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Out in the Open: An Open Source Website That Gives Voters a Platform to Influence Politicians

Out in the Open: An Open Source Website That Gives Voters a Platform to Influence Politicians
This is the decade of the protest. The Arab Spring. The Occupy Movement. And now the student demonstrations in Taiwan. 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. “If you want to participate in the political system as it is, it’s really costly,” she says. Democracy OS is designed to address that problem by getting citizens directly involved in debating specific proposals when their representatives are actually voting on them. That’s why Mancini started the Net Democracy foundation, a not-for-profit that explores ways of improving civic engagement through technology. Mancini’s dissatisfaction with electoral politics stems from her experience working for the Argentine political party Unión Celeste y Blanco from 2010 until 2012. Click to Open Overlay Gallery Software Shop as Political Party

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Loomio, l’appli d’Occupy Wall Street qui va vous aider à lutter Si vous pensiez que le mouvement Occupy Wall Street avait périclité, vous aviez tort. En partie, du moins. Certes, il ne reste pas grand-chose de la mobilisation et du message politique. Mais son ambition de modifier en profondeur la structure du pouvoir et de repenser la participation citoyenne, elle, a survécu.

The Sharing Economy Is About Desperation 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. Tanz's thesis isn't wrong — these innovations have certainly made a difference. But it leaves out an important part of the story.

Tous les blogs du site Textfor linebreak add 2 spaces at end, _italic_ or **bold** End a line with two spaces to add a <br/> linebreak: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways *This is italicized*, and so is _this_. **This is bold**, and so is __this__. What Makes or Breaks Startups in the Sharing Economy? Insurance Rates As recently as last year, it wasn’t clear that RelayRides’ business made financial sense. The company, which lets strangers rent one another’s cars, was growing — acquiring rivals like Wheelz and expanding into new markets. It was charging its users a healthy vigorish; car owners paid the company 25% of every rental fee, while renters kicked in an additional 15%. (Most digital marketplaces only take a total of 10-20% of every transaction.) And yet, the company was still losing money on every transaction.

Grenoble a une adjointe au maire déléguée à l'open data et veut utiliser des logiciels libres Comme le sait qui a suivi les élections municipales des 23 et 30 mars, elles ont été marquées à Grenoble par une quadrangulaire au second tour, avec outre une liste UMP, UDI et AI et une liste Front national, un duel à gauche entre deux listes. L'une (PS, MoDem, PCF, MRC et PRG) était menée par le premier adjoint au maire sortant, le socialiste Jérôme Safar, et l'autre (EELV, PG, Les Alternatifs, GA, ADES, Réseau Citoyen) par l'écologiste Eric Piolle. Cette dernière liste était en tête au premier tour, et la liste PS avait refusé de fusionner à son profit. How Airbnb and Lyft Finally Got Americans to Trust Each Other In about 40 minutes, Cindy Manit will let a complete stranger into her car. An app on her windshield-mounted iPhone will summon her to a corner in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, where a russet-haired woman in an orange raincoat and coffee-colored boots will slip into the front seat of her immaculate 2006 Mazda3 hatchback and ask for a ride to the airport. Manit has picked up hundreds of random people like this. Once she took a fare all the way across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. Another time she drove a clown to a Cirque du Soleil after-party.

The Sharing Economy Needs to Start Sharing Its Data Too To hear cofounder and CTO Nate Blecharczyk tell it, Airbnb built its data empire almost by accident. In its early days, the company was little more than a second-generation Craigslist, connecting homeowners and renters and leaving them to work out the finer points of the stay. But, says Blecharczyk, the limitations of this approach became clear when cofounder Brian Chesky used the service to book a room while visiting the SXSW conference in 2008. Chesky’s host picked him up at the Austin airport, drove him to his house, and served him dinner. He set up an airbed with a chocolate on the pillow. “Real nice touches,” Blecharczyk says.

How much would it cost Uber to make drivers employees? (Hint: It's a lot.) When California regulators decided earlier this week that a San Francisco Uber driver was indeed an Uber employee, speculation inevitably followed about the dire impact the decision might have on the company’s bottom line. Uber has historically classified its drivers as independent contractors, avoiding the taxes and benefits that an employer usually has to cover for its workers. For more than a year, Uber has been fiercely fighting lawsuits from drivers that want to be reclassified as employees. We’ve done the math on how much employee taxes and benefits would cost Uber if this happens, and we can see why they’re fighting so hard. With the help of Saint Louis University law professor Miriam Cherry and Duke economist Michael Munger, we’ve estimated that it will cost Uber tens of thousands of dollars per driver who becomes an employee. Uber’s drivers are currently so-called 1099 workers, named for the tax form that applies to independent contractors.

This Kid Made an App That Exposes Sellout Politicians The Greenhouse app highlighting how much money each industry gave Republican Congressman Mike Simpson before the last election With US politics swimming in so much corporate money that it's pretty much an oligarchy, it can be hard to keep track of which particular set of lobbyists is trying to milk more cash out of health care, fossil fuels, and other very important issues from one week to the next. But thanks to 16-year-old Nick Rubin, keeping track of just how much politicians have sold out has become a lot easier. Airbnb: "We Screwed Up And We're Sorry" Airbnb, the self-described "marketplace for spaces," has issued an unconditional apology for how it treated one of its users after her place was ransacked by thieves. In addition to the apology, Airbnb has launched a new Trust & Safety Center and issued a $50,000 retroactive insurance guarantee. This protects hosts, past and present, from property damage caused by Airbnb guests. Last week, the story of "EJ," a San Francisco-based event planner in her 30s, drew national media attention.

The end of capitalism has begun The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during the Greek crisis, plus the expectation that the banks would be nationalised, revived briefly a 20th-century dream: the forced destruction of the market from above. For much of the 20th century this was how the left conceived the first stage of an economy beyond capitalism. The force would be applied by the working class, either at the ballot box or on the barricades.