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Douglas Rushkoff: The IPO that Swallowed Facebook

Douglas Rushkoff: The IPO that Swallowed Facebook | Networked Society | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- Facebook advocates are touting the company's initial public offering this week -- the biggest ever for an Internet company-- as if it will save the net, the economy and the American way. Its detractors see the final chapter in the rise and fall of a smart but solipsistic Harvard dropout, and predict the inevitable decline of Facebook's stock will spell the end to innovation in social media. Internet Bubble 2.0.

 

"Of course, none of this is true. Such hyperbole is more about our traditional media's need for simple stories than anything happening at Facebook or on Wall Street..."

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How to Start a Tool Library

How to Start a Tool Library | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Though it seems like a relatively unique idea, around 40 community tool libraries already exist throughout the United States, from Philadelphia to Seattle and south to Oakland and New Orleans.

 

Each has its own unique flavor but most operate roughly the same way by accepting tool donations from the community and then lending those tools out for free—or nearly free—to anyone capable of presenting an ID and signing a waiver.

 

Through that basic setup, some tool libraries have been happily participating in the sharing economy for over 20 years.

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US State Department holds "Mercury" meeting... is lobbied by industry to keep mercury in teeth and vaccines

US State Department holds "Mercury" meeting... is lobbied by industry to keep mercury in teeth and vaccines | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The meeting lasted two-and-a-half hours with the mercury amalgam argument taking up most of the time - the first two hours.

 

Then the vaccine conglomerate began their comments - and all the big boys were there: Novartis, etc. Then there was the so-called vaccine supporters (all, of course, funded by the vaccine big money boys): GAVI, PATH, and the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP). And, they were there with a unified message, one that sounded like it was read from the same cue card.

 

Their message:

 

(1) Thimerosal is safe, effective, and has been extensively tested, and

 

(2) Removing Thimerosal from vaccines would make vaccines too expensive for third world countries, because, they claim, without deadly mercury in the mix, vaccines would have to be refrigerated - and that is unaffordable in the Third World.

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Interview with Joe Justice from Team Wikispeed on the Future of Manufacturing (and Consumption)

Interview with Joe Justice from Team Wikispeed on the Future of Manufacturing (and Consumption) | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Joe Justice is the ideator of Team Wikspeed: a team of volunteers distributed around the world who recently created a prototype car that is open source, modular and ultra-efficient in just three mo...

 

...YES, in just three months compared with the years it takes traditional car manufacturers to bring out a new model.

This is an extremely interesting interview with Joe Justice ... it gives the gist of where the manufacturing revolution is going.

The interview is in both English and Italian. 

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Eben Moglen’s warning: Beware of media consuming you

Eben Moglen’s warning: Beware of media consuming you | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"Eben Moglen, a professor of law and history at Columbia University, made a haunting appeal to participants of the 6th re:publica conference that opened in Berlin this morning: Do not to fail in completing the fight for freedom of thought."

 

"Social networks like Facebook, search engines like Google, or online shopping malls like Amazon are “consuming” the users. Governments, large and small, are eager to re-use the profiling, predicting and persecuting activities and passing laws to store these data indefinitely, Moglen said."

 

“They own our search box, we are reported everywhere and every time,” and with mobile devices always on it is “confession 24/7”.


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UK: The Manufacturing Institute rolls out FabLab across the country

UK: The Manufacturing Institute rolls out FabLab across the country | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"The Manchester FabLab, which marked its second birthday at the weekend, gives businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors access to advanced equipment to make prototypes of their products."

 

"Visitors to the FabLab, the first in the UK, can get their hands on manufacturing technology from precision laser cutters and 3D digital printers to electronic circuit fabrication equipment."

 

"FabLab Manchester is owned and run by The Manufacturing Institute, a charity funded by manufacturers and universities that works with companies to help improve skills and productivity."

 

"After the success of the scheme in Manchester, it now plans to roll out the concept by opening a network of 30 Labs across the UK over the next eight years."

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Behrokh Khoshnevis - Contour Crafting: Automated Construction

Behrokh Khoshnevis is a professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering and is the Director of Manufacturing Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Southern California.

 

In this talk, prof. Khoshnevis explains how 3D printing can be scaled up to the construction of buildings, with great savings of both time and cost, but not only...

