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14th November 2019

Blockchain and the Future of the Financial Industry

John Whelan argues that the application of blockchain technology in the financial industry must focus on three areas simultaneously: technology, demand and compliance.
1min
5th November 2019

Cybersecurity in the age of 5G technology: the EU’s response

An overview of the EU’s response to the cybersecurity risks posed by non-EU telecom equipment suppliers such as Huawei and an exploration of the potential geopolitical implications of this response.
8min
4th November 2019

Bridging Technology and Society through Research: The Perspective from the Digital Society Institute Berlin

An examination of the overlap between digital technology, economics and politics by Dr. Sandro Gaycken, Director of the Digital Society Institute Berlin.
1min
25th October 2019

State surveillance in the digital age: China’s use of information technology

Kai Strittmatter discusses how the Chinese Communist Party is using 21st-century information technology, such as AI and Big Data, to develop its Social Credit System
1min
9th October 2019

Evolving Hybrid Threats: Charting a New Course for Security

Half-way through its rotating six-month term in 2019, the Finnish Presidency has advanced a more strategic discussion on the future of European defence and digital disruption in the field.
5min
19th September 2019

The Economics of AI: Knowns, Unknowns and Unknown Unknowns

Presentation outlining the challenges for policy makers in the context of the AI-driven economy.
1min
5th September 2019

Industry 4.0: Digitalisation in Life Sciences

Presentation by Barry Heavey, Head of Life Sciences at Accenture, on the Impact of the Data Economy on the Life Sciences sector.
1min
3rd July 2019

An EU Approach to AI: from Ethics Guidelines to Policy and Investment Recommendations

The EU’s High-Level Expert Group on AI (AI HLEG) has published its policy and investment recommendations for Trustworthy AI. This blog outlines the recommendations and reflects on how they fit into the EU’s approach to AI.
6min

digital Publications

16th December 2008

The Next Leap: A Competitive Ireland in the Digital Era

Author: Johnny RyanLaunched by An Tanaiste (the Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland), Mary Couglan, on 16 December 2008 videos of launch presentationsThe 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

6th June 2019

Paving the way to Blockchain Policy: an International and European perspective

A seminar outlining the policy challenges and opportunities of blockchain technology.
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11th April 2019

An AI Walks Into A Bar…: Ethics and Governance Issues in Artificial Intelligence

Peter Brown looks at how the prospect of widescale uptake of AI presents new ethical and governance challenges for organisations, governments, and society; and why these are as much boardroom and executive concerns as they are technology ones.
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21st February 2019

The View from Google: Privacy, GDPR and Ireland as a One Stop Shop

Mr Enright shares his perspectives on Google’s experiences of GDPR, on lessons learned along the way, and on how Google approaches privacy and data protection.
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15th February 2019

Living in Cyberspace: The Social, Legal, Business and Political Implications for Ireland

Professor Mary Aiken discusses the opportunities and threats associated with the cyber ecosystem, and the real world impact of cyber activities.
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6th February 2019

Germany’s AI Strategy in a Global Context

Stefan Heumann addresses two central questions: How should Europe position itself in the competition between China and the US? And what role can Germany play in shaping an European approach to AI?
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