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Rosa Borge: «Decidim allows for mass public participation»

Spain’s 15-M movement caused political upheaval that led, firstly, to the creation of new political parties and, secondly, to the development of public participation tools designed to foster a more direct, participatory and deliberative form[…]

WhatsApp and the mediation of personal relatioships during the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic AppsCOVID19Impacte socialImpacto socialInterdisciplinarityResearch

WhatsApp and the mediation of personal relatioships during the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic

By Marc Esteve Del Valle. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Media and Journalism Studies at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and an external associate researcher in the Communication Networks & Social[…]

A Community of Practice: Approach to Improving Gender Equality in Research GenderICTSocial impactWomen

A Community of Practice: Approach to Improving Gender Equality in Research

By Rachel Palmén and Jörg Müller, researchers from the IN3 group GenTIC (Gender & ICT: Researching Gender in the Network Society), presenting the 1st Edition of ‘A Community of Practice Approach to Improving Gender Equality[…]

The Network Society Today: (Revisiting) Manuel Castells’ Information Age Trilogy InterdisciplinarityInternetOpen dataResearchSocial Networks

The Network Society Today: (Revisiting) Manuel Castells’ Information Age Trilogy

Publication of The Network Society Today special issue By Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol, researcher from Communication Networks & Social Change (CNSC) IN3 research group. Her main area of study is Mobile Communication since combined with sociological and[…]

Desired immobility and hypermobility Interdisciplinarity

Desired immobility and hypermobility

Gig economy in highly skilled tasks: the invisible link with migration patterns, desired immobility, and hypermobility By Alisa Petroff, postdoctoral researcher at the IN3 research group Gender and ICT (GenTIC). Petroff has developed a research[…]

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The effects of mass surveillance

The “Data Society Research Seminar: Behind Data and Algorithms – Actors, logics and cultures behind digital technologies” took place last week on 16 June at Malmö University. There to speak at the event were Andrea[…]

“Many activists enjoy climate change” Interdisciplinarity

“Many activists enjoy climate change”

“It’s a climate paradox. There’s a widespread and broadly shared consensus about the climate as a real danger. However, despite the mobilization of all kinds of social, technical and institutional mechanisms, climate change continues apace.”[…]

Transnational networks of Ibero-American women in the silent era GenderImpacte socialImpacto socialInterdisciplinarityLiterary StudiesRecercaResearchWomen

Transnational networks of Ibero-American women in the silent era

By Ainamar Clariana-Rodagut, researcher at the IN3 group GlobaLS (Global Literary Studies Research Lab). She is a doctoral student in the Information and Knowledge Society program at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). She is writing[…]

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The UOC is taking part in the development of a European certificate for gender equality in research and innovation

Only a third (33%) of the research staff in all the countries of the European Union are women – 39% in Catalonia and 40% in Spain The project is part of the European Commission’s commitment[…]

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Transparency and digital literacy to combat political and affective polarization

Social and political polarization is one of the challenges facing contemporary societies. The Heurística association and the Tecnopolítica unit of the the UOC IN3 Communication Networks & Social Change (CNSC) research group organized the round[…]

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On the way to consolidating a feminist economy

The eighth edition of the well-known Congress of Feminist Economics (Congreso de Economía Feminista) will be held in Barcelona from 16 to 18 March 2023. This is a key event for strengthening the ties between[…]

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Ageism, loneliness and culture: How do older people learn to use new technologies?

Online meetings in the Diversity, Culture and Older People series were held in March and April this year (2022). The event was organized by Apropa Cultura, an organization of cultural programmers in Catalonia and the[…]

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“I took the opportunity offered by the UOC to get a grant for doing my PhD, while also being part of the IN3”

Rafael David Tordecilla Madera is a researcher receiving a grant at the UOC’s Internet Intedisdiplinary Institute (IN3), and an alumni of the doctoral programme in Network and Information Technologies of the UOC, jointly supervised by[…]

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The challenges of cybersecurity industry

A low level perspective By Álvaro Gómez, PhD in Electronic Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He is currently a member of the QinE research group in the Department of Electronic Engineering at the[…]

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How is the territory preparing for the next wildfire?

