We are currently at the stage of being flabbergasted by the easy manipulation of social media networks by bad actors. Eventually, they could be inside your head, not just your Facebook news feed. Photograph: iStock

Experts believe the start of mind and physical enhancements is a matter of years away

Worldwide web founder Tim Berners-Lee. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Tim Berners-Lee may feel he created a monster, but there are grounds for optimism

Shahzad Ahmed of the anti-online censorship organisation Bytes For All: “Front Line Defenders have been on top not only to save many threatened lives, but also safeguarding critical human rights movements in Pakistan.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Net Results: UN award for Irish human rights group Front Line Defenders is well-deserved

Anyone who visits San Francisco inevitably remarks with some shock about the bayside city’s homeless problem. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Karlin Lillington: Billionaires are opposing taxation to help those they have displaced

Paul Allen   speaks  in New York, US, in April 2011. File photograph: Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg

Karlin Lillington: Microsoft co-founder was part of the firm’s nerdish yin and yang

IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty in the Constitution Room at the Shelbourne Hotel, where the company  established its Irish business. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The head of IBM challenges people to judge her by her actions, which are many

Once your data is breached – even just a single login and password – it leaves you vulnerable in ways you might never imagine. Photograph: iStock

Karlin Lillington: Although I knew the specific threat was a bluff, I had wider worries

Photograph:   Lionel Bonaventure, Getty

Massive data breach made headlines but Facebook’s trade in user data is as scandalous

Individuals have the right to request delistings, but Google refuses more than they approve (56 per cent), according to Google’s published reports. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Net Results: Dispute has arisen over search engines linking to factually correct data

Karlin Lillington, who received her  Irish citizenship at the Citizenship ceremony held at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

Karlin Lillington: At a time of global exclusions, what we heard was warm and embracing

Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chief executive officer of Twitter,  and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook: Lawmakers are upping pressure on technology companies over election meddling, alleged anti-conservative bias and antitrust questions. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Trump’s self-googling ego set for bruising with Bill to curb internet service providers

In 1939, David Packard and William Hewlett launched Hewlett-Packard out of a 12-by-18-foot garage on a leafy street in Palo Alto, California.  Photograph: Kim Kulish/Corbis via Getty Images

Net Results: Not only are most tech company founders not young guys, but most successful tech companies are founded by the middle (...)

A report indicated that Google continues to collect revealing location-based data through users’ Android phones and via Google Maps on the iPhone. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Net Results: Alleged collection of location-based data needs to be investigated formally

Prof Jeffrey Ullman: “It’s not really a new phenomenon that people try to influence other people, and do that often by trying to know about them. It’s just become easier to do what people have been trying to do all along.”

Data science pioneer Jeffrey Ullman has ‘mixed feelings’ about industry regulation

Google’s activities will place the Irish office of the Data Protection Commissioner under international scrutiny. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

A GDPR experts says giant may be punished for opaque location tracking controls

A Google sign at the China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference in Shanghai. Google is developing a censored Chinese version of its search engine. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Hypocrisy of free speech claims exposed by pandering of Silicon Valley giants to Beijing

 Photograph:  AFP/Josh Edelson/Getty

Net Results: Why we shouldn’t buy the ‘co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour’ excuse

Twitter revealed a significant decline in user numbers – down a million from the previous quarter – and said it expected user numbers to fall further.  Photograph:  AFP/ Emmanuel Dunand/Getty Images

Karlin Lillington: Breathtaking share price drops cause both companies to lose about 19% of value in a single day

'We constantly forget that a younger generation now has known nothing but a life in which the virtual is not separate to real life, but IS real life.'

Net Results: Adults are way off mark if we think we can prescribe way forward for modern teenagers

Intel’s recently-departed chief executiveBrian Krzanich addressing CES 2018 in Las Vegas in January. His departure in June rocked the company. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Intel risks being left behind through lack of innovation

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg,  the company’s partnerships and  marketing vice president Dan Rose  and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg: Channel 4’s “Dispatches” report  helped  explain why so much appalling content  is still featured and shared on the  site. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Bad week for internet overlords marked by undercover exposé and €4.3bn fine

A protester who wants chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to “Fix Facebook”. Photograph: François Lenoir/File photo/Reuters

Dispatches programme highlights how social media giant is failing to address concerns over hateful content

Aerial view of the site of the proposed Apple data centre at Athenry, Co Galway, that did not proceed

Why are the State and its investment agencies so eager to keep luring these large-scale, big energy, low employMent projects?

