Participants 2012

A |  Access Info | Carlos Sánchez Almeida | Victoria Anderica | B | Bookcamping | Robert Bjarnson | C |  Mar Cabra | Cafè amb Llet | Pablo Castellano | Civio | D |  Data journalism handbook | Discursia | E | Enemigos de internet | F | Freeangle | G |  Gabinete Digital Porto Alegre |  Gastón Infantino | Global Voices | Graba tu pleno | Gunnar Grímsson | H | Hiperforma | J | Francisco Jurado Gilabert | Ll |  Josianito Llorente |  M |  MiniLeaks | N | Leila Nachawati | O |  Open Knowledge Foundation | P |  Vicent Partal | Q |  Quadrature du Net  | Qué hacen los Diputados | R | Howard Rheingold | Reporteros Sin Fronteras | S |  Juan Luis Sánchez | Lali Sandiumenge | Richard Stallman | Sueldos Públicos | T |  Telecomix | Tor project | Tu derecho a saber | X | |  W | Wikiconstitution Island | Vinicius Wu

Access Info

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Access Info Europe is a human rights organisation that works to advance and protect access to information in Europe, as a tool to defend civil liberties and human rights, to promote public participation in decision making processes, and to demand government accountability.

Victoria Anderica

Access Info, Tu Derecho a Saber

Victoria Anderica is a project and campaign coordinator for Access Info Europe, where she works to achieve access to information legislation in Spain. She has coordinated numerous national and international monitoring projects to measure transparency levels and the implementation of access to information laws around the world. She is also part of the team.

Victoria’s biografy

Carlos Sánchez Almeida

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Carlos Sánchez Almeida has a Law degree and a Diploma in Catalan Civil Law from the University of Barcelona, and has been a member of the Barcelona Bar Association (ICAB) since September 1987. He is an active advocate of the Internet, net neutrality and Internet user rights. His law firm Bufet Almeida specialises in Internet-related cases.


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Bookcamping is an open and collaborative virtual library that emerged from the 15M movement, where you can review, link and download content in various formats (text, audio, video). Its objective is to “socialise” reading and promote the sharealike (aka Creative Commons) culture. Rather than trying to become just a “read-all-you-can” portal, #bookcamping aims to fill your shelves with 100% free content and contribute to a sustainable culture model.

Cafè amb Llet

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Café amb llet describes itself as a “people magazine”. This magazine Girona asked about the privatization of public health in Catalonia and brought to light corruption scandals, instead of carrying the resignation of those responsible, it suposed a criminal trial for crimes against the honor of Javier Crespo (advisor Artur Mas). His research and reporting in video format toured the Network to make “people magazine” a symbol of the struggle against the privatization of public health.

Pablo Castellano

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Pablo Castellano (@_pablog) is completing a Computer Engineering degree at the University of Málaga. A computer enthusiast, he is largely self-taught, and has focused on fields such as computer security and software programming. In recent years, he has collaborated as a volunteer with software projects and free networks such as GNOME, and other hacktivist projects.



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Civio Citizen Foundation is a non-profit organisation that seeks to foster active citizenship through open data and information transparency. Its focus is on developing applications such as ¿Dondevanmisimpuestos? (Where Do My Taxes Go?) and Tuderechoasaber (Your Right to Know, created in collaboration with Access Info Europe), which facilitate public access to information and promote the creation of independent, high-quality news content.

Mar Cabra

Mar Cabra is an investigative reporter and multimedia producer. She currently works for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), based in the US. She has a degree in Audiovisual Communication from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and a Master’s Degree in Investigative Journalism from Columbia University, New York.


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Discursia is a directory and ranking of Members of the Congress of Deputies in Spain. On the website, users can find out how many sessions each MP has attended and compare the attendance record of all the other Members, for example.

It also provides channels for direct contact with MPs, displays their salaries and includes declarations relating to their non-parliamentary activities, so users can see whether they combine politics with other jobs.


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The portal is a community of art teachers, composers, musicologists, managers and all kinds of people who pool educational material, theoretical aspects, projects and ideas, in order to learn and enhance their professional skills and improve their students’ experiences. All the content they share is licensed under Creative Commons.

Gabinete Digital de Porto Alegre

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The Digital Office, an initiative of Dilma Rousseff’s government, coordinates a working group made up of several departments that draws up guidelines for issues relating to the government and digital culture. Since it began in 2011, it has incorporated new forms of civic participation through the Internet, and allows online interaction. It is a direct channel between the population and the government.

Vinicius Wu

Vinicius Wu is the coordinator of the Digital Office of Rio Grande do Sul. A historian, he is a member of the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning (IPPUR) at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and a former member of the Presidency of the Republic’s National Youth Council (Conjuve). In the Ministry of Justice, he was Chief of Staff of the Department of Legal Reform (SRJ) and special advisor to the Minister of Justice.


