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Shift happens. A work of disruption

Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, writes about disappearing jobs in the future (read his blog post). His thoughts develop the debate started by authors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee (The Second Machine Age). And described in Humans need not apply. We need to give more than a minute to this matter. Because opportunities will be found only if we change mindset. Robert Reich, già ministro del Lavoro per Bill Clinton, scrive della prossima possibile scomparsa di molti posti di lavoro (ecco il suo post). Reich sviluppa un dibattito rilanciato da Erik...

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Apply for ISPIM PhD Innovation Management Dissertation Award

ISPIM, John Wiley & Sons and Innovation Leaders are offering prizes worth over EUR 10,000 to the authors of the three best innovation management dissertations from 2014. The deadline for submission to the ISPIM PhD Innovation Management Dissertation Award is 31st January. Info here. Previous dissertations are interesting to browse. Open innovation seems to have earned quite a few interesting thoughts: Du, Jingshu – Vlerick Business School, Belgium – Research open innovation at the R&D project level (Prize winner) “First, the effect of open innovation depends on the...

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Qualitative easing. Draghi’s possible way to deal with both deflation and growth

There is no best time for a monetary easing than a low inflation – or almost deflation – context. But “quantitative easing” is not the only solution. Which is good since buying national bonds with new digital money issued by the Central Bank seems to be an unconvincing solution. There could be a different way? Quantitative easing effects are not easy to asses. The matter has generated important and controversial studies. One problem is about the real impact that a quantitative effect has on growth: by lowering real interest rates it should positively impact investments, but there...

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A lot a lot. And I like David Weinberger’s take on the Italian draft “Declaration of Internet Rights”

David Weinberger has a set of comments about the Italian draft “Declaration of Internet Rights”. He says he likes the draft a lot. «A lot a lot». He quotes the draft, the opening for public comment and Fabio Chiusi’s report. «I like the document a lot. A lot a lot. The principles are based on a genuine understanding of the value that the Net brings and what enables the Net to bring that value. This is crucial because so often those who seek to govern the Net do so because they see it primarily as a threat to order or a challenge to their power. The Declaration focuses on the rights of...

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Drôle de guerre: Hachette, Amazon and authors. Something needs to be fixed, but looking ahead

A commercial dispute between Amazon and Hachette has led quite a few authors to take a stand. On which side? Well, they surely are against Amazon. But are they also with Hachette? Authors United sent a letter to their readers through an advertisment. They claim Amazon has boycotted Hachette and made the works of some authors more difficult to find at the right price. Amazon answered by accusing Hachette to impose the wrong price on their books (adding a little gaffe about Orwell). Hachette just said that they want to go on negotiating. John Kay suggests that the real problem is in...

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Internet as commons. Comments about the end of “the tragedy of the commons” in Edge

In a very interesting set of twitts, Sharper shows some doubts about the notion of the internet as commons. The discussion started from a post that I wronte on Edge suggesting the retirement of “the tragedy of the commons”. In that post I wrote about the internet as a commons. And Sharper doesn’t agree. Sharper: “Read w/interest your piece re: Tragedy of the Commons. However, the Internet isn’t a Commons, every piece/connection is owned.” Me: “But the internet protocol is commons, isn’t it?” Sharper: “I think I see what you’re...

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Grande su Medium

(A new article has been published two days ago on Medium, about Italy.)
In Italy’s political scene, comedy and tragedy blur. And today, an historical moment became a show
History always comes some other day, in Italy. Today, Italians expected history to be written. Enrico Letta, the prime minister, was due to explain his policy at the Senate. And a vote was to be casted that would have decided if the government was going to stay or go. Europe was waiting in stress. Stock exchanges where betting. Citizens were worried. (continue reading)

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RKF Training Institute – Activists teach us to love our democracy

At the Training Institute set up by the Robert Kennedy Foundation in Florence, activists for human rights from all over the world come and learn how to smartly use the internet as a tool to get their job done. It takes courage to work for spreading the ideas that are needed to help people in some countries in growing a society that respects human rights. But it also takes an intelligent ability in using the network: how to campanign, how to communicate in a secure way, how to be conscious about the tactics that authoritarian governments can use against those that fight for human rights:...

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Publishing is a sort of dating platform

The old ways of book publishing are fading away, maybe. But the new ones are still to be found, unless you are Amazon. And one of the problems is finding out an identity for publishers. The idea that publishing is a sort of dating platform may seem banal. Of course, publishers have always been there so that authors and readers would find each other to establish a successful relationship. At least for the time that is needed for reading a book. But it used to be that in those relationships, publishers had a lot of power. Controlling the analog technologies, they also controlled the copyright...

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