By Isabeau Ottolini, PhD Candidate at the UOC, Early Stage Researcher in the PyroLife Innovative Training Network and researcher in the IN3 group CareNet.  Her research focuses on Community-based wildfire communication. For this, Isabeau is[…]

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Gender bias in Wikipedia

Analysing behaviour linked to editing and the collaborative knowledge creation process By David Ramírez-Ordóñez, PhD student of Information and Knowledge Society at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC); Núria Ferran-Ferrer, is a professor of the University[…]

How to use QR codes properly Articles

How to use QR codes properly

By Jordi Serra Ruiz, researcher of the IN3’s KISON group QR codes already existed well before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but they were much less commonplace. They were sometimes used in museums or leaflets so that[…]

Javier Borge:”Data allow you to address issues that were previously unimaginable” Complex SystemsSmart CitiesSocial impact

Javier Borge:”Data allow you to address issues that were previously unimaginable”

Javier Borge Holthoefer is the principal investigator in the UOC IN3 Complex Systems research group (CoSIN3). It is a multidisciplinary team that uses computational tools, data science and complex systems to respond to problems in[…]

Abel Gómez: “Model-driven engineering makes it possible to democratize software development” ResearchSoftware

Abel Gómez: “Model-driven engineering makes it possible to democratize software development”

Abel Gómez is a researcher in the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute‘s (IN3) Systems, Software and Models (SOM) Research Lab, and a member of the UOC’s Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications. In this interview, he[…]

Blockchain: applications beyond cryptocurrencies ArticlesResearch

Blockchain: applications beyond cryptocurrencies

By Cristina Pérez Solà & Víctor Garcia Font researchers of the IN3’s KISON group   In 2009, with the publication of the white paper Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System, an anonymous author, under the[…]

Providing help or informal care? The caring role of older adults ArticlesHealthOld Age

Providing help or informal care? The caring role of older adults

By Madelin Gómez-León, researcher at IN3’s Communication Networks and Social Change  Over the last century, one of the most significant changes in the population has been the unprecedented number of individuals reaching ages well into[…]

Chatbots are the key enabler of any eHealth initiative ArticlesHealthResearch

Chatbots are the key enabler of any eHealth initiative

The current pandemic has accelerated digital transformation in all sectors, including health. A huge number of digital health (or e-health) initiatives have proliferated and accelerated in the last couple of years. Broadly speaking, digital health[…]

The UOC hosts IPIN 2021, the world’s leading indoor positioning and navigation event ArticlesEducationResearch

The UOC hosts IPIN 2021, the world’s leading indoor positioning and navigation event

From 29 November to 2 December 2021, Hotel Evenia Palace in Lloret de MArprovided the venue for the IPIN 2021 International Conference on Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation, the world’s leading event in this field.[…]

MatchImpulsa: an action research programme to boost the feminist platformization of social economy ArticlesGenderPlatform EconomySocial impact

MatchImpulsa: an action research programme to boost the feminist platformization of social economy

  By Mayo Fuster Morell and Ricard Espelt, researchers at the IN3’s Dimmons research group, director and coordinator (respectively) of MatchImpulsa and the Barcelona UOC Chair in Digital Economy   The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted[…]

Ecological models to analyse online communication systems ArticlesComplex SystemsSocial Networks

Ecological models to analyse online communication systems

  By María Palazzi, researcher of the IN3’s CoSIN3 group   Online communication, especially on social media platforms, is characterized by information overloads, with practically anyone able to create and disseminate content. In this new[…]

Melissa Renau: “Glovo’s free login system is a double-edged sword” AppsArticlesSocial impact

Melissa Renau: “Glovo’s free login system is a double-edged sword”

  Melissa Renau is a predoctoral researcher at the UOC’s Doctoral School and member of the Dimmons Group at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3). She is currently carrying out research into the working conditions of[…]

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Gender and Data Science in Sport and Health workshop – Video

The Gender and Data Science in Sport and Health online conference took place on 26 and 27 October 2021. It brought together experts and professionals from a range of disciplines to share their gender perspective-embracing[…]

Will we see wireless in the manufacturing industry soon? ArticlesInternetTechnology StudiesTechnology transfer

Will we see wireless in the manufacturing industry soon?

  By Cristina Cano, Borja Martínez and Xavi Vilajosana, researchers of the IN3’s WiNe research group   Wireless technologies play an important part in the rising Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which promises to deliver[…]

The representation of femicide in media discourse ArticlesGenderWomen

The representation of femicide in media discourse

  By Mariana Aldrete, visiting researcher of the IN3’s CNSC group.   In 2018, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) reported that 14 Latin American nations were  among the[…]

Marc Guerrero: “Setting up a startup is a professional challenge” Global Positioning SystemsTechnology StudiesTechnology transfer

Marc Guerrero: “Setting up a startup is a professional challenge”

Marc Guerrero is a researcher in the Wireless Networks (WiNE) group at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3). Together with his fellow researchers from the same group Guillem Boquet, the full professor of the Faculty of Computer Science,[…]

