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MARABUNTA -- Anonymous Distributed P2P Network in Spain

MARABUNTA -- Anonymous Distributed P2P Network in Spain | Networked Society | Scoop.it
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Marabunta is a free and open networking protocol, software that allows users to communicate while remaining anonymous.

 

In contrast to other efforts, Marabunta achieves anonymity by broadcasting, rather than directly connecting to peers. Each peer has a limited number - something like 15 - of "brothers" forming a cell of the network, which are polled for presence and for news. If one sends a message that is new, it is re-broadcast to the rest of the "brothers". If not new, it is simply eliminated.

In this way, messages (they are like posts on a mailing list) propagate through the network at remarkable speed. Anonymity is relatively easy to achieve as no one connects directly to anyone else to send a specific message, making interception difficult.

 

While Marabunta works on wired networks, its cousin 'Enjambre' is an evolution of the protocol for use in wireless networks. 

A pdf document describing Marabunta (in Spanish) is

"MARABUNTA - P2P Anónimo y descentralizado" at

http://marabunta.laotracara.com/descargas/documentos/marabuntaApeiron.pdf

 

An English description of Marabunta is linked from the headline...

 

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Mission Windmills

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Dreamups is a creative space to bring together open and simple DIY solutions. About to launch a mission on "windmills"...
"Every quarter we will share a special mission for our community to get involved and make an impact, a simple but valuable one. For now you can move the windmills on Dreamups so we all have enough energy to make it real.

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Food Irradiation Supports Agribusiness, Not Health - Gaia Health

Food Irradiation Supports Agribusiness, Not Health - Gaia Health | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Irradiation destroys nutrients and creates poisons. Despite claims, it's largely hidden from us. It exists for the benefit of Agribiz, not for our health.
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Seriously, we have to become independent from the food industry. Start to grow your own! Just a few vegetables to begin, and then...

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Jon Rappoport - The artist against the system down through time

Jon Rappoport - The artist against the system down through time | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The artist rebels. In rebelling, he reveals the uniqueness of the individual. He doesn’t pay lip service to this uniqueness. He demonstrates it.

 

The artist destroys the Matrix, over and over.

 

Whether in art, science, philosophy, healing, or any other field of human endeavor, the person who lives by and through imagination creates new realities. As the artist, he challenges the status quo on every level.

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Jesus was an artist. He was one of the misfits of his time - challenging authority and imagining a different world.

 

And remember - the individual is supreme and finds his way through intuition 

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It’s Time

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It is time for those of us who want to live in communities rooted in peace and compassion to take powerful action to create those communities, to create that world.

It is time for us to take a stand – not AGAINST weapons and fear-mongering and environmental hazard and political and corporate abuse – but take a powerful stand FOR the world we want...
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Hildy is right. We do tend to think it's the others who have to move first. Instead we are called to action.

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Save Greece! Save the cradle of western civilization!

Save Greece! Save the cradle of western civilization! | Networked Society | Scoop.it
As a citizen of the world, I support the legal battles of the Greek people and ask the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to immediately activate procedures, to investigate the crimes being perpetrated in Greece and bring to trial...

"Greece is dying and only justice can help. No money, no elections, no new government. Nothing. Only justice! Everything else comes second. Please help us to send the criminals to jail. Please sign the petition and inform all friends and relatives about the situation, before it is too late and before the effects will spread to other countries.":
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Cristina, the author of this petition, says Greece is being strangled by the financial and political vultures who are out to "save its economy" but in reality are all but destroying the cradle of western civilization.

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Escaping the Matrix

This article by Richard K. Moore is from 2000, but the observations in it are not only correct, they are borne out by more recent developments. 

 

The conclusions are valid and the recipe for leaving matrix society behind us and constructing the new, the kind of society we want, is intriguing.

 

Certainly something to consider, whether we think the matrix is real or not.

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The Emergence of Distributed Cognition – a conceptual framework

We propose a first step in the development of an integrated theory of the emergence of distributed cognition/extended mind. Distributed cognition is seen as the confluence of collective intelligence and “situatedness”, or the extension of cognitive processes into the physical environment.

 

The framework is based on five fundamental assumptions:

 

1) groups of agents self-organize to form a differentiated, coordinated system, adapted to its environment,

 

2) the system co-opts external media for internal propagation of information,

 

3) the resulting distributed cognitive system can be modelled as a learning, connectionist network,

 

4) information in the network is transmitted selectively,

 

5) novel knowledge emerges through non-linear, recurrent interactions.

