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Post-democracy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Post-democracy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The term post-democracy was coined by Warwick University political scientist Colin Crouch in 2000 in his book Coping with Post-Democracy. It designates states that are conducted by fully operating democratic systems ( elections are being held, governments fall and there is freedom of speech), but whose application is progressively limited.

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Uber, LYFT face legal battles over driver benefits

Uber, LYFT face legal battles over driver benefits | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft continue to face legal troubles. This time, it's coming from within. Lawyers have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of ridesharing company drivers who say t...
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“They have no use for someone who looks and dresses like me”

“They have no use for someone who looks and dresses like me” | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
There are many valuable lessons to glean from Code Red_, Steven Brill’s Time Magazine cover story on the rescue of healthcare.gov. For those calling out Silicon Valley for its apparent narcissism,
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Court Rules Off-The-Grid Living Is Illegal | Off The Grid News

Court Rules Off-The-Grid Living Is Illegal | Off The Grid News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Special Magistrate Harold S. Eskin ruled that the city’s codes allow Robin Speronis to live without utility power but she is still requiredto hook her home to the city’s water system. Her alternative source of power must be approved by the city, Eskin said.

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When Privacy is Treason - CounterPunch

When Privacy is Treason - CounterPunch | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


This is reaching back to the origin of 'privacy' in English common law: an essential adjunct to a citizen's privileged Private Property.

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Airbnb's legal troubles: the tip of the iceberg for the sharing economy?

Airbnb's legal troubles: the tip of the iceberg for the sharing economy? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The room-sharing company's fight with the New York attorney general is likely just one of many legal battles to come (Airbnb's legal troubles: the tip of the iceberg for the sharing economy?
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Jailed Anonymous hacker Jeremy Hammond: 'My days of hacking are done' - The Guardian

Jailed Anonymous hacker Jeremy Hammond: 'My days of hacking are done' - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Hammond was sentenced on Friday at federal court in Manhattan to the maximum 10 years in jail, plus three years supervised release. He had pleaded guilty to one count under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) flowing from his 2011 hack of Strategic Forecasting, Inc, known as Stratfor. In an interview with the Guardian in the Metropolitan Correction Center in New York, conducted on Thursday, he said he was resigned to a long prison term which he sees as a conscious attempt by the US authorities to put a chill on political hacking.

 
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The Airbnb Economy in New York: Lucrative but Often Illegal

The Airbnb Economy in New York: Lucrative but Often Illegal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A number of New Yorkers make a substantial portion of their income by renting out apartments on a short-term basis through the Airbnb website.
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One Step Back for the Sharing Economy - Techonomy

One Step Back for the Sharing Economy - Techonomy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
In a setback for the sharing economy, the Office of the New York Attorney General has issued a subpoena demanding data about all Airbnb hosts in New York.
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1776 - Will New Legal Frameworks Undermine the Sharing Economy?

1776 -   Will New Legal Frameworks Undermine the Sharing Economy? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Is a host the same as a hotel? That’s the question Airbnb, a room-sharing startup, found itself answering as the result of a recent legal dispute over its services. The company’s answer... (Will New Legal Frameworks Undermine the Sharing Economy?
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Legal Structures for Protecting the Commons | On the Commons

Legal Structures for Protecting the Commons | On the Commons | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Agricultural land trust: A legal mechanism that enables private or cooperative organizations to conserve and manage farmland, acknowledging that while the land may be privately held, it is nonetheless a commons upon which future generations depend.
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Reuben Grinberg on the legality of Bitcoin

Reuben Grinberg on the legality of Bitcoin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Reuben Grinberg, a recent Yale Law School graduate now in private practice in New York City, discusses his paper, published in the Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal entitled, Bitcoin: An Innovative Alternative Digital Currency.
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Legal Commons

We are looking to collect legal documents of any form from anywhere in the world and securely archive them. Our initial focus will be legal constitutions, particularly for organisations in the social sector and creative industries. This will be an open uncurated project, if you have a legal document we will make it easy and secure for you to upload this document, so that you will never loose it again. From there users will be able to embed these documents in their own web sites, or link to them from email, or the wide range of social media.

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Pax: virtual nation & peer to peer legal system powered by Ethereal

Pax: virtual nation & peer to peer legal system powered by Ethereal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Pax Directory is a kind of social network, or civic network, made out of smart contracts which interact with the Ethereum blockchain. There are three identity levels correlated with trust and reputation within the system, and a whole suite of services and possibilities.

