Where to put your energies? Evidence on Gender as Collective Intelligence key factor

I have been working or part of many institutions or collective processes. I would say every 2 years I have experienced a new institutional settings at least during the past 15 years. There are institutions who care about the people working on them, who has a soul that connects with yours, and make you feel loved, supported and appreciated. And there are institutions in which the moments of frustration are very frequent, as well as the occasions to feel to be discriminated, or that there is lack of understanding of your values. I would say some of this has to do with the connection with you (and what you represent (being young, women, regarding your origins, etc), but also with the stage of the collective process and the “personality” of the community as a whole. I arrived to the conclusion that gender policy is of great relevance in explaining this, not only regarding women situation, but in setting up the overall community caring framework/personality. However, the importance of gender policy is not pointed out frequently, while the level of resources, or presence of key individuals is to me overrated.

Recently Science and PLOS published a couple of studies (links below) that in certain degree point to similar directions. Groups which are more participative, dialogue oriented and with more women (linked to great empathy capacity) result in higher collective intelligence. Plus, this no matter if the groups engages online or offline.

So, when choosing where to put your energies considering the atmosphere of collective caring and participation, and the gender approach might be good criteria – for everyone not only for women -. Others and you might feel more appreciated and the whole process might be more intelligent and effective.

What others think about these results?


Authors reporting at NYT


Evidence for a Collective Intelligence Factor in the Performance of Human Groups. By Anita Williams Woolley, Christopher F. Chabris, Alex Pentland, Nada Hashmi, Thomas W. Malone. Science 29 October 2010 http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330/6004/686

Reading the Mind in the Eyes or Reading between the Lines? Theory of Mind Predicts Collective Intelligence Equally Well Online and Face-To-Face. By David Engel, Anita Williams Woolley, Lisa X. Jing, Christopher F. Chabris, Thomas W. Malone. PLOS One Dec 2014 http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0115212

Benkler Barcelona 25 Feb 2015


Commons, public space network and geopolitics of Internet Presentation of the book «The Wealth of Networks» by Yochai Benkler

(Spanish translation will be provided TRADUCCION AL CASTELLANO ONLINE)

Can we gain an economy, politics and society of the commons? Idea of the Commons and the Future of Capitalism. The political importance of CBPP and its very strong continued relevance.

#Commons #p2pvalue

Talk by Yochai Benkler @CCCB Feb 25 18:30-20:30

Presented by Mayo Fuster Morell

Moderator: Joan Subirats

Row 0 (P2P promotors or experts invited): Floren Cabello (Traducciones procomun), Nuria Alabao (La Hidra), Lorena Fuster (Tramod UB: Trajectories of modernity), Liliana Arroyo (Eticas), Anna Monjo (ICARIA Editorial), Josep Lladós Masllorens (Director IN3), Ramon Roca  and Josep Jordana (guifi.net), Andreu Meixide (BccN Barcelona Creative Commons Film Festical), Ismael Peña-López (UOC), Jorge Salcedo, Wouter Tebbens, Rubén Martínez and Marco Berlinguer (IGOPnet.cc), Samer Hassan (GRASIA/UAB and P2Pvalue), Leandro Navarro (CONFINE and Pangea.org),  David Laniado (Dcent), Eduard Aibar (UOC), David Gomez (Amical Wikmedia), Javier Creus (Pentagrowth), Karma Peiró Rubio and Ignasi Alcalde (OKFN Spain), Concha Catalan (opengov.cat), Guillermo Rojo (XES – Solidarian Economy Network), Maria Garcia Perulero (Goteo), Juanlu Sanchez (eldiario.es), Quim Guitart (communia.org), Peter Matjasic (Open Society Foundations), Leda Guidi (Iperbole – civic network and digital agenda of Bologna City Council), Valentina Bazzarin, Alejandro Perez and Jordi Bonet (Podem Cat), Sir Jaron Rowan (BAU), Francisco Jurado (Democracia 4.0), Tomas Diez (BCN Fab Lab), Sol Polo (FAD / Design Beats), Elisenda Ardèvol (Mediaccions UOC), Ignasi Labastida (Creative Commons), Arnau Monterde (Tecnopolítica de l’IN3), Monica Garriga (CitiznesSqKm), Nacis Vives (itinerarium.cat),  Joan Batlle (Barcelona Lab), Gloria Molins (Trip4real.com), Mar Alarcón (socialcar.com).

among others.