 

The implication for collective intentionality is that such a self-organizing agent collective can develop “mental content” that is not reducible to individual cognitions.

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Urban farms in London are growing food - and growing jobs - Channel 4 News

Urban farms in London are growing food - and growing jobs - Channel 4 News | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Take one piece of disused land, turn it into a farm - and create jobs and training while you're at it. Channel 4 News has talked to two schemes who've been recognised for their pioneering work.

 

Growing Communities started sending out small scale veg boxes in 1994: now it has grown into a far larger operation, running a fully organic farmers market, and packing over a thousand bags of fruit and veg ever week. The business currently sustains 23 part time employees and has just won Big Lottery funding to support four volunteer apprentices a year.

 

The other award-winning scheme, Cultivate London, began life just two years ago, thanks to a business start-up grant from a local charity. They acquired their first site in 2011, thanks to a developer who sought out social enterprises to work with: there are currently two sites in west London, and this week they were offered one more, together with a grant to help develop it.

 

The local job centres send out young unemployed people who work as volunteers three days a week: in return, they go to a local college to study for a certificate in horticulture, and get vital hands-on experience in a proper working environment.

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Open Peer to allow direct peer-to-peer signaling to initiate connection between people, using browsers

Open Peer to allow direct peer-to-peer signaling to initiate connection between people, using browsers | Networked Society | Scoop.it

While WebRTC is a protocol that allows direct communication between individuals on the internet, using their browser, there is a bottleneck that needs to be resolved. 

WebRTC does not have a "signaling protocol", which allows the initial contact, the "handshake" between two computers, to be performed without the assistance of a dedicated server.

The trouble is that firewalls are preventing that initial communication from happening. They close your computer within a space that others, on the outside, cannot penetrate.

 

Now there is some important work in progress to establish an open peer-to-peer signaling protocol that will overcome the handshake bottleneck.

More at http://openpeer.org/

 

Open Peer is peer-to-peer signalling protocol taking advantages of the IETF advances of firewall penetration techniques for moving media and adds a layer to performs the media signalling in a peer-to-peer fashion but does expect that a minimal requirement of rendezvous servers existing. Beyond the initial rendezvous to get past firewalls, the servers should drop out of the protocol flow and are no longer required.

 

Open Peer was designed with these main goals in mind...

 

There is also a reference here to a previous article about WebRTC

 

http://tinyurl.com/d3y28sm

 

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Ethiopian kids hack OLPC supplied tablets in 5 months with zero instruction

Ethiopian kids hack OLPC supplied tablets in 5 months with zero instruction | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"We left the boxes in the village. Closed. Taped shut. No instruction, no human being.

 

I thought, the kids will play with the boxes! Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He'd never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up.

 

Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village. And within five months, they had hacked Android.

 

Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera! And they figured out it had a camera, and they hacked Android."

 

Comment: Here's to kids with computers!

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Why we need (and now have) an open wireless movement - from the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Why we need (and now have) an open wireless movement - from the Electronic Frontier Foundation | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Last year, we wrote a post titled "Why We Need An Open Wireless Movement."

 

Today, EFF is proud to announce the launch of the Open Wireless Movement—located at openwireless.org—a coalition effort put forth in conjunction with nine other organizations...

 

The Open Wireless Movement envisions a world where people readily have access to open wireless Internet connections—a world where sharing one's network in a way that ensures security yet preserves quality is the norm. Much of this vision is attainable now. In fact, many people have routers that already feature "guest networking" capabilities.

 

Get the whole article by clicking on the linked headline here. 

 

More information at https://openwireless.org/

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FACEBOOK: I WANT MY FRIENDS BACK

FACEBOOK: I WANT MY FRIENDS BACK | Networked Society | Scoop.it
If you want to send Facebook a message, please feel free to use our graphics for your Facebook page THE BIGGEST ‘BAIT N’ SWITCH’ IN HISTORY? This has been brewing since around May.

 

Facebook is an eco-system.

 

Now one part of the system (the management) has decided to charge fees for the privilege of reaching all of the people that follow a page.

 

Another part of the eco-system, the people who use facebook to promote their own websites, is unable to pay the steep price that's being asked. 

 

Is there a revolt brewing of some of facebook's more active users?

