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Greece: Alternative Economies & Community Currencies Pt. 3 – FairCoop

By on November 23, 2017

Third of a three part series, Niko Georgiades takes on a journey through Greece’s post-capitalist alt. economy, this time by analysing the latest developments around FairCoop. Originally published in Unicorn Riot Ninja. Niko Georgiades: Athens, Greece – Tools born from the internet, applied across autonomous networks and movements seeking alternatives to capitalism, are providing the infrastructure... Continue reading

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Barcelona’s Decidim Offers Open-Source Platform for Participatory Democracy Projects

By on November 18, 2017

Kevin Stark: The word Decidim translated from Catalan means we decide, and it’s the name of Barcelona’s digital infrastructure for participatory democracy. One part functional database and one part political statement, organizers say Decidim is key to a broad digital transformation that is taking place in Barcelona — its institutions, markets, and economy. Organized by the Barcelona City... Continue reading

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What is the difference between Blockchain and Holochain?

By on November 2, 2017

A holochain application is run entirely by the people who use it. This enables direct communication, without the need for corporate web servers. For any particular use case, developers can create fit-for-purpose solutions that strike the right balance between minimizing risks, reducing costs, and optimizing speed. Relative to other distributed application infrastructures such as Blockchain... Continue reading

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Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution?

By on October 18, 2017

Vasilis Kostakis and Jose Ramos: What if globally designed products could radically change how we work, produce and consume? Several examples across continents show the way we are producing and consuming goods could be improved by relying on globally shared digital resources, such as design, knowledge and software. Imagine a prosthetic hand designed by geographically... Continue reading

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Data Technologies Colonize the Ontological Frontier

By on October 3, 2017

Writing recently in Medium, Salvatore Iaconesi — a designer, engineer and founder of Art is Open Source and Human Ecosystems — offers an extremely important critique of the blockchain and other data-driven network technologies. While recognizing that these systems have enormous potential for “radical innovation and transformation,” he astutely warns against their dangerous psychological and... Continue reading

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