Javier Candeira (León, Spain, 1966) is a cultural researcher, journalist and educator in the intersection of technology, politics and art. He is a co-founder and editor of Barrapunto, the seminal Spanish website on Open Source and civil rights in the digital realm. He teaches the subject “Introduction to Free and Open Source Software” in the masters program of the same name at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
He is an active participant in the project to transpose the Creative Commons licenses to the Spanish legislation, and he is one of the organisers of both the Madrid and Melbourne chapters of Dorkbot, the international network of art and technology meetings for “people doing strange things with electricity”. Since 2008 he is
Frequent speaker and participant at conferences, this year Javier will be speaking at Art Futura (Barcelona), OpenArsgames (Madrid) and will take part in a discussion group at the Free Culture Forum (Barcelona). He has also done activism work in the effort to ward off software patents in Europe between 2000-2002, and in the Reject Inspire initiative for public geodata in Europe in 2006-2007.