Some companies, such as Facebook say they will offer users internationally the same privacy controls they will give to EU citizens under GDPR. Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Karlin Lillington: US firms thought they might dodge greater consumer privacy obligations

Questions to Facebook Ireland from members of the Oireachtas joint committee on communications had a particular focus on the company’s political advertisement policies. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Net Results: Social media giant opaque on referendum advertising campaigns

‘This isn’t copyright reform. It’s copyright redefinition to benefit – surprise – corporations’

Net Results: Two draconian measures will lead to mass surveillance and curb content

Aerial view of Silicon Valley at dusk. Photograph: Getty Images

Net Results: That ECA report on living costs made headlines but it needs unpacking

The difference GDPR has made in the EU is that this kind of data sharing is now transparent (or is supposed to be). Photograph: iStock

New revelations about Huffington Post and Facebook data-sharing are jaw-dropping

Max Schrems: The default for a site should be for third-party data-gathering to be turned off – “Most of the companies still have everything on.” Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty

Karlin Lillington: Activist urges digital giants to facilitate online users’ right to privacy

 The late science journalist Mary Mulvihill, who helped to mould a whole generation of science and tech writers and editors. Photograph: Brian Dolan

Guiding touch of science journalist who died three years ago aged 55 can still be felt

There are claims two apps developed for the referendum No campaign may share details about Irish app users with a range of right-wing international groups. Photograph: Adam Peck/PA

Net Results: Firms must not break law on app permissions and data they gather

Mark Zuckerberg leaves after testifying at the European Union parliament in Brussels, on Tuesday. Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

Overall optics were of a stunned Facebook CEO facing a barrage of weighty questions

Microsoft founder Bill Gates: firm has put real corporate will, finance and muscle into issues and areas with long-term consequence, like privacy and social inclusion. Photograph: Rick Wilking

Net Results: While others secretively engage in data harvesting, Gates takes tough stance

Getting a big-name company such as Apple outside Dublin and Cork would have put a shiny gloss on Government strategy.Photograph: Collins Courts

Potential US investors will remember this for some time to come

But companies supposedly withdrawing from Europe could end up with EU data for any range of reasons, such as taking in data from US customers who happen to be passing through the EU, or from EU citizens travelling in the US and visiting their site or using their service.

All boats may rise to EU data laws, but it could take years of fines and court challenges

DNA molecule: DNA not only provides identifying detail about a person but reveals medical and genetic data. And not just about that individual, but about close and even distant relatives.  Photograph: Steven Hunt

Net Results: Should private DNA profiles be available to third parties for crime inquiries?

RSA security president Rohit Ghai said that GDPR was making data management and privacy a prominent issue all over the world, not just in the EU. Photograph: iStock

Net Results: General Data Protection Regulation the top topic at RSA conference

The tech conference circuit has suffered from a dearth of women speakers for years, and, as numerous scandals have shown recently, the industry hasn’t exactly proved itself to be women-friendly, either.

New security conference in San Francisco offered more diverse line-up of speakers

Donald Trump has made norms of unconventional modes of communication. Photograph: Getty

RSA conference hears of ‘ fundamental redesign of how we communicate as people’

OURSA was set up to run in a venue adjacent to the RSA conference after RSA controversially listed only a single women, Monica Lewinsky, in its initial lineup of keynote speakers.

OURSA, set up as alternative to RSA conference, says emerging technologies can be used for surveillance of users

In a keynote address  on the opening day of sessions at the RSA Conference (above) in San Francisco, Ms Nielsen said society has reached a tipping point where “digital security is converging with personal and physical security. The public is starting to realise how they are entwined.” Photograph: RSA Conference

Society at point where ‘digital security is converging with personal and physical security’

The storm isn’t passing for Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Photograph: Reuters

Ultimate decision could undermine business models at Google, Twitter and Apple

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg addresses US senators in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Facebook chief responds to US legislators with mixture of half-truths and mistruths

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: his performance at the combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing is unlikely to sway senators who want to regulate the global social media giant. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

Facebook chief wisely abandons hoodie to face senators’ grilling, but sticks to his script

At the end of March, President Donald Trump signed into law the Cloud Act, which removed the ambiguity over whether a US court could demand data held extraterritorially. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Act gives US ‘nearly unchecked’ power over global digital privacy rights, say critics

If you exist, it’s basically impossible for you not to be producing digital data that is harvested

 Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg had been notably absent and officially silent on Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica crisis  since the scandal broke. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Facebook chief executive was evasive when he finally emerged to make a statement about the Cambridge Analytica crisis

Cambridge Analytica: yet another undercover expose about data misuse. Photograph: Andy  Rain

Net Results: Regulation and legislation vital when we do not own our data as default

Data breach: Facebook says Cambridge Analytica obtained and used user-profile information improperly. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Data Protection Commissioner slow to enforce European privacy judgment

Reporting  fake accounts to Facebook seems regularly to result in no action at all. Photgraph: Reuters/Dado Ruvic

Scams, fake news and accounts – I think it’s time for mandatory regulation

Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com: has a personal net worth of approximately $127 billion, the collective value of 2.3 million Americans.  Photograph: Mike Kane/Bloomberg

Net Results: Geo-corporate mating ritual takes place oblivious of potential downsides

More than 20,000 Irish rentals are listed currently on Airbnb, some 7,000 in Dublin alone.

