Below is the definition on Wikipedia of Peer to Peer and its social and economic impact:
The concept of P2P is increasingly evolving to an expanded usage as the relational dynamic active in distributed networks, i.e., not just computer-to-computer, but human-to-human. Yochai Benkler has coined the term commons-based peer production to denote collaborative projects such as free and open source software and Wikipedia. Associated with peer production are the concepts of:
peer governance (referring to the manner in which peer production projects are managed)
peer distribution (or the manner in which products, particularly peer-produced products, are distributed)
The Peer to Peer concept has an incredible strength and value. It can't be controlled and contained. It's a movement that surpasses any limitations, including the concepts of citizenship, country borders and traditions.
I was born in Italy and spent the last 22 years of my life in the US. I carry both passports, but in reality, my country is an immediate group of people and peers associated to my personal and business activities: 30 friends and close collaborators and an extended network of a few hundred peers. I receive advise and information on a regular basis from several countries. Who are the people sharing information and advise with me? They are the ones who move constantly between cities, countries and traditions. I read, listen, watch and learn.
Building schools in Afghanistan and Central and South Asia with INTERNET classrooms allows thousands of children to enter the peer to peer network. It allows thousands of peers from outside of Afghanistan and Central and South Asia to interact and share information, ideas and opportunities.
The US and Italian governments have troops and civilians in Afghanistan supporting the reconstruction and consolidation of the Afghan Democratic government. The task is overwhelming and it's time for the Peer to Peer system to come into place and for the rest of the world to step into the region of Afghanistan and Central and South Asia, and establish direct and personal relationships.
It's a priority that every child in Afghanistan must be online. Every child must be part of the World Wide Web, have a social media presence and create circles of friends and peers from all over the world. Every child must communicate with others located in every angle of the world. The Peer to Peer communication system will include the young children of Afghanistan in a very sophisticated web of communication and data exchange.
As of today, Film Annex connected about 30,000 Afghan children to the World Wide Web. They will create networks of at least 200 friends and peers each. This means that they will share information with at least 6 million peers. Each one will write at least 20 emails and messages per day. This translates in at least 120 million exchanges of information per day. This is an unstoppable wave of information and growth of opportunity. No government could provide such service and support on its own, no matter how much they invest. Let's look at the big picture: In Afghanistan, there are 8 million students that could create a network of 1.6 billion extended friends and peers, and with it, a potential of 32 billion exchanges of information per day.
From a financial point of view, if we take above 32 billion potential information exchanges and we package them in appropriate demographics and geo-locations, we can easily monetize it with advertising. From there, we can further sponsor and finance educational tools for Central and South Asia, or any other developing country. This brings back to the concept of Women Empowerment and how women are the ideal managers of the peer to peer network growth. They are the pillar of data and information exchange. This is in full advantage of their male counterparts who are busy consolidating traditional business. Men in Afghanistan need women to succeed. They need them in social media. This is how Obama won his elections in the US, with women social media power and Peer to Peer data exchange. Nobody can defeat a president who can count on women social media support.
Peer to Peer also allows distance e-learning and tutoring, a fast growth in education and professional skills, and Micro Scholarships and Mobile Money Payments. Students and children will support themselves financially and their families will be motivated to keep them in school so that they can be an active component of the World Wide Web and the Peer to Peer network, and a reliable source of information and INCOME.
Film Annex and Afghan Citadel developed together the third generation of the Examer Educational Software to educate children from Afghanistan, Central and South Asia, the Caribbeans and other developing regions. They teach them social media and professional writing so that they can enter the Peer to Peer network, optimize their presence and create financial independence. Visit the Examer Corporate page to read some of our initial tests and understand the concept.
Film Annex is also making available to Afghan and Central and South Asian children its technology and network which includes 300,000 registered users, 40,000 films professionals, 3,900 writers and 35,000 professional films and videos, of which 5,500 are from the Open Film Library Channel (public domain and attribution only). It also gives access to 33 international ad-networks and a 50/50 ad-revenue share model. Those tools support the education and work of thousands of users worldwide and can do the same for the youth of Afghanistan and Central and South Asia.