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7th November 2018

The Changing Face of Digital Innovation in Ireland

In his address, Mr Finnegan discussed digital innovation in Ireland and why it is uniquely positioned to take the lead in digital disruption in many areas in the future.
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28th September 2018

Ireland: Becoming the World’s First Blockchain Hub?

In his address, Mr Fitzgerald assessed the prospects for the development of blockchain in Ireland, as well as its application in the financial domain and global development. He focused on the current state of both the business and regulatory landscape, and how this is likely to affect the development of the technology here.
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16th July 2018

Data-Powered Rural Electrification

Mr Hamayun argued that the key to rural electrification is harnessing data to unlock capital, to learn more about the customer base and consequently, to transform lives.
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5th July 2018

How Growth Really Happens

Michael Best argued in this address that to understand how successful growth happens we need an economic framework that focuses on production, governance, and skills.
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29th June 2018

Blockchain: How Can it Enhance Global Development?

Mr. Dennehy discussed the application of blockchain to the global development sector. In particular, he focused on the benefits to be derived from increased security and traceability of aid, donations and remittances, substantial proportions of which are regularly lost to corruption and fraud.
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6th June 2018

Blockchain: What is it and How Can it Fix the Internet?

The panel discuseds blockchain, how it works and the potential it holds to disrupt many existing internet products and services. They also discussed the opportunities and threats arising out of this, particularly in relation to data privacy and the future of the data driven business model of the internet.
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30th May 2018

Rights, Robots and Data in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Ms Delvaux discussed her report with recommendations to the Commission, on Civil Law Rules for Robotics. She also discussed the EU’s recent progress on this issue, including the European Commission’s call for increased financial and other investment in AI within Europe.
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15th May 2018

Political Advertising Online and Effective Data Regulation

The panel discussed the use of personal data and online advertising networks, the threat this poses and how new regulation might help address the problem.
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digital Publications

