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Militarization of the Internet: British MoD to recruit hundreds of IT warriors for cyber task force

Militarization of the Internet: British MoD to recruit hundreds of IT warriors for cyber task force | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Britain’s Defense Ministry has announced it is creating a military cyber unit and has welcomed tech-savvy hackers to consider taking the Queen’s virtual shilling in a recruitment drive starting October.

 

The UK is channeling part of its military budget on recruiting hundreds of computer experts to constitute the new Joint Cyber Reserve Unit, the country’s Defense Secretary, Philip Hammond, announced Sunday. 


For the first time, the UK’s would-be cyber warriors will be tasked with offensive missions. 



"In response to the growing cyber threat, we are developing a full-spectrum military cyber capability, including a strike capability, to enhance the UK's range of military capabilities," AFP reported Hammond as saying. 

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This article is about the UK, but similar cyber forces, some defensive, but many offensive, already exist in a number of countries. 

So we can look forward to the Internet becoming a battleground in the strife of nation against nation. Of course our own use of the net will suffer.

Is it time to make those local user-owned networks and leave corporations and countries fighting it out over the big pipes? 

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Systemfehler: Berlin’s ‘system error’ free shop is a real world example of the sharing economy

Systemfehler: Berlin’s ‘system error’ free shop is a real world example of the sharing economy | Networked Society | Scoop.it

No money or goods exchanged, just take what you want.

 

We’re told to take what we want from the tight racks of used clothes, kitchen supplies, and books in this second-hand shop in the Freidrichshain neighborhood of Berlin. We don’t have to pay. We aren’t stealing. We don’t have to exchange anything in return.

 

Instead, we are participating in a component of the solidarity economy at the Schenkladen, a gift shop where everything is free.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Can our economy be based on sharing instead of exchange... or rather, can the exchange based model of economic interaction be gently moved towards more sharing?

 

This free shop in Berlin shows that it may be possible...

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Bauwens Joins Ecuador in Planning a Commons-based, Peer Production Economy

Bauwens Joins Ecuador in Planning a Commons-based, Peer Production Economy | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Michel Bauwens, founder of the P2P Foundation, will be leading the research team for the next ten months.  The project seeks to “remake the roots of Ecuador’s economy, setting off a transition into a society of free and open knowledge.” 

 

The research project will focus on many interrelated themes, including open education; open innovation and science; “arts and meaning-making activities”; open design commons; distributed manufacturing; and sustainable agriculture; and open machining. 

 

The research will also explore enabling legal and institutional frameworks to support open productive capacities; new sorts of open technical infrastructures and systems for privacy, security, data ownership and digital rights; and ways to mutualize the physical infrastructures of collective life and promote collaborative consumption.

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That is an excellent development. Great news!

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Open Source Hardware Business Models - Startups multiply...

Open Source Hardware Business Models - Startups multiply... | Networked Society | Scoop.it
After some time now, the Open Hardware Ecosystem and Business sector gained some significant traction.
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This is part of going local, of becoming sustainable... and it's growing.

 

With open source hardware, local manufacturing becomes a distinct possibility.

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What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria

What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria | Networked Society | Scoop.it

RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders.

 

It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies....

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P2P - President to President

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TEDxLSE 2013: All Power to the Polymath by Ella Saltmarshe (video 15min)

"The time has come to move beyond the age of the monomath."

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To all the generalists out there - your time has come. The world needs you! Ella Saltmarshe explains why specialization is not going to be enough to get us over the difficult times we are facing.

 

The more skills you can learn, the more likely you will discover connections that escape the specialist and to handle problems that seem just too vast to confront...

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The Coming Swarm Economy - Rick Falkvinge

The Coming Swarm Economy - Rick Falkvinge | Networked Society | Scoop.it

"The industrial model with lifetime single-employer careers is dying, and it is not coming back."

 

The swarm economy is not about small details in what is happening right now. It is not about bitcoin. It is not about the fraud of the banking system, it is not about peer-to-peer file sharing, it is not about universal basic income. Not on their own, anyway.

