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The emerging open-source civilisation

The emerging open-source civilisation
Chiang Mai, Thailand - Last week I discussed the value crisis of contemporary capitalism: the broken feedback loop between the productive publics who create exponentially increasing use value, and those who capture this value through social media - but do not return these income streams to the value "produsers". In other words, the current so-called "knowledge economy" is a sham and a pipe dream - because abundant goods do not fare well in a market economy. For the sake of the world's workers, who live in an increasingly precarious situation, is there a way out of this conundrum? Can we restore the broken feedback loop? Strangely enough, the answer may be found in the recent political movement that is Occupy, because along with "peer producing their political commons", they also exemplified new business and value practices. These practices were, in fact, remarkably similar to the institutional ecology that is already practiced in producing free software and open hardware communities. Related:  Freedom and true Democracy

The disappearing virtual library Los Angeles, CA - Last week a website called "library.nu" disappeared. A coalition of international scholarly publishers accused the site of piracy and convinced a judge in Munich to shut it down. Library.nu (formerly Gigapedia) had offered, if the reports are to be believed, between 400,000 and a million digital books for free. And not just any books - not romance novels or the latest best-sellers - but scholarly books: textbooks, secondary treatises, obscure monographs, biographical analyses, technical manuals, collections of cutting-edge research in engineering, mathematics, biology, social science and humanities. The texts ranged from so-called "orphan works" (out-of-print, but still copyrighted) to recent issues; from poorly scanned to expertly ripped; from English to German to French to Spanish to Russian, with the occasional Japanese or Chinese text. They are students and scholars, from every corner of the planet. Pirating to learn So what does the shutdown of library.nu mean?

La cooperación en la evolución: El prisionero letrado - Evolución y Ambiente Jueves, 12 de Julio de 2012 09:36 IIEH El espíritu de cooperación (gotong royong), playa de Jimbaran, en Bali, Indonesia. (cc) novriwahyuperdana Tradicionalmente, no se puede hablar de evolución sin referirse a competencia. Es más, para la mayoría de la gente son intercambiables: supervivencia del más apto, evolución. Nowak concentró sus investigaciones de los últimos 20 años en los fundamentos matemáticos de la evolución: realizó numerosas simulaciones de modelos basados en la teoría del juego, en particular variaciones del célebre dilema del prisionero. Dos sospechosos de cometer juntos un grave crimen son arrestados. Si confiesas y el cómplice no lo hace, serás puesto en libertad y el cómplice será condenado a la pena entera de diez años.Si confiesa el cómplice pero tú callas, quedarás encerrado diez años y será el cómplice quien salga libre.Si los dos confiesan, los dos reciben seis años de cárcel.Si ninguno confiesa y lo niegan todo, ambos quedarán libres por falta de pruebas.

Jitsi (SIP Communicator) | Main / HomePage Jitsi (formerly SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, AIM/ICQ, Windows Live, Yahoo! and many other useful features. Jitsi is Open Source / Free Software, and is available under the terms of the LGPL. JetBrains have just contributed free WebStorm licenses to the entire Jitsi team to help with our work on Jitsi Meet. Jitsi Videobridge and JitMeet at the VoIP Users Conference Jitsi made a guest appearance at VoIP Users Conferemce episode 482 this Friday. Three more days to apply for Jitsi’s GSoC! The GSoC application deadline is this Friday (March 21). The advice first appeared on planet.ubuntu.com which was relaying Daniel Pocock’s post. Jitsi in Google Summer of Code 2014! We are happy to announce that Jitsi is taking part in Google Summer of Code 2014 ! Our JitMeet talk at FOSDEM We gave a talk on meet.jit.si describing Jitsi Videobridge, JitMeet and the other components that we used to build the service.

Los EE. UU. del mañana: ¿un país con todos sus manifestantes encarcelados?  Las manifestaciones de Ocupa Wall Street estallan con nueva fuerza tras la aprobación de una polémica ley que, entre otras cosas, prevé hasta diez años de cárcel por una protesta pacífica. Según los activistas, esta medida amenaza la libertad de expresión. 10 años de cárcel por protestar El pasado 27 de febrero en EE. Para acercarse al presidente de EE. De hecho la HR 347 puede reprimir cualquier protesta en cualquier lugar como, por ejemplo, en eventos deportivos o la próxima reunión del G8 en Camp David, o cuando se desarrollen reuniones bilaterales en Estados Unidos. ¿Nacimiento de una dictadura? Con dicha medida el Gobierno de EE. La HR 347 ha levantado una gran polémica en la sociedad estadounidense. Para los manifestantes la situación es clara: el proyecto de ley HR 347 no es nada más que una evidente definición de autoritarismo, una flagrante violación y un grave ataque a los derechos otorgados por la Primera Enmienda a todos los ciudadanos de EE.

