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Bank Funding – The Irish Situation

30 Mar 2011

A new IIEA infographic and accompanying post by Prof. Karl Whelan explain the critical funding situation of the Irish banks.

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Search Neutrality: An Emerging Regulatory Issue

30 Mar 2011

Search Engines are becoming increasingly important in all aspects of life. How should they be supervised? Who will regulate them? This blog post explores the debate on search engine neutrality.

The concept of Search Neutrality is based on the principle that search engines should have no editorial policies except for their preference for impartiality, comprehensiveness and relevance.
 

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Behavioural Advertising Policy: The Regulatory Future of Online Advertising

30 Mar 2011

Behavioural Advertising is the collection of user data for advertising purposes. Behavioural targeting uses information collected on an individual's web-browsing behaviour, such as the pages they have visited or the searches they have made, to target them for future advertisements. This can be combined with other factors such as demography, page content and geography in order to maximise effect.
 
The European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection has published a report, authored by Philippe Juvin, MEP, who has suggested a range of measures to deal with this issue. The key regulatory issue is the balance between granting the user free access to online content and the use of personal data gleaned by profiling.

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Timely Statement by New Taoiseach

25 Mar 2011
One sentence in the Taoiseach's speech in Dail Eireann on 15 March 2011, proposing the adoption of the Programme for Government, may not have made the headlines but stands out as long overdue and highly significant.

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No Deal

24 Mar 2011

Ireland parks the interest rate issue for now.

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Revolution in Central Banking

24 Mar 2011

Has Central Banking changed forever?

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Events Dear Boy...

24 Mar 2011

Momentum towards a Grand Bargain at today's summit has been undermined by events in Portugal.

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No Deal Is Better than the Wrong Deal

23 Mar 2011

A deal that linked the interest rate on Ireland's EU loans to its corporate tax rate would be bad for Ireland and bad for Europe.

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Soros on the Euro Crisis

22 Mar 2011

George Soros cautions against a two-speed Europe

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Achieving a Coherence Between Energy Security and Development Policies

22 Mar 2011

Commissioner Piebalgs’ presentation provided a unique outlook on the significance of developing a coherent energy policy, which supports development and promotes competitiveness, sustainability and security of energy supply.

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The Quest for Consensus

21 Mar 2011

Policymakers from Washington to Brussels are finding it tough to define a new macroeconomic normal in the wake of the crisis.

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Controversial Cutthroat Corporate Tax Battle?

17 Mar 2011

A short analysis of the content and political context of the Commission's proposals for a CCCTB

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