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For an embodied, differential media ethics in global surveillance culture.

July 2013 – The following is beta version 1.0 of a draft to be discussed …


The End of Meaningless Jobs Is a Win For Us All

Many experts studying the topic of automation believe that the current rate of advancement is leading us into a future with fewer and fewer available …


Lessons from Finland: building a co-operative economy

In a sparsely populated country with a short summer and long, hard winter, the idea of people working together for a common interest comes naturally. As a result there are more member-owners of co-operative enterprises in Finland than there are people. The average adult is a member of two …


Un-Track Yourself!

What we’re losing when we’re quantifying everything

Put the body-monitoring tool down, turn around, and slowly walk away. Just because something is


Post-Capitalism: Rise of the Collaborative Commons

The Revolution will not be Centralized

This article is a follow-up to The Obsolescence of Capitalism: And the Transition to a Resource Based Economy, …


Millennials Insist The Future Will Be Shared

Editor’s note: Mike Montgomery is the executive director of CALinnovates.

What happens when 80-year-old laws meet 21st-century millennial? We’re about to find out. In California, the state Department of Motor Vehicles threatened the future of ride sharing by dusting off a 1930s law that requires …

Mike Montgomery

The fragmentation of power

The European | 16 January 2015The end of the nation-state as we know it: Parag Khanna discusses the path towards global connectivity and why we have …


Ethereum: Freenet or Skynet?

Primavera De Filippi

Transcripted and adapted from the original video by Primavera De Filippi and Ann Marie Utratel

What is Ethereum? Can this …

"Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft" in Backchannel

I’m done sending my money and data to corporations I don’t trustContinue reading on Medium »


Building provenance for digital works

Giving provenance to photos and providing instant credit to their creators. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of …

Zygmunt Bauman - Identidade pessoal

Beyond Bitcoin: Legal Pathways for Blockchain Enterprises

The technologies that undergird Bitcoin transactions have advanced to suggest other, non-financial applications. (Bitcoin Magazine)


Mapping people’s online connections in Barcelona, Baltimore, Rio … |

What do the social networks look like in your city or country? Dave Troy (TED Talk: Social maps that reveal a city’s intersections — and separations) …

The Promise of “Open Co-operativism”

Photo credit: The Co-operative / Foter / CC BY. Article cross-posted from it possible to imagine a new sort of synthesis or synergy …


Millions of Facebook users have no idea they’re using the internet

It was in Indonesia three years ago that Helani Galpaya first noticed the anomaly.

Indonesians surveyed by Galpaya told her that they didn’t use the internet. But in focus groups, they would talk enthusiastically about how much time they spent on Facebook. Galpaya, a researcher (and now CEO) with …


Time Banking

From sharing economy to gift ecology

The highest potential of sharing comes from the transformative spirit of generosity.Credit: Derek Bacon/Shutterstock. All rights reserved.Couple …


Why Bitcoin is and isn't like the Internet

In the post that follows I'm trying to develop what I see to be strong analogues to another crucial period/turning point in the history of


Owning is the New Sharing

Image from's post, "Don't Build a Better Mousetrap. Change the Business …


Collective Intelligence is a Commons That Needs a Dedicated Language

• Article: Collective intelligence is a commons that needs protection and a dedicated language. Helene Finidori. Spanda Journal, Vol. 2, …

What If Could See Your Cellular Network?

Follow @NickolayLammFollow me on my new Twitter for upcoming projects of mine.Thank you to Gizmodo, HuffingtonPost, Discovery News, The Verge, Vice, …

University of Illinois

Europe Approves Path to Open Science Commons

A new European-based project seeks to facilitate open access to research infrastructures across borders. On January 15, the European Grid …


A brief review of the history of distributed logic from the Maya to nowadays digital communities. — Medium

Original en español: Lógica distribuida para la autoorganización ciudadana

Distributed Logic for citizen self-organization

The following is a brief …


Qwant Wants to Be Alternative to Google

PARIS — Only a brave — or maybe foolhardy — company would take on Google.

Yet from a small office near the banks of the river Seine, a French search engine called Qwant is doing just that.

The French start-up, whose product was released 18 months ago, is tapping into growing anger here that Google …

20 podcasts you need to hear in 2015

“Did you listen to this week’s Serial?” That’s been the question on everyone’s lips the past three months. The podcast, which reexamined the 1999 murder case of a Baltimore teenager, become morning Gchat convo—and launched a thousand think pieces declaring 2014 “The Golden Age of Podcasts.”

While …

Michael Ian Black

Work Smart Coworking Space

We were commissioned to design an office and co-working space for Work Smart. On the plus side, we were given a very nice 19th-century building that even featured some intact masonry on the ceiling, but we were also given a quite strict timeframe and rather scarce resources. The challenge was to …


Plague, the ‘Tinder for information’, is addictive and its founders are onto something

Over the weekend I spent a bit of time with Plague, an app that our own Owen Williams recently described as a gamified version of Reddit, and I’m sure the developers have hit on something noteworthy here. It looks like others agree, as its user base is growing rapidly.

Despite only a small amount of …


What we read about deep learning is just the tip of the iceberg

The artificial intelligence technique known as deep learning is white hot right now, as we have noted numerous times before. It’s powering many of the advances in computer vision, voice recognition and text analysis at companies including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Baidu, and has been the …

Artificial Intelligence

Introduction to Open and social Innovation and how to get started

Christian Kreutz

This article was originally published in the GIZ publication "10 trends in open innovation - How to leverage social media for new …