A year of revelations from Edward Snowden about the secretive mass data-gathering activities of the UK’s secretive spy agency GCHQ hang as a grotesque background to the UK proposals

Privacy advocates Digital Rights Ireland succeeded in challenging Irish data retention laws

The Intel jingle and artefacts of the firm’s evolution make for a compelling display

The UK Ordnance Survey offer custom maps centred on a postcode, place or grid reference number. Photograph: Francis Bradley

Using mobile data abroad is due to fall by 2016 but I won’t give up on my paper maps

Thee Irish-Silicon Valley relationship has changed - the balance has shifted.

Founders of tomorrow’s big names are talking up Ireland

A 2012 study by University of California, Berkeley researchers revealed 87 per cent of their survey group didn’t know about ‘DNT’ settings.

Selecting ‘do not track’ means little when there is no legal requirement to observe these settings

In Yosemite,  drones have been used to film climbers scaling its sheer granite rockfaces. Photograph: Getty Images

Some 84 million acres are now off limits to remote-controlled aircraft

Dan Marom, author of The Crowdfunding Revolution, at Open Innovation 2.0 in Dublin last week.  Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Funding from the bottom up, via crowdfunding, means many expert eyes can perform due diligence on a company, says Dan Marom

Aer Lingus’s wifi is limited to flights between Ireland and the US on its Airbus A330 aircraft, though the airline says it is coming to European flights too.

The price is a bit steep, the service can be patchy but nothing kills time like the web

Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi speaks during the recent Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, a showcase for upcoming updates to Apple hardware and software. photograph: justin sullivan/getty images

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