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Author Rifkin: Capitalism Is Dying by Its Own Hand

Author Rifkin: Capitalism Is Dying by Its Own Hand | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Capitalism is driving itself out of business as the marginal cost to produce just about everything inches closer to zero, Jeremy Rifkin's new book, "The Zero Marginal Cost Society," proposes. 



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Are Brits too reserved for the sharing economy? - Management Today

Are Brits too reserved for the sharing economy? - Management Today | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The sharing economy is big business. While the whole industry of renting out or selling things we don’t need – spare rooms, space in our cars, excess food – has yet to be valued, traveller room rental website Airbnb has been valued at a rumoured $10bn(£6bn), more than InterContinental Hotels Group’s £5.1bn market cap.

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Two heads aren't better than one, study says - CNET

Two heads aren't better than one, study says - CNET | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Do you believe in the wisdom of crowds? Well, a Princeton study suggests less wisdom there than you might imagine.

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Net neutrality's demise: In U.S. and Canada, regulators look at changing rules - Financial Post

Net neutrality's demise: In U.S. and Canada, regulators look at changing rules - Financial Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


The poster child for the last showdown over the open Internet in Canada was the online gamer.

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Civic hackathons adopt a healthy approach - Philadelphia City Paper

Civic hackathons adopt a healthy approach - Philadelphia City Paper | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

But hackathons, which have been popular here since the early 2000s, are becoming less about trendy apps and more about solving real-world problems. Local hackers are paving the way for “civic hacking,” or using technology to solve city, state and neighborhood problems. And these marathon code-writing sessions are taking a turn toward the healthy in order to produce better results.

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The political science of cybersecurity V: Why running hackers through the FBI ... - Washington Post (blog)

The political science of cybersecurity V: Why running hackers through the FBI ... - Washington Post (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

One of the most difficult challenges of cybersecurity is that it enables private actors to play a significant role in international security. Both security officials and international relations scholars tend to assume that states are the most important security actors. With a couple of minor exceptions (mercenary forces and the like) private actors simply don’t have the firepower to play a substantial role. Even terrorist groups with international ambitions usually require some kind of state to provide them with safe haven or to back them. Many (although certainly not all) experts argue that cybersecurity is different. Computers and Internet access are all that you need to carry out many kinds of attack, allowing private actors to become a real force in international cyber politics.

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Transformational Leadership In Agile Manufacturing: Wikispeed

Transformational Leadership In Agile Manufacturing: Wikispeed | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Real leadership is about transforming the system, not just succeeding within or despite the system. We know how to run organizations in ways that that lift up the human spirit, both for those doing the work and those for whom the work is done. In last week’s article I suggested that we get on with it.

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Remove the roadblocks

Remove the roadblocks | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

IT IS not hard to find evidence of the success of the “sharing economy”, in which people rent beds, cars and other underused assets directly from each other, co-ordinated via the internet. One pointer is the burgeoning of demand and supply. Airbnb, founded in San Francisco in 2008, claims that 11m people have used its website to find a place to stay. Lyft, a company that matches people needing rides and drivers wanting a few dollars, has spread from San Francisco to 30-odd American cities. Another sign is the frothy values bestowed on sharing-economy companies: Airbnb is reckoned to be worth $10 billion, more than hotel chains such as Hyatt and Wyndham, and Lyft recently raised $250m from venture capitalists. But perhaps the most flattering—and least welcome—indicator of the sharing economy’s rise is the energy being devoted by governments, courts and competitors to thwarting it (see article).

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Forty-eight hours with a pair of Google glasses - The Networked Society Blog

Forty-eight hours with a pair of Google glasses - The Networked Society Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Recently I ran into my colleague, Poyan Sandnell, who’d just become the owner of a pair of Google glasses. It was like talking to someone from the future so I decided it’s time for a guest blogger who could share their real experiences with the Networked Society. So now, over to Poyan:

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Should the government protect 'sharing economy' companies like Uber and ... - The Times-Picayune

Should the government protect 'sharing economy' companies like Uber and ... - The Times-Picayune | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Whether the home rental website Airbnb is helping or hurting the American economy has come under increasing scrutiny of late, online magazine Slate reported on Friday. 

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It's Money that is Killing the Local Economy

It's Money that is Killing the Local Economy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A recent report on local currency and local economy from Sweden, complied by Transition member Steve Hinton, sheds light on some of the pitfalls and opportunities for local community action.
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The FCC doesn't want to destroy net neutrality, but it's going to anyway - GigaOM

The FCC doesn't want to destroy net neutrality, but it's going to anyway - GigaOM | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Federal Communications Commission doesn’t want companies like Netflix or Viacom to have to pay to get their content to end users of broadband networks, but it doesn’t see a way (or maybe even a reason) to ban the practice. In a call with reporters on Thursday, FCC officials laid out the agency’s thinking on new network neutrality rules and tried to address concerns that the internet as we know it is broken.

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Author Rifkin: Capitalism Is Dying by Its Own Hand - Moneynews

Author Rifkin: Capitalism Is Dying by Its Own Hand - Moneynews | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Capitalism is driving itself out of business as the marginal cost to produce just about everything inches closer to zero, Jeremy Rifkin's new book, "The Zero Marginal Cost Society," proposes. 