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Industry Consultants Warn Frackers: Do Not Underestimate the Global Anti-Fracking Movement

Industry Consultants Warn Frackers: Do Not Underestimate the Global Anti-Fracking Movement | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Oil and gas rigs are popping up in communities across the world as the fossil fuels industry races to exploit reserves with the controversial drilling technique known as fracking. In response, a global anti-fracking movement has emerged, and activists are winning victories in countries across world.

 

A report recently released by the international consulting group Control Risks warns the oil and gas industry that it has underestimated the "sophistication, reach and influence" of the global anti-fracking movement. The report contends the opposition is not simply a spotty, not-in-my-backyard phenomenon "masquerading as environmentalism," but a diverse and well-organized coalition that is unlikely to be swayed by the industry's well-funded public relation campaigns.

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Fracking is a desperate attempt to force natural gas production and keep the fossil fuel business expanding, when, by rights, it should be contracting to leave space for renewable energies to fill. 

Chemicals and water are pressurized and injected into bore holes, to create cracks in rocky strata for natural gas to emerge and become recoverable. Some of those chemicals and dirt released by the technique end up in the groundwater contaminating in the water supply. 

 

Frack that - convert to solar...

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10 Practical Tools for Building a Resilient Local Economy

10 Practical Tools for Building a Resilient Local Economy | Networked Society | Scoop.it
The economy is changing. Dramatically. Coping with these changes means changing the way we do things. The path of the future involves root level, radical changes. Things we have always considered...
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Good ideas in this one, and timely. We are living in a time of change, and it's always good to be ready...

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New Rules for the New Economy -- from Kevin Kelly

1) Embrace the Swarm. As power flows away from the center, the competitive advantage belongs to those who learn how to embrace decentralized points of control.

2) Increasing Returns. As the number of connections between people and things add up, the consequences of those connections multiply out even faster, so that initial successes aren't self-limiting, but self-feeding.

3) Plentitude, Not Scarcity. As manufacturing techniques perfect the art of making copies plentiful, value is carried by abundance, rather than scarcity, inverting traditional business propositions.

4) Follow the Free. As resource scarcity gives way to abundance, generosity begets wealth. Following the free rehearses the inevitable fall of prices, and takes advantage of the only true scarcity: human attention.

5) Feed the Web First. As networks entangle all commerce, a firm's primary focus shifts from maximizing the firm's value to maximizing the network's value. Unless the net survives, the firm perishes.

6) Let Go at the Top. As innovation accelerates, abandoning the highly successful in order to escape from its eventual obsolescence becomes the most difficult and yet most essential task.

7) From Places to Spaces. As physical proximity (place) is replaced by multiple interactions with anything, anytime, anywhere (space), the opportunities for intermediaries, middlemen, and mid-size niches expand greatly.

8) No Harmony, All Flux. As turbulence and instability become the norm in business, the most effective survival stance is a constant but highly selective disruption that we call innovation.

9) Relationship Tech. As the soft trumps the hard, the most powerful technologies are those that enhance, amplify, extend, augment, distill, recall, expand, and develop soft relationships of all types.

10) Opportunities Before Efficiencies. As fortunes are made by training machines to be ever more efficient, there is yet far greater wealth to be had by unleashing the inefficient discovery and creation of new opportunities.


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Prescription for 2013...

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Written 10 years ago, perhaps more true today than even then.

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The Transformation Project - building a bridge to real democracy and the society we want.

The Transformation Project - building a bridge to real democracy and the society we want. | Networked Society | Scoop.it
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In this document, Richard Moore outlines a way to start the conversation of how to build a better world, one that we can agree with. 

 

A worthwhile conversation to have, and the process he proposes, which is eminently doable, might well start an avalanche...

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Designing the Necessities of Life

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Humanity spends billions every year designing, developing, and marketing new thing — are we directing those efforts appropriately?
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Major design efforts go into the newest mobile gadget, a sleaker car, that new tablet, while for the basics of life we are relegated to using whatever is available (or not). 

 

This article identifies a huge space for doing design where it counts - where billions will see a difference in their daily lives. Time to change?

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California GMO labeling: Food Democracy Now calls Prop 37 election vote fraud!

California GMO labeling: Food Democracy Now calls Prop 37 election vote fraud! | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Food Democracy Now is weighing in on Prop 37 vote fraud, having discovered that the California Secretary of State, in charge of all elections in CA, has stopped posting updates on the ongoing vote count.

 

From November 6 all the way to up to December 4, these updates were posted daily on the Secretary of State’s website. Then…blackout. No more updates.

