Date archives "September 2007"

Open source warfare and the dark side of P2P: it will get worse before it gets better

John Robb presents a narrative in 3 moments: 1. Terrorist-criminal networks, their systempunkt open source warfare strategies 2. Failed states through spectrums of security and care that favour the rich and orphan the population 3. Self-reliant counter-reactions of cities and local communities using P2P formats It is really important to put the Global Guerillas feed… Continue reading

Is there a future for open search? (about the Quaero conference)

An important conference will be held in the Netherlands at the end of September, focusing on the political aspects of internet searching and its dominance by private actors. The organizers write that: Quaero is the name of a consortium of technology firms and research labs working together on multimedia and web search projects. It is… Continue reading

Why we need equity-based open licenses

Open licenses leave something important out, nl. equity in the economic process, argues Patrick Godeau. The excerpt is part of an ongoing discussion which you find here, and Patrick’s own proposal is called the IANG License. Excerpt: “The IANG approach is somehow to apply the copyleft principle to economy. That is to say, economic contributions… Continue reading

The basic income creates trust

We are republishing an interview with the German work sociologist Gunter Voss. Interview with Gunter Voss [Would an unconditional basic income lead to many doing nothing? No, work sociologist Gunter Voss says. An unconditional basic income would be the basis for a meaningful life of personal responsibility. This interview published in: die tageszeitung, 12/2/2006 is… Continue reading

A festival of openness: join our documentary efforts

Let nobody say we haven’t been working hard at the P2P Foundation! In our concept of the circulation of the common, i.e. how peer production socially reproduces itself, so that it lasts over time, three elements are crucial. 1) the availability of open and free raw material for social cooperation to occur 2) participatory processes… Continue reading

Why paying for non-reciprocal peer production is a really bad idea

The idea of a separation of the ethical economy of free sharing and cooperation, from the monetized economy, is really a crucial point of view of peer to peer theory. Of course that does not mean we do not want creative people and voluntary contributors to make a living, but only that this is a… Continue reading

Bandwidth as P2P currency

Peer-to-peer is frequently associated with illegal downloading, especially music and video. For this purpose, downloading video, peer-to-peer can also be considered as positive for once. What is the case? Research workers of the Technical University of Delft, the Free University of Amsterdam and Harvard’s School of Engineering are working on the development of a video… Continue reading

Bifo: Does connectivity kill sensibility?

The following is a disturbing but very interesting and stimulating essay by Bifo, which however requires you to navigate quite some bit of post-modern jargon. The main thesis is that the current stage of connected capitalism is destroying inter-human sensibility, both in the current generation of western youth, but ominously, the economically-driven mass child abandonment… Continue reading