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


The future of publishing may be not publishing at all

Drawing of a man flying with a flock of books
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, courtesy of Ars Electronica

One of the main characteristics of the industrial age is the concentration of activity under a same roof. In order to realize the full potential of resources that are scarce and to minimize transaction costs, organizations tended to perform as many roles and tasks as possible. That is, a factory would non only weave, but spin, dye, weave, design, cut, sew and distribute.

We got used to this. And ...

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Sociedad Red Blog


Innovación en la educación: ¿mejora o transformación?

Dianas con flechas
Targets, cortesía de Hans Splinter

¿Hay que innovar en educación? ¿Por qué? ¿Para qué? Estamos viviendo una moda pasajera, donde todo debe ser innovación... ¿también en el mundo educativo? ¿O se trata de algo más estructural, incluso necesario?

Por otra parte, ¿qué entendemos por innovación? ¿Cómo se ha de innovar? ¿Para qué hay que innovar? El concepto de innovación es fluido y esquivo, y seguramente es bueno que así sea: es en la constelación de formas de entender la innovación y es en la miríada de métodos que se ...

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Communication. Mapping agro-food consumption groups in the city of Barcelona

Cover of Espelt, R., Peña-López, I., Losantos, P., Rodríguez, E., Martín, T. & Pons, F. (2015). “Mapping agro-food consumption groups in the city of Barcelona”

My colleague Ricard Espelt is these days at the XXVI European Society for Rural Sociology Congress, in Aberdeen, Scotland. The motto of this year's edition of the congress is Places of possibility? Rural societies in a neoliberal world and this is just what Ricard is presenting on behalf of a small team he put up to analyse and map agro-food consumption ...

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Book chapter. The double edge of technology: an opportunity for inclusion and a risk of exclusion

Portada del Informe FAROS 2015

FAROS is the childhood and youth health observatory of the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital, one of the most renowned hospitals specialized in children and youngsters in Spain.

Every year they publish a book — the FAROS report — which deals about a topic of especial relevance for families and carers, helping them to understand it and to address it.

The 2015 edition of the FAROS report its entitled Las nuevas tecnologías en niños y adolescentes. Guía para educar saludablemente en una ...

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