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French government officials squirming over BitTorrent piracy allegations

French government officials squirming over BitTorrent piracy allegations | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Mid-December, data from YouHaveDownloaded was used to show that several illegal downloads had taken place in the palace of French President Sarkozy. These, however, were just the tip of the iceberg.

 

"More than 250 further IP addresses belonging to the French Ministry of Culture have now been linked to illegal downloads but the government, unsurprisingly, say they are completely innocent."

 

"It’s all well and good for the Ministry of Culture to say “it’s impossible to share files from our IP addresses” but will that standard of rebuttal be acceptable coming from the man in the street faced with an accusation from HADOPI? Hardly."

 

"So, if the Ministry of Culture is completely innocent let’s see them held to their own standards. Let them show their citizens how proving a negative, that something didn’t happen, is done. They’re not going to find that easy, even with their limitless resources."

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Crowd funding a low cost, do-it-yourself high resolution 3D printer kit

Crowd funding a low cost, do-it-yourself high resolution 3D printer kit | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Having built an inexpensive, high resolution 3-D printer kit, these Singapore-based designers are determined to make their product accessible to everyone. They raised over $50,000 in only two days and are rapidly continuing to raise money!

 

Their technology is a leap over currently available 3D printing tech kits. Compare the two whistles in the picture - the top one is current tech...

 

They have spent some years on this already and predict to have a professional quality printer kit ready 3 months after the close of the funding campaign.

 

3D printing is one of the technologies that are indispensable for independent maker shops to be the distributed manufacturing points in a future p2p society. The essentials are local (organic, sacred) agriculture and local (computerized) manufacturing of just about anything we can buy today from the corporations.

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Wellcome Trust joins 'academic spring' to open up science

Wellcome Trust joins 'academic spring' to open up science | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Wellcome backs campaign to break stranglehold of academic journals and allow all research papers to be shared free online...

 

"The rising costs of journal subscriptions have led many scientists around the world to question the business models of the publishers, which can make profit margins of more than 35% through selling access to the results of publicly-funded research. Proponents for open access in science argue that research papers should be freely available to anyone who wants to read them, with the publication costs borne by the authors of the work, perhaps as part of the research grant that pays for their work."

 

"If you look at the way the web works and what makes effective information dissemination on the web, then it's clear that open content spreads further, has more influence, is used in more ways than the people who wrote it could ever expect," said Cameron Neylon, a biophysicist who will take up a position as director of advocacy at Public Library of Science, an open access publisher, in July.

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Thrive - the movie

Thrive - the movie | Networked Society | Scoop.it

If you have not seen this movie yet, you should make some time and watch it now. 

The whole movie - 2 hours and 12 minutes - is now available for free on the net, and it is time well spent. You could certainly do worse ...

 

This is about constructing a new society. The movie brings together some important pieces of the puzzle that we are trying to put together.

 

"What's wrong with today's society and how can we organize things better", seems to be the guiding thread in this important work.

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Scientists and citizens: Could a new wave of networked, citizen science help with environmental problems?

Scientists and citizens: Could a new wave of networked, citizen science help with environmental problems? | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Could a new wave of networked, amateur scientific endeavour speed the discovery of solutions to pressing environmental problems? Sam Geall reports.

 

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This is a report in "chinadialogue" which finds examples of citizens figuring out accessible ways to monitor environmental conditions and actually having better results than ongoing official efforts in this direction. 

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What's all the fuzz about money?

What's all the fuzz about money? | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Debt-free money may well be the solution to restoring a sane monetary system.

 

"Today, money creation has become a largely private affair. Not only is government money created through debt, but most money in circulation is also created through the leveraging of banks. Most of the money is lent into existence and thus essentially created by private banks in a system of generalised compound interest."

 

"Credit has become one of the primary means of reverse wealth distribution, a tax on the 99 per cent by the 1 per cent..."

 

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p2p money ... a system of exchange that isn't imposed by the state or owned by a private banking monopoly, will eliminate many of the insanities we see in the economy today, such as the destruction of the environment and the biosphere in which humanity is embedded, in the name of economic growth, or the "lack of employment" which really is only a lack of money to pay people, while there is too much of it to play with and speculate in the grand casino that our financial system has become.

