Privacy in the 21st century – an oxymoron perhaps? This is the theme of the Burren Law School this weekend in Ballyvaughan, Co Clare. Tánaiste Joan(...)

Will it be Woz? Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is on the shortlist to be immortalised in wax at San Francisco’s Madame Tussauds. Photograph: Tony Avelar/Bloomberg News

Some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent technology figures have been waxing lyrical on Twitter this past week. Or at least, they’ve been getting excit(...)

Facebook privacy officer Erin Egan said international regulatory discussions did not give enough credit to the US. PhotographIllustration: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Privacy executives from Google, Microsoft and Facebook say that privacy protections in the US are stronger than assumed by Europeans. However, they do(...)

Data privacy: many of the technology tools we use today are showing themselves to be insufficient for protecting our information

Debates about privacy frequently are debates about the role of technology in our lives, according to Trevor Hughes, the president and chief executive (...)

 National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed government snooping. However, the information gathered by companies means citizen information can be made available to the government anyway, without secretly harvesting it.  Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

The Patriot Act, the US legislation brought in as an emergency measure after the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks, expires in June and many are(...)

There had long been rumours of a Government Communications Headquarters-run surveillance network called Echelon, that was tapping into phone and now, internet traffic

Over a decade ago, not long after Ireland got its first transatlantic internet cable links to the US, one international consortium toyed with putting (...)

Business journalism winners:  Ciarán Hancock, John McManus, Pamela Newenham and Mark Paul.

The Irish Times has won four of the categories in the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business wards for business journalism. Mark Paul and Cia(...)

The part of Obama’s plan of greatest interest to Silicon Valley is the overhaul of the H1B work visa programme and the potential for an entrepreneur’s visa. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

In Ireland as well as the US, most of the talk and attention around president Barack Obama’s surprise move to legislate directly on the festering issu(...)

Tom Savage: his term as  chairman of the RTÉ board came to an end on August 31st. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

RTÉ has lost two-thirds of its governing board this week, and a radical overhaul will take place before the end of this month with chairman Tom Savag(...)

The Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas last week, where speakers asserted their ability to tap into and manipulate everything from airport security systems to the lights in your hotel room. Photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Facebook was in touch the other day. “Help your friends recognise you,” they wrote. “Add a profile picture.”My instinctive reaction was: Why? So it co(...)