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Project censored is an academic project that is holding a mirror up to the face of journalism and the media. Every year, 25 stories are chosen that did not get the media attention they deserved...

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Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, January 1, 2014 3:05 AM

Every year they select many stories to be ranked from No. 1 to No. 25. At any rank there may be more than one story. These are usually stories that should have hit the headline in the mainstream media but were actually censored or downplayed. However, the award is normally given to stories on American issues, sometimes global issues. The award is an academic project of the University of California at Sonoma.

Birgitta Edberg's curator insight, January 2, 2014 6:14 PM

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Meet the Robin Hood of Science - Bypass the Paywalls that Prevent Access to Scientific Papers

Meet the Robin Hood of Science - Bypass the Paywalls that Prevent Access to Scientific Papers | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The tale of how one researcher has made nearly every scientific paper ever published available for free to anyone, anywhere in the world. 


Alexandra Elbakyan, a researcher from Kazakhstan, created Sci-Hub, a website that bypasses journal paywalls, illegally providing access to nearly every scientific paper ever published immediately to anyone who wants it.


The website works in two stages, firstly by attempting to download a copy from the LibGen database of pirated content, which opened its doors to academic papers in 2012 and now contains over 48 million scientific papers.


The ingenious part of the system is that if LibGen does not already have a copy of the paper, Sci-hub bypasses the journal paywall in real time by using access keys donated by academics lucky enough to study at institutions with an adequate range of subscriptions.


This allows Sci-Hub to route the user straight to the paper through publishers such as JSTOR, Springer, Sage, and Elsevier. After delivering the paper to the user within seconds, Sci-Hub donates a copy of the paper to LibGen for good measure, where it will be stored forever, accessible by everyone and anyone. 

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Access to the results of science needs to be openly available to all who want it - not only to the people at large and well funded universities and corporations. 


Scientific publishing should not be big business. After all, we pay for the research with either our taxes or company research funding. 

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The Citizens' Network - Bolivia is setting up an entirely homemade local Internet network (Video 40min)

The Citizens' Network - Bolivia is setting up an entirely homemade local Internet network (Video 40min) | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Rebel Geeks - The Citizens' network


This film investigates how Bolivian senator Nelida Sifuentes has led the campaign to restructure the way in which Bolivia and Latin America communicate, and restore power to ordinary citizens. 


The tiny mountainous South American country has one of the world's slowest Internet connections, but the senator is leading the drive to develop infrastructure and software that will make Bolivia digitally independent. 


"They want to train up generations of Bolivians who can write code and develop software.


They are trying to establish a "sovereign cloud", independent of international corporate and governmental control, that will protect the country's data and speed up access and connectivity.


Although they both use and support mobile internet platforms, they know that erecting more masts won't solve the basic problem of structural integrity. They want full technological sovereignty and we are catching them as they build the architecture from the bottom up.

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Bolivia showing the way for a locally independent communication structure 

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I Moved to Linux and It’s Even Better Than I Expected

I Moved to Linux and It's Even Better Than I Expected - Backchannel - Medium


On a spring day in 2012, I shut down my MacBook Air for the last time. From then on, my primary computing environment — at least on a laptop computer — was GNU/Linux. 


I was abandoning, as much as possible, the proprietary, control-freakish environments that Apple and Microsoft have increasingly foisted on users of personal computers. 


Almost four years later, here I am, writing this piece on a laptop computer running the Linux operating system and LibreOffice Writer, not on a Mac or Windows machine using Microsoft Word. All is well. 


No, better than that — everything’s terrific.


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We are giving, in our online lives, an awful lot of control to Google, Apple and Microsoft, but there are other options...

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Top 10 P2P Trends of 2015 - Commons Transition

Top 10 P2P Trends of 2015 - Commons Transition | Networked Society | Scoop.it
A list of P2P trends for reconstructing our world with distributed infrastructures, shared resources, commons, and related livelihoods.
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This is part of that new society that is quietly emerging...

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It's time for the Permanent Web

It's time for the Permanent Web | Networked Society | Scoop.it

HTTP is broken. It's time for the distributed, permanent web. 


The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a new hypermedia distribution protocol, addressed by content and identities.


IPFS fundamentally changes the way we look for things, and this is it's key feature. With HTTP, you search for locations. With IPFS, you search for content


IPFS is still in Alpha release, but you can find out more here...

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This is about de-centralising the net, distributing the data to the periphery where it's needed, rather than running everything through big data pipes and central servers...

