Occupying the Money System: Enric Duran introduces Fair.Coop | P2P Foundation

What was missing for us to start out on this path was a monetary initiative present in these markets which, instead of relying on human competition to retain the greatest value, would be based on human cooperation as equals, creating value for all. With the arrival of Fair.Coop, faircoin has become the cryptocurrency focused on the social cooperation that was missing.

Enric Duran initially approached us during the late spring. He’d read Michel Bauwens’ policy paper for Transitioning to a Common Based Society and said that he was interested in collaborating with the P2P Foundation on a number of projects. When we asked for his impressions on Michel’s policy paper, he replied, “Yeah, we’re already doing half of what you describe in the paper at the CIC (Catalan Integral Cooperative)…now we want to do the other half”.

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turkopticon – lets you REPORT and AVOID shady digital employers

Turkopticon helps the people in the ‘crowd’ of crowdsourcing watch out for each other—because nobody else seems to be. Almost half of the Mechanical Turk workers who wrote their Bill of Rights dema…

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Digital Labor, Nov 14-16, NYC, US

SWEATSHOPS, PICKET LINES, AND BARRICADES will bring together designers, labor organizers, theorists, social entrepreneurs, historians, legal scholars, independent researchers, cultural producers and perspectives from workers themselves to discuss emerging forms of mutual aid and solidarity.

The third in The New School’s Politics of Digital Culture Conference Series Sponsored by The New School and The Institute for Distributed Creativity.

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DYNAMO | Powering change on MTurk

/ How it works
It’s often hard to get together and act, that’s why Dynamo offers a platform to gather, gain critical mass, and mobilize! 
Have a question not listed here? Send it to: info [at] wearedynamo [dot] org, we will update this page with your question.
Who designed and built Dynamo?
Researchers studying collective action online.

How can I register?
Follow the instructions on the register page, Dynamo has a two step registration system.

What if people use this for malicious activity?
That’s what the voting system is for.

How will your research affect us?
We have built Dynamo as part of a research project on understanding how to build systems that support collective action online.

I have an action in mind. How can I post it?
Post your idea on the Ideas page.

What information do you store on your servers? Will my information be private?
We do NOT store your worker ID on Dynamo or link your worker ID to your Dynamo account in any way.

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Can a Sharing Platform for Artists Point to a More Equitable Society? – YouTube

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Coding the Algorithyms of Emancipatory Modes of Production

This is a new book curated by Matteo Pasquinelli:

http://matteopasquinelli.com/algorithms-of-capital/

The above link is to Italian version of this exciting volume bringing togather the Accelerationist Manifesto, reactions to it, and some reflections relevant to what Toni Negri calls ‘the #Acclerationisty politics’. Most of the articles are already online in English as well. Below are some of the articles with links to the English versions:

#Accelerate: Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics by Alex Williams and Nick Srnicek

http://syntheticedifice.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/accelerate-manifesto-for-an-accelerationist-politics/

Reflections on the Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics by Toni Negri:http://syntheticedifice.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/riflessioni-sul-manifesto-per-una-politica-accelerazionista/

Mattoe Pasquinelli: “To Anticipate and Accelerate: Italian Operaismo and Reading Marx’s Notion of Organic Composition of Capital”, Rethinking Marxism journal, vol. 26, n. 2, 2014. :http://matteopasquinelli.com/anticipate-an

[another good peiece from Pasquinelli: “The Power of Abstraction and Its Antagonism. On Some Problems Common to Contemporary Neuroscience and the Theory of Cognitive Capitalism”, Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism, Part 2. Berlin: Archive Books,  2014.: http://matteopasquinelli.com/power-of-abstraction/%5D

Red stack attack! Algorithms, capital and the automation of the common by Tiziana Terranova:

http://quaderni.sanprecario.info/2014/02/red-stack-attack-algorithms-capital-and-the-automation-of-the-common-di-tiziana-terranova/

On this blog [http://syntheticedifice.wordpress.com/] it possible to follow other reactions and relevant discussion. Below is a friendly critique by McKenzie Wark, taken from this blog:

#Celerity: A Critique of the Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics:http://syntheticedifice.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/celerity-a-critique-of-the-manifesto-for-an-accelerationist-politics/

