Nearly everyone has a mobile phone and it’s usually either being carried by its owner or within close reach, and hence, earshot. Broadcasting to every mobile on a network means an emergency alert also reaches visitors. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The downpour began as we were driving back from a restaurant to our South Carolina hotel this week. Huge thunderheads, accompanied by random, short-li(...)

Bruce Schneier: “We’re all open books to both governments and corporations; their ability to peer into our collective personal lives is greater than it has ever been before”

A decade ago, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties cautioned that the mobile phone was in essence, the equivalent of a personal tracking device, reco(...)

Harvard Business School: the study conducted by Harvard Business School professor Tom Eisenmann and DocSend looked at 200 start-ups that successfully raised more than $360 million, from a range of top venture capitalists. Photograph: Stephen Rose/Liaison

Have a start-up looking for funding? Know you are going to be the next big thing? You have just under four minutes to use your “pitch deck” – your dec(...)

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(...)