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Mosaic Social | Mosaic Social

Mosaic Social | Mosaic Social | Networked Society | Scoop.it

This is a first draft of a proposal to design and build a user friendly, egalitarian, and decentralized social platform that enables and inspires a mass of cooperative participants to come together as a powerful movement. A movement capable of transforming our political and economic systems in order to make a more just, democratic, and sustainable world. It’s a plan to build a platform designed to facilitate a modern renaissance. Your feedback is welcome. 


Mosaic will be a decentralized social network familiar to those who have used Facebook, Google+, or Ning. It will be one of the first major decentralized apps built on the decentralized web protocol. Its codebase will have a type of licence that is open to commoners but closed to extractors.


We hope that Mosaic will not only provide an escape from Facebook, but the means to better coordinate and act with our purpose-driven peers, a way to unite our economic, political, environmental, and social movements.


Mosaic will consist of independent nodes operating on the decentralized protocol that interact across servers. At first, there will be two primary types of nodes, user nodes and a community nodes. Because users of the decentralized protocol have the freedom to move from one server to another and Mosaic is an app run on the decentralized protocol that means Mosaic users have mobility as well.

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What would it take to bring the social net under OUR control... here's a project

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Change your channel - Mallence Bart Williams TEDtalks Berlin - YouTube

Mallence Bart Williams speaks on the contradiction of charity sent to Africa, the need of Afrca's resources that supply the world economy and how we change the way we view the way we "help" Africa and it's people.

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An excellent talk at TED Berlin by Mallence Bart Williams. Worth investing 17 minutes...

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New Technology Uses Solar Cells As Power Source & Li-Fi Data Node

New Technology Uses Solar Cells As Power Source & Li-Fi Data Node | Networked Society | Scoop.it

“What if we could use existing technologies to provide Internet access to the more than 4 billion people living in places where the infrastructure can’t support it? Using off-the-shelf LEDs and solar cells, Harald Haas and his team have pioneered a new technology that transmits data using light, and it may just be the key to bridging the digital divide.”


This prototype setup, with the solar cells providing both the electricity and acting as broadband receivers, could be a huge boon to people in those areas where building the necessary infrastructure, both energy- and communications-wise, to support internet and data communications access isn’t going to happen anytime in the near future.

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I see a whole new local networking technology developing here. Solar cells are available just about everywhere and so are strong led flashlights that can bridge the distance between the users of a local network and the internet feed...

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, November 11, 2015 11:26 AM

I see a whole new local networking technology developing here. Solar cells are available just about everywhere and so are strong led flashlights that can bridge the distance between the users of a local network and the internet feed...

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 How #solar is changing the commute through technology globally...

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How a group of neighbours on an island created their own Internet service

How a group of neighbours on an island created their own Internet service | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Powered by radios in trees, homegrown network serves 50 houses on Orcas Island. 


Faced with a local ISP that couldn’t provide modern broadband, Orcas Island residents designed their own network and built it themselves. The nonprofit Doe Bay Internet Users Association (DBIUA), founded by Sutton, Brems, and a few friends, now provide Internet service to a portion of the island.


It’s a wireless network with radios installed on trees and houses in the Doe Bay portion of Orcas Island. Those radios get signals from radios on top of a water tower, which in turn receive a signal from a microwave tower across the water in Mount Vernon, Washington. 


Unlike many satellite and cellular networks, there is no monthly data cap for DBIUA users. 


Sutton, a software developer who has experience in server and network management, says he’s amazed how rare projects like DBIUA are, claiming “it wasn’t that hard.” But from what he and Brems told Ars, it seems like it took a lot of work and creative thinking to get DBIUA off the ground. 


“The part of Orcas Island we're on looks back toward the mainland,” Sutton said. “We can see these towers that are 10 miles away, and you realize, ‘hey, can't we just get our own microwave link up here to us from down there, and then do this little hop from house to house to house via wireless stuff?’”

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The future of connectivity: Local wireless networks that connect everyone and provide decent internet access...

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The Things Network

The Things Network | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The Things Network is a global, crowdsourced, open, free and decentralized internet of things network.


The main building block of the network. Small, easy to install, it essentially is a router between the things and the internet. With it you are creating the most substantial aspect of your connected city’s network. 


  • About 20% of the cost of any currently available LoRaWAN gateway 
     
  • Provides up to 10 km / 6 miles radius of network coverage 
     
  • Connects easily to your WiFi or Ethernet connection 
     
  • Security through the https connection and embedded in the LoRaWAN protocol 
     
  • Runs on open hardware 
     
  • Contains GPS to determine the gateway’s location and node's location later 
     
  • Can serve up to 10,000 nodes
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learning how to make our own networks...

