• Trustlines are the new IOU

    Trustlines are the new IOUsThe concept of debt first appeared in ancient times in the form of barter exchange. Later, when a monetary system emerged, it became an integral part of the financial system, and new kinds of debt obligations came into existence.We can’t imagine our world without deferred payments, credits or ordinary loans. Nowadays all these ties and relationships are supported by centralized financial institutions — banks and governments. But, thanks to distributed IOU networks, things could change drastically in the near future.What is an IOU (I Owe You)?Imagine you loan $10 to a friend. Now you have your friend’s IOU on the sum. In other words, IOU, or debt obligation, is an unwritten (verbal) contract confirming that obligation.Now you can ‘spend’ a debt obligation of this (...)

    #trustline #decentralization #credit #p2p-payments #state-channels

  • TRON’s New Sun Network Highlights the Pivotal Role of Sidechain #technology

    Tron (TRX) is again announcing a series of development upgrades to make the Tron network more scalable. The reason for this need for scalability lays in the increased usage of DApps.A DApp is an abbreviation for a decentralized application. For most users, the application will look and feel the same as a normal application you can find in the App Store or Google PlayStore, however, the app is built on top of #blockchain infrastructure.This means that the business logic (backend code) is running on all nodes within a decentralized peer-to-peer network. Another variant to this concept is a frontend application which makes calls to a smart contract running on the p2p network. It is even possible to take this one step further and host the frontend code on decentralized storage such as Swarm (...)

    #cryptocurrency #blockchain-technology #blockchain-development

  • In a world of Tech Disruption, I still don’t feel like I belong

    In the era of Disruptive Tech, I still don’t feel like I belongFor those coming of age beside Angelfire, our pioneering contributions don’t matter that much on paperI feel like Paramore gets my feels, and that is the most ‘old millennial’ thing I’ve ever said in my life.We were hopelessly dorky and found refuge in embedded chatrooms, websites with enough animated gifs to send any modern-day web designer into a mental breakdown, and Neopets coding.The internet was new, weird, and full of P2P file-sharing software that took centuries to snag a song you liked…that was hopefully not mislabeled as something Green Day made, instead of Harvey Danger.We grew up pushing boundaries, spoofing Neopets login pages, running MMORPG private servers off of our Windows 95 machines, and exploring the rogue (...)

    #entrepreneurship #women-in-tech #startup #technology #design

  • Combining #blockchain and File Storage Might Just Decentralize the Internet

    Eric Wang is a co-founder at the Archon Cloud, a blockchain-based file storage system, where he leads research and other efforts.TL;DR: This article describes the emergence and potential impact of file storage systems based on blockchain technology. Blockchain-based File Storage (BFS) is a promising alternative to both centralized storage and non-incentivized P2P file systems. If BFS can overcome the many usability and technological challenges it faces, it can potentially become the de facto storage infrastructure, catalyzing a decentralized internet.IntroductionThere is recent focus on decentralized systems because they promise new classes of applications free from intermediaries, create new economies of scale and offer unprecedented user control of data. Smart contract functionality (...)

    #hackernoon-top-story #cryptocurrency #decentralized-internet #blockchain-file-storage

  • Trading #energy: Will #blockchain disrupt the energy industry?

    By Ledgerback, in collaboration with Joshua SagisiHow the Brooklyn Microgrid is attempting to localize the energy industry by combining blockchain and microgrid technologyThe energy industry is an industry that can reap many benefits from blockchain #technology.In the energy industry, blockchain has many applications such as carbon emissions accounting, peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading (synonymous with local energy trading), incentivizing renewable energy production (e.g., Solarcoin), and improving “smart” meters [3][4][5] .For this piece, we shall discuss P2P energy trading, the two major technologies that can make it possible, blockchain and microgrids, and the Brooklyn Microgrid, a P2P energy trading microgrid project in Brooklyn, New York.P2P Energy TradingP2P energy trading is just as (...)

