TICTeC 2019

This was an ideal week to be Paris. mySociety chose the French capital for the the sixth edition of TICTeC, the Impacts of Civic Technology Conference. This was my third time at this conference which is aimed at promoting and sharing rigorous and meaningful research into online technologies and digital democracy around the world. In … More TICTeC 2019

Smart City Expo World Congress 2018

This week the Smart City Expo World Congress took place at Fira Barcelona Gran Via from Tuesday to Thursday. This was a very special edition because of the co-located Sharing Cities summit which served to  launch the declaration of Cities’ Common Principles and Commitments for City Sovereignty regarding the Platform Economy. The stand of the Barcelona City … More Smart City Expo World Congress 2018

Ciutat Oberta

This week Barcelona is celebrating the Open City Biennial of Thought (Ciutat Oberta), a festival of philosophy to debate the role of today’s cities with the big challenges facing contemporary society. Among the many events across the fourth itineraries (Digital City, Democratic City, Diverse City and Habitable City), a very inspiring event was held yesterday at Fabra i Coats: Digital Cities, … More Ciutat Oberta

g0v summit 2018

I went last week to Taipei for the 2018 edition of g0v summit, a biennial event organized by the g0v community to bring academics, hackers, activists and/or policy-makers interested in open government, open source collaboration and civic participation. The agenda included very stimulating keynotes (by Anasuya Sengupta, Ethan Zuckerman, Heather Leson and Michael Canares), talks (e.g, Parti’s experiments in South Korea, … More g0v summit 2018

Ciencia Participativa

The complexity of urban problems and the new possibilities provided by active citizenship, new technologies and the revitalisation of social spaces opens up a new scenario that requires new democratic infrastructures. Based on the experience of the Decidim project and the Metadecidim community, the Laboratori d’Innovació Democràtica is positioned as a municipal open space to … More Ciencia Participativa

Lab Meeting Iberoamericano

Yesterday I went to Madrid to attend the Ibero-American Meeting of Citizen Innovation and Citizen Laboratories (Lab Meeting Iberoamericano 2018). This is an initiative organized by Unión de Ciudades y Capitales Iberoamericanas (UCCI) and Medialab Prado with the collaboration of the Citizen Innovation Program of Secretaría General Iberoamericana (SEGIB). The event is meeting place for … More Lab Meeting Iberoamericano

Democratic Innovation Lab

Today we have launched the citizen Democratic Innovation Lab of Barcelona, based on the Fàbrica de Creació Fabra i Coats. This has been designed as an open space to solve urban challenges in an intelligent, participatory and democratic manner following the principles and methdology of the Decidim project and the Metadecidim community. To inaugurate the laboratory, … More Democratic Innovation Lab

TechFest18

I went yesterday to Valencia to participate in the third edition of TechFest, a two-day event of workshops and conferences about civic participation systems and technology. This event was organized by the Cátedra de Transparencia y Gestión de Datos at Universitat Politècnica de València, which is promoted by the Area of Transparency, Social Responsibility, Participation and Cooperation … More TechFest18

Network Seminar

Today I gave a Network seminar on Characterizing participation in online discussion platforms. These seminars are weekly series on networks and related topics held in the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. The talk covered the main findings of my PhD research to date (supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under the María … More Network Seminar