Mayo Fuster Morell

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Mayo Fuster Morell is part of the first generation born in democracy after Franco's dictatorship in Spain. She became active politically as part of the Global Justice and Solidarity Movement. She was promoter of the People Global Action network, one of the international networks which call for the mobilizations to protest against the Millennium Round of the World Trade Organization (Seattle, December 1999), and participated in the organization of successive mobilizations for an alternative globalization and against the war from 1999 until 2006. Particularly, she participated in the organizing of the Social forums process, a meeting point of social movements in the world and at continental level in order to define a program of alternatives under the slogan "Another world is possible", starting in Porto Alegre (Brazil) in 2001.

Since 2002, she focused her activism in action-participation research and in the systematization of knowledge generated in processes of social mobilization with the support of the new technologies of information and knowledge. In this regard, she was co-founded of the social center Infoespai in Barcelona (http://www.moviments.net); published a Guide for social transformation in Catalonia (In catalan, 2003, Edicions Col.lectives, Barcelona); organized, as part of the collective Investigacció, the 1st international meeting on activist research (January 2004, http://www.investigaccio.org) and co-wrote the book Activist research and Social movements (In catalan, 2005, Ed. El Viejo Topo, Barcelona). Mayo also impulsed the creation of Euromovements - An european network for the building of techno-political tools linked to the European Social Forums (http://www.euromovements.info), which developed among others, directories of social movements and non - governmental organizations at the national and at the European level, and build an Elibrary of social transformation. Additionally, she was part of the promoter group of Networked Politics, a collaborative research on new forms of political organizing (http://www.networked-politics.info), which organized seminars of civic society leaders and researchers of international character in Barcelona, Berlin, Manchester, Betlem do Para (Brazil), and Berkeley. In this line, she published the book, together with Hilary Wainwright and Marco Berlinguer, Rethinking political organisation in an age of movements and networks (In English and Italian, 2007, XL Editorial, Rome, and in Spanish, 2008, Icaria Editorial).

Currently, she is part of the webteam of the European Social Forum and member of the Communication commission of the International Council of the World Social Forum. Since 2008, in parallel of building techno-political tools, she promotes campaigns for the definition and preservation of digital rights. Furthermore, she co-founded the International Forum on free culture and digital rights (Barcelona, October 2009 and October 2010), Forum which defined the “Charter for Innovation, Creativity and Access to Knowledge” (http://www.fcforum.net). The Charter was signed by more than 200 international organizations and used in policy making at the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the European Council of Ministers of Culture, and the Spanish Law for Sustainable Culture, among others. Finally, she is part of the support team of the International Forum on Commons (Berlin, November 2010).

Apart of her Spanish origins, in her activist, she had being based in London, Amsterdam (working for Eyfa - an European environmental organization - and collaborating with the Transnational Institute), Berkeley (collaborating with the International Forum on Globalization and hosted by the School of Information - UC Berkeley), and Rome (collaborating with Transform! Italy and Transform! Europe). She had travel as international observer to the Zapatist communities in Chiapas (Mexico), indigenous communities in Amazon, and to Cuba. In order to question the validity of social movements strategy in regards to technology and the organizational lessons emerging from online collective action, she developed a Doctoral dissertation at the Social and Political Science Department of the European University Institute, supervised by one of the major scholars in social movements research Prof. Donatella della Porta. In her thesis (Governance of Online creation communities: Provision of infrastructure for the building of digital commons), she mapped the diverse models of governance of online creation communities, how governance related to participating size and complexity of collaboration, and in which governance conditions the outcome of an online creation community can be defined as a digital common. Furthermore, Fuster Morell analysed, from a double organizational and of political conflict perspective, which are the organizational strategies more adapted to success in mobilizing large - scale collective action online and which are the main sources of social conflict on the building of digital environments. She combined an statistical analysis with case studies comparison, which included cases such as Wikipedia, Social Forum, Flickr and Wikihow.

Her previous academic formation is based on a Degree in Economics (University of Valencia); Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (University of Rovira i Virgili); Master in International Cooperation and Development (University Complutense of Madrid); and, Master in Social movements and Urban Studies (University of Rovira i Virgili). She is currently member of the Steering committee of forms of participation and of the Standing Group on Internet and Politics at the European Council of Political Research; and member of the Research Committee of the Wikimedia Foundation. Her mother languages are Spanish and Catalan. She use fluently English and Italian. She understand Portuguese and can read French. She can edit wiki and html technical languages.

Pesonal website: http://www.onlinecreation.info

Texts on her research work on digital commons: