Well, I started out blogging in French, about the influence of Web 2.0 issues on society. Guess I would like to do the same in English...

@BeerBergman
Comment la Maif veut tirer parti de l’essor de l’économie du partage

La Maif veut s’ouvrir de nouveaux horizons. Comme il l’annonce aux « Echos », l’assureur vient de prendre, pour 2,6 millions d’euros…

BeerBergman's insight:

Quand l’économie de partage intéresse un assureur… #coconstruction


See on lesechos.fr
— 6 days ago

Kunt u mij de weg naar Airbnb vertellen, meneer?

Jeroen Wollaars, verslaggever bij NOS Nieuws, schrijft wekelijks een column in Het Parool over media en de ontwikkelingen in de digitale wereld. Voor …

BeerBergman's insight:

Een verfrissende journalistieke kijk op de Airbnb ervaringswereld. Wat mij betreft is het antwoord nog niet helemaal geformuleerd, want ingewikkeld (is het normaal dat het ingewikkelder lijkt te worden als je er meer vanaf weet?). Citaat.

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Daar trekt de volgende toerist een rolkoffer door de straat. En eerlijk is eerlijk: ik mis buurman B. Hij zit dit weekend weer bij z’n schoonouders. Ik mis het wijntje met hem op de stoep. De laatste roddels uit de straat. Mijn eigen unieke Amsterdamervaring. Verkocht voor iets van tussen de tien- of twintigduizend euro per jaar. Ben je nou gek of geniaal als je daar wel of niet aan meedoet?”


See on parool.nl
— 1 week ago

Tor: easy starter solution for browsing anonymity

Development journalism, journalism development

BeerBergman's insight:

I just got befriended (do you say it that way?) with a guy that knows on of my classmates (now we’re talking an awful long time ago) and one of my Sciences Po students. That’s intriguing. Anyway, a guide to Tor seemed written by him seemed like the right next step for my scoop.it. There you are. Here it is. Enjoy. (And no excerpt :-).


See on simonvanwoerden.nl
— 1 week ago

Uber Drivers Forum

Uber Drivers Forum - UberPeople.NET

BeerBergman's insight:

To see what producers for uber think about #uber :-)


See on uberpeople.net
— 1 week ago

The Disruption Machine - The New Yorker

In the last years of the nineteen-eighties, I worked not at startups but at what might be called finish-downs. Tech companies that were dying would hire temps—college students and new graduates—to do what little was left of the work of the employees they’d laid off. This was in Cambridge, near M.I.T. I’d type users’ manuals, save them onto 5.25-inch floppy disks, and send them to a line printer that yammered like a set of prank-shop chatter teeth, but, by the time the last perforated page coiled out of it, the equipment whose functions those manuals explained had been discontinued. We’d work a month here, a week there. There wasn’t much to do. Mainly, we sat at our desks and wrote wishy-washy poems on keyboards manufactured by Digital Equipment Corporation, left one another sly messages on pink While You Were Out sticky notes, swapped paperback novels—Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, Gabriel García Márquez, that kind of thing—and, during lunch hour, had assignations in empty, unlocked offices. At Polaroid, I once found a Bantam Books edition of “Steppenwolf” in a clogged sink in an employees’ bathroom, floating like a raft. “In his heart he was not a man, but a wolf of the steppes,” it said on the bloated cover. The rest was unreadable.

BeerBergman's insight:

In the Airnb / Uber disruption debate, this article has its just place. Excerpt.

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Ever since “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” everyone is either disrupting or being disrupted. There are disruption consultants, disruption conferences, and disruption seminars. This fall, the University of Southern California is opening a new program: “The degree is in disruption,” the university announced. “Disrupt or be disrupted,” the venture capitalist Josh Linkner warns in a new book, “The Road to Reinvention,” in which he argues that “fickle consumer trends, friction-free markets, and political unrest,” along with “dizzying speed, exponential complexity, and mind-numbing technology advances,” mean that the time has come to panic as you’ve never panicked before. Larry Downes and Paul Nunes, who blog for Forbes, insist that we have entered a new and even scarier stage: “big bang disruption.” “This isn’t disruptive innovation,” they warn. “It’s devastating innovation.”