16th December 2008

The Next Leap: A Competitive Ireland in the Digital Era

Author: Johnny Ryan Launched by An Tanaiste (the Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland), Mary Couglan, on 16 December 2008 videos of launch presentations The Irish Times calls The Next Leap “an excellent report … [which] deserves to be read and considered, especially right now, as the Government struggles to find a constructive way forward out of an economic morass”. Silicon Republic calls The Next Leap a “visionary report” The Next Leap: Competitive Ireland in the Digital Era is intended to be a useful point of reference as Government considers a new national strategy to maximise Ireland’s competitive advantage in the digital era. It is an exercise in digital foresight that describes: Emerging trends that will characterise the digital environment incoming years; and Government actions that could capitalise on these trend. This report presents a cross-cutting draft plan of action derived from the diverging inputs of stakeholders across the digital sector. The Next Leap: Competitive Ireland in the Digital Era is intended to be a useful point of reference as Government considers a new national strategy to maximise Ireland’s competitive advantage in the digital era. It is an exercise in digital foresight that describes:
  1. Emerging trends that will characterise the digital environment in coming years; and
  2. Government actions that could capitalise on these trends
Advance information below: Paul Rellis, Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland, foreword, p.7
“Now is the time to create the vision of a new economic reality… If Ireland fosters innovation and enterprise in the digital space, it can create social and economic benefits. However, to do so requires bold and brave investment. In forty years’ time, historians will look back at the actions we took to address the challenges and opportunities presented to us. They will commend our foresight on the basis of the actions we take now.”
Johnny Ryan, Senior Researcher IIEA, introduction, p. 9
“Ireland is at a moment of opportunity. A digital revolution is transforming the global environment in which Ireland operates. Failure to embrace the transition to this new world will leave Ireland marooned as conventional industries migrate to cheaper locations, and traditional industries are transformed using new digital technologies with which our people are not conversant and for which we lack the infrastructure. On the other hand, the digital revolution presents huge opportunities for Ireland. If we successfully manage it, Ireland can offset its long-standing geographical disadvantage, leverage the creativity of its citizens at all levels of society, and engage with a global market of unprecedented scale.”
Jill Donoghue, Director General of the IIEA, preface, p. 5
“In 2008, the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) identified Ireland’s competitiveness in the digital sector as a priority area for research. The trigger for this research was the warning by the Irish Technology Leadership Group in Silicon Valley that Ireland was no longer mentioned among the top five countries in the digital sector.”
John Hartnett, Chairman of the Irish Technology Group in Silicon Valley and Senior Vice President, Palm Inc., peer-review, p. 27
“This report identifies several key areas that, in the opinion of the ITLG, are paramount for Ireland to be able to compete in the digital era over the next 20-30 years”.
Methodology: This document does not represent a consensus, but rather the best and boldest concepts drawn from the input of leaders in the field of research, entrepreneurs, media producers, multinational companies and early stage startups, software vendors, educators, and public sector bodies and organisations, who were consulted for this purpose during the IIEA’s Digital Sector Stakeholders’ Competitiveness Consultation. The Digital Sector, which this report defines broadly, includes communications regulators, actors in the ICT industry from multinational EMEA HQs in Ireland to indigenous start-ups, sub-sectors of the financial services, digital media content providers, game development, ICT R&D, web research, education, medical research, the media & culture sector, finance & capital providers, foreign development initiatives. This document does not represent a consensus, but rather the best and boldest concepts drawn from the input of leaders in the field of research, entrepreneurs, media producers, multinational companies and early stage startups, software vendors, educators, and public sector bodies and organisations, who were consulted for this purpose during the IIEA’s Digital Sector Stakeholders’ Competitiveness Consultation. This consultation was the first step in the three-step process that resulted in this report. The second step was analysis and consolidation to ensure that the diverse inputs received from stakeholders were presented in a coherent and policy relevant manner. The third step was to submit the report for peer review to the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) in Silicon Valley. The ITLG is composed of the most senior Irish business people in the global digital sector. Finally, the report was submitted by the IIEA to Government. About the author: Johnny Ryan is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of International & European Affairs, and an O’Reilly Foundation Scholar at Magdalene College, Cambridge. About the stakeholders (individuals & organisations): note: The specific inputs of stakeholders remain confidential. the Digital Media Forum; Chambers Ireland; Trinity Research & Innovation, TCD O’Reilly Institute; Forfás; the German Chamber of Commerce; the Irish Software Association; Juniper Research; the American Chamber of Commerce; BT Ireland; Microsoft; John Hurley, Governor, Central Bank & Financial Services Authority of Ireland; Peter O’Shea, Chief Information Officer, ESB; Barry O’Leary, Chief Executive Officer, IDA Ireland; Donal O’Mahony, Multimedia Manager, IDA Business Park Wicklow; Isolde Goggin, former Communications Commissioner; Cathal Gaffney, Owner, BrownBag Films; John Mallon, Owner, Argent Productions; Edward M Walsh, Founding President, University of Limerick; Tom Termini, Solutions Architect, Bluedog Inc.;  Joe Drumgoole, founder, PutPlace.com; Helen Shaw, Managing Director, Athena Media; Martin Hogan, Manager, the Digital Cube; Michael O’Neil,  Director, UCD Natural Computing Research & Applications Group; Eamonn Fallon, CEO, Daft.ie; Seán Jevins, Director of e-Services, Allied Irish Bank; M-Tahar Kechadi, Director, UCD Parallel Computational Research Group; James Grealis, Senior Director of Operations, Symantec Inc.; Larry Bass, CEO, Screentime ShinAwiL Productions; Fionn Murtagh, Director of Information, Communications and Emergent Technologies, Science Foundation Ireland; Lionel?Barker, General Manager, Xilinx Design Services; Hugo Boylan, Managing Director, Newgrove Consultants; Philip Farren, Consultant, GCS  Recruiting; Niall Ennis, Managing Director, DCC SerCom; Jamie McCormick, Game Developers.ie; Liam O’Morain, Commercialisation Manager, Digital Enterprise Research Institute; Stephen Brennan, Director of Marketing & Strategy, Digital Hub Development Agency; Brian Honan, Owner, BH Consulting; Keith Bohanna, founder, dbTwang; Grainne Barron, Director, Animo; John Whelan, Technology Transfer Case Manager, TCD; Aoife O’Mahony, Manager, STEPS to Engineering, Engineers Ireland; Dermot Doyle, Managing Director, BOSSCOM; Clive Byrne, Director, National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals; Susanne Dirks, Leader, IBM Institute for Global Business Value; John J. Lynch, Chairman, CIÉ; David Cotter, CEO, igopeople; Rob Corbet, Partner, Arthur Cox; Damian Ryan, Partner, Results International Group; Marian O’Sullivan, Head of Development, Institute of Art, Design and Technology; Ruth Mac Partlin, CEO, Fluid Rock; Rod Large, Chairman, Crucible Media; William J. Murphy, Chair, Commerce & Technology Graduate Programs, Franklin Pierce Law Centre; Philip Adams,? serial entrepreneur; Tom FitzGerald, Managing Director, Bárd; Fred Herrera, Enterprise Development Executive, Institute of Art, Design & Technology Dun Laoghaire; Mary Ryan, Managing Director, Project Innovator Ltd.; The Irish Primary Principals’ Network; Peter Kennedy, Vice President for Research, UCC; Ann O’Connor, Rosalind Burke, Bartley O’Connor, and Feargal O’Rourke, Pricewaterhouse Coopers; Frank Turpin, Government Affairs Manager, Intel; Mi chael Walsh, Global DMX; Charles Larkin, Chairperson of the Swan Group; Patricia Callan, Director, Small Firms Association; Sonas Innovation; the Irish Venture Capital Association; Olivia Cosgrove, CEO, CashTrail; Larry O’Connell, Senior Economist, National Social & Economic Forum; Aine Looney, CEO, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment; Martin Walsh, Chief Legal Counsel, Daon; Ben Hurley, CEO, National Digital Research Centre; ?Kevin T. Ryan, Centre Director, LERO, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, University of Limerick.   This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Time Magazine cover “Seán Lemass”, 12 July 1963, printed by permission of Time Magazine.
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digital Past Events

14th April 2018

Using Digital Technology to Achieve Better Social Outcomes

The panellists discussed how they use digital technology to address the social issues of food poverty, marginalisation from mainstream education, and social isolation.
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1st February 2018

Data Protection and Security

Director General Astola shed light on the interlinks between data protection and security as complementary objectives which the EU must uphold.
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18th January 2018

The e-Privacy Regulation: Cookies, Consent and Striking the Right Balance

Ms. Lauristin discussed the e-Privacy Regulation, which was successfully passed by the European Parliament in late October 2017, and the challenges that remain around its implementation.
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22nd November 2017

Artificial Intelligence, the Precariat and the Future of Work

Advances in artificial intelligence mean that several forms of employment, once perceived to be secure, are now at risk of automation or elimination.
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3rd November 2017

Lessons Learned from the United States’ Experience on Cyber Security

Assistant Secretary Jeanette Manfra discussed the strategy that the Department of Homeland Security is implementing to address national cyber security incidents in the United States, to protect critical infrastructure and to ensure the US government’s ability to deliver key services and functions to US citizens.
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