Global Voices

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Global Voices is an international network of bloggers and translators who work together as an online community to offer reports from blogs and citizen media that are not ordinarily heard. They develop tools and relationships that amplify the voices of those who are usually silenced.

Leila Nachawati

Communication Teacher at Carlos III University in Madrid. She is Middle East and North Africa specialist. She writes about human rights promotion, citizen empowerment and tensions between freedom of speech and media censorship in, Aljazeera or El Mundo. She is member of Global Voices.

Graba tu pleno

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Graba tu pleno (Film Your Plenary) is a citizen platform that defends the right to film the plenary sessions of Spanish City Councils, considering that this is “essential if there is to be transparency in management and to promote civic participation in politics.” The platform was set up to protest against the fact that many City Councils do not allow filming at plenary sessions or throw out people carrying cameras, and to denounce that this can be a breach of legal duty and abuse of power by the municipal officers in question.


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Una compañía multiplataforma formada por un grupo de creativos que unifican una Agencia de Marketing Digital y Desarrollos Interactivos. Experto en la influencia de las nuevas plataformas en el lanzamiento de grupos musicales, herramientas en red que existen actualmente más idóneas para este cometido y cuáles son los caminos que se abren de cara a los próximos años.

Gastón Infantino

Throughout his entire career, Gastón Infantino has been involved in businesses and start-ups linked to music and technology. Since the late nineties, this Argentinean has been running Hiperforma, an agency specialising in Digital Design, Marketing and Advertising. He currently works with a series of independent artists, with whom he is designing different strategic plans to develop digital content, communication and distribution platforms that will allow them to publicise their works and reach for the stars, without the need to sign up to a record company.

Francisco Jurado Gilabert

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Francisco Jurado Gilabert holds a degree in Law, specialising in the Philosophy of Law. He is an activist in the 15M movement and participates in projects such as Democracia 4.0 and #OpEuribor.


Josian Llorente

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Josianito is a digital facilitator, cultural manager and activist in general. An architect by training, he works on technology projects from their social, cultural and educational sides, and vice versa. He does things passionately. He was there when the ex-eXgae and the FCForum took their first steps. He currently lives in San Sebastián, where he organises the digital creation labs within the Tabakalera project and the Hirikia/Puerto Abierto work system for the free culture and shared knowledge programme of Donostia-San Sebastian European Capital of Culture 2016.



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Minileaks is a transparent, open citizen initiative that publishes documents relating to all types of documented abuses, no matter how small they may be. It offers total confidentiality to people who have something to report. The Minileaks team evaluates the interest of the documents submitted and tries to find out the versions of other parties and to ensure the veracity of the data before publishing them.

Twitter: @MiniLeaks

Open Knowledge Foundation

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The Open Knowledge Foundation is a UK based non-profit organisation that promotes open knowledge in all its forms. It works in a range of areas, promoting the idea of open knowledge, organising events, working on open knowledge projects, providing infrastructure and resources to projects and communities, empowering open knowledge communities around the world and promoting publications and research.

Data journalism handbook

The Data Journalism Handbook is an initiative of the European Journalism Centre and the Open Knowledge Foundation. It is a reference book for anybody interested in data journalism. It is free, open source and available under a Creative Commons licence, so that anybody can read, copy, share, re-use and re-distribute it.

Vicent Partal

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Vicent Partal is a journalist who has worked at Diari de Barcelona, Catalunya Ràdio and other media outlets. He was one of the Catalan pioneers in exploring the Internet in relation to journalism. In 1995, along with Jordi Vendrell, he created L’Inernauta, the first European radio programme to focus exclusively on the Internet, the first ever in Catalan, and one of the first to be downloadable as a podcast. Also in 1995, he founded, the first Catalan independent digital newspaper, which he currently directs.

Quadrature du Net

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Quadrature du Net is a French advocacy group. It has led the European campaign against the Telecoms Package which is being debated in Europe, and the introduction of sanctions such as disconnecting users of P2P networks.

Qué hacen los Diputados

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Qué hacen los Diputados (What Members of Parliament Do) is a project that uses all available means to publicise the parliamentary agenda and links to parliamentary working documents, such as PDFs of bills and control session questions. It also disseminates media reports of parliamentary sessions, compiles the professional and political career of Members of Parliament and explains what their job entails and how the Congress works. The team is developing an application that will allow citizens to monitor Members of Parliament and to exhaustively collect – along with the biographical, professional and fiscal data – a summary of oral questions, questions with a written response that they pose in Parliament, and their attendance.