    #investing #cryptocurrency


    ‘Trustless’ has become a rallying cry for #bitcoin evangelists, focusing public attention on the fact that Bitcoin enables P2P transactions without the participation of a trusted third party acting as an intermediary.Bitcoin makes it possible to conduct money transfers without intermediaries. Intermediaries who could otherwise gain control over funds in a transaction, censor transactions or act as points of failure. Does this give grounds to assert that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are a form of money that does not require trust? Is it possible to completely eliminate trust from monetary relations, and is there even a need to? This article is devoted to the study of the role of trust in monetary transactions (including cryptocurrencies), and its main conclusion is that this role is (...)

  • Decentralized P2P Lending : Services vs. Networks

    In this article, we will look at the rapidly emerging P2P lending market. We’ll explore some decentralized #blockchain-based credit services (SALT, ETHlend, etc.) and compare them with decentralized credit networks. We’ll consider the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches in maturing and extending the P2P lending concept, and taking advantage of an increasing network effect.But we’ll begin with a brief overview of…What is traditional P2P lending?Peer-to-peer lending (crowdfunding) is an alternative financial system, the essence of which is to provide individual lenders and borrowers with a way of lending money to unrelated persons, or equal parties, without involving a traditional financial intermediary.This method of individual lending has a long history and is even culturally (...)

  • Understanding The Elusive #blockchain Technology — Part 1

    Understanding The Elusive Blockchain Technology — Part 1@clintadairDespite the popular notion, Blockchains are not that complex once you get the general idea behind them.What makes Blockchain so interestingly difficult to implement is that it is made up of some many different components of varying complexity and a good Blockchain developer needs to know how to connect these components in the right order to build good Blockchains.In this post, I will explain what a Blockchain actually is, then start talking about various features of Blockchain such as Hashing, Immutability, and Distributed P2P Network.This is Part 1 of 2 of my series on Blockchain. Part 2 will be out soon!Defining BlockchainThe credit for inventing Blockchain technology is generally given to an anonymous entity (could be one (...)

    #crypto #cryptocurrency #cryptography #blockchain-technology

  • A Reader-friendly and an Easy-to-understand Guide to #dapps

    One of the main functions of Crypterium wallet will be granting access to dApps for our users, from gambling and gaming apps like CryptoKitties to fully decentralized exchanges (dex) like IDEX.In some weird way, dApps is like your first day in the United States — you have freedom, democracy, and opportunity to create. And while the US reference is a subject for a whole political debate on FoxNews, dApps truly can revolutionize the way apps, in particular, and the Internet, in general, works. This revolution can be to benefit of the regular users rather than big corporations, and we, at Crypterium, want to participate in the popularization of dApps. But what exactly they stand for?What is the purpose of dApps?Decentralized applications (dApps) are applications that run on a P2P network of (...)

    #blockchain #decentralization #cryptocurrency #dapps-guide

  • #blockchain and burning man: Catalysts of creativity through community and trust

    What do the ancient Indian spiritual literature, ancient Parthenon of Greece, and modern western technological wonders have in common? Human creativity flows uninhibited when human beings experience a reasonable degree of freedom, sense of community, and trust. This is the common thread. In this article, I will describe how blockchain and burning man foster creativity through freedom, community, and trust.What is blockchain technology?The blockchain technology implements a decentralized peer-to-peer (P2P) network where anyone can join. Every node, i.e. a computer on the network maintains the entire information on the distributed database and can view the entire transaction history.Every node has equal authority, which results in a community instead of a top-down command-and-control (...)

    #burning-man #bitcoin #blockchain-burning-man #blockchain-technology

  • How Free Are You As A Freelancer ? With Michel Bauwens

    Michel Bauwens different aspects of being a freelancer

    How Free You As A Freelancer? with Michel Bauwens we talk about the future of work and the autonomous

    worker. Michel who is founder at the P2P Foundation as well as advisor at SMart gives insight into being an

    freelancer. We further discuss the issues of whether or not people are as free as they believe they are when becoming

    a freelancer. However, it discusses the politics of freelancing. With anything there’s a good side and downside but

    Michel helps us to understand the aspects of working as a freelancer. The issues are dealing with being seen as a

    capitalist and not having to the ability to be as free as you want in the freelance industry.

