SOCIAL NETWORKS AND CITIZEN
PARTICIPATION

It is undeniable that society is increasingly evolving under the influence of the new technologies. This is especially true of the Internet as a tool for communication and knowledge dissemination.

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One of the most important effects of the penetration of these technologies in society has been the gradual transfer of social interactions to virtual platforms, first at the local level in the form of citizen networks and then at the global level through web 2.0 and the social networks. These platforms have revolutionized the way society communicates, opened up new forms of participation, and created new educational models based on technology and interaction.

Citizen networks are one of the first examples of the successful link between technology and society. At a time when the Internet was limited to specific locations such as universities and other public institutions, citizen networks were able to bring new technology to local communities, providing resources and technological tools to facilitate public access to the Internet and offering a platform to promote digital literacy. Many of them are still helping to achieve both of these goals.

Another important step occurred when a social component was added to the web via Web 2.0. This enabled the Internet to move away from a unidirectional system in which its users were merely consumers of information towards a bidirectional system in which its users also became producers of information. The key moment was reached with the emergence and subsequent success of online social networks. These networks transfer social interactions to the virtual space and provide a platform for new communication channels that promote rapid communication.

The main objective of this thematic line is to evaluate the current state of the relationship between technology and society and determine its effect on educational processes. In particular, we will evaluate the impact of current citizen and social networks on the dissemination of knowledge and analyse how tools based on these systems can be used to encourage public involvement in training, dissemination and participation processes.

  • Citizen networks and how technology is brought closer to the public.
  • Social networks as a mechanism for the dissemination of knowledge and information.
  • Technologies of participation and empowerment (TEP)
  • Associationism and social networks
INTERNATIONAL GROUP
  • Andreu Veà i Baró
  • Michael M. Roberts
NATIONAL GROUP
  • Joan Ferrés Prats
  • Frederic Guerrero-Solé
  • Jaume Figa i Vaello
  • Ismael Peña-Lopez
  • Jordi Jubany i Vila
  • Genís Roca
REPRESENTATIVE URV
  • Jordi Duch Gavaldà
  • Julià Vicens

Doctor en telecomunicaciones, continuando la investigación en la Universidad de Stanford.

Pionero de Internet, emprendedor en el sector de las telecomunicaciones y, en la actualidad, es el presidente del capítulo español de la Internet Society. Es conocido por sus trabajos sobre la historia de Internet y sus creadores, una investigación que le ha permitido entrevistar y grabar a más de 350 pioneros del sector.

President of Darwin Group, Inc. and chairman of United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) Task Force.

He was president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Previously a member of the ICANN Board.

Doctor of Science in information.

Professor of Communication Studies at the University Pompeu Fabra. Specialist in communication and education He founded and directed for 11 years the Department of Audiovisual Publishing Edebé. Writer and producer of educational audiovisual.

Doctor in Public Communication. Professor of Sociology of Communication, Intercultural Communication and Crime and the Media. Theses on media commemoration of Victory in post-Soviet Russia. Teaching in the Department of Communication UPF

BA in Communication Studies from the University of Navarra. Currently directs Newsuic, the newspaper of the International Unversitat de Catalunya

Doctor of Information Society and Knowledge.

Technical Knowledge Management. Diploma of Advanced Studies in Political Science and Public Administration.

Professor Public Policy Development. Faculty of Law and Political Science. Open University of Catalonia.

ICT Coordinator and TAC, Former Dep Ensenyament and AM Rosa Sensat. UOC. Experimenter Social Networking and new Communications.

Lower Paleolithic archaeologist specializing in. Degree in History RocaSalvatella managing partner.

He has been general manager and manager Infonomia Internet initiatives at the Open University of Catalonia. Previously he was director of microcomputers in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Ph.D. in physics. Lector Professor in of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in the Departament d’Enginyeria Informàtica i Matemàtiques.

His work has focused on applying network analysis tools to the design of team performance metrics. Member of the research group Alephsys - Algorithms Embedded in Physical Systems

Telecommunication Engineer (URL) and MSc in Networks and Telecommunications (URL). Currently he is PreDoc researcher in the area of applied technology in cultural industry ( URV – Magma Cultura).

Member of the research group ARGET (Applied Research in Education and Technology Group) and Laboratori of Applications of Technology at l'Educació.

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