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In social networks, group boundaries promote the spread of ideas, study finds

In social networks, group boundaries promote the spread of ideas, study finds | Networked Society | Scoop.it

In a new study, the University of Pennsylvania's Damon Centola shows how social networks form and what that means for the ideas that will spread across them. 


Counterintuitively, he finds that breaking down group boundaries to increase the spread of knowledge across populations may ultimately result in less-effective knowledge sharing. Instead, his research shows that best practices and complex ideas are more readily integrated across populations if some degree of group boundaries is preserved.


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So there is a middle ground of some in-network group boundaries but not too many, that promotes networking and the spread of ideas...

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Occupy is back: The Billion People March

Occupy is back: The Billion People March | Networked Society | Scoop.it

In a series of global big bang moments, each loosely organized around one strategic demand, we will transform the way our global system is run. 


On December 19, we call for a 1% tax on all stock market transactions and currency trades. We slow down fast money in the global casino. 


On April 1, 2016 or some other date of our choosing, we march again. This time our one demand is a three-strikes-you're-out law for corporate criminals. We begin to shift the power balance between civil society and corporations. 


On September 17, 2016 - the fifth anniversary of Occupy Wall Street - a multitude of us will rise up to demand sunshine laws against secrecy. In country after country and at the United Nations, we open up secret political processes and let the light shine in. 


Then, on December 19, 2016, we'll pull off one more massive, globally coordinated march. This time we demand a transition toward a true-cost global marketplace in which the price of every product tells the ecological truth. We shift the theoretical foundations of economic science.

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Occupy is back! - "In a series of global big bang moments, each loosely organized around one strategic demand, we will transform the way our global system is run."

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Four Design Principles for True P2P Networks - P2P Foundation

Four Design Principles for True P2P Networks - P2P Foundation | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The recording industry used the courts to shut down Napster because they could. Napster had a single throat they could get their legal arms around, choking the life out of it. In a display of natural selection that would have brought a tear to Alfred Russel Wallace’s eye, the selection pressure applied by the recording industry only led to the creation of Gnutella, which, through its inherently distributed architecture, became essentially impossible to eradicate...

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Four design principles for our future networks: 
Distribute Everything - Transport Independence - Secure Everything - Open Everything

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Mindtime

Mindtime | Networked Society | Scoop.it

If you are in business, any kind of business, not for profit, for profit, community, a team; in other words you are engaged in some kind of creative process, no matter what the goal, you daily benefit from measuring human behavior. This is well known. 


Everything we do begins with a thought, no matter how unconscious or reactive. A mental process, at some level of consciousness, is engaging in your survival. By definition, this mental process is abstract. That is to say it is a scenario of conceptual understanding of what is happening out there in space. It is the model and story, if you will, that you hold in here, inside your head. 


As such, if everything we do begins with a thought, then it makes all the sense in the world that if we want to change human behavior, we need to understand the thinking behind it.

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This is hugely important research for finding the right people for the job, or simply for understanding your audience. Explore the site ... take the test! It's interesting...

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21 Technologies That Are Decentralizing The Economy And Bringing Real Power Back To The People

21 Technologies That Are Decentralizing The Economy And Bringing Real Power Back To The People | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The 21 decentralizing technologies and innovations in this list are all related to food, energy, water, shelter and waste.


They are designed to integrate you deeply with families, communities, societies, and all humans; in a bottom-up process rather than a centralized top-down structure. 


Many of these technologies are open-source, some are high-tech and others are low-tech and low-cost solutions.

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Much of this stuff is about growing our own food and caring for our own comfort while staying in harmony with the environment...

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LOW-TECH MAGAZINE: How to Make Everything Ourselves: Open Modular Hardware

LOW-TECH MAGAZINE: How to Make Everything Ourselves: Open Modular Hardware | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Reverting to traditional handicrafts is one way to sabotage the throwaway society.


In this article, we discuss another possibility: the design of modular consumer products, whose parts and components could be re-used for the design of other products.


Initiatives like OpenStructures, Grid Beam, and Contraptor combine the modularity of systems like LEGO, Meccano and Erector with the collaborative power of digital success stories like Wikipedia, Linux or WordPress.


An economy based on the concept of re-use would not only bring important advantages in terms of sustainability, but would also save consumers money, speed up innovation, and take manufacturing out of the hands of multinationals. 

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How to localise manufacturing - go modular and build for re-use...