The key role of local communities in biodiversity conservation ArticlesEnvironmentSustainability

The key role of local communities in biodiversity conservation

By Isabel Ruiz-Mallén, researcher of the IN3’s TURBA Lab research group   Biodiversity conservation and climate change are two sides of the same coin. Anticipating and dealing with climate change impacts can help to deter[…]

Israel Rodríguez: “Framing the pandemic as a health emergency means overlooking other important effects” CareCOVID19Social impact

Israel Rodríguez: “Framing the pandemic as a health emergency means overlooking other important effects”

Israel Rodríguez-Giralt is a researcher and the coordinator of the IN3’s Care and Preparedness in the Network Society (CareNet) research group. His research explores new ways of understanding and intervening in disaster situations, especially from[…]

Older people and life online: myths or evidence? AgeismICTOld Age

Older people and life online: myths or evidence?

  By Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol and Andrea Rosales, researchers of the IN3’s CNSC group.   The digital divide especially affects older people, often creating the impression that they have no life online at all. But you[…]

Intelligent Algorithms for Sustainable Transportation Big DataData AnalyticsEnvironmentLogisticsSmart CitiesSustainabilityWorkshop

Intelligent Algorithms for Sustainable Transportation

  Article by Majsa Ammouriova, Leandro do Carmo and Rafael Tordecilla, researchers of the IN3’s ICSO research group.   Transportation and logistics systems represent a key element in global economics and energy consumption, and play[…]

Science is not only knowledge; it is a whole state of mind! EducationTechnology Studies

Science is not only knowledge; it is a whole state of mind!

  By Sandrine Gallois, María Heras and Isabel Ruiz-Mallén researchers of the IN3’s TURBA Lab research group   Education is often evaluated in terms of learning outcomes, primarily interpreted as an increase in content knowledge.[…]

KISON researchers present new cybersecurity projects CybersecurityInternetVideos

KISON researchers present new cybersecurity projects

  Two researchers from the IN3’s KISON (K-riptography and Information Security for Open Networks) research group, which studies new technologies for improving people’s security online, presented a couple of their current projects at the UOC’s[…]

Studying gender-based violence and disability CareDisabilityGenderHealthWomen

Studying gender-based violence and disability

By Asun Pié Balaguer, researcher of the IN3’s CareNet group.   According to the European Parliament’s Report (2004) on the situation of women from minority groups in the European Union, almost 80% of women with[…]

Smashing Catalan media patriarchy using digital tools ArticlesGenderInternetSocial NetworksWomen

Smashing Catalan media patriarchy using digital tools

By Marta Roqueta-Fernàndez, doctoral candidate of the IN3’s GenTIC group.   Over the last ten years, Catalonia and Spain have witnessed a revitalization of their vibrant – and increasingly plural – feminist movement. Feminists have[…]

Global history through five key concepts HistoryInterdisciplinarityLiterary Studies

Global history through five key concepts

By Cristina Sánchez, communications manager for the IN3’s GlobaLS research group.   There are a variety of disciplines whose work is based on a global, historical or contemporary perspective. Examples include literary studies, film, political[…]

Analyzing the future of humanity and technology ArticlesTechnology Studies

Analyzing the future of humanity and technology

  Antonio Calleja, researcher and coordinator of the Technopolitics research unit of the IN3’s Communication Networks & Social Change (CNSC) group, has recently published a fascinating article on transhumanism, technological humanism and posthumanism. The piece,[…]

The platform economy reinforces gender inequality COVID19GenderPlatform EconomyWorkshop

The platform economy reinforces gender inequality

With the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen an acceleration of the digitization and “platformization” of the economy. From the beginning, the platform economy has been celebrated as a more open, inclusive and democratic model than[…]

Manuel Castells: “I’ll redo a lot of things, I haven’t finished yet” ArticlesICTInternetSocial Networks

Manuel Castells: “I’ll redo a lot of things, I haven’t finished yet”

Translated into over 20 languages, The Information Age is an international standard for understanding how society has changed as a result of the digital revolution and the globalization of the economy. This trilogy of books[…]

20th Anniversary of the IN3: 20 years shaping the future internet ICTInternetResearch

20th Anniversary of the IN3: 20 years shaping the future internet

By David Megías, director of the IN3 and researcher of IN3’s KISON research group.   The “network society”, the “knowledge society”, the “information age” and the “digitization of society” are among the terms that have[…]

Training educators with a rounder sense of purpose EducationEnvironmentSustainability

Training educators with a rounder sense of purpose

We are currently faced with a broad spectrum of social and environmental problems, ranging from climate change and the loss of biodiversity to the enormous inequalities that exist between countries and within our societies. Education[…]

Women and digitalization: reducing the digital gender gap ArticlesGenderTechnology StudiesWomen

Women and digitalization: reducing the digital gender gap

Interview with Milagros Sainz, principal investigator of the IN3’s Gender and ICT group (GenTIC) and expert in social psychology of gender differences in STEM career pathways and digital competences   Technology is increasingly prevalent and[…]

Book recommendations: what are the humanities for? InterdisciplinarityLiterary Studies

Book recommendations: what are the humanities for?