    The seemingly bad side about it is that people are seemingly a slave to the industry and highly underpaid for their

    work. Also, the issue is global and only a small minority lives better as a freelancer then most people who become a

    freelancer. We also talk about the different areas of freelancing and how the way people are paid across many

    platforms like, journalism and how income is generated as a freelancer. Furthermore, trying to find social protection

    as a freelance worker is discussed.

    Freelancer in the field have to create themselves networks and build peer to peer systems to become more

    successful. Freelancers are struggling at what they do in many aspects, especially with subordination. As a freelancer

    you’re your own entrepreneur. The focus of this discussion is to teach people how to enable themselves to do better

    in the freelancer field and know when it is right for them and when to get out when it doesn’t work for them. Being

    an autonomous worker can provide people the opportunity to be their own boss but as attractive as it may seem, it

    can have negative affects. In addition, these negative affects are if you don’t know how to apply yourself in the


    #Freelance #GIG_economy #Travail

  • How To Find #success In P2P Loan #investment

    Originally Posted on 2017–12–21 at Fast Invest BlogWith interest rates still pitiably low — currently 0.5% in the UK — and not looking likely to increase any time soon, there’s little wonder that savers across the country are looking for new, low-risk ways to make their money work.Taking those first few steps away from the safety of the stagnating bank account and into the more vibrant realm of speculation can be scary for the DIY investor, so unless you’re a secret thrill-seeker searching for a little jeopardy to get your kicks, it’s important to find an investment medium that can deliver comfortable returns without also delivering a daily heart attack. If that sounds like you, then P2P (peer to peer) lending could be the answer.If you’re not already familiar with the concept, P2P loan investment (...)

    #fintech #finance #investing

  • Should #couchsurfing Be a DAO ?

    A couple of years ago, I published an article entitled “The Sharing Economy: A Social Movement Dying to Become an Economic One.” At the time, I was disenchanted by the direction in which the sharing economy was heading.I’d experienced the joy of connecting without money — sharing meals and homes (including my own home) with complete strangers on, gifting access to my car while I traveled, and experimenting with random acts of generosity, like buying a cup of coffee for someone standing behind me in line. These experiences were so transformational that I volunteered to help shoot a documentary, One Couch at a Time, which highlighted the relational aspects of the burgeoning sharing economy.Collaborators on “One Couch at at Time” & It’s a Shareable LifeWith time, the social (...)

    #p2p #sharing-economy #decentralization #blockchain

  • Fortknoxster: Decentralized, Secure Communication Platform That Does Not Collect Users Data On The…

    Fortknoxster: Decentralized, Secure Communication Platform That Does Not Collect Users Data On The BlockchainWhat is Fortknoxster?Fortknoxster is the first decentralized, secure communication and collaboration platform designed to allow participants to exchange information via calls, msgs, emails, group chats, video calls, attachments and p2p file sharing.The platform utilizes the #blockchain to create a peer-to-peer network within which data can be sent using highly secure end-to-end encryption, whilst it decentralizes p2p architecture enables a transparent, self sufficient ecosystem that can be maintained by its users, who are then rewarded for their efforts.What problems does Fortknoxster address?Fortknoxster is designed to offer highly secure encrypted communications services to all (...)

    #privacy #ico #investing #ethereum

  • SMart welcomes Michel Bauwens for a 3 year research and development residency | P2P Foundation

    Readers of our blog and wiki will have noted various references to the labour mutual SMart. We find this an important movement and mutualistic solution for the autonomous workers that are becoming more and more numerous, but also ever more precarious, in our western societies. SMart membership converts income into wages, and thus into access to social protection, while also guaranteeing the payment of the invoices through a mutual guarantee fund, along with a number of other mutualized support services. Between the figure of the lone competitive entrepreneur who takes all the risks without social protections, and represents the fastest pauperized population sector in the western economy (autopreneurs in France, ZZP in Netherlands), but also as an alternative to work subordination in the classic salariat, we believe SMart represents a very fruitful third way towards collective and cooperative enterprise. Hence we believe that SMart is potentially the new form of solidarity and social power for the form that work is taking in the 21st century, while also being animated with a vision of social change. In short, I believe labour mutuals are the form of self-organization appropriate for 21st workers, which not only fights for just distribution, but also for a more just and sustainable society, in which the commons orientation plays a vital role. The leadership of SMart agrees with this vision.