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Occupy (dot) here: Open, mobile-friendly WIFI spaces

Occupy (dot) here: Open, mobile-friendly WIFI spaces | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Shareable reports on a peer-to-peer network of virtual spaces (autonomous from the Internet) for open political discussions.

 

Anyone within range of an Occupy.here wifi router with a web-capable smartphone or laptop can join the network “OCCUPY.HERE,” load the locally-hosted website http://occupy.here, and use the message board to connect with other users nearby.

 

The open source forum software offers a simple, mobile-friendly interface where users can write messages and post replies.

 

Each user can copy the local forum’s database to their mobile device or laptop and sync it with subsequent Occupy.here nodes they encounter in the future. The process works a bit like a honey bee sharing pollen between flowers.

 

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Perhaps an app could be made out of this, where a smartphone, or for that matter a WiFi capable notebook or pad could the the host of a version of occupy.here, constantly synchronizing with others in the area and acting as the local hotspot. 

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Swarms, multitude, and activism: weaving the transatlantic conversation with Occupy Wall Street

Swarms, multitude, and activism: weaving the transatlantic conversation with Occupy Wall Street | Networked Society | Scoop.it
This post is about an event that will happen tomorrow, a continent away, the other side of the Atlantic. Few of you reading it will have a chance to read it in time to decide to go there and be part of it.

 

Yet, I’m writing about it because its portent goes way beyond the Wednesday evening meeting that will take place at 16 Beaver in New York City.

 

16Beaver has been (since 1999) an urban space of presentations, readings, discussions, screenings, and panels with/by artists, curators, thinkers, writers, and activists. Its events are free and open to all.

 

More than a space, it is also a collaborative project, one of the many nodes of cultural and social fermentation taking place in NYC and around the world.

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Evolving towards a partner state in an ethical economy - how p2p is constructing that new society

Evolving towards a partner state in an ethical economy - how p2p is constructing that new society | Networked Society | Scoop.it

In the emerging institutional model of peer production, most visibly in the free software industry, we can distinguish an interplay between three partners, i.e.

 

1) a community of contributors that create a commons of knowledge, software or design;

 

2) an enterpreneurial coalition that creates market value on top of that commons; and

 

3) a set of "for-benefit institutions' which manage the 'infrastructure of cooperation'.

 

There is a clear institutional division of labour between these three players.

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Motherboard TV: Free the Network [Video]

Motherboard TV: Free the Network [Video] | Networked Society | Scoop.it

 

 

This is a thirty minute video about the occupation of Zuccotti Park in New York City, and the efforts to provide an alternative to telecom-mediated internet connectivity.


"It’s a story about big dreams and cloudy missions, about complex affiliations and what happens when a DIY hack-tech movement confronts the force of the state.


The documentary opens at Occupy Wall Street, first depicted as a wacky, disparate band of activists which developed a curious techno-centric bent with the arrival of Anonymous, along with a more or less disorganized faction of hackers who wished to bring about social revolution through technology. The film centers on one of them, a 21-year old college dropout named Isaac Wilder, the executive director of the Free Network Foundation."

 

"Wilder is the 21-year-old co-founder of the Free Network Foundation. Motherboard first caught up with Wilder at Zuccotti Park during the fledgling days of Occupy Wall Street. The Kansas City native seemed to be running on little sleep. He’d gone hoarse from chanting relentlessly over the first three days of a populist movement that would soon sweep the country and the world. But there was an undeniable urgency and excitement when Wilder told us about the efforts of the FNF, a non-profit, peer-to-peer communications initiative striving to liberate the global Internet from corporate and governmental interference."

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Medical mavericks and heart disease

Medical mavericks and heart disease | Networked Society | Scoop.it

A great article on how thinking on heart disease is changing. The official recommendations for low fat diet, instead of helping to prevent heart disease, are the cause of it!

 

- Life style changes are effective in preventing heart disease, and not only...