San Francisco compulsory registration scheme one example Dublin could follow

‘The Government weakened its own position on the rollout of broadband by handing Eir the best cards in an already mediocre playing hand.’ Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

Karlin Lillington: Internet inertia has exposed several ugly truths about State’s priorities

It is important the discussion around digital safety issues does not to default to a more limited focus on children, as has begun to happen here.

Digital safety decisions must not be rushed because the issue is topical

Parents  already feel outpaced by their children’s ability to use the internet, and are worried by regular media reports of cyberbullying. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Is proposed Digital Safety Commissioner role merely manoeuvring on a hot-topic issue?

Online surveillance: section 702’s possible renewal will present serious difficulties unless clear protections are  introduced for EU data.

Net Results: Section 702 extension will hurt business over fears for data of EU citizens

Public Services Card

No national ID card has proven invulnerable to accidental leaks or dedicated hackers

The late Steve Jobs unveils the iPhone: Apple used to really innovate. Photograph:  Tony Avelar/AFP/Getty Images

Karlin Lillington: Firms must plough ideas into products not defend domination moves

New neutrality:  The general public and the business world have never been as aware of privacy issues as they are now. Photograph: Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Hacks, trolls, election manipulation, leaks – security is the evergreen tech concern

Protestors demonstrate in Boston against the US Federal Communications Commission’s move to end internet traffic neutrality. Photograph: Ryan McBride/AFP/Getty Images

Net Results: Move by FCC to abolish internet traffic equality faces formidable opposition

A case before the US Supreme Court, involving a US attempt to force Microsoft to divulge emails held in its Irish data centre,  has exposed a worrying level of  Irish indifference  to Ireland’s wider European data protection obligations

As one of the top locations for the tech sector, we need a clearer stance on data obligations

Mircosoft’s offices in Sandyford, Dublin.

Analysis: Government wavering in case that threatens structure of global businesses

Password sharing: Nadine Dorries tweeted after pornography was found on the office PC of Theresa May’s deputy, Damian Green. Photograph: Twitter

Net Results: Do any TDs want to confess to sharing passwords around the office?

People protest during a rally in Los Angeles to ‘Protect Net Neutrality’ as they voice their opposition to the impending FCC vote on the matter on December 14th. Photograph: Kyle Grillot/Reuters

Silicon Valley leads opposition to US Federal Communications Commission proposal

The TruTrade  platform is now being used in Uganda and Kenya, most recently to open up a direct European market for avocado farmers.

Software developed by Self Help Africa assists farmers in securing fair prices

Is this the first selfie, taken by Paris Hilton in 2006?

Net Results: The yearning to self-immortalise must run deep in the human psyche

Ancient structure on Inis Mór: the speed and efficiency of the internet must not obscure our  world of real people and places. Photograph: Daragh Muldowney

Some of us, for age or other reasons, choose quite reasonably to operate by analogue

U2 singer Bono. “Philanthropy coupled with large-scale tax avoidance is just ego-enhancing crumbs tossed selectively from the (very) wealthy table.” Photograph: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

Tax avoidance as revealed in Paradise Papers results in funding losses for state services

Legal row centres on whether the US can force US firms to hand over data held abroad

Martin Luther: October 31st was the 500th anniversary of the day Luther hammered his revolutionary theses on to a Wittenberg church door. Photograph: Hendrik Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

An academic has illuminated the world-shaping and often invisible issues with tech

The Microsoft case pits the company against the US government in a tussle over emails held in its Dublin data centre

Why is US chasing a line of legal thought that could easily in future be turned against it?

Former chief justice John Murray: produced a damning report which draws pretty much the same conclusions about Irish law that the ECJ did about the EU directive. Photograph: Frank Miller

Indiscriminate surveillance trampled on privacy rights of ordinary citizens for years

The driving forces behind the #buytwitter movement failed to get the needed majority shareholder vote to proceed. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA

Social activists want to take the corporate out of Twitter by making it a public co-op

The vast majority of politicians still do not understand, in depth or breadth, the data protection and privacy issues that lie at the heart of a functional, transparent democracy. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

Net Results: Government must be aware of citizen rights when drafting database plans

The event took place in the Light House cinema in Smithfield.

