Karma Peiró

Journalist and expert in new digital technologies and virtual communities. She directed the daily news medium Nació Digital, and has also worked at TVE, Grup Godó, La Vanguardia.es and 324.cat.

Karma Peiró began her career in 1992 with Spanish Television (TVE) and three years later came into contact with the new technologies through Servicom, the first Internet provider for private users. In 1995 coordinates the magazine Web, published by the Godó Group. In 1998 she coordinated the First International Congress on Electronic Publications and began as editor-in-chief for the magazine en.red.ando, where she works on different journalistic tasks concerned with the new technologies, Internet and the web. From 2003 – 2007 she taught at the University of Vic, the International University of Catalonia and the Open University of Catalonia. In 2004 and 2005 she was director and presenter of the programme Bits de Nit on Catalunya Ràdio. In 2007, Karma Peiró began working as Community Manager at La Vanguardia newspaper, and a year later she took up the same role at 324.cat (2008-12), the TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio news portal. In May 2013, she co-organised the 1st Data Journalism and Open Data Conference (#jpd13) at the CCCB with the investigative journalist Mar Cabra. She has also been the coordinator of technology communities for the Creativity and Innovation Department at Barcelona City Council.

She is currently working on a report on algorithms for automated decision-making (ADM) in Catalonia, for the Catalan Data Protection Authority (APDCat). She has contributed to the European report “Automating Society” (“Spain” chapter; 2018) coordinated by the non-profit Algorithm Watch, to explain what ADM is and its current applications in Europe. She is the co-author of the investigative report: “Desprotegides, malgrat tot” (Unprotected, despite everything), which offers data to highlight the magnitude of misogynist violence in Catalonia with the aim of demanding accountability from the Government; and coordinator of the Specialization Diploma in Data Journalism in the Communication and International Relations Faculty of the Blanquerna/URL University.


The Cambrian Age of Journalism

Karma Peiró

The great challenge now is how to democratise the data processing, so that we as citizens understand the potential of “Big Data” and using it for our interests.