    Starting last November, I have accepted a consulting association with SMart and the press announcement below explains the strategic priorities of this engagement:

    #Coopératives _emploi #mutuelles #P2P #Michel_Bauwens

  • History and Evolution of the Commons - P2P Foundation

    Draft by Michel Bauwens, 28/7/2017:

    "Is it possible to historicise the commons, to describe the evolution of the commons over time ?

    This is our first draft and preliminary attempt to do so.

    But we should not forget that knowledge is a representation of material reality, and thus, the emergence of knowledge commons is bound to have an important effect on the modes of production and distribution.

    I would then emit the hypothesis that this is the phase we have reached, i.e. the ‘phygital’ phase in which the we see the increased intertwining of ‘digital’ (i.e. knowledge) and the physical.

    The first location of this inter-twining are the urban commons. I have had the opportunity to spend four months in the belgian city of Ghent, where we identified nearly 500 urban commons in every area of human provisioning (food. Shelter, transportation).

    Our great discovery was that these urban commons function in essentially the same way as the digital commons communities that operate in the context of ‘commons-based peer production’..

    Therefore, current urban and productive commons are also the seed forms of the new system which solves the problems of the current system, which combines a pseudo-abundance in material production which endangers the planet, and an artificial scarcity in knowledge exchange, which hinders the spread of solutions.

    The knowledge commons of cognitive capitalism are but a transition to the productive commons of the post-capitalist era.

    #Communs #Périodisation #Michel_Bauwens

  • Nuber – The End of Uber and Central Authority - Shelly Palmer

    Da ist er wieder, der (inzwischen) alte Traum vom Internet als dem großen Gleichmacher. Jeder verbindet sich mit jedem und jeder und schon agiert die unsichtbare Hand perfekt dank gegen null gesunkener Transaktionskosten.

    Dieses Mal soll es die Blockchain bringen. Das Ende vom Lied erwähnt der Autor auch: Das neue egalitäre Nuber wird vom Mega-Uber weggeklagt und ausgemerzt wie die kleinen Siedler durch die Landbarone im wilden Westen.

    So wird das nix, kein Weg führt daran vorbei, den Megamonopolisten und ihren Spießgesellen solide Fesseln anzulegen, oder sie ganz aus dem Rennen zu werfen. Wer das kann, ist die eigentliche Frage.

    At Nuber, a licensed ride-sharing service driver (an individual with a local business license, a commercial driver’s license, and the required insurance) could be summoned through a meta-ride-sharing app and paid directly with no central authority such as Uber, Lyft, or Didi Chuxing. There would be no middleman, just you and a licensed, customer-reviewed driver. Nuber would work exactly like Uber, but all the value captured by Uber would be recaptured by the drivers. Great for the drivers, not so great for the central authority, Uber.
    imagine if you had software on your smartphone that would do some quick math (optimal stopping or multi-armed bandit calculations) to determine which offer was best for you at the moment you were in the market. How different would the sharing economy be if everything you wanted to share was offered in a giant real-time auction with no middleman, no central authority, just a free market based on supply and demand?
    Blockchain is about to transition from a potentially valuable technology to a revenue-generating technology. This will occur as the hundreds of startups working with blockchain and smart contracts (contracts that digitally report whether or not their conditions have been met) start to bring their solutions to market this year.

    The only things standing in the way of the new Nuber are a few motivated individuals, a GitHub account, and enough chocolate-covered coffee beans to keep the teams awake while they work on it. Which is the whole point. There’s basically nothing standing in the way of this new approach to economic equality. Is this really the end of Uber? Probably not. Nuber is just an idea (and a trademark infringement lawsuit waiting to happen). But it will be exciting to see how trusted, decentralized network technologies change the world.

    #Uber #disruption #P2P #blockchain

  • “Developing dissident knowledges”: Geert Lovink on the Social Media Abyss | P2P Foundation

    The closest comparison that we have today to the New Soviet Man is perhaps the cult to the cyberlibertarian entrepreneur of Silicon Valley. We are now used to thirty-somethings in sweaters telling us, from the ping-pong tables in their offices, that the only road to success —both personal and collective— lies in technology. To oppose them is no easy task: who is going to question a discourse that has innovation and “the common good” at its core? But the internet today hardly resembles the technology that, in its origins, seemed to promise a source of decentralization, democratization and citizen empowerment. Nowadays, the giants of Silicon Valley —lead by Facebook and Google— have mutated towards a monopolistic economic model and flirt with intelligence agencies for the exchange of their precious data.