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4 - Crowdsourcing the Law: Collaborative Legal Platforms - YouTube

Startups challenging the increasingly complicated nature of legal practice explain how tools that tap into the power of collaboration and the crowd can improve the practice. 

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WordPress.com Stands Up For Its Users, Goes to Court to Challenge DMCA Abuse

WordPress.com Stands Up For Its Users, Goes to Court to Challenge DMCA Abuse | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The abuse of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's notice-and-takedown process to silence lawful speech is well-documented and all too common. Far less common, though, is a service provider that is willing to team up with its users to challenge that abuse in court.
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Polycentric Law: structure of overlapping or competing legal systems - P2P Foundation

Polycentric Law: structure of overlapping or competing legal systems - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"Polycentric law is a structure of overlapping or competing legal systems. Instead of having a single, monopoly provider of law and legal services, different systems are used to resolve disputes alongside one another.

 
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sustainable business news - The sharing economy: is Airbnb's legal trouble a sign of things to come?

sustainable business news - The sharing economy: is Airbnb's legal trouble a sign of things to come? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
latest sustainable business news - The sharing economy: is Airbnb's legal trouble a sign of things to come? (Challenges: The sharing economy: Airbnb's legal trouble a sign of things to come for resource-efficient businesses?
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Airbnb's legal troubles: the tip of the iceberg for the sharing economy? - The Guardian

Airbnb's legal troubles: the tip of the iceberg for the sharing economy? - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On the surface, it's a classic disruption story: Airbnb, a scrappy internet company that matches cash-strapped travelers with people who have spare rooms to rent, grows large enough to pose a threat to the hotel market. It then finds itself under attack – in this case, from the New York attorney general's office, protecting the interests of the wealthy, entrenched hotel lobby.

 
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Open Legislation Working Group Relaunched at OKCon | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Open Legislation Working Group Relaunched at OKCon | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Legal questions are at the heart of what openness is about, and there has always been interest at the Open Knowledge Foundation in open legislation – both in theory and in practice. Remarkable projects have been started around the world in open lobbying and open law data. - See more at: http://blog.okfn.org/2013/10/15/open-legislation-working-group-relaunched-at-okcon/#sthash.vStWVWlC.EOcyVGBu.dpuf

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A Federal IT Contractor Makes the Case Against Open-Source Obamacare

A Federal IT Contractor Makes the Case Against Open-Source Obamacare | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Kendall Clark is the founder and chief executive of Clark & Parsia, a 10-person software product and service firm that does development and R&D in enterprise semantics. He has worked for and with several federal agencies, including NASA and the National Cancer Institute. After my essay in this week’s Bloomberg Businessweek, “The Obamacare Website Didn’t Have to Fail. How to Do Better Next Time,” was posted, Clark (with whom I once worked at the website XML.com) reached out to tell me that he disagreed with my thesis—namely that open source would lead to fewer failed software projects. He’s not against open-sourcing some government code, but he questions the relationship between opening the code and improving the quality. I asked him a few followup questions.

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Airbnb Has To Hand Over User Data To New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Airbnb Has To Hand Over User Data To New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Airbnb has until the end of the day to provide user data on 15,000 New Yorkers who have hosted on the popular apartment-sharing site Airbnb. (Snags in the sharing economy.
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Cooperation Law for a Sharing Economy

Cooperation Law for a Sharing Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A new sharing economy is emerging—but how does it fit within our legal system? Time for a whole new field of cooperation law.
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T-Corporations - P2P Foundation

T-Corporations - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"There is only one way to ensure that a company will make decisions in the interests of the people it serves: Put those people in control of the company. So let me introduce the T corporation. Most business-savvy people know that there are S corporations (Subchapter S of the Internal Revenue Code) and C corporations (Subchapter C), but almost no one thinks about forming a T corporation (Subchapter T). But T corporations have been around for a long time, and they have a major benefit of not paying tax if 1) they are governed democratically by the shareholders (i.e., everyone gets one vote in the election of the board, regardless of share value) and 2) the earnings of the company are distributed to the shareholders on the basis of how much they patronize (i.e. do business with) the company.

 
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In secret, Fisa court contradicted US supreme court on constitutional rights | Yochai Benkler

In secret, Fisa court contradicted US supreme court on constitutional rights | Yochai Benkler | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On Tuesday, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) declassified an opinion in which it explained why the government’s collection of records of all Americans’ phone calls is constitutional, and that if there is a problem with the program, it is a matter of political judgment, not constitutional law. So, should Americans just keep calm and carry on phoning? Not really.

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