Citizen activism and political developments in the transformation of the digital public sphere in Spain: From the “Pass it on!” SMS to Podemos


  • Víctor Sampedro Blanco Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid (URJC)
  • Eloísa Nos Aldás Universitat Jaume I de Castellón
  • Alessandra Farné Instituto de Desarrollo Social y Paz (IUDESP), Universidad de Alicante y UJI


This paper discusses digital communication, activism and political system in Spain from a critical-historical perspective. The results of combined empirical and analytical research indicate that a critical digital public sphere emerged in 2004 affecting the evolution of the political sphere to this day. Traditional parties had a slow and instrumental approach to the digital realm. Conversely, cyber-activism unfolded new options of political action, both in the short and long term, transforming the bipartisan system.

Biografía del autor/a

Víctor Sampedro Blanco, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid (URJC)

Catedrático de Universidad

Grupo Ciberdemocracia

Eloísa Nos Aldás, Universitat Jaume I de Castellón

Catedrática de Universidad Dpto. Ciencias de la Comunicación Investigadora en el Instituto Interuniversitario de Desarrollo Social y Paz (IUDESP), sede UJI

Alessandra Farné, Instituto de Desarrollo Social y Paz (IUDESP), Universidad de Alicante y UJI



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Sampedro Blanco, V., Nos Aldás, E., & Farné, A. (2019). Citizen activism and political developments in the transformation of the digital public sphere in Spain: From the “Pass it on!” SMS to Podemos. IC Revista Científica De Información Y Comunicación, (16). Recuperado a partir de