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The InterPlanetary File System Wants to Create a Permanent Web

A potential solution to the massive problem of linkrot.


"The web today is highly centralized," IPFS founder Juan Benet wrote in an email. "I find it very concerning that so much of human expression and human communication these days is routed entirely via centralized social networks which may disappear at any moment, bringing down all the data with them—or at least breaking all the links." 


"Instead," he explained, "we're pushing for a fully distributed web, where applications don't live at centralized servers, but operate all over the network from users' computers...a web where content can move through any untrusted middlemen without giving up control of the data, or putting it at risk."


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IPFS - the InterPlanetary File System aims to bring content closer to where it's needed. The server model is too hard on bandwidth and things are getting slower instead of faster. If we could get our files to our friends who are right next to us or just down the road directly, we could avoid much of the traffic - in addition to making data on the net more permanent because it's distributed across many computers... There is a good video with Juan Benet explaining the problem and what's being done about it. 

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A documentary on the community energy revolution in the Netherlands: Power to the People | P2P Foundation

A documentary on the community energy revolution in the Netherlands: Power to the People | P2P Foundation | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Well-done documentary by ‘VPRO Tegenlicht’, with english subtitles, on the explosion of bottom-up energy generating initiatives, inspired by the Danish island of Samso, and spreading to many other countries. Here is the description of the program:


“”In the Netherlands, ordinary citizens are assuming responsibility for generating their own sources of energy through the installation of solar panels and wind turbines. This practice has grown into a widespread movement, and threatened the viability of traditional power companies in the region. As explored in the documentary Power to the People, this phenomenon has altered the population’s reliance on profit-centered corporate structures, and empowered their capacity for self-sufficiency.


Can a similar movement be made possible in other realms of daily existence such as health care? 


When neighbors collaborate to share the costs of alternative energy methods, as it has been done on the Danish island of Samso, the entire community benefits. This is reflected in the savings they enjoy from bypassing the power companies, and the profits they incur from the surplus energies they generate.

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If we don't want the corporations in power, we'd better learn to take care of our own needs. The Dutch are ahead...

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The unified triple operating system for a networked society

The unified triple operating system for a networked society | Networked Society | Scoop.it
the unified triple operating system

Governance, business, and learning models are moving from centralized control to network-centric foundations.

For instance, coalition governments are increasing in frequency, businesses are organizing in value networks, and collaborative and connected learning is becoming widespread. 


In these cases, collaboration (working for a common objective) and cooperation (sharing freely without direct reciprocity) flow both ways. 


The networked organization trinity is based on the Triple-A organization, as proposed by Valdis Krebs. It is structured to take advantage of the complexity and noisiness of social networks, allowing information to flow as freely as possible, and affording workers the space to make sense of it and share their experiences and knowledge. 


The underlying concept of the trinity model is that organizations and their people are members of many different types of networks, communities of practice, and close-knit collaborative work teams.




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Co-operatives are one face of a networked society, but there must also be freedom to act and experiment on an individual level and in small, informal groups, which will allow us to bring what we learn into the network...

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Doing more together: seeding a Collaborative Technology Alliance

Doing more together, together: seeding a Collaborative Technology Alliance - Enspiral Tales - Medium

Edward West

Last month, a group of 35 designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs from all over the world gathered in Oakland, California. Together, we are working on the creation of tools, strategies, and networks to build a new collaborative commons. 


Currently, our largest social media platforms are closed source, privately funded, and generally designed to maximize screen time for viewing ads and data collection for selling to third-parties. While on balance they provide tremendous benefit to many, I know that we can do better. We must. 


We envision the future of the social web as an ecosystem of collaborative tools designed to enable communities, guilds, and loosely affiliated groups everywhere to collaborate, share resources, sensemake and create at scale.

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We need "our own" social media and collaboration tools, open source, non-proprietary...

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Keepamericaheard Maria Catania's curator insight, December 1, 2015 12:29 PM

#networkingtipoftheday 

 Helping others to connect makes a better business world...

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How Platform Coops Can Beat Death Stars Like Uber to Create a Real Sharing Economy

How Platform Coops Can Beat Death Stars Like Uber to Create a Real Sharing Economy | Networked Society | Scoop.it

We have an epic choice before us between platform coops and Death Star platforms, and the time to decide is now. It might be the most important economic decision we ever make, but most of us don't even know we have a choice. 


And just what is a Death Star platform? Bill Johnson of StructureC3 referred to Uber and Airbnb as Death Star platforms in a recent chat. The label struck me as surprisingly apt: it reflects the raw ambition and focused power of these platforms, particularly Uber. 