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Putting the “Sharing” Back into the Sharing Economy - Dissident Voice

Putting the “Sharing” Back into the Sharing Economy - Dissident Voice | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

If this real sharing economy is going to resist co-optation and embody the common good in place of growth and profit imperatives, it is going to need such widespread public backing that eventually governments will commit to scaling it up through national policies and regulations. And on the surface, there are promising signs that this process is underway: 15 mayors from across the United States have now officially declared their municipalities as Shareable Cities, and committed to reviewing and addressing regulations that may hinder participation in the sharing economy. Seoul in South Korea has also adopted a project called Sharing City that aims to promote existing sharing enterprises and incubate sharing economy start-ups, while Ecuador andAmsterdam are also embracing a new tech-driven sharing culture.

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Fab Lab Cardiff | Fablab Cardiff is an open access digital fabrication laboratory

Fablab / Fab Lab Cardiff is a digital fabrication laboratory at Cardiff School of Art and Design and supported by Cardiff Metropolitan University (@bykirsty Here's a little bit about #fablab #cardiff.
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Uber and Airbnb Cut Out the Middleman. Why Are Governments So Rattled? - The Slatest

Uber and Airbnb Cut Out the Middleman. Why Are Governments So Rattled? - The Slatest | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It hasn’t been a great week for Airbnb. On Tuesday representatives of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and lawyers for the apartment sublet company Airbnb met in an Albany court. At issue is a broad subpoena issued by the New York AG last fall, demanding that Airbnb turn over information about its “hosts” (those who list their apartments) in the belief that thousands of them are in violation of the law by acting as de facto unregistered hotels. Airbnb has challenged the subpoena on the grounds that it constitutes an invasion of privacy of the thousands of people who use its service. Then, on Wednesday, the San Francisco city attorney brought suit against two local landlords, alleging that they illegally evicted residents in order to convert residential housing into short-term rentals advertised on Airbnb and similar services.



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Watch Dogs: 'A Hacker is the Robin Hood of Today' - Gizmodo UK

Watch Dogs: 'A Hacker is the Robin Hood of Today' - Gizmodo UK | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

When you hear the term "hacker" what image does it conjure for you? A double-chinned hoody wearing computer nerd, surrounded by PCs and empty pizza boxes? Or perhapsJonny Lee Miller on rollerblades? For Ubisoft Montreal, the makers of the forthcoming Watch Dogs, a hacker is a modern-day hero.

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Documentary Offers A New Look At 'The Internet's Own Boy,' Aaron Swartz - WBUR

Documentary Offers A New Look At 'The Internet's Own Boy,' Aaron Swartz - WBUR | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


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Brian Knappenberger: “I made a film called 'We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists' which followed the hacktivist collective non-group, Anonymous.

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The 3D economy and the transcendence of the state - The Villager

The 3D economy and the transcendence of the state - The Villager | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

BY GREG BEATO  |  Last May, Cody Wilson produced an ingeniously brief but nuanced manifesto about individual liberty in the age of the ever-encroaching techno-state — a single shot fired by a plastic pistol fabricated on a leased 3D printer.


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Exclusive: Asia's new super-eco-city - GQ.com

Exclusive: Asia's new super-eco-city - GQ.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Gordon and Adrian were putting the finishing touches on the plan for a new Asian high-tech "city beside a city", detailed images of which are published here for the first time. They are building the site of EXPO 2017, the World Fair, in Astana, Kazakhstan, and rather than create a series of temporary pavilions that turn into white elephants after the event (which has happened with some previous EXPOs), the plan is to create a model sustainable eco-city that is intended to go on to be an enterprise zone for the region and a model for the world.

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Lyft expansion: Good for the sharing economy, bad for everyone else

Lyft expansion: Good for the sharing economy, bad for everyone else | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Lyft, the ride-sharing service known for the pink furry mustache on its drivers’ cars, is growing. The company expanded into 24 mid-size cities across the country Thursday. It’s great news for the sharing economy.
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Why Google+ Should Give Up Its Battle Against Facebook - Wired

Why Google+ Should Give Up Its Battle Against Facebook - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Gundotra, a former Microsoft exec who became one of the top five lieutenants to Google CEO Larry Page, was hand-picked to oversee the creation of Google+ — a social network meant to challenge Facebook — and ex-Yahoo bigwig Horowitz was his right-hand man. So it’s no surprise that people are questioning the future of the service after Google announced that Gundotra is leaving the companyand that Google+ will now be run not by Horowitz but by someone few outside the company have ever heard of.

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The Wisdom of the Crowd - Iranian

The Wisdom of the Crowd - Iranian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


"The wisdom of the crowd is the process of taking into account the collective opinion of a group of individuals rather than a single expert to answer a question.

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Influencers: Very few people make truly individual choices - MarkLives.com

Influencers: Very few people make truly individual choices - MarkLives.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

I’ll concede that maybe 5% of what consumers buy is their own choice, but I maintain that 95% of purchase decisions are based on other people’s recommendations or endorsements, no matter how subtle or surreptitious they might be. I argue that people buy a product because they think it is the right option based on what their peers and what their sources of influence, most importantly, deem is right.

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The Sharing Economy Is About Desperation

The Sharing Economy Is About Desperation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Wired's cover story this month is about the rise of the "sharing economy" — a Silicon Valley–invented term used to describe the basket of start-ups (Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, et al.) that allow users to rent their labor and belongings to strangers. Jason Tanz attributes the success of these start-ups to the invention of a "set of digi­tal tools that enable and encourage us to trust our fellow human beings," such as bidirectional rating systems,background checks, frictionless payment systems, and platforms that encourage buyers and sellers to get to know each other face-to-face before doing business.

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