Madrid streammed connection: Marcos Garcia (Commons Lab/Laboratorio del Procomun (Media Lab Prado), Victor Sampedro (Máster CCCD), Pablo Ojanguren and Antonio Tenorio Fornés (GRASIA/UAB and P2Pvalue).

Conference on occasion of the publication of the work in Spanish  “The Wealth of Networks” (published  in Spanish by Icaria Editorial).

When? 25 February 2015 From 18:30 to 20:30 talk. The event will continue in a networking meet up.



CCCB – Montalegre, 5 – 08001 Barcelona

Classroom 1 (Limited capacity)

Afterword (20:30 onward) there will be a networking meet up at CCCBar.

Madrid: There will be an streaming of the event organized by Media Lab Prado (Plaza de las Letras. Calle Alameda, 15. 28014 Madrid). Participants in Madrid will be able to send questions for the debate.

Online: Streaming will be provided from this same website (http://igopnet.cc/benkler-barcelona-25-feb-2015)


Expanded debate on Identica/Twitter: #Commons

Organization: Organized by IGOP.net.cc, P2Pvalue.eu European project, CCCB Lab.

Collaboration: Ed. Icaria, Commons Lab/Laboratorio del Procomun and Máster CCCD (Media Lab Prado), Traducciones procomun, Communia

Support: Spanish Chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Society Foundation  Initiative for Europe

◾ Resources on Benkler work:

Benkler’s website

Review of Benkler’s work in occasion of the publication of “La Riqueza de las reded” by Mayo Fuster Morell EnglishCastellano –  Catala

Index of “La riqueza de las redes” (Spanish version of The wealth of networks), and introduction by Floren Cabello and Andoni Alonso, and foreword by Mayo Fuster Morell (Castellano)

Yochai Benkler is a professor at theFaculty of Law and co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He is the author of the book – recently published by Icaria in Spanish – “The Wealth of Networks” benchmark studies Internet and society. His work examines the ways in which information technologies allow extensive forms of collaboration can have transformative consequences for the economy and society

The research Benkler is developed in three areas connected. On the one hand, “peer production based on the common good” as collaborative initiatives of free software that Wikipedia is becoming the emerging production model and reference. On the other hand, introduced the concept of public space network, and analyzes to what extent is the process of transforming public policy and political mobilization. Finally, an expert on Internet policy and architecture to new technologies. Through these lines of work explores the hypothesis of the emergence of a third organizational model commons, which would break the pairing state – market, and would favor greater centrality and empowerment of civil society as an agent.

From these key reading Benkler incorporate elements to understand the change of time in Spain.

Mayo Fuster Morell is a researcher at the Institute of Government and Public Policy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. One expert in the governance of communities based on collaborative production between equals. P2Pvalue directs research on conditions that favor the creation of value in the production network. One member of the Open Knowledge Foundation and the Wikimedia Foundation.

Joan Subirats Humet is professor of Political Science at UAB and researcher at the Institute of Government and Public Policy at the University Autonoma of Barcelona. Hir areas of research include public policy analysis, democratic innovation, public participation and local and regional government. He has published numerous books, including the Spanish Urban Policies (2011) and sociedad Otra, otra ¿politics? “Not to represent us” democracy of the policy.

Report Barcelona CAPS Infoday

On 9th February 2015 took place in Barcelona the CAPS Infoday. CAPS (Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation”) is a call for funding projects under the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission. The event was coordinated by IGOPnet.cc/P2Pvalue (Mayo Fuster Morell) and organized by the several European projects in Barcelona (D-CENT and CONFINE), and the hosting of Fab Lab.* 100 people attended the event.

The Barcelona CAPS Infoday provided an overview of the upcoming CAPS call deadline 14 April 2015. Overall budget 36M.


In a first session, Loretta Anania (CAPS officer) presented the CAPS call. Plus, an extended session of answer and questions around CAPS funding took place. Anania informally commented that it was the Indoday in which she received more questions :-). Questions such as the type of license of the projects, or good composition for the consortium were addressed.The slides of Anania presentations are availeble here.

The video of this first session with Loretta Anania is available here.



In a second session, several projects funded under the first (previous) call of CAPS were presented. In concrete, P2Pvalue project (presented by Mayo Fuster Morell of IGOPnet.cc). Fuster Morell provided an overview of the project and data on the extended research on collaborative production resulting from the project first year. Data such as which is the overall budget of social innovations project, governance models of collaborative projects or which are the conditions that favor value creation. Her presentation slides are available here.


