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#GE16 – The first real social media election here

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent The votes have been cast, tallied and counted (well almost). The party enumerations, machinations and recriminations are underway. In the coming weeks, when the dust has settled, the candidates and parties will be reflecting on what went right, and in many cases wrong, with their campaigns. As part of that post mortem they will no doubt ponder what role was played by social media, who used it to maximum value and what could …

The EU-US Privacy Shield – what is it?

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent The EU and US have announced a new deal which they hope will allow the lawful mass transfer of European citizens data from the EU to the US to resume. The agreement will have EU and US authorities as well as US tech multinationals heaving a sigh of relief. But it’s not that simple. Why was a new deal needed? US technology companies with operations in Europe like Facebook, Google and Amazon for …

‘Safe Harbour’ case – what is it and why should we care?

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent This week’s announcement by the Web Summit that it was moving to Lisbon from next year has consumed countless hours of airtime and plenty of column inches.  But significant as that decision is, it somewhat overshadowed another technology related story that broke at almost precisely the same time and which will arguably have much longer and more profound consequences. The European Court of Justice’s Advocate General issued his opinion that the “Safe Harbour” …

Digital Single Market opportunity for EU to lose technophobe label

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent With a market of 500 million people, Europe should be an internet powerhouse. And yet the facts show the reality if far from that. None of the biggest tech companies operating in Europe, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon etc, hail from Europe. And as recent European moves against some of these mostly US based companies show, Europe remains highly suspicious of them. Half the EU population shopped online last year. But just …

2014’s highs and lows in Science & Tech

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent It’s awards season. That time of the year, when organisations everywhere reflect on the 12 months past, and acknowledge the achievements of their members and others. So not to be out done, the RTÉ News Science & Tech department (numbering one) has decided to hold an awards ceremony all of its own. We think it is only fitting to recognise the contributions, the highs and the lows of the tech and scientific community …