Is the age of openness and peer-to-peer collaboration really coming? How does a system work when it is based on cooperation and collaborative approaches rather than on competition and predatory practices?
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What are P2P and open infrastructures? Can open knowledge and peer production subvert the economic system of physical production? How do open business models compare with the traditional economic system based on intellectual property and copyright?
As you can learn inside this special digest dedicated to P2P and open infrastructures, what we are seeing today is the emergence of a growing number of companies that make use of the "Commons", and then who sell the extra value they have created or added to the Commons, back into the marketplace. Open source software is such an example.
Such new business model approach does not work by leveraging the same elements of our present work system such as job employment, wages and copyright. Instead, the new economy of the Commons grounds itself on three brand new components:
In this MasterNewMedia digest, you will find the best selection of articles and interviews on the world of peer-to-peer, and on the future of open systems and infrastructures. Specifically:
If you are looking to understand what peer-to-peer, open infrastructures and open economic systems look like, strive for and entail, you have landed on the right page.
If you want to understand what peer-to-peer politics are all about, and why a peer-to-peer political system could be a good candidate to potentially replace our present political and economic system in the future, this in-depth video interview I have shot with Michel Bauwens, gives you immediate insight into why the present global system of neoliberal capitalism is close to collapsing and why a P2P-based society may be an attractive alternative socio-economic model to consider for the future.
by Robin Good - August 3rd, 2010
What does it take for open business models to become an economy of the Commons? What are the pros and cons of a system based on peer production? How do open business models compare with the traditional economic system based on intellectual property and copyright? I have recently shot a small number of very interesting videos with Michel Bauwens, to ask Michel to share his vision of such economic system. .
by Robin Good - August 19th, 2010
What are P2P and open infrastructures? Can open knowledge and peer production subvert the economic system of physical production? Is there a chance for the "society of openness" to ever come of age? Robin Good interviewed on video the P2P Foundation evangelist and founder Michel Bauwens to find out.
by Robin Good - October 26th, 2010
Rafael Pezzi introduces in this two-part white paper a new concept for designing social networking services, not provided by centralized servers, but by nodes of the network forming a cloud of computers owned by individuals who are all joining the network. Just like in cloud computing, where computer services are provided by an interconnected network of servers, the Social Cloud concept envisions services provided and maintained by a human-powered social network.
by Rafael Pezzi - November 26th, 2009
While in Part 1 of Rafael Pezzi's white paper you can find a rationale, introduction and explanation of the reasons that would make a cloud-based peer-to-peer network infrastructure desirable for humanity as a whole, here in Part 2 Pezzi looks specifically at the implementation of such a social cloud peer-to-peer network and at the required infrastructure to make this vision come true: hardware, kernel, plugins, content and synchronization.
by Rafael Pezzi - December 2nd, 2009
Would it be possible, using P2P and wireless technologies, to gain independence from internet providers and make free and open net connectivity a reality? Andrea Lo Pumo, a young Italian mathematician has developed Netsukuku, a vision for an alternative wireless network that may represent a disruptive change for the Internet as we know it.
by Sepp Hasslberger - April 23rd, 2010
Originally prepared by Robin Good, Daniele Bazzano and Elia Lombardi for MasterNewMedia, and first published on January 27th, 2010 as "Peer-To-Peer And Open Systems: The Best 2010 Articles And Reports From MasterNewMedia".
Peer-To-Peer Politics And Its Vision For The Future - A Video Interview With Michel Bauwens - Robin Good
From Open Business Models To An Economy Of The Commons - GPRC, remixed by Robin Good
P2P And Open Infrastructures: The Society Of Openness Comes Of Age - itestro
The Alternative P2P Wireless Internet Network: The Netsukuku Idea - Clipart
P2P And The Social Cloud - The Emergence Of Peer Economic Systems - Part 1 and 2 - Dzmitry Stankevich
Originally written by Robin Good and first published on MasterNewMedia.Robin Good -