 

- Don't follow the official dietary recommendations

 

- The lipid hypotheses is wrong. Heart disease is caused by inflammation, not by high cholesterol or LDL

 

- The cave people knew how to eat. They had little or none of the diseases that plague us today. Paleo diet is the new direction...

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Chris reader's curator insight, November 15, 2013 4:37 AM

this atricle is very good in showing the dietary recommendations of a healthy fit person and how diet is effecting many people around the world with the increase of heart disease and many other cadrio-vascular disease's.

It lets people know what and how to eat healthy to get their health back on the right track

Peter Zhong's curator insight, November 18, 2014 6:04 PM

A very good article, instead of helping to prevent heart disease, this article tells us how thinking on heart disease is changing, the cause of it!

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Copyright Monopolies Stifle Innovation – Just Ask History

Copyright Monopolies Stifle Innovation – Just Ask History | Networked Society | Scoop.it
We often hear that the copyright and patent monopolies protect creativity and encourage innovation. But when we look at history, we see that where copyright monopoly laws were lax, and patents were ignored, great innovation often followed.

 

"The pattern is clear: copyright monopolies and patent monopolies encourage neither creativity nor innovation. Quite the opposite. Throughout history, we observe that today’s giants were founded in their absence, and today, these giants push for the harshening and enforcement of these monopolies in order to remain kings of the hill, to prevent something new and better from replacing them..."

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Keep Telecommunications, Broadband, Information Services, Mobile and Cable competitive

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Potato movement shows Greek 'post-crisis' shift to a sharing economy

Potato movement shows Greek 'post-crisis' shift to a sharing economy | Networked Society | Scoop.it

“The so-called potato movement, through which thousands of tonnes of potatoes and other agricultural produce – including, hopefully, next month, Easter lamb – are being sold directly to consumers by their producers, is taking off across Greece.

 

“It’s because everyone benefits,” said Kamenides, standing in a clearing in the woods above Thessaloniki in front of one 25-tonne truck of potatoes, another of onions, and smaller vans of rice and olives. “Consumers gets good-quality food for a third of the price they would normally pay, and the producers get their money straight away.”

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Open Source Permaculture -- Indiegogo

Open Source Permaculture -- Indiegogo | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Help create Urban Permaculture Book, Q&A site and Wiki for everyone!

 

"We believe that sustainability is for everyone. That's why we're creating Open Source Permaculture, a free online resource for anyone who wants to create a more sustainable world. Imagine having all the resources you need at your fingertips to enhance the sustainability of your home or land. Anyone (including you!) could learn how to grow an incredibly productive backyard permaculture garden."

 

"Permaculture is a visionary design methodology for creating sustainable, and thriving livelihoods, from ecological farms to urban landscapes. Open Source Permaculture can heal broken communities with no money, and transform our cities into thriving ecological landscapes."

 

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Now *that* would be a worthwhile thing to support, I believe. I imagine a lot of people could use the kind of information those kids are developing...

 

They got 5 days to go on their funding drive.

 

Collection is now finished - they successfully made their target of $15,000

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Bob Waldrop's comment, August 1, 2013 6:44 PM
AFAIK, nothing has happened with this project since raising $15,000 more than one year ago.
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Bob Waldrop's comment, August 2, 2013 9:01 AM
That's sad because it would have been a great resource.
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Spanish village of Rasquera votes to grow marijuana

Spanish village of Rasquera votes to grow marijuana | Networked Society | Scoop.it
SPANISH village votes for a plan to rent out a field for growing cannabis in an urgent bid to create jobs and raise money to pay off its debts.

 

"Rasquera's village council on February 29 approved, in a 4-3 vote, the plan to rent seven hectares of public land to an association that promotes the legal recreational or therapeutic use of cannabis by its 5000 members."

 

"But since the plan was met with fierce opposition from some residents and opposition parties who fear it will turn the village located 140km south of Barcelona into a drugs mecca, the council agreed to put it to a referendum Tuesday."

 

"To the delight of Mayor Bernat Pellisa, 308 voters (or 56.3 percent) agreed with 239 against."

 

"Private consumption of cannabis is not outlawed in Spain although it is illegal to sell the drug."