 

Maybe it has something to do with this: On December 4, YES ON 37 votes climbed over the six-million mark: 6,004,628. Food Democracy Now reported it. Suddenly, the YES ON 37 votes reversed!

 

That’s right. They went back to the previously reported number: 5,986,652.

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Making Piracy Obsolete Through the Payright System - Pirate Party proposal for reform of trademark/patent la

Making Piracy Obsolete Through the Payright System - Pirate Party proposal for reform of trademark/patent la | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Intellectual property rights of all kinds will be redefined in such a way that they allow non-commercial use. Non-commercial use will be unrestricted except that attribution will be required to ensure that the owner is properly compensated.

 

For commercial use, the creator of an invention or a work has the exclusive right to be paid a creator’s share of gross monetization, but does not have the right to limit how that work can be sold and by whom.

 

Protection for all works will begin on the registration date. Although initial registration will be free for five years, the content owner can optionally pay to extend registration. Extended registration will cost a penny for the sixth year but will double every year thereafter. There will be no specific limit on the term of payright protection, but the cost will eventually become too great and the work will pass into the public domain for economic reasons...

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Borrow things from your neighbors and friends: neighborrow on Facebook and Twitter.

Borrow things from your neighbors and friends: neighborrow on Facebook and Twitter. | Networked Society | Scoop.it

- neigh*borrow - and social media are a natural fit. There is a resurgence of community groups that are actively borrowing and lending locally, on Facebook.

 

These groups are in Seattle, Houston, The Bay Area, Pittsburgh, Shreveport, British Columbia and more.

 

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But anyone can start a new group, or start a similar initiative in their area. The idea is to use locally limited "invitation only" facebook groups to get together people who need things and want to borrow them with others who have and don't mind lending them out.

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Why Occupy's Plan To Cancel Consumer Debts Is Brilliant

Why Occupy's Plan To Cancel Consumer Debts Is Brilliant | Networked Society | Scoop.it
A glimpse of what's to come?...

 

A new initiative is re-energising the Occupy movement. Called the Rolling Jubilee, it is a plan to use money from donations to buy distressed consumer debt from lenders at a marked down price, just as debt collection agencies normally would.

 

But instead of hounding debtors for payments, it will simply cancel the debts. The hope is that the liberated debtors will themselves contribute to the fund, "rolling" the jubilee forward.


The Rolling Jubilee is a genius move for several reasons. First, debt relief is a transpartisan message that eludes conventional political categorisation...

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Why Open Access Is Critical for the Future of Scientific Papers

Robin Good: Few people today are aware of how much scientific knowledge is being restricted and not made accessible to everyone, thanks to existing business model and the exorbitant subscription prices that scientific journals and magazines charge to their subscribers.

 

Since such journals are the key medium through which scientists can get their work published and distributed widely, the least accessible are these journals, the greater the amount of people who will not be able to read what such research documents contain.

 

Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen provide an in-depth explanation of why "open access" in the case of scientific papers is so critical for our future.

 

Full video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5rVH1KGBCY 

 

(Thanks to Ana Cristina Pratas for unearthing this one)


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Kune - A web tool to encourage collaboration, content sharing & free culture

Kune - A web tool to encourage collaboration, content sharing & free culture | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Kune (which means together in esperanto) is a new web tool, still under development, for creating environments of constant inter-communication, collective intelligence, knowledge and shared work.

 

Kune’s main objective is to multiply the capacity and skills of people, communities and organizations, allowing their constant cooperation, regardless of physical distance. Therefore, it aims to facilitate virtual meetings, coordinate common agendas, join people with similar interests and develop projects collaboratively.

 

Other features include managing projects and contents, and sharing them freely with anyone, anywhere.

 

More at http://kune.ourproject.org/

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How to Survive a Crisis like Sandy in the Future (don’t do it alone!)

How to Survive a Crisis like Sandy in the Future (don’t do it alone!) | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Good news.  The Robb homestead, unlike a large portion of the northeastern seaboard, didn't suffer much damage. We were lucky.  Sandy was massive.

 

Even though we were FAR from the epicenter of the storm, our area had lots of blackouts, road closures, and fires (transformer explosions). Fortunately, our home only lost Internet access (although cell phone access still worked) and our driveway had a surprise for us when we woke up: three large trees were astride it, including a precariously balanced “widow maker.”

 

In terms of electric power, our home didn’t need to use our backup generator. Regardless, it was comforting to know it was there and that it would be something that the entire neighborhood could rely upon for support.

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