D-CENT another CAPS project already funded was presented by David Laniado (Barcelona Media). Laniado provided an overview of the project and explained its main achievements. D-CENT is creating privacy-aware tools and applications for direct democracy and economic empowerment. Together with the citizens and developers, D-CENT is creating a decentralised social networking platform for large-scale collaboration and decision-making. Laniado slides are available here.


CONFINE – another european project in line with CAPS spirit – was presented by Leandro Navarro (Politecnic University of Catalonia). CONFINE promote the integration of large community networks in Europe. Navarro slides are availeble here.

Monica Garriga (from IGOPnet.cc) also provided an example of community experiment – CitizensSqKm – part of CONFINE growing under community networks wireless insfrastructure. Garriga’s slides.

SOM CONNEXIO – Local experience

Local experiences – not funded by CAPS – but that provide of example of CAPS type of projects were also present. Mercè Botella presented Som Connexió. A cooperative for communication sovereignty.

FAB LAB – Local event host

Last but not least. The local hosters of the CAPS Infoday was presented. Tomas Diez provided an introduction of Fab Labs movement and the case of Barcelona Fab Lab, the first Fab Lab to appear and becoming an international reference.

Then an alive discussion take place.

The video of the projects presentations is availeble here.

The day ended up with networking events in order to present and discuss ideas for the next CAPS call.

At the Open Space to present and discuss participants’ ideas and foster informal networking (Moderator by Samer Hassan (GRASIA/UCM, P2Pvalue) and supported by Chris Pinchen (P2PFoundation, P2Pvalue)). There were fast short presentations of CAPS ideas, and then high quality interaction in small groups about each. Video of the open space presentation of CAPS ideas.

CAPS Call CAPS2015 deadline 14 April 2015 

As the deadline for submitting proposals to the current CAPS (Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation) call is approaching (14 April), plenty of events, with free attendance but required pre-registration, will be providing insights into Digital Social Innovation aspects in the next weeks:

Brussels, 17 February // Shaping the Future of Digital Social Innovation in Europe – Final conference of the Digital Social Innovation EU study.

The study explores how emerging digital technologies, and the digital economy can transform society by mobilisation of collective action and enable a more collaborative economy, new ways of making, citizen participation, sustainability and social innovation. On www.digitalsocial.eu you can read more about the research and explore the network of DSI organisations. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shaping-the-future-of-digital-social-innovation-in-europe-registration-14720795295

20 February  is the deadline for submitting truly multidisciplinary papers to the 2nd International Conference on Internet Science – Societies, Governance and Innovation http://internetscienceconference.eu/call-for-papers/

Paris 24 February // (last) info/consultation day on CAPS – info and registration at http://www.montesquieu-instituut.nl/id/vjr3c7td5vps/agenda/caps_info_day_paris?ctx=vg8xdjeo1zoj&tab=1&start_tab1=84 , https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/events/cf/caps-info-day-paris-2015/register.cfm

Brussels, 25 March // CAPS will also hold, as a public event, a joint concertation AND consultation meeting (for the next Horizon 2020 calls in CAPS, including on the new topic of distributed architectures for decentralised data management) on 25 March in Brussels, http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/collective-awareness-platforms-sustainability-and-social-innovation-caps-consultation-meeting, just before the opening of the Net Futures 2015 Conference http://netfutures2015.eu

Brussels from May 27 to 29 // 2nd International Conference on Internet Science – Societies, Governance and Innovation http://internetscienceconference.eu/call-for-papers/

CAPS Conference 2015 July 7th and 8th 2015 Brussels
The CAPS Conference 2015 will took place in Brussels 7th and 8th July 2015. It will be a great occasion to get to know other social innovations projects in Europe.

* Thank you to Laura del Castillo and Jorge Salcedo for the support organizing the event. The videos were recorded by Chris Pinchen.

