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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

25/11/2016

Metadecidim (II). Silvia Luque: The participatory experience of the Municipality Action Plan through the decidim.barcelona platform

Notes from the Metadecidim workshop, within the decidim.barcelona participatory programme, and held in Barcelona, Spain, on 25-26 November 2016. More notes on this event: metadecidim.

Silvia Luque, Fundació Ferrer i Guardia
The participatory experience of the Municipality Action Plan through the decidim.barcelona platform

One of the biggest challenges in a hybrid online-offline participatory process is, precisely, how to balance participation in both spaces, virtual and face-to-face.

The oneline platform has been the amplifier of what was going on in the offline arena. It also gathered all the information and contributed to trace the participation footprint.

Of course, the digital platform ...

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Sociedad Red Blog

26/10/2016

La devolución de soberanía al ciudadano: ¿gobierno abierto?

Permitámonos una simplificación casi aberrante de la historia de la gestión de los asuntos colectivos.

En Grecia, las decisiones las tomaban directamente a los ciudadanos (libres, valga la redundancia) y las ejecutaban ellos mismos. Esto era posible, entre otras cosas, porque estos ciudadanos tenían mujeres y esclavos que se encargaban de los asuntos domésticos y porque el mundo era relativamente sencillo y los acontecimientos se sucedían relativamente despacio. A esta época y sus instituciones solemos llamarla democracia griega o, a veces, democracia directa, para desligar el ejercicio personal de la participación pública del entorno geográfico e histórico del momento.

La siguiente reencarnación ...

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Book chapter: The new infrastructures of democracy

The Xarxa d'Innovació Pública (XIP, the Catalan Network for Public Innovation) has just published the booklet Programari lliure i de codi obert – Societat lliure i govern obert (Free and open source software – Free society and open government). The booklet is in Catalan and presents a collection of reflections and good practices on why and how to apply free and open source software in government.

I am collaborating with the first chapter, Les noves infraestructures de la democràcia (The new infrastructures of democracy), where I state that:

We can say without too much exaggeration, that the tools of ...

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