 

Printing buildings will allow for great flexibility of design and form. 

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The gentleman manufacturer [Video]

The gentleman manufacturer [Video] | Networked Society | Scoop.it
QUIRKY and Shapeways are putting the tools of manufacturing into the hands of the masses using 3D printers and social networks.

 

The future of manufacturing will be very different from what it is today. Mass production will no longer be the dominant thing. With computers for design and printers for output - stuff can be produced even if there isn't a mass market ready to buy.

 

The video looks into two companies that drive adoption of this new technology by crowd-sourcing ideas and designs and taking them through the steps to a finished product.

In time, this is how most of our stuff will be made... 

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How solar power can help the billion people without electricity

How solar power can help the billion people without electricity | Networked Society | Scoop.it
If we want the poor to benefit from electricity we cannot wait for the grid, and we cannot rely on fossil fuels. The International Energy Agency, historically a grid-centric, establishment voice, admits that half of those without electricity today will never be wired. The government of India estimates that two-thirds of its non-electrified households need distributed power.

 

"Getting 1.2 billion people local solar power they can afford is within grasp — if we only think about the problem in a different way."

 

"There are almost 600 million cell-phone customers without electricity — using their phones very little, still spending $10 billion to charge them in town."

 

"Cell phone companies have a powerful motivation to get renewable power into rural areas, to get electricity to their customers, and to charge for electricity through their mobile phone payment systems."

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What is Mark Zuckerberg's true attitude towards money?

What is Mark Zuckerberg's true attitude towards money? | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Answer (1 of 12): Ignoring the inaccurate assertions and attacks in the questions, I can tell you that when I worked with Mark Zuckerberg, money was certainly not his primary motivator. He lived an absurdly spartan lifestyle.

 

"Mark's main motivations were pretty clearly based around materially changing the world and building technology that was used by everyone on the planet."

 

"It's not like he didn't know that if he was successful, he'd become incredibly wealthy - and I wouldn't go as far to say that he would've done everything he's done if there wasn't a big financial payout from it all. But that always seemed like a happy side-effect of his true goals."

 

"My impression back then was that if he had to choose, he'd rather be the most important/influential person in the world rather than the richest..."

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Forget WiFi and Radio Waves, LiFi Uses Lightbulbs to Connect to the Internet

Forget WiFi and Radio Waves, LiFi Uses Lightbulbs to Connect to the Internet | Networked Society | Scoop.it
One German physicist, Harald Haas, has come up with a solution he calls "data through illumination" - taking the fiber out of fiber optics by sending data through an LED lightbulb that varies in intensity faster than the human eye can follow. It's the same idea behind infrared remote controls, but far more powerful.

 

"You can imagine all kinds of uses for this technology, from public internet access through street lamps to auto-piloted cars that communicate through their headlights."

 

"And more data coming through the visible spectrum could help alleviate concerns that the electromagnetic waves that come with WiFi could adversely affect your health. Talk about the bright side."

 

(My comment:) Since the transmission is of several contemporaneous data streams using different wavelengths or colors of light, there should not be any low frequency data 'packets', nor should there be the potential of heating of tissues which is inherent in microwave technology.

 

Lasers for point-to-point connection between users and light from modulated LED light bulbs for the in-house distribution of data.

Sounds like the perfect independent citizen-owned network... 

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It takes a village to ruin everything - Enemies with benefits in the NWO

It takes a village to ruin everything - Enemies with benefits in the NWO | Networked Society | Scoop.it
In 1996, Hillary Clinton’s book, It Takes a Village, appeared. In it, she argued that a whole community must solve the problem of raising a child. Of course, this was pretentious nonsense. It runs parallel to the idea that no entrepreneur can prosper without infra-structure that is built with public money, and therefore the entrepreneur and his output should be the property of the state.

 

"Starting with the individual child, Clinton offers a solution that encompasses a town or a community or even a city…or who knows…maybe a planet."

 

"But one, the original problem isn’t solved (if it was a problem to begin with), and two, the solution is an artifact designed to regulate a larger environment. To put it another way, Clinton’s model makes it necessary to put everyone under the gun because a child may be a problem."

