About Me

Ismael Peña-López

I am Ismael Peña-López.

I am lecturer at the School of Law and Political Science of the Open University of Catalonia and senior researcher at Open Evidence. I am also fellow director of Open Innovation at Fundació Jaume Bofill.

My main research interests 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

18/07/2017

Thesis Defence. Francisco Jurado: Political representation in the age of Internet. The case of Spain

Thesis defence by Francisco Jurado entlitled Political representation in the age of Internet. The case of Spain, in Barcelona at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. July 18, 2017.

Francisco Jurado: Thesis Defence. Francisco Jurado: Political representation in the age of Internet. The case of Spain

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What is democracy today? Is democracy always about being represented and some third parties making decisions in the name of the citizen? The concept of democracy has certainly shifted towards representative democracy. This specific understanding ...

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Sociedad Red Blog

02/05/2017

Las tres piezas que fallan en el Caso Cassandra sobre la humillación de Carrero Blanco

Esquema del atentado mortal contra Carrero Blanco con una indicación que marca el nivel de libertad de expresión
Libertad de expresión,
cortesía de Dolors Boatella

La Audiencia Nacional ha condenado a un año de prisión a Cassandra Vera, que publicó en Twitter chistes sobre Carrero Blanco y con mención explícita a la banda terrorista ETA.

Con el texto de la ley en la mano, da la impresión que la sentencia es una sentencia técnicamente bien aplicada. Técnicamente significa que nos ceñimos estrictamente al texto, y no al espíritu, y que somos capaces ...

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15/03/2017 Tampones que matan

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Report. Evaluation of the Open Data for Development program

Cover of the report for the Evaluation of the Open Data for Development program

From October 2016 to June 2017, Manuel Acevedo and I conducted the evaluation of the Open Data for Development program, a USD 15 million initiative (direct plus indirect funding) led by IDRC, the Government of Canada, The World Bank and DFID / UK Aid.

This has been a terrific experience on many levels. The most important one was acknowledging how advanced the field ...

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Policy brief. Citizen participation and the rise of the open source city in Spain

Cover of the policy brief Citizen participation and the rise of the open source city in Spain

After the first state of the art report on the state of technopolitics and e-participation in Spain — State of the Art: Spain. Voice or chatter? Using a Structuration Framework Towards a Theory of ICT-mediated Citizen Engagement —, I have just had published a policy brief on the case of decidim.barcelona, the initiative of the City Council of Barcelona, Spain, to bring more horizontal ...

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