digital Analysis

18th January 2018

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

Ms. Lauristin will discuss the e-Privacy Regulation, which was successfully passed by the European Parliament in late October 2017, and the challenges that remain around its implementation.
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.
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.
1st November 2017

The ePrivacy Regulation – striking the right balance?

Finding the optimum balance of rights involved in the ePrivacy Regulation without stifling innovation will not be easy.
27th September 2017

The Future of the EU27: Perspectives from Ireland and Sweden

As part of the IIEA’s project on Ireland and the Future of the EU27, Ann Linde, Swedish Minister for EU Affairs and Trade, and Helen McEntee T.D., Irish Minister for European Affairs, addressed the Insitute to present their governments’ perspectives on the Future of the EU27 post Brexit. In their speeches, each Minister outlined the vision for the EU in their countries, and discussed areas of potential policy alignment betwen Ireland and like-minded countries, such as Sweden.
1st September 2017

Delivering the Digital Single Market

The seminar entitled: Delivering the Digital Single Market, covered a range of issues associated with completing the Digital Single Market, including the free flow of data (the so-called Fifth Freedom), E-governance and cooperation in the Digital North. The event was co-hosted by the IIEA, the Estonian Embassy to Ireland and the Norwegian Embassy to Ireland.
24th July 2017

The Irish National Cyber Security Centre: Securing Ireland’s digital future

The Irish National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was formally established in 2015. Together with the Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), the NCSC has responsibility for Ireland’s national cyber security defences. The global cybersecurity threat landscape continues to pose an immense challenge. Notable attacks in 2017 have included the ransomware virus, WannaCry, and the malware virus, Petya.
7th July 2017

Speed of technological change increasing sense of “loss of control”, says FTC Commissioner

The key hallmark of the current transformation of the global economy is an increase in the velocity of change, and consequently a growing sense of “loss of control”, but the digital economy is global and so how one country or region resolves these issues “affects us all”, according to Terrell Mc Sweeny, Commissioner with the US Federal Trade Commission, (FTC).

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,; 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,; 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; 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 Time Magazine cover “Seán Lemass”, 12 July 1963, printed by permission of Time Magazine.

digital Past Events

3rd July 2017

Constitution 3.0: The Technological and Political Challenges Facing the U.S. Supreme Court.

In his keynote address, Prof. Rosen argued that in light of dizzying changes in technology, the future of global free speech and privacy is being determined not by the U.S. Supreme Court or by international courts but by lawyers at Google, Facebook, and Twitter, who decide what kind of content to leave up or take down. He addressed the question of how the U.S. Supreme Court will respond to technological change in the age of Google.  He also reflected on how the Court will maintain checks and balances and the rule of law in the face of new populist forces in the U.S. and around the globe.
8th June 2017

Digital Disruption, harnessing the opportunity to co-create a better future.

The pace of technological change is continuously increasing, resulting in a chain reaction of disruption across multiple dimensions.  Dr. Curley discussed the impact of the convergence of multiple disruptive digital technologies, including ‘Big Data’, Cloud Computing, Machine Learning and the Internet of Things.
23rd May 2017

A U.S. Enforcer’s Perspective on Innovation and Technology Policy

Protecting consumers and empowering entrepreneurship through competition have been the foundation of U.S. innovation policy for decades. As the top U.S. consumer protection and antitrust enforcement agency, the Federal Trade Commission plays a central role at the federal level in setting U.S. policy on consumer privacy and data governance.
15th May 2017

Islamic State’s Online Strategy: Then and Now

Use of the Internet, particularly social media, by violent extremists, terrorists and their supporters is a source of anxiety for policymakers and publics. In her address, Dr Conway detailed the development of IS’s online strategy from 2014 to the present, with a particular focus on online-offline connections and the ‘social’ aspects of social media. She also examined the contemporary disruption of social media companies by IS’s online activity and its effectiveness. 
11th May 2017

Digital Single Market Act II: Data, Robots, Platforms and Brexit

The European Commission announced its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy in March 2015. Two years on it is due to publish its mid-term review of the DSM in early May.   But the world is unexpectedly changed since then, and new challenges have emerged. There is the rising tide of populism, and a reassessment, if not a rejection, of the cooperative models that have been in place since the end of the Second World War. There is also the struggle to understand the likely impacts, opportunities and pit-falls of the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, and how to channel the current societal Deep Shift it is engendering.   And in the near term, there is the challenge of Brexit, and its consequences for crucial components of the digital economy, such as data transfers.  Mr. Madelin addressed these and other aspects of the DSM during his address.