 

"If the free market gives birth to 12 million companies and corporations, this creates the “problem” of uninspected potential crimes..."

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USA: Top psych drug prescribers terminated – 7 Arizona doctors lose Medicaid contracts

USA: Top psych drug prescribers terminated – 7 Arizona doctors lose Medicaid contracts | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"The [Arizona] state Medicaid program said it has terminated the contracts of seven doctors who were top prescribers of powerful pain pills and mental-health prescription drugs."


"Their dismissals were made public as the result of an ongoing probe by U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, of drug-prescribing patterns in Medicaid programs across the country. Medicaid programs, which provide health care to the nation’s poor, reimburse doctors and practitioners. Grassley’s probe centers on health-care professionals who prescribe large amounts of pain pills and psychiatric drugs."

 

(My comment:)

 

It seems like some wristslapping for overprescribing doctors.

 

The message to the medical community sounds very much like: You can continue to prescribe your crappy pills as long as it isn't costing us an arm and a leg...

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For Facebook, A Modest Proposal « Charles Eisenstein

For Facebook, A Modest Proposal « Charles Eisenstein | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"I have a modest proposal for Facebook. I will even be so presumptuous to say that it is a solution to all of its problems. Basically, Facebook should fully embrace its gift essence and take a bold step into new territory by announcing that henceforth, it will be a gift-supported website. It could make an announcement like this:

 

Facebook’s value lies in you, its 900 million users. You are what make Facebook what it is. Therefore, we are laying out a new goal: to remove all advertising from Facebook..."

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Democracy Is for Amateurs: Why We Need More Citizen Citizens

Democracy Is for Amateurs: Why We Need More Citizen Citizens | Networked Society | Scoop.it
America can't afford to leave its government in the hands of professionals.

 

"The work of democratic life -- solving shared problems, shaping plans, pushing for change, making grievances heard -- has become ever more professionalized over the last generation. Money has gained outsize and self-compounding power in elections. A welter of lobbyists, regulators, consultants, bankrollers, wonks-for-hire, and "smart-ALECs" has crowded amateurs out of the daily work of self-government at every level."

 

"What we need today are more citizen citizens. Both the left and the right are coming to see this. It is the thread that connects the anti-elite 99 percent movement with the anti-elite Tea Party. It also animates an emerging web of civic-minded techies who want to "hack" citizenship and government."

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This article talks about how democracy is not currently in the hands of people. People are apt to criticize and complain about the present society, without using any of their democratic/citizenship privileges to try and enact change. 

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Here Comes OpenLeaks: How It Won't Be WikiLeaks

Here Comes OpenLeaks: How It Won't Be WikiLeaks | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Almost exactly a year ago I spoke via email with ex-WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg.

 

"He and the four or five others who'd defected from WikiLeaks in September of 2010 were already at work on OpenLeaks, a successor organization with the same basic goal: to maintain a secure platform where sensitive documents of interest to the public can be uploaded by whistleblowers and anonymously distributed to the press."

 

"From its inception in September 2010, OpenLeaks was designed with all the painful lessons of WikiLeaks in mind."

 

"The key difference is that where WikiLeaks itself participated in the vetting, editing and publication of leaked documents, OpenLeaks won't even be able to read them. OpenLeaks provides only the platform for submissions, which will be encrypted and visible only to publishing partners designated by the source. OpenLeaks is pursuing a course of total neutrality."

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Michel Bauwens on Bitcoin at Keiser Report

Max Keiser talks to Michel Bauwens of the P2P Foundation about bitcoin in the virtual world and about pseudo abundance and artificial scarcity in the real world.

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Wikipedia's founder will help make academic research available to all

Wikipedia's founder will help make academic research available to all | Networked Society | Scoop.it
The wealthiest university of Earth can't afford its academic journal subscriptions. Why not? Because academic journals are expensive. Now, the British government is doing its part to change that.

 

"UK Science Minister David Willetts outlined the details of a plan that would make publicly funded research available online. Free of charge. They're even enlisting the help of Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales to help pull it off. This is a huge win for the open science revolution."

 

"My department spends about £5bn each year funding academic research – and it is because we believe in the fundamental importance of this research that we have protected the science budget for the whole of this parliament."

