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Diego Beas

Former Visiting Fellow

Diego Beas

Former Visiting Fellow

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In the last few years, my research has focused on the way information technologies affect governance and the political process—my 2011 book, The Reinvention of Politics: Obama, the Internet and the New Public Sphere, focuses on this subject. It was published in Spain by Ediciones Península; in Uruguay, Colombia and Venezuela by Ediciones Puntocero; and in Argentina, Chile and Mexico by Editorial Planeta.

My background includes a master in Security Studies at King’s College London and in Journalism at El País newspaper in Madrid. Since 2006, I have been writing Route 66, a weekly column on America and its impact on world affairs.

I am an associate at the Foreign Policy Observatory at Fundacación Alternativas (Madrid). During 2009-2010 I worked with Personal Democracy Forum, an organization based in New York that promotes the use of information technologies in government.

I divide my time between Washington and Madrid.

Research Interests

Open models (i.e. Open Data, Open Science, Open Government), impact of technology in governance, political innovation, foreign policy, networked public sphere.

Positions at the OII

  • Visiting Fellow, September 2012 - March 2013