I became very aware of the transformation the internet was bringing to the culture industries, software first, music next and now it is finally reaching to other aspects of human activities, such as accommodation or transportation. I was an active promoter of free culture licenses, with my fellows in the musicians collective Ruido de Barrio and bringing the internet culture to people through hacklabs in social centers in Spain.
My final Telecommunication Engineer project was about IPv6 multihoming. I was very interested in seeing how internet standadization worked, and who controlled it. I participated in some IETF working groups to confirm how their philosophy was quite similar to other social movements. I like very much their quote: We reject: kings, presidents and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code.
After checking how the base of the internet worked, I switched to the application level. I was motivated to delivering real value to users. I was active in the Rails community, publishing several gems and contributing to the core. Besides, I was dazzled by scale-free networks, how they emerged everywhere, from proteins to the internet itself. I could see scale-free networks in multiple social contexts, from social movements to the workplace. In the context of the boom of social network sites, I developed my Ph.D thesis on a Rails gem to build any kind of social network in the web. I was proud the outcome of this thesis was not only theoretical, but several social sites around the world were build on top of Social Stream.
However, I was not able to build successful final apps to users. I enrolled a course on Business Design and Lean Startup to learn how to deliver real value to users. I practiced these skills in the P2Pvalue project, where we learned a lot about Common Based Peer Production Communities. It was a natural step in my path, I was able to apply concepts from social networks and social movements, and we learned a lot about how these communities work.
Afterwards, tired of academy and its publication dictate, I moved to the private sector to explore other scenarios where I could deliver more value to users and do practical stuff. I joined ideas4all Innovation where I work in product development, as senior software developer, applying lean principles and machine learning techniques.
I started to participate in European research projects before finishing my graduation as Telecommunication Engineer. working in the Euro6IX in the problem of IPv6 multihoming. It was my first European funded project, where I started to work in an international environment.
After the graduation, I worked in the iCamp project, with started to track decentralization issues. It was a very interesting project with a multi-disciplinar environment, a great collaboration spirit beyond national boundaries, and one of the first EU research projects commited to publish their results under a free / open source license.
My enthusiasm for the Web 2.0 was upgraded with the advenement of social network sites, which made me learn about scale-free networks. I started to study digital identity and distributed social software. I was involved in the GLOBAL project and the GLOBAL excursion where I worked in the backend, developing what will become the result of my Ph.D thesis. After a 3 month stay in Leuven, collaborating with the SPION project, I finished my Ph.D thesis, which mixed all these ingredients in a framework for building distributed social network websites, with Social Stream a product used by several sites around the world.
I also participated in the FIWARE project, one of the biggest research projects in the EU, where I developed the first release of the Identity Manager, a Google Accounts open source version providing with OAuth2 server support. Besides, in the FI-CONTENT project, I ran successful social network decentralization experiments.
Finally, I joined the Complutense University of Madrid to work on the P2Pvalue project, where I applied my knowledge of free-scale networks and lot of experiences I learned from social movements. Following a lean development approach, we developed Teem, a tool for Common Based Peer Production Communities, and learned a lot about the internal dynamics of these communities.
Techno-social platform for sustainable models and value generation in commons-based peer production in the Future InternetFP7-ICT-2013-10
Future Internet Core Platform, included in the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP)FP7-2011-ICT-FI
FI-CONTENT, included in the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP)FP7-2011-ICT-FI-284534
Privacy and Security in Online Social Networks. During research visit at KU Leuven
Despite a carrer initially focused on academia, I have been a very practical researcher with a strong focus in system administration and development.
Afterwards, I changed my interests from the network to the application level, developing my skills in web development and Sysop. I worked in the backend of several web apps, including the Virtual Conference Center (VCC), a site for managing video-conferences, and the Virtual Science Hub (ViSH), an open source e-Learning platform, both written in Ruby on Rails.
I have been maintaining the servers of La Piluka, a grassroot social and cultural center. It has had a frenetic activity of projects with many technological needs, from webpages, personal mails, mailing lists.. to physical connectivity facilities. Hacklabs have been great place to learn, both technically and ethically.
I have been lucky to mentor awesome people who have accomplished very nice projects, such as Eduardo Casanova's Mailboxer gem, which is still used and maintained by an active community, Prastut Kumar's GSOC 2016 project, or Alberto Miedes's contribution to Consul, the Madrid's leading Open Government and E-Participation Web Software.
My side projects include Circular Work, a tool for distributing community recursive tasks, made on top of Rails and Ember.js, and Song Pot, an app for the creative process of music bands, made with Meteor and Angular (2)