Date archives "February 2018"

Book of the day: Shifting Economy

“Faced with a systemic crisis of the mainstream economy, there is an abundance of initiatives, but a systemic crisis can only be solved by equally systemic alternatives. How to fit them together in a fundamental transformative change, and which elements need to be combined to obtain vital synergies – this is the crucial aspect addressed… Continue reading

The dangerous trend for automating censorship, and circumventing laws

Deals between companies and governments working together to automate acceptable content online are too common. Whilst content filtering is being proposed in EU copyright law, in other situations it’s all wrapped up in a closed door agreement.  Ruth Coustick-Deal, writing for lays out the “shadow regulation” complementing the dubious legal propositions which are being drafted… Continue reading

Patterns of Commoning: Cooperativa Integral Catalana (CIC): On the Way to a Society of the Communal

Ariadna Serra and Ale Fernandez: Catalonia has been the cradle of various movements – the cooperative movement, the movement for independence as well as anarchism and nudism,1 each of which has had important effects on society in the area. Not surprisingly, these movements were influential in the founding of the Cooperativa Integral Catalana (CIC) even though… Continue reading

Remembering Lawrence Taub, the first feminist futurist (1936-2018)

Larry Taub came to visit me in Chiang Mai more than a decade ago, and I read his book with great interest; I still use it a lot in my private conversations about the state of the world, and while I disagreed with some of his geo-strategic positions and predictions (the polario hypothesis of a… Continue reading

Article 13 will set back creativity. We let the artists speak for themselves.

Content filtering, bots scanning for copyrighted content and then blocking what they find, will seriously harm creativity in Europe. That’s why artists are joining together to speak out against it. Continuing our coverage of the European Parliament’s heinous proposition for filtering uploaded content, Ruth Coustick-Deal consults with the artistic community. Republished from Ruth Coustick-Deal: Last… Continue reading

Tractor Hacking: The Farmers Breaking Big Tech’s Repair Monopoly

Inspiring video, originally published in Motherboard, about the right to repair – in this case farm equipment. It would be exciting if these communities were more aware of projects like Phygital or initiatives such as Farm Hack and L’Atelier Paysan to decrease their dependence on corporate giants. From the shownotes to the video: When it… Continue reading

Open the Borders! Welcoming Climate Refugees

The rules of border control will need to be rewritten to make migration an option for those fleeing the consequences of climate destabilization. April Humble: Every minute, twenty-five people are displaced somewhere in the world — a fourfold increase compared to ten years ago. At the same time, international borders are becoming more and more… Continue reading

Green light for upload filters: EU Parliament’s copyright rapporteur has learned nothing from year-long debate

Julia Reda gives an update – and not a good one – on the forthcoming European Comission “censorship machine” proposal. The following is republished from Reda’s website. Julia Reda: Ever since the European Commission presented its hugely controversial proposal to force internet platforms to employ censorship machines, the copyright world has been eagerly awaiting the… Continue reading

How co-ops can help spread the benefits of automation

‘Ownership is the ground where the tug-of-war for the next social contracts is being played. Who owns what will determine who really benefits’ After a contentious early meeting of Green Taxi Cooperative’s driver-members, then in the process of forming the largest taxi company in the state of Colorado, I asked the board president, Abdi Buni,… Continue reading

Gabriel Weinberg on why you should use DuckDuckGo instead of Google

Gabriel Weinberg, the CEO and Founder at DuckDuckGo explains the benefits of the project. Extracted from Quora. Gabriel Wienberg: #1 — Google tracks you. We don’t. You share your most intimate secrets with your search engine without even thinking: medical, financial and personal issues, along with all the day to day things that make you,… Continue reading

Patterns of Commoning: “We Are One Big Conversation” – Commoning in Venezuela

An Interview with members of Cecosesola Cecosesola has been making history for almost half a century. It all began in 1967 when a cooperativista in Barquisimeto, a city in Venezuela with a population of more than a million, died, leaving behind a family not only in mourning, but also unable to meet the funeral expenses…. Continue reading

Common Interchange of Ordinary Intelligence: Join the Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics

Plenty of events taking place in Belfast this March at the Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics 2018, including talks and workshops by our co-founder Michel Bauwens and our close associate John Restakis. The following was written by Mairead McCormack and is cross-posted from Mairead McCormack: .Join us at the Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics 2018 in Belfast… Continue reading

In Search of Benevolent Capital: Part II

This two-part, semi-gothic literary essay seeks a provisional definition of “benevolent capital” and a working description of types of artistic and scholarly work that have no value for Capital as such. The paradox observed is that such works may actually appeal to a certain aspect of Capital, insofar as present-day capitalism has within it forms… Continue reading

Money Is Not Wealth: Cryptos v. Fiats!

Most bankers, economists and investors after a couple of drinks, will admit that money is not wealth. Money is a metric, like inches and centimeters, for tracking real wealth: human ingenuity and technological productivity interacting with natural resources and biodiversity undergirding all human societies along with the daily free photons from our Sun, as described in… Continue reading

Is manufacturing of the future OPEN SOURCE?

In the spring of 2016, Elon Musk and his company Tesla stopped enforcing their patents, and Google, Facebook, Microsoft and IBM are all going open source with various robotics, artificial intelligence and phone projects. A trend is emerging: Is future manufacturing open source? Christian Villum: Giants such as Google and IBM have lately been followed by… Continue reading

Goteo – crowdsourcing for open communities

Levente Polyák: Goteo is a platform for civic crowdfunding founded by Platoniq, a Catalan association of culture producers and software developers. Goteo helps citizen initiatives as well as social, cultural and technological projects that produce open source results and community benefits, with crowdfunding and crowdsourcing resources. Since its launch in 2011, Goteo’s crowdfunding campaigns have mobilised more than… Continue reading