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Science

Information & Communcation Technology

The Quantified Self

Let us have critical look at the vastly popular apps that monitor the user's everyday life, diet choices and body functions.

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Interview: The Post-Cypherpunk Era – Cryptology for Everyone

Since the NSA affair, more and more laymen are showing interest in CryptoParties.

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It's Just a Fad!

Why most of the arguments against open data are short-sighted.

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Bottom-Up Experts

Farmers know their needs best, concluded Kenny Ewan of WeFarm and created a global mobile platform for crowdsourcing agricultural information.

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Computing Sustainability

Software that learns from sensors on garbage bins adapts to urban issues and generates solutions the human eye cannot see.

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Calling Freedom

Humans in remote areas or sensitive situations often find themselves detached from the flow of information – Freedom Fone is a software to tackle this.

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The Real Digital Nomads

Pastoralists in Kenya combine their traditional nomadic life with modern technologies. E-learning bridges disadvantages while preserving their lifestyle.

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Social Mobilisation 2.0?

From the Arab Spring to Wikipedia: The use of new technologies is having a game-changing impact on collective action. Can we organise without organisations?

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Rethinking Economics

“Economics Education Lacks Pluralism”

Very few economists anticipated the financial crisis. A new approach is needed, argues Ingrid Rieser who filmed the movement “rethinking economics”

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Frontiers, Fringes and Farmifications

Speculative Design has a lot to offer: for instance for joystick factory workers in China.

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Editorial

DDD’s 17th issue treats the various ways how people collaborate – online and offline.

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Creating a Water Shortage

Why is water running out in Brazil’s cities? Does the Landless Workers' Movement provide a solution to it?

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Bring 'the' Economy to the Community

Renowned sociologist Saskia Sassen discusses her latest book “Expulsions”

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The Knowledge of 7.4 Billion

What role can science play in progressive change? Uwe Schneidewind argues for a new knowledge production model.

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Possession Rather Than Ownership

Alternative economic approaches – based on commons – have emerged around the turn of the century. Are we heading towards the “ecommony”?

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The End of Growth: Panic or Salvation?

What happens when growth ends? Whether the world is heading for disaster or a golden age is a question of demographics.

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Green Growth

Interview: Homegrown Gourmet Fungi

We talk about a decorative solution for home gardening with mushboo-founder Matt Unger.

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The Vibrant Sciences of Biodiversity

We talked with Vandana Shiva about her origins, current developments in Indian and global agriculture and the future of farming.

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“A Friendly Tsunami”

Michael Braungart talks about the reverse character of sustainability and the actual potential of the human footprint. An interview with the founder of C2C.

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The Floating Gardens

When there's no space for farming, floating gardens are a way out of poverty.

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The Real Costs of Cheap Food

Hans Herren, holder of the Right Livelihood Award, demands a global change of food production.

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Rethinking Environmental Protection: IMF Special Drawing Rights

Let's create new money to spend on climate projects.

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The Future Protein?

Insects are a sustainable source of protein since they eat bio-waste. Entofood aims to produce insects on industrial scale. An interview with its founder.

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Above the Roofs of Cairo

Urban gardening: How a citizen-led movement transforms Cairo’s rooftops to greenery.

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Health

Talking Pictures

In areas with high numbers of illiterate information and education is shared via pictures.

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The Pocket Doctors

Uganda’s tech industry is booming – health apps being one successful part of it, but funding is still challenging.

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Water Security - Enhancing Collaborative Competencies

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Facing the Horror

Northern Iraqi society is coping with trauma of the violence. Civil initiatives offer help.

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Resist the “Snack Attack”

Carlos A. Monteiro warns of the dangers of ultra-processed foods, noting that our personal and social well-being is at risk.

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The Quantified Self

Let us have critical look at the vastly popular apps that monitor the user's everyday life, diet choices and body functions.

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Playing Football to Beat the Epidemic

AIDS is still a taboo topic in Ukraine - football is a way to overcome it.

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Interview: Basketball for Development

About education, training and promoting the rights of the handicapped in Cameroon.

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