Date archives "March 2010"

European civil society organizes an unprecedented protest action at the Summit of the EU Ministers of Culture

Individuals, artists and NGO’s, including, among others, FCForum, eXgae, La Quadrature du Net, P2P Foundation, European Digital Rights, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Scambioetico, Open Standards Alliance, Red SOStenible, Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure Spain, Creative Commons Spain, have organized a coordinated protest campaign against the Informal Meeting of Ministers of Culture of the European Union that… Continue reading

Towards a new social contract for filesharing and artists’ incomes

If cultural reality can not be made to conform to copyright law, then copyright law has to be adapted to reality: by legalizing what can not be prevented anyway and at the same time ensuring an equitable remuneration to authors. Very cogent proposal by Volker Grassmuck. Please note the original has some updated sections compared… Continue reading

Red Toryism as peer to peer conservatism

David Brooks explains the ideas of the Conservative British writer Phillip Blond: “Blond argues that over the past generation we have witnessed two revolutions, both of which liberated the individual and decimated local associations. First, there was a revolution from the left: a cultural revolution that displaced traditional manners and mores; a legal revolution that… Continue reading

Prototyping as social manipulation

there are technologies that seem to be introduced with the stated purpose of achieving one objective, yet have the larger objective of changing human populations. Take, for instance, the infamous case of Nestle’s infant formula strategy in Africa. Company reps masquerading as health workers introduce infant formula to a population that had not used it… Continue reading

Peer-to-Peer Collaboration and Networked Learning (CFP)

In this special issue of the journal E-Learning and Digital Media, we will examine the multiple ways in which P2P collaboration now undergirds changes in learning and education. CALL FOR PAPERS: Peer-to-Peer Collaboration and Networked Learning; Editors of a Special Issue: Michael A. Peters, University of Illinois and Daniel Araya, University of Illinois Developments in… Continue reading

Call for Papers for “Exploring Produsage”, A Special Issue of the New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia

Via Axel Bruns: “The concept of produsage points to the shift away from conventional producer/consumer relationships, and highlights the more fluid roles of users and contributors within social media environments. Participants in open source projects, in Wikipedia, in YouTube and Second Life are no longer merely consuming or using preproduced material, but neither are they… Continue reading

Water famine requires a return to water wisdom

This editorial by Vandana Shiva first appeared in Resurgence: “Since 1966 – and as a consequence of the introduction of the Green Revolution model of water-intensive, chemical farming – India has over-exploited her groundwater, creating a water famine. Intensification of drought, floods and cyclones is one of the predictable impacts of climate change and climate… Continue reading

Is “de-institutionalization” a condition for open education?

We are witnessing a move towards de-institutionalization, from an education that works for the institution towards institutions that work for education, or from a democracy that works for parties and governments or parties and governments that work for democracy. We’re republishing an important contribution from Ismael Peña-López : “In October 2009 I had the chance… Continue reading

Alain Badiou’s political theory and its implications to the p2p approach

An introduction by Andy Robinson: (for background on Badiou, see his book on Metapolitics here) “The first thing to note about Badiou is that he is heavily influenced by Lacan. He is one of a group of French post-Althusserians (among them Ranciere and Balibar) who found refuge in Lacan and poststructuralism after Althusser’s sudden transition… Continue reading

Traditional Spirituality and Modern Commons

Massimo de Angelis report on the Yasuni’s struggle against petroleum extraction in the Ecuadorian Amazon region, based and inspired by their “Mother Earth” related deity Pochamama, clearly discusses the same links we discuss in our section on neotraditional economics, and why these linkages between pre-industrial and post-industrial thinking and practices are important, see here for… Continue reading