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. During 2014 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


A critique to UNCTAD B2C E-commerce Index

Cover of UNCTAD Information Economy Report 2015
UNCTAD's Information Economy Report

UNCTAD has released the new edition for 2015 of its Information Economy Report, especially devoted to disclose the potential of e-commerce for developing countries. To contribute to the reflection, the report introduces the new UNCTAD B2C E-commerce Index. The purpose of this index is:

[to allow] countries to compare their readiness with others and also indicates their relative strengths and weaknesses in different elements of the e-commerce process, such as the quality of Internet infrastructure and the availability of payment and delivery solutions.

In my opinion ...

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Sociedad Red Blog


El camino confederal europeo a la soberanía

El pasado 6 de marzo, Joan Coscubiela describía, en El camino confederal a la soberanía, algunos motivos por los que era preferible una Catalunya como estado soberano dentro de una confederación española, en lugar de una Catalunya independiente fuera del actual estado español de forma unilateral.

Hay dos puntos en los que estoy muy de acuerdo con lo expuesto en el artículo y que son, en mi opinión, los fundamentales: (1) el modelo de ordenación administrativa territorial en España está agotado y (2) hay demasiada incertidumbre sobre la articulación de un nuevo estado catalán y su impacto socio-económico como para ...

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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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