CAPS Infoday Barcelona

Info/consultation day on CAPS Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS)
9th Febreary 2015 – From 10 to 18h – Fab Lab Barcelona (Carrer Pujades 102, Barcelona)
The Infoday will provide participants with  an overview of the upcoming Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation CAPS Call under Horizon 2020. The event  will also feature panel discussions, pitches and informal networking as  well as an introduction to the CAPS2015 event. The goal is  to help you refining your ideas for research and pilot projects in this  new emerging area, so to come up with even better, if perhaps fewer,  inclusive and scalable ideas. The event will also be an occasion to  discuss with you the plans for the next calls in this area. 
CAPS2015 deadline 14 April 2015 
Overall budget 36M 
Follow @CAPS2020EU #CAPSSI
Registration is free but needed. Only few places left.


Carrer Pujades 102
08005, Barcelona
Metro Station: Bogatell
Metro Line: L4 (yellow)
Tel: (+34) 93 3209520

Agenda of the day:

9:30  Registration
10 – 11:15h Presentation of the 2nd CAPS call, with Questions & Answers (also received  through #CAPSSI) 
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 – 13:45 Panel: Defining tomorrow’s CAPS

Are  distributed architectures for decentralised data management an essential element of such an ecosystem? How can CAPS solutions scale  up?  How to ensure real openness? Insights from  european projects, local experiences and the general public discussion. 

Moderation: Local woman with experience in European projects 
European projects: P2Pvalue (Mayo Fuster Morell – IGOPnet.cc), Dcent (David Laniado – Barcelona Media), and CONFINE (Leandro Navarro  – Politecnic University of Catalonia)
Local  expereriences: Som Connexió (Mercè Botella) and Fab Lab (Tomas Diez)
13:45 – 14:45 Lunch break. Affordable food will be available at Fab Lab.
14:45 – 16h Open Space to present and discuss participants’ ideas and foster informal networking. 
Moderator: Samer Hassan (GRASIA/UCM, P2Pvalue) 
Methodology:  Fast short presentations of CAPS ideas, and high quality interaction in small groups about each  
You can suggest a project presentation directly here https://titanpad.com/CAPSideas or contacting the moderator (<samer@fdi.ucm.es>)
16h on Networking event facilitated by P2Pvalue
Facilitator:  Chris P2Pvalue (chris@p2pvalue.eu)
Methodology: Skills and connecting ideas bazar

Infoday contacts:

Local contact: Mayo Fuster Morell – P2Pvalue.eu (mayo.fuster@eui.eu) 0034-648877748
Venue contact FAB LAB: Luciana Asinari  <luciana.asinari@iaac.net>



Social movements and the Internet

Monday November 10, has finished in the IGOP (UAB) the last of the three seminars by Guiomar Rovira, Professor at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Xochimilco in Mexico City. The seminars dealt the interrelation of Internet and social movements. Guiomar Rovira illustrated how Internet stands as Hypermedia and breaks the hegemonic media circle formed by parties, Mass Media and Public Opinion. The type of medium becomes dramatized the confluence of the Internet press, radio and television and have no specific language only but a multiplicity. In turn, it generated an interactive space where transmitter-receiver patterns are modified and exchanged. This creates the thing that social movements cannot rely solely on traditional media for media coverage and visibility and a great change in the ecology of these last.

The teacher Rovira has hold the importance of military source in parallel with the Internet action individuals called Hackers, holders of libertarian ideas and the impetus to connect, share and access information through networking. In the germination process of the medium together several disparate goals. Internet as a tool for control purposes as opposed military and as a tool that fosters empowerment.

Several theories elucidate and describe the incidence of Hypermedia and generate hypotheses about this. First, the idea that the Internet holds a structure of risoma. The risoma, a botanical term that is often used to describe weed, was used by Deleuze and Guattari, to describe the heterogeneous, diverse and constitutively impure connection that characterizes the network.

The term Netwar, developed by a US Think Tank introduces the concept of network warfare and sits as contemporary wars. To elucidate this concept, Rovira uses the example of the 1994 Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, Mexico. This social movement to prevent the repression of indigenous people, was structured information networks and mobilizing a transnational network of solidarity with Chiapas prevented brutal repression and global media coverage of the protest was generated. These networks allow lower cost, faster and instant hinge on par Expectant necessary incentive for obtaining information collective.

Various social movements that have occurred have been subsequently organized and articulated in networks like the global justice movement in Seattle in 1999, the movement of opposition to the 2003 Iraq war, the Arab Spring etc. The spread of the symbols, the emergence of citizens in the streets, the crowds connected and citizen journalism using social networks help facilitate these movements but it is noteworthy that after the protest and not before, when more followers usually host these networks and protests. Rovira also highlights the critical cyberculture that includes several aspects; Wikileaks, Anonymous, Kaos Computer Club which, by claiming Hacktivism maximum privacy rights for citizens and complete transparency and visibility for power and employ tools such as blocking the flow of information, expanding free software decryption etc, to achieve their goals.

