â€œInnovations are the product of the creative interaction of supply and demand. However, in focussing on how to increase the supply of innovative businesses, policymakers have lost sight of the importance of demand,â€ argues Luke Georghiou in a â€œProvocationâ€ essay published on the NESTA website. The essay elaborates Eric von Hippelâ€™s concept of the â€˜lead… Continue reading
Even if you are not into 3D modelling/animation you might want to have a look at where open-source 3D software is today: www.blender.org is the new and redesigned homepage for this incredible software that is basically a virtual film studio in an under 14 MB free download – available for all major platforms (download page)… Continue reading
I’ve been aware from some time of the existence of the hospitality exchange network Couchsurfing.com, where people can find beds for free to stay on their travels. What I didn’t realize was the deep-thinking that goes on behind this initiave. Here are some resource pages worth checking out. Adventure Economics: “We coin the term adventure… Continue reading
This is precisely the kind of sophisticated network analysis and conceptualization that needs to be applied to panarchy as a whole (and not merely to terrorist networks). It would be great to see this method widely used on criminal networks, global smart mobs, cell phones and mobility, etc. The media term “amorphous terrorist network” doesn’t… Continue reading
[via Paul Hartzogâ€™s Weblog] Back in September, Paul hartzog wrote about â€œSocial Publishingâ€ on Coranteâ€™s Many-to-Many. Paul about a concept he was thinking about where: â€œâ€¦authors create and distribute their work, and readers, individually and collectively, including fans as well as editors and peers, review, comment, rank, and tag, everything.â€ Recently, with a colleague Richard… Continue reading
Ernesto Laclau was here @ UMich and gave a delightful talk that gave me some key insights into the long-term stability of panarchy. Basically, the hegemony that is the state (and state-system) cannot distinguish between potentially anti-systemic social movements for particular purposes (e.g. weaker copyright law, gender equality, poverty reduction) vs. social movements that are… Continue reading
Franz Nahrada reports on the Missouri-based Open Source Ecology initiative of Marcin Jakubowski: “Marcins goal is to link the two issues of ecological farming and open source in a new and radical way. He plans to establish working prototypes of locally operating production units, based on a kind of apprenticeship model that empowers people with… Continue reading
Earlier we mentioned the innovative initiative of the Dutch police to open up cold cases on the Internet, to try to solve these cases with help from the public. Since then, the initiative received a lot of input from the public (over 700 reactions), more than 70,000 visitors, and now the cases are accessible in… Continue reading
This item can be seen as a continuation of our debate on the ethics of participation of Web 2.0. My own perspective is that Web 2.0 is a fundamental advance in participation, therefore a reason for rejoicing, but its proprietary structure is a reason for worry. The shark-logic of market scarcity can always turn against… Continue reading
I received an email from the founder of Debatepedia, and indeed, it seems a very well thought out and highly qualitative resource. Promoting P2P forms of organization does not mean an exclusively favouring the most pure p2p architectures. In many cases, elements of centralization or decentralization may be beneficial to the overall participatory dynamic, and… Continue reading
‘Drop DRM on music’, Steve Jobs’ “thoughts” are big news. Or are they? Not form the P2P perspective I don’t think. Initially I had the same fuzzy feelings as the folks at Gizmodo: “By now, you’ve probably read Steve Jobs’s essay, “Thoughts on Music” and had the same warm, fuzzy reaction we did. We’re back… Continue reading
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Trebor Scholz, who maintains and moderates one of the most consistently qualitive mailing lists for the Institute for Distributed Creativity, has recently started an on-going debate on the ethics of participatory culture. Web 2.0. is three things. It’s a collection of web resources where it is the participants who now directly create the value, using… Continue reading
As part of my recent lecturing tour in Europe, I was invited to speak at AVICCA, Associations des Villes Cablees de France, an association with public officials concerning with broadening access to information, originally cable TV but now also broadband access. An issue which came up, clearly showing frustration, was how Europe was lagging behind… Continue reading
This video which i first saw on BlueAce, is a great visual explanation to how text has changed and the distributed network called the internet links people together. Enjoy!
(Note: this is a repost from a few days ago since unfortunately there were problems with this entry showing up in some browsers. Sorry…) This entry is taken directly from our fast growing Audiovisual P2P Wiki section – just added today: RSS TV = Indie IPTV While the entertainment industry is betting high on set… Continue reading