Howard Rheingold

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Howard Rheingold is a North American critic and essayist who specialises in information technologies and their cultural, social and political repercussions. He became famous for coining the term ‘smart mobs’ in his book The Next Social Revolution, to refer to a new kind of social organisation that is generated and structured by means of new information and communications technologies. Earlier, he had come up with the term ‘virtual community’ which he understands as an essential element for the development of decentralised democracy. Rheingold is an expert in the behaviour of networked multitudes.

Reporteros Sin Fronteras

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Reporteros Sin Fronteras (Reporters Without Borders) work to protect freedom of the press, defending journalists and collaborators who are persecuted or jailed for exercising their profession, denouncing the mistreatment and torture that journalists face in many countries, fighting against laws that restrict freedom of the press, giving grants to help media outlets or journalists who find themselves in these situations, helping to cover legal and medical costs and helping the families of those affected, and trying to improve the safety of journalists.

Enemigos de internet

Enemigos de internet (Enemies of the Internet) is a report by Reporteros Sin Fronteras that looks at freedom of information on the Internet. It reports on countries where there is a mix of difficulties with Internet access, a high level of filtering, monitoring of cyber-dissidents and digital propaganda.

Juan Luis Sánchez

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Juan Luis Sánchez, a journalist specialising in digital content and new media, is Deputy Director of He was a co-founder of Periodismo Humano, and its editor until January 2012. He has been a correspondent in Morocco, Kosovo, the Sahara and Spain. His coverage of the emergence of the ?15M movement? in Spain has been widely published and quoted in the Spanish media (El País, Cadena SER, La Sexta, 20minutos, Público, lainformació, Foreign Policy) and the international press, such as the New York Times and The Washington Post. He contributes to radio station Cadena SER.


Lali santiumenge

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Lali Sandiuminge is a freelance journalist. She has lived in Lima, Brussels, Rabat and Cairo, and has contributed to many media outlets such as La Vanguardia, El Periódico, El Temps, Icat FM, TimeOut and the programme Gran Angular on Spanish network TVE. She has closely monitored the evolution of blogs and their power as a “tool for social change”, particularly since she arrived in Egypt in 2004. Through her blog “Guerreros del Teclado” (Keyboard Warriors) she tracks numerous cyberactivists in Egypt and other Arabic countries.

Richard Stallman

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Richard Stallman founded the Free Software Movement in 1983 and began developing the GNU operating system in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone is free to copy it and re-distribute it, as well as to make changes either large or small. The GNU / Linux system – basically the GNU operating system with Linux added – is used on tens of millions of computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a McArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award and the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several honorary doctorates.

Sueldos Públicos

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Sueldos Públicos (Public Salaries) is the first Spanish digital newspaper that reports on the earnings of those in public office. It consists of two sections: a data base of information on the gross income of all public office bearers who have been elected at different levels of government in Spain, and a digital newspaper that brings readers news from the world of politics with an emphasis on public expenditure, savings, squandering and corruption.


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In their own words, Telecomix is a “telecommunist” Internet and data group who love robots and people. They fight to protect and improve the Internet, and defend the free flow of data, without technological barriers or geographical borders. During the elections in Iran they participated in the creation of VPN tunnels and proxies to offer users secure connections. Their extensive wiki includes information on legislation and campaigns related to the defense of the Internet, as well as how-to guides and services for releasing censored information. They also participated in the fight against the communication blackout in Egypt last year.

Tor project

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Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that helps people to improve their security and privacy on the Internet. It provides a range of applications that allow individuals and organisations to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy. It also enables software developers to create new communication tools with built-in privacy features.

Tor is and has been very useful in situations of repression and persecution of freedom on the Internet.

Tu derecho a saber

Tu derecho a saber (Your Right to Know) is the first Spanish website that enables users to request information from any public institution in the country. “Ask whatever you like. We will ensure that it reaches the person in charge, and we will notify you when there is a reply. The whole process is transparent and public so that you and the rest of the world can monitor it.”

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Wikiconstitution Island

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Iceland has been drawing up its Constitution with unprecedented levels of citizen participation through the Internet and social networks, including Facebook and Twitter. The draft is being prepared by the Constituent Assembly, made up of 25 people chosen from 522 candidates. Each week, Icelanders can examine the new articles that have been proposed and express their agreement or disagreement by commenting on the website.

Robert Bjarnson

Robert Bjarnson is President and Co-Founder of the Citizens Foundation of Iceland, which provides open-source civic engagement platforms. Created in 2008 in the wake of Iceland’s economic collapse and loss of trust in politicians, the Citizens Foundation is made up of civic hackers who stepped in to encourage citizen participation in governance. Their key offering is the ?Open Active Democracy? platform, which helps citizens debate and prioritise issues.