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Giving Together: Collaborative Funding is the New Collaborative Consumption

Giving Together: Collaborative Funding is the New Collaborative Consumption | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"Platforms and tools for sharing goods and service are laying the groundwork for a new, fairer economy. The next frontier for this shareable economy is the collaborative distribution of financial capital itself."

 

"With the success of Kickstarter and the rise of hundreds of distinct platforms, crowdfunding is now a readily available method for generating the resources needed for many creative and social change endeavors. And crowdfunding is only one side of the story."

 

"All over the world, people – with or without individual wealth – are taking philanthropy into their hands, acting collectively and generating support for important work that might not otherwise find funding through traditional channels."

 

"Giving circles – an old idea – are cropping up everywhere in diverse new forms."

 

"I want to explore the potential for collaborative giving. I want to connect other New Givers so we can learn more from each other and reach our fullest impact as rapidly as possible..."

 

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Web Browsers and Web Weavers

Web Browsers and Web Weavers | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Web Weavers are to be something like your own personal firewall on the web, but not only... They don't yet exist, but here is captaincalliope's vision of what they should do and how they will work...

 

"What is a Web Weaver? It’s the persistant User Agent in the cloud that acts as a counterbalance to the Web Browser. You can think of it as a personal web server that ties your digital world together into a single experiential whole."

 

"The Web Weaver is also an app! It represents you when you’re offline. It syncs your personal data between all your software, hardware and social connections when you’re both on and offline..."

 

"Most importantly, the Web Weaver is cross-compatible with every Web Browser and other Web Weavers. This means you can have multiple Web Browsers and multiple Web Weavers running, syncing, and presenting a single coherent identity to the rest of the web."

 

"The Web Weaver isn’t the center of your digital experience, it’s your outer cellular membrane."

 

To get a better idea, also check out "Notes on Web Weaver UX" - the user experience...

http://tinyurl.com/web-weaver-ux

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Manmade global frying with 2 eggs - YouTube removes Alex Jones video

Manmade global frying with 2 eggs - YouTube removes Alex Jones video | Networked Society | Scoop.it
YouTube has taken down an Alex Jones video in which he parodies the professor who recently said warming critics have a mental disorder and should be treated.

 

"YouTube apparently believes official science can’t be messed with, and also that parody is a crime. In case you hadn’t noticed, criticizing science and government policy is beginning to merge with “politically incorrect speech.” The two streams are coming together, and it isn’t an accident."

 

"Global warming is a key issue..."

 

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Jon Rappoport spells out how science is supposed to work

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EdgeRyders 'P2P' Un/Conference in Strasbourg, June 14th-17th 2012 - P2P Foundation

EdgeRyders 'P2P' Un/Conference in Strasbourg, June 14th-17th 2012 - P2P Foundation | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Vinay Gupta writes:


The Council of Europe to _fund an unconference in Strasbourg_ with a dramatically P2P component. Basically, we're doing a social network analysis of the web site, and then inviting the maximum number of people who want to meet each-other - i.e. it's a fully P2P selection process, not in the simple "competitive voting" sense, but in the sense of "maximizing the number of desired meetings in a set of possible invitees" - it's *really* decentralized in basic attitude.


Vinay is also looking for potential attendees to the conference who are familiar with the p2p perspective, so as to invite them to Strasbourg

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Urban agriculture in Brazil’s favelas

Urban agriculture in Brazil’s favelas | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"Established in 2004 by local social entrepreneur Hans Dieter Temp, an organisation called Cidades sem Fome (Cities Without Hunger) is working to reduce hunger and joblessness among some of the most economically deprived areas of Sao Paulo, through urban agriculture.
Local community members are given the tools and training to start producing fruit and vegetables on unused land acquired by the organisation. This not only brings much needed quality produce and food security to the community, but it is also addressing the issue of unemployment – a constant problem in Brazil’s favelas."

 

A wonderful project that is not only dealing with malnutrition and unemployment but is contributing to people's sense of importance, which is invaluable.

 

A shining example that shows that the way forward is through people working together.


