About Me

Ismael Peña-López

I am Ismael Peña-López.

I am professor at the School of Law and Political Science of the Open University of Catalonia, and researcher at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute and the eLearn Center of that university. I am also the director of the Open Innovation project 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

31/12/2016

What is social inclusion today?

Amartya Sen revolutionized the concept of human development by presenting his capability approach. From his point of view, it is not enough to have physical access to resources, but, in addition, one must be able to put them to the benefit of oneself. This step from objective choice to subjective choice has been completed in recent years with a third stage of development: effective choice. According to that, it is not enough to have resources, or to want or know how to use them, but, moreover, it is necessary that one is allowed to do so. Indeed, ...

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Sociedad Red Blog

26/10/2016

La devolución de soberanía al ciudadano: ¿gobierno abierto?

Permitámonos una simplificación casi aberrante de la historia de la gestión de los asuntos colectivos.

En Grecia, las decisiones las tomaban directamente a los ciudadanos (libres, valga la redundancia) y las ejecutaban ellos mismos. Esto era posible, entre otras cosas, porque estos ciudadanos tenían mujeres y esclavos que se encargaban de los asuntos domésticos y porque el mundo era relativamente sencillo y los acontecimientos se sucedían relativamente despacio. A esta época y sus instituciones solemos llamarla democracia griega o, a veces, democracia directa, para desligar el ejercicio personal de la participación pública del entorno geográfico e histórico del momento.

La siguiente reencarnación ...

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Report. Inclusion in the age of post-democracy

Cover of the report Inclusión en la era de la Postdemocracia

Inés Bebea (from Ondula), Gabriel González (from Fundación Esplai) and I (with the help of Juan Sánchez, also from Fundación Esplai) have just issued our report Inclusión en la era de la Postdemocracia (Inclusion in the age of post-democracy).

The origins of the proposal "Inclusion in the age of postdemocracy" come from the debate held during the day of the plenary meeting of the Advisory Council of Fundación Esplai ...

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Book chapter. Networked learning: strategies and tools to open and disrupt educational institutions

Portada del libro Pedagogía Red

Professors Begoña Gros and Cristóbal Suárez have edited a new book that has just been released, Pedagogía red. Una educación para tiempos de internet (Networked pedagogy. An education for the Internet age).

I have been invited to write a chapter for the book on how can we learn in networks or as networks. The easiest way to answer the question would have been to come up with a list of tools... which would have been ...

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