 

The swarm economy is all of these combined, and much much more.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Changes in the economy ... and we're right in it.

Maybe it's good to pay attention...

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Liam Foley's comment, August 31, 2013 4:46 PM
glad that i have been warning my children about this for years.
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According to ICA... Worldwide more than 1 billion people are members of cooperatives.

According to ICA... Worldwide more than 1 billion people are members of cooperatives. | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Worldwide more than 1 billion people are members of cooperatives. Cooperatives provide 100 million jobs worldwide, 20% more than multinational enterprises. The economic activity of the largest 300 ...
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P2P economy...

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Greek community creates an off-the-grid Internet

Greek community creates an off-the-grid Internet | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Communities around the world are building their own parallel Internets to stay out of reach of governments and major corporations.

 

In an effort to buck the expensive rates of unreliable corporate telecom companies, a community in Athens, Greece has created its own private Internet.

 

Built from a network of wireless rooftop antennas, the Athens Wireless Metropolitan Network (AWMN) now has more than 1,000 members. Data moves “through” the AWMN mesh up to 30 times faster than it does on the telecom-provided Internet.

 

According to Mother Jones, this off-the-grid community has become so popular in Athens and on nearby islands that it has developed its own Craigslist-esque classifieds service as well as blogs and an internal search engine.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

As in Greece, this idea of having a user-owned network that accomodates all the local traffic and connects to the larger internet only when necessary, is gaining traction. 

One of those is also being built in Italy, starting from Rome. It is called NoiNet.

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Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, August 25, 2013 4:07 AM

Good idea. When I applied for an internet connection it cost me Rs 10,000 and the monthly bill was coming to Rs 3000 to 5000. That was the tarrif fixed by Government owned Delhi Telephones [1993]....daylight theft.

Even now it is it not cheap. Monthly rental of Rs 1000 [fixed] Actually, it should have been free.

 

 

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, August 26, 2013 4:56 PM

This looks like something to consider as long as there is a way to connect to the larger global internet as well. Worth the time to read over, keep a watch on and perhaps try out in more places. This could lead to people powered ownership of services. A global Co-op?...Who Knows?

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Building the open source laptop: How one engineer turned the geek fantasy to reality

Building the open source laptop: How one engineer turned the geek fantasy to reality | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Every element of the Novena laptop will be open source. Its creator explains why he started the project and what it means for the future of hardware.

 

Despite a hefty amount of interest in his project – his first blogpost on the laptop got one million unique hits last year – Huang stressed that this is a specialist machine he has designed with himself and other hardware engineers in mind. When asked who he envisages the main user of the laptop would be, he said: "Mostly me."

 

But even if people don't buy the Novena, what Huang would really like to achieve is to demonstrate you don't need a multi-million R&D budget to compete in the hardware space.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Open source hardware ... it will be hard to put that cat back into the bag!

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Mailpile - taking e-mail back

Mailpile - taking e-mail back | Networked Society | Scoop.it
A modern, fast web-mail client with user-friendly encryption and privacy features. 100% Free and Open Source software.
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A worthwhile project that needs funding...

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How Bottom-up Broadband will overcome the 'last mile' problem

How Bottom-up Broadband will overcome the 'last mile' problem | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Jaume Barcelo is a Spanish post-doctoral researcher who co-founded the bottom-up broadband project in Barcelona. He works on spreading the concept of user-owned bottom-up networks that will eventually overcome the bottleneck of the “last mile”, an economic hurdle that has kept telecom operators from providing decent internet access to many potential users.

 

Telecom operators cite the “last mile” as a problem, because according to the logic of the current business model it is not profitable to connect people if there aren’t enough of them living within a certain radius, roughly a mile, of a broadband distribution point.

 

Jaume, wrote a paper describing the philosophy behind bottom-up networks and giving examples of some such networks that already exist. The paper is titled “Bottom-up Broadband: Free Software Philosophy Applied To Networking Initiatives” and is available as a PDF document:

github.com/jbarcelo/open_networks_paper/blob/master/bub.pdf?raw=true

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

There are lots of initiatives of this kind - but more are needed.