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Money and the destruction of nations - Jon Rappoport

Money and the destruction of nations - Jon Rappoport | Networked Society | Scoop.it
We are supposed to believe that in Iraq, in Afghanistan, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Uganda, Iran, and other places, the so-called uprisings of the people—aided modestly and strategically and compassionately by our own government—have tried and somehow failed, so far, to bring about a genuine Constitutional revolution of freedom.

 

"But, we are told, this establishment of freedom abroad IS the US government’s fervent foreign-policy wish and aim."

 

"Well, no. The truth is somewhat more sordid. The foreign policy of the American government, in opposition to the will of the American people (were they to understand what is going on), is to open markets for American corporations and military bases and platforms for our Armed Forces."

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Thrive Movie is going to be free for viewing by end of week

Thrive Movie is going to be free for viewing by end of week | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Since the Thrive Movie launched in November of 2011, many people have expressed how critical it is for the message of THRIVE to get out all over the world as quickly as possible. We hear you! And we feel the same.

 

The movie "Thrive" is going to be set free. Well, kind of. From 5 April, the movie will be available on the thrivemovement.com site for view without payment. You can of course, and I bet many will, still buy the DVD.

 

There are subtitles in ten languages, with five more to be added shortly.

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dailywireless.org » Open Source Tricorder

dailywireless.org » Open Source Tricorder | Networked Society | Scoop.it

This is about a great project to make an open source, universal sensing instrument. The name was popularized in a science fiction series - Star Trek I believe it was - where they were never without one when visiting a new planet or some unfamiliar environment.

 

While this one starts out very modestly, it has the potential to become a real powerhouse of personal sensor, better than anything we have today.

 

"The Tricorder X-Prize aims to bring a diverse array of inexpensive sensors together in an accessible, easy to use, handheld design. On Jan 12, 2012, the contest was officially opened at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas."

 

"Dr. Jansen’s Mark 2 runs on Linux. The hardware includes an ARM Atmel microcontroller squeezed into a clam-shell with two OLED touchscreens. Schematics, board layouts, and the firmware is all available free and includes the initial proof-of-concept device."

 

There is also a blog about how it's made, by the guy behind the project...

http://www.tricorderproject.org/

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How to Start Your Own Power Company, Stop Coal and Nukes, and Transform Your City

How to Start Your Own Power Company, Stop Coal and Nukes, and Transform Your City | Networked Society | Scoop.it
2011 Goldman Prize winner Ursula Sladek discusses how she became an unwitting energy mogul -- and a global environmental hero.

 

This is about a town in Germany where the people said "no more nuclear power" after the Tchernobyl nuclear accident brought a lot of pollution their way. They campaigned for renewable energy and for energy saving, but found that the electricity supplier was very ticked off - they wanted to sell energy, not save it. 

 

The people ended up putting together their own energy company and buying the grid. They started producing and selling renewably generated electricity, and against a thousand odds, they succeeded.  

 

Now, after a decision to close Germany's nuclear power plants altogether, they are thinking about what's needed to bring that energy transformation to the country as a whole:

"Everyone has to realize that we all have to contribute. Everyone can conserve energy, and everyone can invest their money in the right places. And citizens are going to have to accept some more unpopular measures, like the construction of new power lines. Of course, nobody is happy about that. I wouldn't like it either if a power line was built right above my house — it's not healthy and my house will lose value, that's understandable. At the same time this encourages a new culture of democracy, and I'm excited about people in Germany having to be involved in these decisions from a much earlier point." 

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Rick Falkvinge: It Is Time To Stop Pretending To Endorse The Copyright Monopoly | Techdirt

Rick Falkvinge: It Is Time To Stop Pretending To Endorse The Copyright Monopoly | Techdirt | Networked Society | Scoop.it

General-purpose networked computers, free and anonymous speech, and sustained civil liberties make it impossible to maintain this distribution monopoly of digitizable information. As technical progress can't be legislated against, basic civil liberties would have to go to maintain the crumbling monopoly. And these are the laws we're seeing on the table.


There comes a tipping point when somebody says that this entire system of cultural monopolies is absurd. A tipping point where everybody just stops pretending to support it. I think it is time to create that point on the history line.

 

People today create not because of the copyright monopoly, but despite it.

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