Austrian law student   Max Schrems: the case heard on Tuesday originates in an action brought by him against the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, in which he asserted the commission should have taken more substantial action when he filed a complaint over Facebook’s handling of his data. Photograph:   Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images

On Tuesday, the European Court of Justice heard an Irish case – referred from the High Court – that could have profound implications for international(...)

Investment in European technology companies reached a four-year high in 2014

Investment in European technology companies reached a four-year high in 2014, with $5.7 billion going to 855 deals, a 78 per cent rise in funding on t(...)

Phil Gilbert (centre), general manager IBM Design, at an IBM Design studio gathering

You might not be able to herd software programmers – the old joke is that this is like herding cats.But computing giant IBM is proving that you can ce(...)

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, announces the preservation of net neutrality. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

The US Federal Communications Commission’s historic vote to preserve net neutrality last week was the right move, even if its full impact can not be i(...)

The IBM facility at Damastown , near Clonee, in Co. Meath. The new The Irish design centre will collaboratively create software for Big Data, cloud, mobile, social and cognitive computing solutions

Twenty high end jobs for designers will be created in Dublin this year for IBM’s new design centre, IBM Studios - Dublin, launched at its Damastown ca(...)

A drone nearly collided with a jet at Heathrow airport last December: many drone operators – both recreational and commercial – are ignorant of regulations or deliberately flout them.  Photograph: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Long-awaited rules on drone use, issued last week by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), will clear the way for greater business activities with the(...)

As the EU prepares its new regulations, indications are that data protection challenges will be handled by the data protection commissioner in the country in which a multinational has its EU headquarters. For many  big  tech companies, that country is already Ireland. Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty

Apple’s decision to place a major new data European centre in Athenry, announced Monday, further cements Ireland’s international reputation as a data (...)

By making the internet more useful and usable through better identification and classification of its content society will benefit in many ways

NUI Galway’s Digital Enterprise Research Institute (Deri), set up in 2003 and funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), is a Centre for Science, Eng(...)

Ever since the dotcom boom the development template for internet companies has been to get big fast, build an audience, get those eyeballs, and then work to monetise them. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty

Businesses are getting annoyed with Facebook. That’s obvious if you spend much time there – and most of us in this country do, according to Irish usag(...)

Without Edward Snowden’s leaks few knew grotesque violations of the everyday personal privacy of entire national populations were the norm

The large-scale interception and collection of the public’s personal communications data by the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) (...)