46 initiatives from the Citizen's Ecosystem for Digital Rights

This project has been promoted by Barcelona City Council, Xnet and the Barcelona Citizen’s Group for Digital Rights as part of the International Coalition of Cities for Digital Rights, led by Barcelona, Amsterdam and New York.

The initiatives presented are the result of a call organised by the City Council between 19 January and 21 March 2021 to document what the vital forces in Barcelona are doing in terms of the defence and promotion of digital rights. The outcome is a map that seeks to enhance visibility and create synergies.

Participating initiatives


We would also like to mention four interesting initiatives that have provided information, but that do not appear on the map as they have been considered outside the remit of this initiative or are still in the budding stages;

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The analysis of the projects received and their prioritisation has been performed based on the scope of the initiative and bearing the following criteria in mind:

  • Tangible results and specification;
  • Singularity and/or innovation, going beyond normal or institutional visibility
  • their progress, demonstrating that the project is indispensable.

A mixed group of experts have contributed to the analysis of the projects received and to dividing them into two sections (*), in collaboration with Xnet and the Barcelona Citizen’s Group for Digital Rights, including the following:

  • Marc Realp
    Director-General of the Catalan Competition Authority.
    He is a senior engineer, with a PhD in Telecommunications from the UPC and a master’s degree from the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, and a postgraduate in Managerial Development from ESADE - Universitat Ramon Llull. He has been the Director-General of the Catalan Competition Authority since 2016. He is especially interested in competition and regulation in the data economy.

  • Xavier Puig
    Economist and advocate. Specialist in anti-monopoly and data protection (CIPP/E). He currently works as the information systems auditor at the Catalan Data Protection Authority.

  • Josep Lluís Martí
    Professor of the Philosophy of Law at Pompeu Fabra University. He currently leads the Global Democracy Project, a project that studies ways of democratising global institutions and new technologies at the service of citizen participation.

  • Enric Senabre
    PhD in Philosophy specialising in Information Society and currently working as a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Paris. He has historically been an active figure in the defence of digital rights in Barcelona.

  • Ricard Espelt
    Graduate of Fine Arts (UB) and PhD in Information Society and Knowledge (UOC), expert in the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the field of agro-ecological cooperatives and co-promoter of the educational, artistic project (Des)vestint Aliments.

[N.B. All the experts have abstained from taking part where they could have a connection to some of the projects. Remember, this is not a competition or prize; it involves mapping the city's active ecosystem].

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