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Richard Stallman: Snowden leak a chance for privacy, time to fight Big Brother

Richard Stallman: Snowden leak a chance for privacy, time to fight Big Brother | Networked Society | Scoop.it
Snowden and Assange besieged but not defeated, while privacy has a better chance now than it had before.
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Richard Stallmann puts perspective on the pervasive police surveillance of everyone, recently confirmed by revelations about the NSA... he also tells us what we can do about it and that we should do that now.

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LEAKED: The secret plan to ruin the Internet (Video 30min)

LEAKED: The secret plan to ruin the Internet (Video 30min) | Networked Society | Scoop.it

From former market researcher John Wooley

 

We hear about net neutrality - preventing the internet providers choosing who gets the fat pipes and who falls off the edges. This video explains what it's all about.

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We hear about net neutrality - a somewhat esoteric concept which is about preventing the internet providers from being the ones to choose who gets to use 'the fat pipes' and who falls off the edges. This video explains what it's all about.

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Propaganda mind control: turning truth backwards

Propaganda mind control: turning truth backwards | Networked Society | Scoop.it

An excellent article from Jon Rappoport

The government wants us to believe that alternatives to oil are extremely difficult to come by (except for nuke reactors that can destroy life on Earth).


Presidents will always pay lip service to gaining independence from foreign oil.


But this is all backwards propaganda. The truth runs more like this: “We want to fight wars and control land and kill people and blow up whatever we can. We need a reason to do that. So, when we talk to influential corporate types and insiders, we focus on energy. We say we have to keep the oil flowing, that’s why we go in there and destabilize countries and set up new puppets and kill, kill, kill.”


What? Energy isn’t the real reason?

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Wars because of energy shortage?

Or is it energy shortage because we need wars?

 

Jon Rappoport puts his finger on it. 

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Intel gets into open hardware with MinnowBoard: Embedded Atom Processor

Intel gets into open hardware with MinnowBoard: Embedded Atom Processor | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Cheap, tiny computers, including the Raspberry Pi, Arduino Due, and BeagleBone, can be used by creative developers for all sorts of things. One thing these platforms have in common is an ARM processor.

 

Now they have some competition from Intel’sMinnowBoard. This $199 computer is only 4.2″ x 4.2″ board and runs an Intel Atom processor. A MinnowBoard with Intel’s new Bay Trail chips may be available in the future. Specs include a 5V/2.5A power supply and all sorts of bus and I/O support.

 

The MinnowBoard is an open hardware platform, a distinction that Arduino and BeagleBone can claim but Raspberry Pi cannot. MinnowBoard can load any operating system that can run on the Intel Atom processor.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

More on open source hardware...

with heavyweight Intel getting into the game. 

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Call to fund research on an easy and COMPLETE alternative to Gmail, Facebook etc…

Call to fund research on an easy and COMPLETE alternative to Gmail, Facebook etc… | Networked Society | Scoop.it

THIS PROJECT NOW HAS A HOME AT per-cloud.com) I have been using my own email service and self-hosted blogs since 2006/2007. I started explaining why everybody should do the same three years ago, when I proposed Virtual Personal Email Servers to overcome the big limits of today’s email. In 2011 I repeated why it is important to find alternatives to Gmail.

 

Everybody, including non-geeks (no: starting from them) should have, as soon as possible, at least the possibility to:

store personal data and files a personal online spaceown and use email addressesrun a personal blog with social networking capabilities (“find friends”, see asone page what all your friends are doing on their websites etc…)share calendars onlinedo collaborative work (e.g. co-writing text through the Internet)use strong cryptography for all communications, in the most transparent way that is possibledo all the above from any device

 

in a way that:

requires the least possible amount of software CONFIGURATION skillsis not tied to any single, non-replaceable organization, be it a software multinational or a Public Administration, or computer platformif not gratis, is as cheap as possible, i.e. a few USD/Euros per year, possibly because it…

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

This is certainly a worthwhile project.