The general optimism phenomenon of emergence of a new medium is a fact that has already happened with the media today are defined as traditional. Internet capabilities have often been interpreted under the technological determinism and strong hope for this, but it should be added that the possibility of emancipation does not guarantee the symbolic power. We note that the Internet is a change of era, for example, in terms of horizontality of information and organization of social movements, a platform where there is a chance to defend the “common”, where new forms of spatiality occur, and the confluence of the local and global. Although these facts are not new in themselves, today there are more tools to transform activism and the difficulties imposed on the slower and less simultaneous involvement with the absence of diffusion networks.

Still, we should not ignore the possible dystopian scenario of absolute control, where our data are sold and controlled. The complexity of these events makes us wonder what kind of changes will be generated in the various ways of political participation and how will be modified the public space.

Debate & Presentación Libro: Repensando “El Cuarto Poder en Red” de Victor Sampedro a la luz de las investigaciones de IGOPnet. 5 De Noviembre en ZZZINC.


scale.phpEl 5 de noviembre a las 18:00hIGOPnet junto con ZZZINC han organizado un encuentro con Víctor Sampedro para debatir su reciente libro El Cuarto Poder en Red.

En el El Cuarto Poder en Red  Sampedro propone un periodismo de código libre. En palabras de Sampedro: “Una profesión, más necesaria que nunca. Pero no en su versión actual y obsoleta, queagoniza como modelo de negocio y profesional. La convulsión creada por WikiLeaks ha demostrado que es posible realizar un periodismo al servicio de la ciudadanía. Que así ejerce de contrapoder, como actor político-comunicativo de pleno de derecho. El periodismo de denuncia se convierte, entonces, en undeber social, distribuido y ejercido por cualquiera. Promovido y canalizado por profesionales que, ligados a sus comunidades, generan con ellas espacios deopinión pública crítica y sanción política. Una reactualización delos ideales de la Ilustración. Ahora invocados por nativos digitales, que defienden la neutralidad de una Red amenazada por el espionaje estatal-corporativo”.

Así mismo en el debate intervendrán miembros de IGOPnet, CIDOB, y ZZZINC.

EL_cuarto_poder_en_redMarco Berlinguer, Mayo Fuster Morell, Ruben Martinez, Jorge Salcedo, Joan Subirats, y Wouter Tebbens, entre otr@s,  de IGOPnet intervendrán a partir de los resultados de investigaciones en el campo de la producción colaborativa y espacio publico procomun en red.  Tales como: Proyecto EuropeoP2PValue: Condiciones que favorecen la creación de valor en la producción colaborativa procomun en red; Información, cultura y conocimiento: nuevas prácticas ciudadanas y nuevas políticas públicas. Un estudio de caso comparado entre España y los Estados Unidos (ley Sinde versus ley SOPA);  Hacia un nuevo Policy Making? Más allá de Internet como herramienta ” martillo ” – herramienta de la vieja política; Modelos emergentes de sostenibilidad audiovisual en la era digital; y Juventud, Internet y Participación.

5 de Noviembre – 18-20h

ZZZINC | C/Sant Vicenç 33 (local), 08001 Barcelona


Launch and Data Jam of the P2Pvalue Directory of Commons Based Peer Production – 12th March 2014

Join us Wednesday March 12th for the launch and Data Jam (hackathon) of the P2Pvalue Directory of Commons Based Peer ProductionP2Pvalue_logo1

Commons Based Peer Production (CBPP) means collaborative production and sharing of resources among peers under commons settings. From the initial cases, such as Wikipedia and FLOSS, recently there has been an expansion to other areas of activity, such as citizen science, product design, management of common spaces and open data sources.

The mission of the Directory of Commons Based Peer Production  is mapping the diffusion and hybridization of peer production by collecting and typifying digital platforms or projects that are Commons Based Peer Productions (CBPP).

The directory currently holds more than 300 cases of CBPP such as platforms for collective research, citizen journalism, peer to peer financing, and hackerspaces. Projects that produce software, hardware, texts, images, videos, music or sounds, collaborative research projects that give access to the data, and produce resources for public use.