    Lovink shares the “healthy scepticism” of Rendueles when elaborating what we could call an “Internet critical theory”. In Social Media Abyss, he inaugurates the post-Snowden era — “the secular version of God is Dead”— as the beginning of a general disillusionment with the development of the internet: now we can say that the internet “has become almost everything no one wanted it to be”. But even though we know that everything we do online may be used against us, we still click, share and rate whatever appears on our screen. Can we look at the future with optimism? Or are we too alienated, too precarized, too desocialized (despite being constantly “connected”) to design alternatives? In the words of Lovink, “what is citizen empowerment in the age of driver-less cars”?

    Interview de Geert Lovink

    And when I say ordinary I mean very ordinary. If you look at the general strategy, especially of Facebook, the target is this last billion, which is comprised of people really far under poverty levels. When we’re talking about the average internet user, we are not talking about affluent, middle-class, people anymore. This is really something to keep in mind, because we need to shed this old idea that the internet is an elitist technology, that the computers were once in the hands of the few, that the smartphone is a status symbol, etc. We are really talking about an average user that is basically under the new regime of the one percent, really struggling to keep afloat, to stay alive.

    So when I say invisibility, I mean that this growing group of people (and we’re talking about billions across continents) are forced to integrate the internet in their everyday struggles. This is what makes it very, very serious. We’re not talking about luxury problems anymore. This is a problem of people that have to fight for their economic survival, but also have to be bothered with their privacy.

    Yes, it feels like now it’s all measured by followers, even social movements.

    Exactly, we cannot distinguish the social movement from the followers anymore. This is the trap we are in at the moment, so in a way we have to go back to a new understanding of smaller networks, or cells, or groups. It is no surprise that many people are now talking of going towards a new localism, because the easiest way to build these smaller groups is to focus on the local environment. But that’s not necessarily what I have in mind: I can also imagine smaller, trans-local networks.

    There is another consideration we can make. I understand that Pierre Lévy says we should use the existing technologies more efficiently. But obviously other people say we can only use the social media that exist now in a more emancipatory way if these platforms are socialized, if we really take over their ownership. That is a very interesting and radical proposition that other people have started to work on. What if we take those social media very seriously, so seriously that they become part of the public utilities? This is an interesting development in which you don’t emphasize so much on the alternatives or the conceptual level.

    #Médias_sociaux #Geert_Lovink #Politique_numérique

  • Consciousness and the Post-Capitalist Commons - P2P Foundation

    “It is generally accepted that certain types of institutions function best when most of their members share a certain type of consciousness: a similar way of making sense of the world and of moral judgment. In short, capitalist consciousness works best for capitalist institutions, just as feudal consciousness works best for feudal institutions. If a commons-based society were to be the dominant institutional framework for a better future, then what kind of consciousness would be necessary for it to work? Research in developmental psychology provides us with powerful evidence as to what a post-capitalist consciousness might look like and how it would fit with a commons-based society. The work of some developmental psychologists describe the furthest reaches of consciousness development as being one that is capable of making sense of highly complex systems, as being principle-based (instead of rule-based) and as being flexible, globally empathetic, post-materialist, and capable of finding unity in diversity and diversity in unity. It is precisely these types of characteristics that are necessary for developing a society based on post-capitalist commons. This type of consciousness also points to how future commons would be different from pre-capitalist commons, which is a distinction we will have to make if we hope to move forward towards a post-capitalist future and not regress to pre-capitalist social formations.”

