About Me

Ismael Peña-López

I am Ismael Peña-López.

I am Director General of Citizen Participation at the Government of Catalonia.
Formerly, and during nearly 13 years, I was professor at the School of Law and Political Science of the Open University of Catalonia.
I have also been senior researcher at Open Evidence and fellow director of Open Innovation at Fundació Jaume Bofill.

My main areas of work are the impact of ICTs in society (e-Readiness, the digital divide), especially in development (e-inclusion, ICT4D), and educational (e-Learning, digital competence) and political (e-participation, e-democracy) institutions.

ICT4D Blog

04/10/2018

Mara Balestrini. Beyond the transparency portal: citizen data and the right to contribute

Mara Balestrini.
Beyond the transparency portal: citizen data and the right to contribute

We assume that information only goes one way: from the Administration to the citizen. This assumption is not valid anymore. Citizens produce lots of data that could be used to leverage change. We should acknowledge the right of citizens to produce data, not only ...

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Sociedad Red Blog

03/09/2018

Per què he acceptat entrar al Govern de la Generalitat de Catalunya

El dia 19 de juny de 2018 em van nomenar director general de participació ciutadana de la Generalitat de Catalunya.

75 dies després — no tots hàbils per treballar, però sí per pensar — em sento en la necessitat de compartir perquè vaig acceptar entrar al Govern de la Generalitat de Catalunya.

Com va anar la cosa

El dia 1 de juny per la tarda em va trucar la cap de gabinet del conseller Ernest Maragall per comentar-me que el conseller volia parlar amb mi i que si em podia trucar. Era el dia abans del seu nomenament com a conseller i ...

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Appointed Director General of Citizen Participation

Appointment as Director General of Citizen Participation of Ismael Peña-López
Appointment as Director General of Citizen Participation

On 19 June 2018 I have been appointed Director General of Citizen Participation at the Government of Catalonia.

Thus, I am now on leave from my position at the School of Law and Political Science at the Open University of Catalonia, to which I shall return when my duties are over at the government.

The Directorate-General of Citizen Participation belongs to the Secretariat of Transparency and ...

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Report. Study on the impact of the internet and social media on youth participation and youth work

Cover of the Study on the Impact of the Internet and Social Media on Youth Participation and Youth work
Study on the Impact of the Internet and Social Media on Youth Participation and Youth work

The Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission has just released the Study on the impact of the internet and social media on youth participation and youth work, that was coauthored by Francisco Lupiáñez-Villanueva, Alexandra Theben, Federica Porcu and myself.

The study analyses 50 good ...

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