Category: Technology


NBP: Problematic privatisation

Donal Palcic 28/09/2018

The roots of the ongoing debacle with the implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) can be traced back to the privatisation of Eircom. Almost two decades have passed since the Government’s decision to sell its entire stake in the company in July 1999. Ireland was unique in this regard, with all other western European countries choosing …



Ireland Must Find its Voice in Protecting Global Privacy

Tyler West 27/05/2018

The revelation that Cambridge Analytica was able to secretly obtain millions of Facebook users’ data to assist Donald Trump’s presidential …

Time to Break Up the Monopolies

Paul Sweeney 26/05/2017

A major reform which helped saved capitalism from collapse was regular decisions to break-up trusts or large companies.  The 1890 Sherman Antitrust …

Globalisation for Slow Learners

Vic Duggan 06/05/2017

The IMF recently published its updated outlook for the global economy. The good news is that recovery from the crisis seems to be finally picking up …

Bill Gates Proposes a Tax on Robots

Paul Sweeney 22/02/2017

There has been a lot of media discussion recently about the increasing possibility of robots displacing workers. When Bill Gates, founder of …

The Impact of Driverless Cars: Blog 2

Paul Sweeney 24/10/2016

Paul Sweeney: In the last blog, it was forecast that driverless cars will be in mass production and in use in less than ten years. In this Blog, I …

The Massive Impact of Driverless Cars, Blog 1.

Paul Sweeney 20/10/2016

Paul Sweeney: A few weeks ago, Uber introduced the first driverless cars on the road: a self-driving taxi fleet in Pittsburgh. Uber, partnered with …

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Rory Hearne

Rory Hearne is a postdoctoral researcher in the Maynooth University Social Sciences …

Michelle Maher

Dr Michelle Maher completed her PhD on the Irish pension system in 2016 at Maynooth …

Sinead Pembroke

Dr Sinéad Pembroke is a researcher at TASC on the Social Implications of Precarious …