    Pre-capitalist commons have a several characteristics that simply do not apply to post-capitalist commons or, at least, do not apply in the same way. For example, one key difference is that pre-capitalist commons, such as the typical shared grazing land or the shared fishery, was based on scarce but renewable resources. As a result, clearly defined boundaries (characteristic #1) and rules governing resource appropriation (#2) play a central role in scarce resource commons. After all, if everyone can appropriate as much of the commons resources as they want (grassland or fish, for example), the resource will become depleted and no one would be able to take advantage of it any more. Post-capitalist commons, which tend to be knowledge-based, are potentially limitless or non-scarce (or “non-rival”), and thus these principles do not apply to them. Similarly, the 8th characteristic that Ostrom mentions, the need for multiple layers of organization in large-scale commons is also not as necessary in post-capitalist commons. The reason for this is that post-capitalist commons are based on networking and peer-to-peer principles that do not need hierarchical forms of organization in order to function efficiently.

    #communs #personnalité #utopie

  • Technology is making the world more unequal. Only technology can fix this | Inequality | The Guardian

    Par Cory Doctorow

    Here’s the bad news: technology – specifically, surveillance technology – makes it easier to police disaffected populations, and that gives badly run, corrupt states enough stability to get themselves into real trouble.

    Here’s the good news: technology – specifically, networked technology – makes it easier for opposition movements to form and mobilise, even under conditions of surveillance, and to topple badly run, corrupt states.

    But this inequality-instability contains the seeds of its own downfall. Letting small elites enforce their cherished, foolish ideas as iron-clad law eventually produces a state so badly run that it collapses, either through revolution or massive reforms (see, for example, Brazil). Smart unequal societies prevent collapse by convincing their elites to hand over some of their earnings to the rest of the country, producing broadly shared prosperity and a sense of national solidarity that transcends class resentments (see, for example, Sweden).

    With enough inequality over enough time, the cherished idiocies of the ruling elites will eventually cause a collapse

    After all, there comes a point when the bill for guarding your wealth exceeds the cost of redistributing some of it, so you won’t need so many guards.

    But that’s where technology comes in: surveillance technology makes guarding the elites much cheaper than it’s ever been. GCHQ and the NSA have managed to put the entire planet under continuous surveillance.

    Now the good news: technology makes forming groups cheaper and easier than it’s ever been. Forming and coordinating groups is the hard problem of the human condition; the reason we have religions and corporations and criminal undergrounds and political parties. Doing work together means doing more than one person could do on their own, but it also means compromising, subjecting yourself to policies or orders from above. It’s costly and difficult, and the less money and time you have, the harder it is to form a group and mobilise it.

    This is where networks shine. Modern insurgent groups substitute software for hierarchy, networks for bosses. They are able to come together without agreeing to a crisp agenda that you have to submit to in order to be part of the movement. When it costs less to form a group, it doesn’t matter so much that you aren’t all there for the same reason, and thus are doomed to fall apart. Even a small amount of work done together amounts to more than the tiny cost of admission.

    #politique_et_numérique #P2P #Inégalités

  • About Soulseek

    Soulseek is an ad-free, spyware free, just plain free file sharing network for Windows, Mac and Linux. Our rooms, search engine and search correlation system make it easy for you to find people with similar interests, and make new discoveries!

    Soulseek Technical Discussion–Google Groups!forum/soulseek-discussion

    Welcome to the official Soulseek technical discussion group!

    Please keep chatter focused on technical discussion of the Soulseek client and software environment.
    If you’re posting about a problem with the client, please specify whether you’re using SoulseekQt or Soulseek NS (no longer supported), the client build number (should appear at the top of the client application window), and what operating system you’re on.

    Download Utopia: A 17-Year-Old File-Sharing Program Is Still the Best Place to Find Obscure Music

    Soulseek is the creation of Nir Arbel, a programmer who worked on the development team behind the original release of Napster, and it functions in similar ways. What started in 1999 as a means of trading techno and dance tracks grew to encompass rare and obscure music of all genres, slowly becoming an audiophile’s paradise. Vinyl rips of unknown soul groups? Cassette-only harsh noise? Rare compilations from a long-dead black metal label? It’s all there. You can also download the new Justin Bieber album, but with a glut of legal ways to listen to Purpose, it’s certainly not where Soulseek shines.
    The mid 2000s also saw second generation P2Ps and early Bittorrent indexes land in the crosshairs of trade organizations like the RIAA —and the majority went belly-up. Their replacements were blogs that used file storage services like Megaupload and Rapidshare to disseminate obscure music, and Grooveshark-style unsanctioned streaming sites for more populist tastes. By 2012, Megaupload had been taken to court, Rapidshare was neutered, and niche blogs had no reliable way to share their prized collections. Between 2014 and 2015 just about every streaming service that wasn’t legally buttoned up either shut down or was acquired and revived under corporate auspices. Sexier options and a split in the core client meant Soulseek’s user base declined significantly during this time, but it wasn’t enough to fell it completely.