Uber’s big bet is global monopoly or bust. They’ve raised over $8 billion in venture capital, are on track to do over $10 billion in revenue this year, and have over one million drivers who are destroying the taxi industry in over 300 cities worldwide. They’ve done all this in just over five years. In fact, they reached a $51 billion valuation faster than Facebook, and plan to raise even more money. If they’re successful, they’ll become the most valuable startup in history. Airbnb is nearly as big and ambitious. 


Platform coops are the alternative to Death Stars. As Lisa Gansky urged, these platforms share value with the people who make them valuable. Platform coops combine a cooperative business structure with an online platform to deliver a real-world service.


What if Uber was owned and governed by its drivers?


What if Airbnb was owned and governed by its hosts?


That’s what an emerging movement is exploring for the entire sharing economy in an upcoming conference, Platform Cooperativism.

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Will the future be corporate or cooperative - our choice!

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"One very simple, but radical, idea: to democratise Europe." An interview with Yanis Varoufakis

"One very simple, but radical, idea: to democratise Europe." An interview with Yanis Varoufakis | Networked Society | Scoop.it
As he prepares to launch a new, pan-European movement for change, Yanis Varoufakis sits down with Can Europe make it? to discuss democracy in Europe, Brexit, and the other part of Plan X.
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A very interesting interview with Yanis Varoufakis, the ex Greek finance minister. He's now working on a movement to democratise Europe...

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LOW-TECH MAGAZINE: How to Build a Low-tech Internet

LOW-TECH MAGAZINE: How to Build a Low-tech Internet | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Wireless internet access is on the rise in both modern consumer societies and in the developing world. In rich countries, however, the focus is on always-on connectivity and ever higher access speeds. In poor countries, on the other hand, connectivity is achieved through much more low-tech, often asynchronous networks. While the high-tech approach pushes the costs and energy use of the internet higher and higher, the low-tech alternatives result in much cheaper and very energy efficient networks that combine well with renewable power production and are resistant to disruptions....
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a good introduction to the subject of low-tech networks that will continue to function, even in difficult circumstances...

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Liquid Democracy: The App That Turns Everyone into a Politician

Liquid Democracy: The App That Turns Everyone into a Politician | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Liquid Democracy is one of the boldest contemporary innovations in democratic decision-making. The idea uses web technology that allows users to interact in new ways. Its primary innovators are located in Berlin, and Germany has been the first to adopt and apply Liquid Democracy systems in the context of political parties, parliamentary processes, and some organisations. 


The idea for Liquid Democracy is not new. Lewis Carroll, the British author of Alice in Wonderland, was the first to propose the idea for transitive voting in a thesis titled “The Principles of Parliamentary Representation.” Only with the advent of computer technology, however, has the technical necessities for creating such a complex and dynamic decision-making system become possible. 


The success of the Pirate Party after the 2011 state and regional elections was bolstered by their avowed use of Liquid Feedback. This set them apart from other parties and, as a result, Liquid Feedback software is often confused as Pirate Party software. 


In addition to its application within political parties, Liquid Feedback has also been used at the county municipal level in a region of Germany called Friesland and in the Italian Five-Star Movement. With 25% of the national vote, the Five-Star Movement is currently a significant political force for change and a serious adopter of Liquid Feedback.

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Political decision-making by elected representatives is far removed from those who go to the election booth once every four or five years. Liquid democracy uses the internet to reduce the distance between citizens and decision makers...

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Platform Cooperativism : A coming-out party for the cooperative Internet - Nov 13-14, New York City

Platform Cooperativism : A coming-out party for the cooperative Internet -  Nov 13-14, New York City | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Platform Cooperativism: On November 13 and 14, the New School in New York City will host a coming-out party for the cooperative Internet. 


The seeds are being planted for a new kind of online economy.


For all the wonders the Internet brings us, it is dominated by an economics of monopoly, extraction, and surveillance. Ordinary users retain little control over their personal data, and the digital workplace is creeping into every corner of workers’ lives. Online platforms often exploit and exacerbate existing inequalities in society, even while promising to be the great equalizers.


Could the Internet be owned and governed differently? What if Uber drivers could set up their own platform, or if cities could control their own version of Airbnb? Can Silicon Alley do things more democratically than Silicon Valley? What are the prospects for platform cooperativism?

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The internet is slipping away into commercial control. Here is an event to explore what are the alternatives for a people-owned internet ...

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