See on newyorker.com
— 1 week ago

Waarom een verbod op Uber belachelijk is  

Goed nieuws voor de traditionele Duitse taxichauffeur. Door het verbod op taxi-dienst UberPop, dat dinsdag per direct werd ingesteld door de Duitse rechtbank, zullen hij en z’n collega’s vandaag weer fluitend in hun wagen stappen. Maar de Duitse rechter zou …

BeerBergman's insight:

Het lijkt wel alsof in de discussie tussen de voor- en tegenstanders van Uber en andere, overeenkomstige platforms voor diensten er alleen maar zwart of wit bestaat. Meer regelgeving versus geen regelgeving. Daarom is de uitspraak van Neelie Smit-Kroes wel prettig om te lezen: “Dat is in ieder geval wel hoe Eurocommissaris Neelie Kroes er over denkt: “Dit gaat niet om het beschermen of helpen van passagiers, maar om de bescherming van een taxikartel”, schreef ze in april, nadat Uber al in Berlijn en België verboden werd, op de website van de Europese Commissie. En, zo voegde ze daaraan toe: “Niemand zegt dat de chauffeurs van Uber geen belasting zouden hoeven betalen, zich niet aan regels hoeven te houden, of hun klanten niet moeten beschermen. Maar door Uber te verbannen krijgen ze niet eens de kans om het goede te doen.””

Citaat.

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Innovatie, en daarmee dus ook disruptieve innovatie, is iets van alle tijden. Dat ziet ook Jill Lapore, professor Amerikaanse geschiedenis aan Harvard, die dit voorjaar met haar essay in de New Yorker antwoord gaf op het werk van Christensen (overigens is ze het over het algemeen niet met hem eens). “Elk tijdperk kent theorieën over stijgen en dalen, over groei en krimp, over bloeien en verwelken: het is een natuurlijk proces.”

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Volgens Lapore werd vanaf de achttiende eeuw het idee van vooruitgang omarmd, begon men vanaf de negentiende eeuw te spreken over evolutie en ging het in de twintigste eeuw over groei en innovatie. En nu, in de 21ste eeuw, lijkt de angst toe te slaan, en maken we ons vooral zorgen om het verval dat optreedt als gevolg van die innovatie. En dat is zonde.”


See on hpdetijd.nl
— 1 week ago

The Pros And Cons Of Using Airbnb

Here, we look at Airbnb - what it is, how it works, and the pros and cons of using this online rental marketplace.

BeerBergman's insight:

While Airbnb has primarily served budget-minded tourists, it has been attracting a larger share of business travelers. This is due in part to cost - companies can save money on conferences, meetings and retreats. But the attractiveness of staying in someone else’s home goes beyond the travel expense report. These properties allow travelers to trade in the cookie-cutter hotel experience for one that offers colleagues a unique and comfortable space in which to connect and collaborate.”


See on investopedia.com
— 1 week ago

Vers la fin du salariat traditionnel ?

Il se passe un truc intéressant autour de moi : de plus en plus de mes connaissances quittent un emploi plutôt tranquille pour se lancer en indépendants. On ne …

BeerBergman's insight:

Peut-être un peu dans la marge de mon sujet, mais en même temps, il s’agit d’une tendance hautement influencée par les technologies. Et puis, hautement tendance dans ce monde, avec d’un côté les indépendants qui arrivent à en vivre, et de l’autre côté le “précariat”, pour citer le livre de Guy Standing. Extrait.

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Cette tendance est fascinante, parce qu’elle montre les premières brèches dans un modèle monolithique hérité de la seconde révolution industrielle. Elle est d’autant plus fascinante qu’elle vient d’une génération que l’on voit plus proche du modèle de ses parents que de la flexibilité : emploi à vie, idéal de la fonction publique, et nostalgie du plein emploi.

Elle montre également, et c’est peut-être le plus fascinant, une acceptation du changement par les entreprises traditionnelles, comme une manière de s’adapter à la crise économique dans laquelle nous sommes depuis 6 ans. Avec en ligne de mire la fin du salariat traditionnel ?”


See on t37.net
— 1 week ago

Truthy: Information Diffusion in Online Social Networks | #influence #virality #SNA


BeerBergman's insight:

luiy’s insight:

The focus of this research project is understanding how information propagates through complex socio-technical information networks. Leveraging large-scale public data from online social networking platforms, we are able to analyze and model the spread of information, from political discourse to market trends, from news to social movements, and from trending topics to scientific results, in unprecedented detail.

We study how popular sentiment, user influence, attention, social network structure, and other factors affect the manner in which information is disseminated. Additionally, an important goal of the Truthy project is to better understand how social media can be abused, for example by astroturfing.”


See on cnets.indiana.edu
— 1 week ago

What is “fairness”?

