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

31/03/2017

¿Existe la privacidad? ¿Nos importa?

Hace unas semanas, David Page Polo y Marta G. Aller me entrevistaron para un artículo para el Independiente que titularon La privacidad no existe.

Como suele suceder, al periodista le queda la ardua tarea de comprimir en poco espacio unas ideas que se expanden fácilmente al preguntar.

Me tomo ahora la libertad de reproducir aquí mis reflexiones, por su pudieran completar lo que allí se publicó.

¿Puede la privacidad dejar de ser una ...

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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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