    Soulseek isn’t the only P2P to survive these major crackdowns, but where single source P2Ps are concerned, it essentially stands alone—a living fossil. Former competitors that still receive software updates are prohibitively difficult for many users to configure, have transitioned away from their old protocols to become Bittorrent-only, or are virtual ghost towns.

    #musique #internet #P2P

    • Haaaaa soulseek :) J’en ai abusé à l’époque où on downloadait encore en 64k par ici, et j’ai recommencé à l’utiliser dernièrement car on y trouve très souvent les albums qu’on ne trouvera jamais en direct dl sur le web.

  • Commons Transition and P2P | Transnational Institute

    The Commons, as an idea and practice, has emerged as a new social, political and economic dynamic. Along with the market and the state, the Commons is a third mode of societal organization. The Commons and Peer to Peer (P2P) together form a system based on the practices and needs of civil society and the environment it inhabits, evolving away from obsolete, centrally planned systems or the competitive dictates of market economies. But what are the Commons and P2P, and how do they interrelate? This Primer explores these concepts.
    Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis, Stacco Troncoso, Ann Marie Utratel
    Public Sector Alternatives

    The Commons is a concept and practice that has been steadily gathering increased attention and advocates. Deeply rooted in human history, it’s difficult to settle on a single definition that covers its broad potential for social, economic, cultural and political change. The Commons is now demonstrating its power as a “key ingredient” for change in diverse locations and contexts around the world.

    The P2P Foundation, with its particular focus on the relationship of the Commons and P2P practices, is supporting this Commons transition by helping to share knowledge and develop tools to create common value and facilitate open, participatory input across society. This short primer explains the Commons and P2P, how they interrelate, their movements and trends, and how a Commons transition is poised to reinvigorate work, politics, production, and care, both interpersonal and environmental.

    #communs #P2P #Michel_Bauwens #transition

  • /| copyme /|

    Il semble que ce soit le site « officiel » de l’église du Kopimisme. Son histoire a déjà été reférencée sur #seenthis mais ce site n’est pas encore mentionné. Voilà.

    Kopimism is defined as a philosophical belief that all information ought to be freely distributed and that no monopoly on knowledge should ever persist, especially not by the means of state regulation ? by copyright laws, intellectual property regulation, or otherwise. The movement is an outflowing of the Free Culture Movement, and exists largely as an internet phenomenon and is closely related to the Swedish political party: The Pirate Party. However, the ideology has been officially recognized in Sweden as a religion, though it lacks any deities and features no theological dogmas.

    #pirate_bay #p2p #Peter_Sunde

  • Theses on Trump - P2P Foundation

    More realistically, the Sanders forces represent those sectors of the left focused on recreating a synergy between progressive labor and the cultural left, intent on creating a new coalition. Hence the moderate language used by Sanders so as to maintain the links with the parts of labor who voted Trump. However, this also means maintaining a broad orientation towards restoring the New Deal principles , support for Keynesian politics, but also crucially, the same orientation towards re-industrialization and the restoration of the nation-state.

    8. The p2p/commons approach has a crucial role to play in making the Sanders coalition more realistic, by offering new strategies for re-industrialization which are not based on going back to the old models, but on going forward towards a cosmo-local model of production, which offers solutions not just for the US workers, but for the populations of the world, and through its stress on mutualization and the commons, has solutions for the ecological and climate crisis. This requires that commoners make their own turn towards focusing not on knowledge workers only, but to all workers and the rest of the population, by offering perspectives for sustainable livelihoods. While at the same time, constructing trans-national institutions that can supplement the likely failings of both corporate neo-globalization AND neo-statist restorations.

    #communs #politique_des_communs #Michel_Bauwens