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Who watches the Watchmen?

Most people know about ethics in healthcare. The idea of the Hippocratic Oath to ‘do no harm’ is well established and is one of the reasons we allow doctors, surgeons and nurses the freedom to perform invasive surgery or to tell us what medication to take. If we don’t have paragons such as Hippocrates or philosophers of ethics for the tech industry can ...

  Thursday, May 3rd


Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom: €29 million to support trusted cross-border digital services

The European Commission has published two calls for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme to stimulate and sustain the deployment of European Digital Services (DSIs). Up to €29 million will be made available to meet the needs of public administrations, businesses and citizens in their cross-border activities. Interested applicants from all EU Member States, as well as Iceland and Norway, are invited to ...

   Wednesday, May 9th


ENISA publishes the first comprehensive study on cyber Threat Intelligence Platforms

ENISA has released the first comprehensive study on cyber Threat Intelligence Platforms (TIPs) focused on the needs of consumers, users, developers, vendors and the security research community. The study channels its efforts into identifying some of the key opportunities and limitations of existing platforms and solutions, since information exchange formats and tools remain central items on the agenda of the cybersecurity community in general, ...

   Monday, April 9th


Take part in IT Pro Day 2018!

IT Professionals’ Day is a special day to act as a platform to raise awareness of the IT profession, the potential within the profession, the need for continued professionalism and contribution to society. On this day we are asking everyone to celebrate the contribution of IT professionals in using their talents and innovation to advance society for everyone’s benefit. 1-2-3 ways to ...

  Wednesday, April 4th


EU Network and Information Security directive - 9th May

NIS directive

As part of the EU Cybersecurity strategy the European Commission proposed the EU Network and Information Security directive. The NIS Directive (see EU 2016/1148) is the first piece of EU-wide cybersecurity legislation. The goal is to enhance cybersecurity across the EU. The NIS directive was adopted in 2016 and subsequently, because it is an EU directive, every EU member state has started to adopt national legislation, ...

  Tuesday, April 3rd


European Processor Initiative: consortium to develop Europe's microprocessors for future supercomputers

The European Commission announces the selection of the Consortium European Processor Initiative to co-design, develop and bring on the market a European low-power microprocessor. This technology, with drastically better performance and power, is one of the core elements needed for the development of the European Exascale machine.The European Processor Initiative (EPI) gets together 23 partners from 10 European countries, with the aim to bring to ...

   Wednesday, March 28th


Help us improve your member services now

We've created a survey to help serve you, our members, better. We'd like to hear your honest opinions on the services we provide to members, what you like best and least about your membership, and any ideas you have for the future so we can continue to improve. The survey should take less than 8 minutes of your time, and is completely anonymous. We won't ...

   Tuesday, March 27th


How to retain the talent? Get in the middle of a chain reaction

Ireland’s tech sector is moving from merely providing support to creating its own services – and blockchain could be the rallying point it needs to do this.Once you’ve looked past the hype, the real work can begin for blockchain. Though it is normally associated with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin,the technology could be applied to almost any area you can think of.That’...

  Monday, March 26th


Ireland 6th most digital country in EU

The 2018 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), released a few days ago, shows Ireland’s growth in the digital arena. Ireland has risen from 9th place in 2017 to 6th place in this year’s rankings and has cemented its place in the high-performing cluster of countries.‘Outstanding in some areas’The report showed how Ireland is ‘outstanding in some areas’. These included top rankings ...

   Wednesday, May 23rd


Play by the rules to gain an advantage

With GDPR on our doorstep, much has been made of the potential for large fines, potential new staff required and ‘red tape’ around the new data protection regulations. However, many organisations are surprised to learn that there are real advantages to be gained by complying with GDPR.A significant proportion of organisations are still under prepared for the new laws. If you’re one ...

   Thursday, May 17th


What ICT skills for the future?

The development of the “ICT Skills Action Plan, 2014‐2018” predicted demand for ICT to grow at 7.2% over the period. As Ireland makes a strong recovery from recession it is fair to expect the ICT skills gap to widen in the coming years. But what skills do we need? Are they the same as a few years ago? Four years is a long time in tech....

  Thursday, May 3rd


Who watches the Watchmen?

Most people know about ethics in healthcare. The idea of the Hippocratic Oath to ‘do no harm’ is well established and is one of the reasons we allow doctors, surgeons and nurses the freedom to perform invasive surgery or to tell us what medication to take. If we don’t have paragons such as Hippocrates or philosophers of ethics for the tech industry can ...

  Thursday, May 3rd


Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom: €29 million to support trusted cross-border digital services

The European Commission has published two calls for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme to stimulate and sustain the deployment of European Digital Services (DSIs). Up to €29 million will be made available to meet the needs of public administrations, businesses and citizens in their cross-border activities. Interested applicants from all EU Member States, as well as Iceland and Norway, are invited to ...

   Wednesday, May 9th


Digital Skills for Citizens project wins first place in the ECDL and ICDL in Society category

At the ECDL Foundation Forum 2018, held in Prague, the entry submitted by ECDL Ireland was voted to be an outstanding example of best practice in the ECDL and ICDL in Society category.ECDL Foundation, an international organisation dedicated to raising digital competence standards in the workforce, education and society, established the Best Practice Awards to acknowledge and credit initiatives and projects that are considered ...

  Wednesday, May 2nd


Students embrace the future as Minister praises Tech Week

Ireland’s national festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the public took place last week.Organised by the ICS Foundation, the social enterprise arm of the Irish Computer Society, and supported by Science Foundation Ireland, ECDL Ireland and Amazon Web Services, Tech Week 2018 saw over 120,000 students take part in a range of fun activities including the finals of several national events.Among ...

  Wednesday, May 2nd


Data in the EU: Commission steps up efforts to increase availability and boost healthcare data sharing

Brussels, 25 April 2018 Today, the European Commission is putting forward a set of measures to increase the availability of data in the EU, building on previous initiatives to boost the free flow of non-personal data in the Digital Single Market. Data-driven innovation is a key enabler of market growth, job creation, particularly for SMEs and startups, and the development of new technologies. It allows citizens ...

   Wednesday, April 25th