What happens when technology decides?

BeerBergman's insight:

Another interesting question posed by danah boyd: the ethics of fairness in a tech-mediated world. Excerpt.

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The market-driven logic of fairness is fundamentally about individuals at the expense of the social fabric. Not surprisingly, the tech industryvery neoliberal in cultural ideologyembraces market-driven fairness as the most desirable form of fairness because it is the model that is most about individual empowerment. But, of course, this form of empowerment is at the expense of others. And, significantly, at the expense of those who have been historically marginalized and ostracized.”


See on medium.com
— 1 week ago

Is Translating Jihadist Texts on the Internet a Crime?

In the spring of 2005, Tarek Mehanna began translating radical Arabic books and videos into English for the website At Tibyan. The materials had an undeniable flavor of terrorism, encouraging readers to join al-Qaida and kill American soldiers in Iraq. But even the government acknowledges that Mehanna never translated anything…

BeerBergman's insight:

Essential question, and a difficult one. Excerpts.

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If the justices do agree to review Mehanna’s conviction, it’ll be wading into a constitutional controversy at once timeless and novel. The court has long recognized that cheerleading for terrorism may eventually cross the line from free speech to a criminal act. But the Internet’s ability to spread ideas and connect like-minded people may now force the justices to reconsider that boundary. And if the court lets Mehanna’s conviction stand, it may wind up drawing the line dangerously close to the kind of Internet activity some of us engage in without a second thought.”

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Why is this distinction between “advocacy” and “communication” important? Because without it, we may accidentally become a nation of criminal terrorist sympathizers. The Internet fosters association and amplifies advocacy. Under the government’s revised interpretation of the law, an American who uses the Web to defend terrorist groups might find herself facing federal prosecution.”


See on slate.com
— 1 week ago

In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty

Workers are their own bosses in the so-called sharing economy, but that flexibility also brings much uncertainty — and few of the protections of full-time work.

BeerBergman's insight:

More of the same stuff, but worth a reading. Excerpt.

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Technology has made online marketplaces possible, creating new opportunities to monetize labor and goods. But some economists say the short-term gig services may erode work compensation in the long term. Mr. Baker, of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, argues that online labor marketplaces are able to drive down costs for consumers by having it both ways: behaving as de facto employers without shouldering the actual cost burdens or liabilities of employing workers.

“In a weak labor market, there’s not much of a floor on what employers, or quasi employers, can get away with,” Mr. Baker contends. “It could be a big downward pressure on wages. It’s a bad story.”

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Labor activists say gig enterprises may also end up disempowering workers, degrading their access to fair employment conditions.

“These are not jobs, jobs that have any future, jobs that have the possibility of upgrading; this is contingent, arbitrary work,” says Stanley Aronowitz,director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. “It might as well be called wage slavery in which all the cards are held, mediated by technology, by the employer, whether it is the intermediary company or the customer.””


See on nytimes.com
— 1 week ago

Quand Internet aide à prévenir le suicide des jeunes

Les jeunes ayant des idées noires se tournent de plus en plus vers les «tchats» Internet pour en parler. La Toile, souvent présentée comme un espace propice au cyberharcèlement, peut également se révéler une arme de prévention efficace contre le suicide.

BeerBergman's insight:

Des chiffres qui confirment ce qui se dit depuis longtemps (et c’est un peu logique) : la médaille a toujours deux côtés… Extrait.

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«Les jeunes s’expriment plus facilement via le tchat que par téléphone, en particulier quand ils ont des pensées suicidaires», explique l’association. Et en effet, selon les chiffres récemment parus, 20 % des appels tchat évoquent le suicide, contre 1,9 % des appels téléphoniques.

Cet outil en ligne, créé il y a six ans, a ainsi permis de toucher les moins de 25 ans, peu enclins à aborder leurs difficultés par téléphone. «Ils se sentent plus en sécurité, plus anonymes. Il n’y a pas le risque d’être entendu par un proche en train de téléphoner», explique Maxime Bonin, président de S.O.S amitié. 


See on etudiant.lefigaro.fr
— 1 week ago

German court orders Uber to suspend services across the country

It’s not the first ban Uber’s faced in Germany, but it is the first country-wide ban and the stakes are much higher this time — up to €250,000 per infraction, plus possible jail time.

BeerBergman's insight:

Je vais essayer de reprendre l’écriture (#procrastination #procrastination) mais voici une dernière, le scoop de la journée. #digiwar


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— 1 week ago