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. Since november 2013 I am on a partial leave to join Open Evidence as a senior researcher and analyst. 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


DemocraticCity (IV). New political movements for real democracy in Europe

Notes from the Network democracy for a better city, organized by the D-CENT project, in Barcelona, Spain, on May 5th, 2015. More notes on this event: DemocraticCity.

New political movements for real democracy in Europe
Chaired by Pablo Gerbaudo

Daniel Ripa, Podemos Spain

There is a tension between citizens aiming at participating in politics and the traditional institutional structures which provide no way to channel this aims for participation.

Podemos Asturias has managed to organize a ...

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Sociedad Red Blog


La diferencia entre publicar los datos y trabajar en abierto

Fotografía de una excavadora en una mina a cielo abierto.
Excavator - Open Pit Mining, de Rene Schwietzke.

Cuando se habla de estrategias de gobierno abierto, o de datos abiertos, lo habitual es utilizar aproximaciones del tipo "estrategias para la publicación de datos" o, a lo sumo, "estrategias para la abertura de datos". Y esto es así tanto si la estrategia es pasiva —el ciudadano pide unos datos, la Administración se los da o los hace públicos— como si es activa —la Administración se adelanta y publica esos datos antes de que ...

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Book review: Networks of Outrage and Hope

Cover of the book review: Redes de indignación y esperanza

The Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies has just published a book review that I did on Manuel Castells' Redes de Indignación y Esperanza (Networks of Outrage and Hope in its English edition).

Unlike most reviews — not my words, but someone else's — my review is not just a description of what is in the book, but an actual review or, better put, a critique. Not necessarily negative one, mind you, but a reading with at least a ...

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New paper. Spanish Indignados and the evolution of the 15M movement on Twitter: towards networked para-institutions

Cover of the paper Spanish Indignados and the evolution of the 15M movement on Twitter: towards networked para-institutions

My colleagues Mariluz Congosto, Pablo Aragón and I just got a paper published. It is the final, improved version of a research that had already been presented thus:

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