Occupy the SEC March 29, 2014We submitted a comment letter to the Federal Reserve regarding its request for comments on the current state of commodities regulation vis-a-vis banks and Systemtically Important Financial Institutions ("SIFIs"). As noted in our letter, banks must divest from commodities activities because the current status quo features a plethora of risks including: system-wide proliferation of discrete environmental risksmarket domination and antitrust riskssystemic magnification of commercial tail risks The letter and the accompanying press release can be found below: March 18, 2014We submitted a comment letter to the FDIC regarding its proposed rule implementing Title II of the Dodd Frank Act, which covers the orderly resolution of Systemtically Important Financial Institutions ("SIFIs") without putting any burden on taxpayers. December 10, 2013The regulators charged with writing the Volcker Rule have issued a finalized rule. July 28, 2013In October 2013, the U.S. Issues Read more here.

Oligarchy and Democracy - Jeffrey A. Winters It is a confounding moment in American political history. On the one hand, evidence of democratic possibilities is undeniable. In 2008, millions of Americans helped catapult a man of half-African descent into the White House long before observers thought the nation was “ready.” On the other hand, democracy appears chronically dysfunctional when it comes to policies that impinge on the rich. Everyone is by now aware of the staggering shift in fortunes upward favoring the wealthy. Such outcomes are inexplicable on standard, commonly understood democratic grounds. One increasingly popular answer is that America is an oligarchy rather than a democracy.1 The complex truth, however, is that the American political economy is both an oligarchy and a democracy; the challenge is to understand how these two political forms can coexist in a single system. Oligarchy within Democracy hen democracy combines with oligarchy, the result is a distinctive fusion of equality and inequality. Money and Power

Información libro - Icaria Editorial "Tim Jackson admite que el bienestar material es un componente esencial de la prosperidad, y que el crecimiento económico es indispensable para el bienestar de los habitantes de las naciones pobres. Pero en países como el Reino Unido, el crecimiento continuado y las políticas que lo promueven acaban socavando la prosperidad, a la que él define como la condición que nos libra de la adversidad o de la aflicción. Esto implica, la salud, la felicidad, las buenas relaciones, las comunidades vigorosas, la con­fianza en el futuro, y un sentimiento de propósito en la vida. Pero, ¿cómo escapar del crecimiento sin hundir la economía y, por ende, nuestra prosperidad? En el sistema actual, es imposible; cuando el crecimiento se detiene, el sistema se colapsa. "Invita al pensamiento oficial a reflexionar sobre lo impensable.

SOPA Emergency IP list: | CodeBangers So if these bastards in DC decide to ruin the internet, here’s how to access your favorite sites in the event of a DNS takedown tumblr.com 174.121.194.34 wikipedia.org 208.80.152.201 # News bbc.co.uk 212.58.241.131 aljazeera.com 198.78.201.252 # Social media reddit.com 72.247.244.88 imgur.com 173.231.140.219 google.com 74.125.157.99 youtube.com 74.125.65.91 yahoo.com 98.137.149.56 hotmail.com 65.55.72.135 bing.com 65.55.175.254 digg.com 64.191.203.30 theonion.com 97.107.137.164 hush.com 65.39.178.43 gamespot.com 216.239.113.172 ign.com 69.10.25.46 cracked.com 98.124.248.77 sidereel.com 144.198.29.112 github.com 207.97.227.239 # Torrent sites thepiratebay.org 194.71.107.15 mininova.com 80.94.76.5 btjunkie.com 93.158.65.211 demonoid.com 62.149.24.66 demonoid.me 62.149.24.67 # Social networking facebook.com 69.171.224.11 twitter.com 199.59.149.230 tumblr.com 174.121.194.34 livejournal.com 209.200.154.225 dreamwidth.org 69.174.244.50

African American pastors express support for Occupy movement A growing number of African American pastors in the Washington area, including the Rev. Carroll A. Baltimore Sr., president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, have embraced the Occupy movement. In December, leaders of Occupy D.C. left their encampments at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza to worship at Empowerment Temple, Bryant’s church in Baltimore. Hagler has held services on Freedom Plaza. The pastors’ pleas for economic justice sound a lot like King’s. “This is the continuation of the [civil rights] movement. The Rev. “When Dr. Some critics say the focus of the Occupy movement, which by design does not have leaders, is unclear. “Number one, we are asking for more Pell grants so that our young people might be able to compete and go to colleges and universities,” he said. Beginning in February, Bryant plans to launch a campaign to urge people to bank only at minority-owned financial institutions. “I think the Occupy Wall Street movement has held the legacy of Dr.

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