For this year’s Sant Jordi’s day, GlobaLS research group offers some heterodox reading suggestions to reflect on the value of the humanities in our post-pandemic, 21st century societies   By Diana Roig-Sanz, Laura Fólica, Neus[…]

Cybersecurity and privacy: two major social challenges COVID19Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity and privacy: two major social challenges

By David Megías, researcher of IN3’s KISON research group.   The digitization of society is advancing at an accelerated pace, increasingly embracing more and more areas of human activity. The COVID-19 pandemic has not been[…]

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IN3, 20 years shaping the future internet – Video

  The Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) is a pioneering research centre specialized in the study of the Internet and the effects of the interaction between digital technologies and human activity. The institute, part of the[…]

IN3 project calculates environmental footprint of cloud services EnvironmentSoftwareSustainability

IN3 project calculates environmental footprint of cloud services

“Cloud servers consume the same amount of electricity as a medium-sized industrialized country like Spain. Therefore, in terms of energy consumption, this type of infrastructure is like having another country in the world,” explained researchers[…]

Challenges of cultural organizations: between local and global Literary StudiesWorkshop

Challenges of cultural organizations: between local and global

  The study of cultural organizations has kindled the interest of a growing  number of researchers who work in diverse fields, disciplines, and perspectives. Despite the potential  of this object of study, it poses several[…]

11 February: International Day of Women and Girls in Science GenderTechnology StudiesWomen

11 February: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Women have had a remarkable impact on scientific progress, but many of them have been written out of history. The Matilda effect was coined as a way to denounce the bias against acknowledging the achievements[…]

Looking back at Castells’ trilogy, The Information Age ArticlesICTInternetWorkshop

Looking back at Castells’ trilogy, The Information Age

The year 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of the first volume of the The Information Age trilogy authored by Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) Professor of Sociology, Manuel Castells. It is one of the most influential works for[…]

Diana Roig-Sanz, appointed as ICREA research professor  Literary Studies

Diana Roig-Sanz, appointed as ICREA research professor 

Researcher Diana Roig-Sanz, leader of the IN3’s Global Literary Studies (GlobaLS) group, has been made an ICREA senior research professor. The researcher adds this recognition to the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant she received[…]

Angel Juan: “Algorithms and big data are the future of transport” Big DataCOVID19Data AnalyticsEnvironmentLogisticsVideosWorkshop

Angel Juan: “Algorithms and big data are the future of transport”

  The 2020 Workshop on Sustainable & Intelligent Transportation (2020 SI-Trans Workshop), the official meeting point of the Spanish R&D Network in Sustainable and Intelligent Transport, was held online on the 10 and 11 November.[…]

Antoni Pérez joins the Open Source Geospatial Foundation Global Positioning SystemsOpen Science

Antoni Pérez joins the Open Source Geospatial Foundation

  Antoni Pérez-Navarro, a researcher working in both the IN3’s ICSO group and the UOC’s Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications, has been made a charter member of OSGeo, an international non-profit fostering global adoption[…]

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2020 Workshop on “Sports and Health Analytics Research”

    Currently, there is plenty of research showing the correlation between practicing sports and health. However, using big data and artificial intelligence, this raw data can be transformed into information and knowledge, thus allowing[…]

GlobaLS’ experience of the Institute for World Literature (IWL) Literary StudiesWorkshop

GlobaLS’ experience of the Institute for World Literature (IWL)

By Ana Kvirikashvili, Laura Fólica and Aina Vidal-Pérez.   The Institute for World Literature (IWL) is a roaming summer school set up ten years ago by Harvard University. In July, due to the COVID-19 pandemic,[…]

Workshop: 2020 Political Communication Networks (PCNet) Political CommunicationSocial NetworksWorkshop

Workshop: 2020 Political Communication Networks (PCNet)

By Emanuele Cozzo & Luce Prignano.   Traditionally, news media served as an interface between citizens and politics, eventually influencing political behaviour. In the information age, both politics and communication are transformed. The popularity of[…]

