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


OP@LL Conference (IV): Actors in the Field of Online Participation

Notes from the OP@LL Conference: Online participation on the local level – a comparative perspective, organized by Düsseldorf Institute for Internet and Democracy and held in Dússeldorf, Germany, on 13-15 December 2017. More notes on this event: oppl.

Actors in the Field of Online Participation

Mary K. Feeney | Arizona State University (USA)
What does e-participation mean for managers in small to medium sized cities? US trends and research challenges

Abstract: Since 2000, our team at the Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies at ASU has been collecting data on 500 small and medium sized U.S. cities to ...

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Sociedad Red Blog


Las tres piezas que fallan en el Caso Cassandra sobre la humillación de Carrero Blanco

Esquema del atentado mortal contra Carrero Blanco con una indicación que marca el nivel de libertad de expresión
Libertad de expresión,
cortesía de Dolors Boatella

La Audiencia Nacional ha condenado a un año de prisión a Cassandra Vera, que publicó en Twitter chistes sobre Carrero Blanco y con mención explícita a la banda terrorista ETA.

Con el texto de la ley en la mano, da la impresión que la sentencia es una sentencia técnicamente bien aplicada. Técnicamente significa que nos ceñimos estrictamente al texto, y no al espíritu, y que somos capaces ...

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15/03/2017 Tampones que matan


Case study. decidim.barcelona, Spain

Cover for the case study of decidim.barcelona
decidim.barcelona (Spain), case study

The last report of the collaboration with IT for Change has just been published: decidim.barcelona, Spain. Voice or chatter? Case studies. It belongs to the research project titled Voice or Chatter? Using a Structuration Framework Towards a Theory of ICT-mediated Citizen Engagement, and produced with the financial support of Making All Voices Count, a programme working towards a world in which open, effective and participatory governance is the ...

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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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