 

With Google, facebook and others owning our personal data and being forced to disclose those to the ones with the power to demand them, it would be wonderful to have a suite of open source peer-to-peer applications that allow us to do what we do without being subject to continuous surveillance by an anonymous apparatus that seems to have a voracious appetite for out data and meta-data.

 

Percloud will be email, blogging and social network functions (for now integrating notification from existing social networking sites) - all in one package, to be installed on your own or a friend's server. 

 

For an overview, see "The percloud in 10 slides"

 http://www.slideshare.net/mfioretti/percloud-in-10slides

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Robert Jensen on "We Are All Apocalyptic Now: Moral Responsibilities in Crisis Times" (Video 51min)

University of Texas Professor Robert Jensen speaks on "We Are All Apocalyptic Now: Moral Responsibilities in Crisis Times" in the First Unitarian Universalis...
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

After watching the talk, I can say I don't agree with everything Robert Jensen says, but he makes a good case and the direction he advertises we go is the right one. 

Can't solve a problem with the same mindset that created the problem in the first place. 

A major point he makes in this respect is the task we face...

"to dare to imagine the end of capitalism and the end of the extractive, high energy, industrial model of human existence"

and then of course to dare to imagine a new kind of society, a new kind of interaction with others and the world around us of which we are a part.

I also like that he advocates not carbon trading or carbon taxes, but a cap on the use of carbon.

The Danish apparently were very successful with this, when their energy policy for the last few decades was oriented not towards the least monetary cost but towards the least energy cost. 

According to Chris Cook, for instance,

"Denmark has applied 'least energy cost' principles (rather than least DK cost principles) to energy policy since 1973.

The result? Since 1980 GDP (measured in DK) has gone up by 78%, while energy use has been static, and carbon fuel use has declined significantly. And while they have been at it, a country of 6m souls built the biggest wind turbine manufacturer in the world, and one of the greatest concentrations of heat engineering expertise."

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Opening up government to citizens - the UK example - video 7 min

Opening up government to citizens - the UK example - video 7 min | Networked Society | Scoop.it

An elite team of digital experts has sparked a radical shakeup in the way the government does its business

 

Some of the UK's best designers and developers are working on building a new single website for all government departments – gov.uk – but their influence has gone much further.

 

Jemima Kiss talks to government digital chief, Mike Bracken, minister Francis Maude and others about how they made it all happen...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Making government data accessible to users - the citizens - it's the first step in getting people involved in how they are "governed" and governments to understand what we, the people, want ..

The end result will be a new way to conduct government affairs, to bring it closer to us, the employers of all that government machine.

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Michael Tellinger A World Without Money

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sxwXjqawEw 

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Can we imagine a world without money?

 

Why not!

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curiousjohn's curator insight, August 31, 2013 2:56 PM

"A world without money," huh? Some great ideas in this talk but I still think currency can be really useful. We just need to change the mechanics of how it functions and thus the type of behavior it incentivizes (I know... much easier said than done). Maybe a good place to start would be forking Bitcoin to create a new food backed currency and work to help communities transition off the dollar and into more just and resilient local economies. Idealistic? Perhaps. Possible? Definitely! We have to start somewhere...

M'Lissa S's comment, October 11, 2013 1:34 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sxwXjqawEw
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The Easiest Way in the World to Share Files P2P – and How it Works | TorrentFreak

The Easiest Way in the World to Share Files P2P – and How it Works | TorrentFreak | Networked Society | Scoop.it

There are dozens of ways to share files on the Internet but one site has made it so simple that anyone with a Firefox or Chrome browser can share content in seconds.

 

Sharefest is without doubt the most simple way to share files available today. Fire up the Sharefest website and drag a file to the middle of the page. A link will appear – paste that to as many people as you like. Wait for the transfer to complete. Done.

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P2P Software is starting to come on line... direct browser-to-browser sharing of files is only the beginning.

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We Are Makers

We Are Makers tells the story of the Maker Movement.

 

It’s the story not of tools but of people. A publisher. An entrepreneur. A design professor. A middle school teacher. Two museum educators. And a creative director.