2020 is the year of (forced) digital sociability ArticlesCOVID19Social Networks

2020 is the year of (forced) digital sociability

By Daniel Blanche and Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol   It seems that recently we have learned a lot about new tools for social meetings such as Zoom, arguably the platform that has garnered the most popularity. Nowadays, they[…]

Big Data to reduce segregation of Syrian refugees in Turkey ArticlesBig DataData AnalyticsSocial impact

Big Data to reduce segregation of Syrian refugees in Turkey

By Daniel Rhoads, doctoral candidate of the CoSIN3 (Complex Systems @ IN3) group.   What does it mean for two social groups to be integrated? Is it enough for  them to live in the same[…]

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Ammarantha Wass: the trans-chueca experience of a teacher at the Colombia’s National Pedagogic University

  The IN3 CareNet group (Care and Preparedness in the Network Society)  organized an open seminar on 22nd September under the title: “Ammarantha Wass: Trans-Chueca Experience of a Teacher at the National Pedagogical University (UPN)“.[…]

Online Workshop “The Network Society Today: (Revisiting) the Information Age Trilogy” ArticlesWorkshop

Online Workshop “The Network Society Today: (Revisiting) the Information Age Trilogy”

By Organizing Committee   We designed the digital mutation of the planned face-to-face Workshop The Network Society Today: (Revisiting) the Information Age Trilogy. In doing so, we have tried to avoid converting a face-to-face conference[…]

The Sierra de Guadarrama reflects on its future EnvironmentSustainability

The Sierra de Guadarrama reflects on its future

By Elisa Oteros-Rozas, Concepción Piñeiro, María López-Rodríguez, María Heras, Hug March and Isabel Ruiz-Mallén, members of TURBA research group.   As part of the ENVISION international research project, a group of people gathered on 9[…]

Citizens in the ‘Smart City’: Participation, Co-production and Governance COVID19Smart Cities

Citizens in the ‘Smart City’: Participation, Co-production and Governance

By Paolo Cardullo, researcher at TURBA Lab research group of the IN3.   My first monograph, “Citizens in the ‘Smart City’ Participation, Co-production, Governance”, has been just published by Routledge, Studies in Urbanism and the City. The[…]

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Conversations on Open Source Sustainability

By Javer Luis Cánovas Nowadays, Open Source Systems (OSS) has become a vital part of our society and its digital transformation. It lives in almost every device we use, ranging from mobile devices or personal[…]

Angel A. Juan joins the Council of the I-Sim Society at INFORMS, a leading professional association in operations research and data analytics  Data AnalyticsLogisticsOperations research

Angel A. Juan joins the Council of the I-Sim Society at INFORMS, a leading professional association in operations research and data analytics 

Angel A. Juan, head of the IN3’s ICSO (Internet Computing & Systems Optimization) research group and full professor at the UOC’s Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications, has been chosen to sit on the[…]

Coronavirus and lockdown: What does a meat processing plant have in common with a rest home? AgeismCareCOVID19DisabilityHealth

Coronavirus and lockdown: What does a meat processing plant have in common with a rest home?

By Andrea García-Santesmases & Joan Moyà   In an interview for the morning programme on Spain’s national radio station on 20 March, Carlos Baute stated that “this virus brought the word equality: in the face[…]

Ricard Espelt: “Consumerism after COVID-19 will be more aware and responsible” ConsumerismCOVID19Sustainability

Ricard Espelt: “Consumerism after COVID-19 will be more aware and responsible”

Ricard Espelt, an expert in platform cooperativism, is a researcher with the DIMMONS (Digital Commons) research group at the UOC’s Internet Interdisciplinary Institute. In light of the health crisis linked to COVID-19, he believes that[…]

MegaM@Rt2: An scalable model-based framework for continuous development and runtime validation of complex systems Technology Studies

MegaM@Rt2: An scalable model-based framework for continuous development and runtime validation of complex systems

By Abel Gómez, researcher of the Systems, Software and Models (SOM) Research Lab at the UOC’s Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)   In the global context, the European electronic industry faces stiff competition. Electronic systems are becoming[…]

7 Privacy related questions about contact tracing apps AppsCOVID19Social NetworksTechnology Studies

7 Privacy related questions about contact tracing apps

By Julián Salas & Cristina Pérez.  Now that in many countries the lockdown measures and restrictions on the mobility implemented to control the COVID-19 pandemic are being relaxed gradually, contact tracing is taking place as[…]

Opinion article: On data and pandemics AgeismICTSocial Networks

Opinion article: On data and pandemics

By Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol Amid the pandemic, we realize that we don’t know how to count the deceased. We see this in every mistake. And it’s happening everywhere as if each country had to (re)invent the[…]