 

"We fund this research because it furthers human knowledge and drives intellectual, social and economic progress. In line with our commitment to open information, tomorrow [May 2, 2012] I will be announcing at the Publishers Association annual meeting that we will make publicly funded research accessible free of charge to readers..."

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Greek town Volos stimulates economy with credit currency [Video]

Greek town Volos stimulates economy with credit currency [Video] | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"As reported by Kelly McCartney in shareable and based on a video from BBC News that was posted on YouTube, the Greek port town of Volos has adopted a barter network – aided by a credit system called TEMs – to help its citizens get through an economically trough time."

 

"People sign up for a TEMs network account, see what services they might offer to other folks in their area who are in need, and start amassing credits that can be cashed in for things they themselves need. TEMs can be used for everything from bakers to babysitters, teachers to technicians."

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Zurker - A social network owned by its users

Zurker - A social network owned by its users | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Zurker is still in private beta, which means you can get in only with an invitation.

 

It is a social network in the making, which will be owned by its users. Being developed on a shoestring budget, the application isn’t your typical social network backed by investors. Yet the people behind it would love to see this grow and overtake both Facebook and Twitter, and who knows … the chemistry of social networks may still have some surprises for us.

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Reference: Gordon Cook on Freedom Tower and the Autonomous Internet – Peer to Peer User-Owned Infrastructure

Reference: Gordon Cook on Freedom Tower and the Autonomous Internet – Peer to Peer User-Owned Infrastructure | Networked Society | Scoop.it

This is an in-depth report by Gordon Cook on the mesh network communications infrastructure, first implemented at Occupy Wall Street and then extended to various other Occupy sites. 

 

There is information about the Free Network Foundation and its founders, the man behind the idea - Isaac Wilder - and their plans for a future citizen-owned mesh network that will connect users before linking into the larger internet.

 

The article has an interview with Wilder and a detailed description of the hardware that makes up the "Freedom Tower" mobile networking unit.

 

Although the New York Police Department made sure that none of the computers used at Occupy Wall Street's Zucchetti Park will ever be used again by smashing them to a pulp, the idea of citizen-owned communications has brilliantly weathered its first hard challenge. 

 

The idea will not go away. 

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“Taking action” … The People Have the Power, Part 4

“Taking action” … The People Have the Power, Part 4 | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Back in 1995, a retired Hughes Avionics engineer decided to give back. And give back he did. Being entrenched in the high technology industry for most his life, he was dismayed at the lack of technology being used in California’s public schools. The affluent schools were outfitted, such as the ones in Manhattan Beach, CA were he lived. But Manhattan Beach, the home of the aerospace industry – was far from the norm in the state.

So he decided to do something about it.

 

Having a computer science background, he organized an effort to wire every public school in California for the internet. And he was going to do it using all volunteer labor and donated supplies … in one day.

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Facebook: Protect Our Privacy

Facebook: Protect Our Privacy | Networked Society | Scoop.it
The US House this Thursday is voting on the controversial CISPA, and its success hinges on support from tech companies. Tell these companies to stand up for the privacy of their users and drop their support of CISPA!
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Tired of austerity, many Portuguese returning to the land

Tired of austerity, many Portuguese returning to the land | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Disillusioned by the unfulfilled promise of the cities and feeling stifled by tough austerity measures aimed at coping with an economic downturn, some Portuguese are opting out and returning to the land.

 

"Far from discouraging people like Mr Diogo, the government is trying to get others to follow in his footsteps."


"In February it launched an initiative to map the country's unused land and terrain that does not have a known owner, with the aim of making it available to be rented to those who want to work it."


"The government has also approved a land exchange scheme by which private owners of unused land will win tax benefits if they make their properties available to be rented by farmers."

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Open Source Permaculture - 40 hours to go- please help reach funding goal of 15,000 - 11,746 reached so far

Open Source Permaculture - 40 hours to go- please help reach funding goal of 15,000 - 11,746 reached so far | Networked Society | Scoop.it
There's just over a day remaining for the Open Source Permaculture project, at time of writing, and around $3000 more needed to reach the target. Please consider donating if you haven't already - this will be a real boost for permaculture.

 

Update 17 April: Time is up and the target of $15,000 was reached and surpassed.

Total collected is now $16,038 

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