The directory serves as a valuable tool for anyoneinterested on CBPP such as “commoners”, “prosumers” or researchers. It also aims to give visibility to the CBPP and support the networking among CBPP projects.

The directory itself is based on collaborative production. Join the collaborative mapping of CBPP: Reuse and remix the data, insert new cases, send your feedback on the directory design, etc. The data contributed to the directory is published with an open license and accessible through our API or for downloaded in various formats.

To celebrate the launch we will be hosting a P2Pvalue Data Jam 12th March 2014, a collective effort to populate the directory and document as many examples of CBPP as possible.

Additionally, on the day we will be having a live streamed program with introduction to the P2Pvalue project, and with instruction on how to use the directory and discussion around CBPP issues. Starting at 11:30 am (+1 GMT), Mayo Fuster Morell (IGOPnet.cc) will talk about the P2Pvalue research on delimitation criteria of CBPP and the conditions that favor CBPP. (12:45h) David Rozas (University of Surrey) will explain the directory from a technical perspective. (13:45h) Antonio Tenorio (UCM) will present Kune, a decentralized platform also resulting from the P2Pvalue project. (17h) There will be presentations of cases such as Guifi.net (by Jaume Barcelo and Pedro) and (18h) Goteo.org (by Maria G. Perulero). Finally (19h), there will be a discussion group on “Analyzing value in CBPP experiences” moderated by Mayo Fuster Morell and with interventions by Michel Bauwens (P2PFoundation), Marco Berlinguer (IGOPnet.cc) and Marcos García (Medialab Prado).

How to join the Data Jam (12th March 2014)?


Live streaming link: http://p2pvalue.eu or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRE7D1CHamQ
@P2Pvalue Hash tags #P2PDATAJAM and #P2PVALUE

Local Data Jam:
Local Data Jam will take place in Barcelona, Madrid, and Quito(timetable and physical address availeble here http://p2pdatajam.titanpad.com/1) Organize a local Data Jam also if you like around your place!
Mailing list:

The directory development is supported by the European ProjectP2Pvalue.eu(Techno-social platform for sustainable models and value generation in commons-based peer production in the Future Internet), and promoted by a consortium of organizations including P2Pvalue project partner members (mainly: IGOPnet.cc (conceptualization and coordination of CBPP Directory), University of Surrey (technical development of the Directory) and P2P Foundation (dissemination of the Directory)), and the contribution of the other partners of the project GRASIA – Complutense University of Madrid, CNRS and University of Milan), and the support of the Spanish Chapter of Open Knowledge Foundation, among others.

TheP2P Data Jam Team are(coordination) Ruben Martinez (IGOPnet.cc) ruben@leyseca.net @RubenMartinez David Rozas (University of Surrey) david.rozas@gmail.com @drozas and Kevin Flanagan (P2P Foundation) kevin@p2pvalue.eu @flgnk Plus, Mayo Fuster Morell (IGOPnet.cc) mayo.fuster@eui.eu @lilaroja Jorge Salcedo (IGOPnet.cc) @jorgelsalcedo and Antonio Tapiador (UCM) atapiador@ucm.es @atapiador

About the reform of the Spanish Intellectual Property Law

By Jorge L. Salcedo

(New blog article by Mayo Fuster and Jorge L. Salcedo «De la Ley Sinde a la de Propiedad Intelectual: menos libertad en la red, ¿menor movilización?». At Interferencias – eldiario.es)

On February 14th 2014, the Spanish Council of Ministers approved the draft Reform Act of the Intellectual Property Law, which the Parliament will be discussing in the coming months. Among the new elements of this draft reform is the so-called “Google tax ” to be paid by aggregators to news publishers; tougher penalties against violators of Intellectual Property Law; a greater supervision of the work done by management entities and a greater power for the so-called Intellectual Property Commission. There is no recognition of licenses other than copyright.

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Studying Commons Based Peer Production, ‘an expanding new frontier’

“This is a new frontier and this frontier is expanding in quite an impressive way”, Marco Berlinguer (IGOPnet) opened the roundtable discussion at the first public presentation of the P2Pvalue Project, which took place on the 22nd of January at the CCCB in Barcelona. P2Pvalue Project is a large project developed by a consortium of 6 institutions (University of Surrey, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Stichtung Peer to Peer Alternatives (P2P Foundation), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Università degli Studi di Milano),with more than 20 researchers, developers/hackers and commoners.

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