Cristobal Cobo [cristobalcobo.net] is a research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute. He currently works on theNetwork of Excellence in Internet Science (European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme), in the OportUnidad project (Open Educational Resources, ALFA III) as well as in the European Community’s Interreg Atlantic Area Programme ‘K-Network‘ project, focused on creating a strong knowledge sharing and dissemination network in the Atlantic Area to promote the exchange of good practices and implementation strategies for building and exploiting a 21st Century Knowledge and Information Society. In addition, he collaborates on the Socio-Economic Services for European Research Project to study social and economical implication aspects of the Internet (ICT Research in FP7, UE). Invited reviewer at the MIT Press.
In 2009 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance, University of Oxford, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) to study European public policy on the development of digital skills. In 2010, he was appointed to the advisory council of the Latin American 2010 Horizon Report, a global study developed by the New Media Consortium. From 2005 to 2010 he was Professor and Director of Communication and New Technologies and editor of the educational platform of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO, Mexican Campus). In 2007 he participated as Academic coordinator of the program ‘From Information to Innovative Knowledge’ in collaboration with the University of Minnesota. In 2005 he earned his doctorate ‘cum laude’ at the University of Barcelona, for his work on developing experimental models to optimize the interaction between humans and machines.
With John Moravec he is co-author the book “Invisible Learning: Toward a new ecology of education”(2010); In 2009 he published ‘Information Architecture, usability and Internet‘ (2009) and with Hugo Pardo he wrote ‘Planet Web 2.0, fast food media or collective intelligence’. He also has worked on academic projects with organizations such as the Open University (UK), the University of Minnesota, the University of Toronto, the Open University of Catalonia, the Mexican Ministry of Public Education, Burson-Marsteller (Chile) and the Ministries of Education of Chile and Argentina, the Telefonica Foundation (Argentina and Mexico) and the European Union (Program ALFA III).
Fields of interest: knowledge transfer, open source, informal learning, innovation and digital literacies.