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▶ Drone Basics and Open Source Ship Tracking, Hak5 1612 - YouTube

Drone Basics explained. From components to flight functions - join autopilot developer Piotr Esden-Tempski and Darren Kitchen for the continuation of our Open Source drone series. Then tracking ships with open source software defined radio - Shannon Morse reports. All that and more, this time on Hak5!

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3D Printing's Success Points to a Rosy Future for Open Hardware

3D Printing's Success Points to a Rosy Future for Open Hardware | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Though still nowhere near as ubiquitous as FOSS, open hardware is gaining ground rapidly.
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The Zero Marginal Cost Society The Zero Marginal Cost Society

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In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, Jeremy Rifkin describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of nearly free goods and services, precipitating the meteoric rise of a global Collaborative Commons and the eclipse of capitalism. 


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“Micro-Factories” and the Decline of Manufacturing Expertise ...

“Micro-Factories” and the Decline of Manufacturing Expertise ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Everyday, manufacturing executives and managers drill themselves to understand the objectives and variables in their operations and business, to keep track of performance indicators and to be aware of risks. Because most organizations now are reasonably lean, there has emerged a class of individuals who are well suited to perform in such an atmosphere: they can understand the multiple functions that comprise a production processes; they manage different disciplines like finance or process control effectively, or – just as important – assign them appropriately to associates they rely on; and they maintain the balance needed to keep suppliers, customers, and owners satisfied.

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Net Neutrality's Death Could Spark Populist Revolt

Net Neutrality's Death Could Spark Populist Revolt | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
With echoes of the Gilded Age, Washington coddles moneyed, monopolistic internet barons.
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Field Notes: Open Source gains ground in the enterprise

Computerworld National Correspondent Julia King checks in from the Open Business Conference in San Francisco, where attendees were discussing how open source projects continue to grow within...
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▶ David Harvey & Andy Merrifield in conversation - Birkbeck, University of London, April 2014 - YouTube

David Harvey and Andy Merrifield launch their new books 'Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism' (2014) and 'The New Urban Question' (Pluto, 2014...
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The Newest Piece Of The Sharing Economy: A Subscription Service For Washing Machines

The Newest Piece Of The Sharing Economy: A Subscription Service For Washing Machines | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Don't want to pay the upfront cost of a high-quality washer? Now you can rent a big, bulky appliance for a monthly fee and help benefit the environment while you're at it.


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Why is Open Access Development so Successful? - Stigmergic organization and the economics of information

The  explosive  development  of    “free”  or  “open  source”  information goods  contravenes  the  conventional  wisdom  that  markets  and  commercial organizations are necessary  to efficiently supply products. This paper proposes  a theoretical explanation for this phenomenon, using concepts from economics and theories  of  self-organization.  Once  available  on  the  Internet,  information  is intrinsically  not  a  scarce  good,  as  it  can  be  replicated  virtually  without  cost. Moreover,  freely  distributing  information  is  profitable  to  its  creator,  since  it improves  the  quality  of  the  information,  and  enhances  the  creator’s  reputation.  This  provides  a  sufficient  incentive  for  people  to  contribute  to  open  access projects.  Unlike  traditional  organizations,  open  access  communities  are  open, distributed  and  self-organizing.  Coordination  is  achieved  through  stigmergy :  listings of “work-in-progress” direct potential contributors to the tasks where their contribution  is  most  likely  to  be  fruitful.  This  obviates  the  need  both  for centralized planning and for the “invisible hand” of the market.

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3D printing, digital fabrication usher in new manufacturing era for Maryland - Baltimore Business Journal

3D printing, digital fabrication usher in new manufacturing era for Maryland - Baltimore Business Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Maryland is in position to benefit from the fast-growing 3D printing and digital fabrication industry that some are calling the next industrial revolution, several tech executives said Tuesday.

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An Open Source Website That Gives Voters a Platform to Influence Politicians - Wired

An Open Source Website That Gives Voters a Platform to Influence Politicians - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Argentine political scientist Pia Mancini says we’re caught in a “crisis of representation.” Most of these protests have popped up in countries that are at least nominally democratic, but so many people are still unhappy with their elected leaders. The problem, Mancini says, is that elected officials have drifted so far from the people they represent, that it’s too hard for the average person to be heard.

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▶ Jeremy Rifkin BBC Hardtalk: Economist (HD) Full Interview 2014 - YouTube

Jeremy Rifkin BBC Hardtalk: Economist (HD) Full Interview 2014

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Global Village Construction Set - Open Source Ecology

Global Village Construction Set - Open Source Ecology | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that enables fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts. See a working list of GVCS machines and their breakdown into modules - GVCS Machines and Modules. The name, GVCS, has been coined for the first time in 2008 - at a lecture at the University of Missouri, Columbia - see UM Presentation.

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Pioneering the Commercial Open-source Business Model

Pioneering the Commercial Open-source Business Model | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

eZ has, from its inception 14 years ago, been a commercial open-source company. We founded eZ on the belief that the open-source model is superior in innovation, development speed and distribution. Whilst also being a commercial company from day one, we needed a business model that could generate revenue.

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How big data is changing how we study languages - The Guardian

How big data is changing how we study languages - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


This is partly because so much of our communication is now mediated by networked digital computing devices.

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Open Data Could Unlock $230 Billion In Energy Efficiency Savings - Forbes

Open Data Could Unlock $230 Billion In Energy Efficiency Savings - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Energy-efficiency startups just need access to existing data—on electricity usage, housing characteristics, renovations and financing—to unlock hundreds of billions of dollars in savings, two founders of  startups said in Chicago Tuesday.

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Startups want to be the next Airbnb, Uber

Startups want to be the next Airbnb, Uber | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A few "sharing-economy" startups are gaining traction with users, including those that let consumers rent apartments and homes like Airbnb, or get car rides, such as Uber.
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Pathetic attempt to justify copy protection

Pathetic attempt to justify copy protection | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Long overdue, a change in the law to make it legal to copy for own personal use. But does not go far enough, we need a removal of copy protection and digital rights management from DVDs and e-books.


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Here's Why Bitcoin's Real Value Is As A Payments Network - Business Insider

Here's Why Bitcoin's Real Value Is As A Payments Network - Business Insider | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


But at BI Intelligence, we believe all the talk of price volatility obscures Bitcoin's real value: as a payments network.

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Art and the Internet of Things: a turning point in creative education

Art and the Internet of Things: a turning point in creative education | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What is the value of art in a society where networked devices control our lives? This year's art graduates offer some clues
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Stigmergic Self-organization and the Improvisation of Ushahidi

There has been considerable investigation into the nature, effectiveness and performance of virtual organizationsvirtual teams and virtual collaboration based on the affordances of  information and communications technology (ICT). The recent emergence of location-based social network technologies has resulted in new modes of ad hoc virtual organizations. Developers appear to improvise systems by cobbling together existing applications and technologies, almost overnight, with uncoordinated contributions rather than traditional designs or project plans. Heylighen theorizes that stigmergic self-organization explains this kind of system development. As defined by the biologist Grassestigmergy has been defined as a sequence of indirect stimulus and response behaviors that contribute to the coordination of actions among insects through their environment, for example termites coordinating their nest building activities. Heylighen likens human cognitive self-organization to stigmergy. In recent years, the advent of distributed ICTs like worldwide internet computing and pervasive ubiquitous networks have made traditional top-down techniques of system development increasingly irrelevant for software application  development. Instead, modular, adaptable and self-managing end-user components are combined in mash-ups. Similarly, software development teams are spontaneous and ad hoc, functioning as virtual organizations. In this study, the actions leading to the creation of the Ushahidi software platform and its subsequent adaptations are identified using longitudinal case study methodology and content analysis methods applied to newspaper, magazine, website, journal and social networking publications. Based on a socio-technical theoretical framework, the Ushahidi system is framed as a dynamic, ad hoc virtual organization in the context of emergency response. The actions leading to the instantiation of the Ushahidi system are examined as examples of human cognitive stigmergic response to critical incidents and naturalistic development of complex adaptive systems.

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Value created by commons-­based peer production (CBPP) cases survey

The  P2Pvalue project is undertaking research on commons-­based peer production (CBPP) communities around the world. The goal of this research project is to develop a techno-social platform for sustainable models and value generation in commons-based peer production in the Future Internet.

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The Case for Rebooting the Network Neutrality Debate - The Atlantic

The Case for Rebooting the Network Neutrality Debate - The Atlantic | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Internet uproar about network neutrality tends to come in waves. Right now we’re riding the crest of one.

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Zero Marginal Cost Society - P2P Foundation

Zero Marginal Cost Society - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, New York Times bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin argues that the capitalist era is passing—not quickly, but inevitably. The emerging Internet of Things is giving rise to a new economic system—the Collaborative Commons—that will transform our way of life.

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PART ONE: THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK - P2P Foundation

PART ONE: THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This entry is about the forthcoming book "Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy" co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis and Michel Bauwens. The scholarly book will be published by Palgrave Macmillan and here you may find a working draft of the part one.

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