 

Each provides an important viewpoint on why new technologies and communities of making are bringing us back to something deeply human.

 

"I'd like to think of it as … in some ways I gave it a name, to something that already was happening and that people did, but they tend to think of it narrowly, and I gave it a general name - maker. 

 

They said - oh I like robotics, I like to do weaving, and they would never see a connection between the two and I said: you know, all these things people do are connected. I think a lot of making has less economic necessity driving it and more like a form of personal expression. 

 

This thing that I do is what connects me to other people … and I get to be known as the crazy guy that does something, but in many ways it initiates me into communities of people…

 

It is a kind of social currency. It's more like a network. It is something which is distributed and people join it just by saying "I'm a maker". "

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The world of artisans, of people who actually make something, is getting new life in the age of computers and 3-D printing...

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Peer-to-peer health care is a slow idea that will change the world

Peer-to-peer health care is a slow idea that will change the world | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Someone recently asked me to name the most exciting innovation in health care today.

 

I think he was hoping for a sexy technology tip, like an app that's catching fire in the expert patient communities I follow.

 

Nope.

 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the most exciting innovation of the connected health era is … people talking with each other.

 

At the Pew Research Center we call it “peer-to-peer health care” and measure it with national survey data...

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Stephanie T Holland's curator insight, August 11, 2013 6:01 AM

Being written about in the mainstrea media ia a pretty exciting development that will bring it into mainstream consciousness. 

Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, August 25, 2013 4:14 AM

Why not P2P in healthcare? If one has a health problem, why don't we ask around? Form a group of humanists, experts, independent researchers, naturopaths, homeopaths.....just discuss. When the problem is identified, solution is easy to find. Just ask....it doesn't cost money to ask. I did it and saved my life.

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Shareable: Supporting the Sharing Economy: A Q&A with Peers Co-Founder Natalie Foster

Shareable: Supporting the Sharing Economy: A Q&A with Peers Co-Founder Natalie Foster | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Peers is a grassroots organization to support the sharing economy movement. We believe sharing can be the defining story of the 21st century if we come together to build it.

 

We started by meeting with small groups of people who share their cars, homes, skills and time. Within a few months, we had meet-ups and house parties happening in cities across the globe, from Boston to Barcelona and San Francisco to Seoul.

 

We’re launching Peers to provide support and tools for people who want to see the sharing economy thrive. We support the movement in three ways:

 

Mainstream the sharing economy: By raising the profile and visibility of sharing.
 Protect the sharing economy: Through policy campaigns for smart regulation.
 Grow the sharing economy: By discovering, joining and using new peer and sharing services.
Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

If we ever want to be able to get corporations to change, we have to be strong first as individuals, sharing with others and collaborating as a matter of course... forming community, becoming independent.

That is where the sharing economy comes in. 

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Death by Corporation: Companies as Cancer Cells

Death by Corporation: Companies as Cancer Cells | Networked Society | Scoop.it

The behemoths called corporations are cancers with no interest in anything but profits. They will do, use and destroy anything as long as it brings profits.


Merck may have killed half a million people with one drug alone and was fully aware of its adverse effects. Though caught, they still profited from it. That’s just one incident among thousands every year.

 

The financial industry, chemical industry, drug companies, nuclear industrial complex and dirty energy empire work “like tumor cells for the relentless destruction of the environment that they themselves depend upon for their very lives. And the rest of us stand by and watch it happen.”

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

We have laws to keep people in line who tend to be destructive. Where are the laws to keep the corporations in line? 

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Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, July 25, 2013 2:41 AM

If anyone wishes to know about the big time killers, slow killers, mindless killers, sociopathic killers....and compulsive and habitual liars look no further than these industries: chemical [nearly all are into weapons systems as well], oil, gas, coal, and nuclear [key sources of energy], pharmaceutical and food [especially the multinational food and drinks producers]

The cumulative impact [the sum of past, present and immediate future] of acts of these corporations is that human and animal health is shattered and environmental health is endangered.