To be honest #Accelerationist manifesto sounded to me, at first read, like a call for a Kautskian and Plekhanovian politics 2.0. Since it suggests that hunting down of the global networked cognitive capitalism is possible if we lead it into a future trap; Accelerating it till it is broken! Though it sounds excitingly good-crazy idea, I have to say that it has always been hard to accept for me an idea that suggest that to realize something first, if you want to negate and transcend it. Even though political imagery says ‘push it harder towards the cliff.’ It is great and energzing to hear about the anger and hope such clearly formulated, crying that the time is up to get away with this maniacal system. However, I find myself partly sympatyizing with Wark’s strong critics below. I believe that there is another way to the hack capitalist mode of production:

Here is how I would formulate my Hack, as a part of the code, yet to be put in algorithmic form:

“Agreeing with many others who think global working class is currently making it self
through ongoing and intensifying struggles, the form of self-organisation of the global working classes, in my mind, needs to be, simultaneously very well grounded, transnational, and global. It also needs to be open to all the working people, so free [gratis and accessible] to enter and leave, designed as modularly integrated organized networks linking workers [including hacker-, academic-, art-, sex-. ... so on workers], social-environmental-cultural-informational-sexual justice activists. Adoptable principles, in form of the ‘code’, which can be pre-determined, as well as the coding process itself needs to be very well documented, totally open and accessible to local, workplace, neighbourhood, issue based, activist or other forms of political collectives. In a way similar to Anonymous, 15M, Occupy, Gezi. or other decentralized forms, but with more structured and open working protocols, as it is in FLOSS projects, or grassroots and worker cooperatives. It should not be including membership, service, representation type logics that leads to reproduction of disempowerment for the involving nodes. It should not be organized by intellectual activists from outside in, and from top down towards the working class. With an opposite perspective, it should be designed by volunteer participation based on self-governing and representation principles. It should be able to put forward creative, assertive and effective direct non-violent mass action, which makes fun of and ridicule the target by allowing the formation of collective intelligence. Therefore active peer-to-peer self-learninig should be the core cultural production and learning principle. Instead of having teachers who must show the right and enlightened road to the candidate working class members, who needs to get a self-consciousness, a global and networked labour union should be providing working people with the access to the tools, resources and key networks that would make self- empowerment easily possible. By linking spaces where continuous open exchanges take place and carry the energy from one space to other. Utilizing How to(s), Do it Yourself and Do it With Others guides, in online and real world context, by FLOSS communication tools as well as mass-action tactics it would replace top down (issue-anger-action) organizing model, which would allow self-articulation, respectful and collaborative working praxis by harmonized through peer-to-peer digital communication where possible and desirable, as well as face to face and secure meetings, cultural and recreational events cultural events. It should be collaborating with other organizations, creative and productive projects that undermines capitalist mode of production and develop the algorithms and codes of alternative modes, as operating systems that could replace capitalism. Such global network needs to grow by linking existing radical networks groups of activists, hackers, organizers, makers, DIY groups, squatters, eco-willages, diggers, immigrants, asylum seekers, solidarity networks, and so on. In a way all nodes could associate with the globally networked ties, while keeping their autonomy. So instead of #Accelerate motto, i would suggest some thing like:  “All empower one, one empower all!”

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Distributed Energy & Wind Empowerment Athens 2014 | P2P Foundation

 

Source: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/wind-empowerment-athens-2014

This crowdfunding campaign is organized in part by our Greek friends and authors of the excellent FLOK society policy paper on distributed energy. Please do what you can to support the campaign.

Support locally manufactured small wind turbines and the electrification of rural communities.

While everyone is talking about renewable energy, power generation from small wind turbines is not thriving. The issues that are usually raised have to do with quality, reliability, and the cost of installation. However, self-constructed wind turbine projects are one sector of wind energy that is thriving.

Self-constructed wind turbines offer a real alternative, as they enable local people to build and maintain the technology, which makes all the difference.

Today, 1.4 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity. Nowadays it is a right.

Small wind turbines offer viable and sustainable means for remote communities to manage their own local resources and lift themselves out of poverty.

Wind Empowerment is an association that is active in the development of small, self-constructed wind turbines, originally designed by Hugh Piggott, to enable rural electrification.

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Holidays for the Unemployed: The protest of Austrian Active Unemployed continues

„Aktive Arbeitslose Österreich“ (Austrian Active Unemployed) are starting an international online petition 

 

(Vienna 2014-08-27) A Flash Mob on the 8th of August in the city at „Wiener Graben“ was a great success. About 20 unemployed people were sunbathing at the Graben, in front of the Erste Bank and socialised with guest from all over the world. This was a protest, that in Austria unemployed cant leave their without loosing benefits and social insurance. 50 picture postcards to the social services minister, where international guest demanded the right to holidays for the unemployed.

 

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