José M. Alonso

Director, Digital Citizenship

José is an Open Data pioneer and advocate with extensive experience in the eGovernment and Web standards fields. He has held various leading roles in Open Data projects and initiatives at the local, regional, national and global levels, such as co-chairing the national Open Data Initiative in Spain and directing research across the Global South such as the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Development Countries (ODDC) project, which forms part of the Open Data Research Network.

José serves on United Nations and European Commission expert panels, is a Lead Steward of the International Open Data Charter, and he became the first civil society chair of the Open Government Partnership Open Data Working Group. Previously, he also served as a member of the Nominating Committee at ICANN, the organisation dedicated to preserving the operational security and stability of the Internet.

Prior to joining the Foundation, José held several positions at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the Web standards setting organisation. He was key in establishing and leading the W3C eGovernment Activity, as well as the country office in Spain. He combined these roles with other positions at CTIC over several years, such as Head of eAdministration and Open Government, and Senior Advisor on Open Standards. José had previously worked as IT analyst, consultant and trainer, and even founded his own Web startup back in 1997.