Michel Bauwens: Professor Christian Iaione on the City as Commons

Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens

Interviewed: Professor Christian Iaione on the City as Commons

A commons-based economy cannot thrive without appropriate institutions, especially those that represent a “partner state” approach. Professor Christian Iaione of LUISS University in Rome is a pioneer of such institutional innovation in Italian cities. I believe his work with the city of Bologna on Bologna’s Regulation for the Care and Regeneration of Urban Commons is a breakthrough. This regulation allows citizen coalitions to propose improvements to their neighborhoods, and the city to contract with citizens for key assistance. In other words, the municipality functions as an enabler giving citizens individual and collective autonomy. More than 30 projects have already been approved in this context and dozens of Italian cities are adopting this regulation. Read more.

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Feb 21

Hal Berghel: Noirware – RFID/GPS

Categories: Design,Security
Hal Berghel

Hal Berghel

Noirware

Are we just going to sit here while the unintended consequences of bad design wreak havoc on our lives? A retrospective about RFID creep and GPS abuse is called for.

EXTRACT

…absent a robust security model, commercial GPS is currently untrustworthy with no antidote on the horizon.

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Feb 20

Antechinus: Open Access Antiquarianism

Antechinus

Antechinus

“Open Access Antiquarianism is the collective madcap efforts of an archaeologist, a computer scientist, and a structural engineer to push the boundaries of what is possible in the interface between technology and cultural heritage, art and diagnostics.

Excerpts from Stephen Wilson’s Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology that aptly illustrate why Open Access Antiquarianism is seeking to blend our study of technology and archaeology with art:

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Feb 12

Jean Lievens: Open Co-Operativism

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Toward an Open Co-Operativism

Pat Conaty and David Bollier, Commons Transition

“The power of open source principles, now proven beyond a doubt, is rapidly proliferating into many other areas of culture, production and social life.  The prospect of more participatory, socially convivial forms of production – accountable to communities and mindful of the larger common good – has never seemed more achievable.  Still, there are important organizational, legal and financial hurdles to overcome – not to mention cultural and political differences – that must be dealt with if co-operatives are to find common ground with digital commoners and peer producers.  Fortunately, there are emerging models such as multi-stakeholder cooperatives that could be vehicles for such cooperation.” Read full paper.

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Feb 11