Spin-off of annual Berlin festival stays eclectic as it lands in Light House cinema

The $1,000  iPhone X. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Before you complain, stop and think about how expensive and rubbish mobiles used to be

Trinity College’s incubator programme has produced 220 entrepreneurs that have raised €2.1 billion in private equity, said John Whelan, director of Blackstone LaunchPad and LaunchBox at TCD. Photograph: The Irish Times

Re:publica digital conference hears universities should not just focus on the bottom line

Dublin’s Grand Canal Docks by night: The surrounding area is home to several tech giants with large and often well-paid workforces. Photograph: iStock.

‘Digital society’ event Re:publica hears call for sector to join push for affordable homes

A review of the Privacy Shield agreement will commence on Monday week.

The US-EU data-transfer agreement is up for review, but its flaws are all too obvious

Domain squatting: buying up domains in the hope of selling them at a profit has been part of the web since the early days of those “under construction” Gifs

Net Results: Ireland’s domain registry wants to hear your views. You’ll have to hurry

The trade-offs of gentrification are complex. Run-down areas, in which vitality declined only to be further weakened by official neglect, see fresh energy and  expanded infrastructure. But former residents often can no longer afford to live there.

Gentrification caused by multinationals can be offset by transport and housing provision

US president Donald Trump: Many business leaders remain on his advisory panels and councils. These include Dell’s Michael Dell, Apple’s Tim Cook, IBM’s Ginny Rometty, Corning’s Wendell Weeks and GE’s Jeff Immelt. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

Net Results: More brave CEOs must resign from White House advisory panels

Past visions of the future: Then minister for public enterprise Mary O’Rourke launches the world’s first internet television, Mitsubshi’s netset. Photograph: Maxwells

Urban and rural industry and citizens need faster internet. But should State keep out?

Princess Diana. Her death in a car crash in Paris 20 years ago was the first major news event in which online coverage played a significant part. Photograph: Mark Cardwell

Net Results: In a world without smartphones, websites began rolling coverage 20 years ago

Microsoft has indicated that, after 32 years, Paint was finally going to that great, encrusted paint tin in the sky

Net Results: Company underestimated depth of affection when announcing program’s end

US President Donald Trump’s White House backs removing net neutrality, according to a spokeswoman. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Real issue for them is not protecting your data, but ensuring they can keep using it

Dachshund pups in small enclosures at an illegal puppy farm in the midlands. Many mistakenly believe the key issue with animal welfare is inadequate legislation. Photograph: Fergal Shanahan

Puppy farming – and animal welfare generally – are still among Ireland’s saddest secrets

Big data: why are projects involving sensitive data so poorly thought through?

Three different, State database-building projects threaten citizens’ rights in Ireland

“As much as I love my iPhone, it’s awfully pushy.”½Photograph: Kimberly White/Reuters

I would pay for an enforced break from my phone, but younger people would struggle

The Microsoft case has been less headline-grabbing than Google’s news-dominating mega-fine this week, but it is the far more important case of the two. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Justice department seeks appeal in relation to emails held by Microsoft in Ireland

Ruling against Google on abuse of search dominance is first of three cases working their way through EU antitrust process. Photograph: EPA/Walter Bieri

Outcome will focus minds in all big tech multinationals doing business in EU

The US supreme court has been asked by the US government to decide a case involving efforts by law enforcement to access emails held on a Microsoft server in Dublin. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Four-year battle escalates in law enforcement efforts to gain access to EU citizen’s data

Pat Breen’s amalgamated portfolio suggests the Government is failing to understand the need to focus on data protection.

Concern for data privacy helps lure firms to Ireland and Leo Varadkar move is damaging

Lurking uncertainty about the effectiveness of Privacy Shield spurred the need for the promised review by the European Commission. Photograph: iStockphoto .

The EU’s WP 29 is sceptical that the Trump government can guarantee data protection

The conclusion drawn by  experts is that hackers would not need to access voting machines to compromise an election.  Photograph: Getty Images

Targets were local government officials likely to have voting-related duties

On Sunday British Prime Minister Theresa May demanded greater regulation of the internet. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

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Kay McNulty Mauchly Antonelli, one of the Eniac programmers

Seventy years on from female programmers’ work for the Allies, too little has changed

1-Page founder Joanna Riley at the Web Summit

Companies matter less than the fact they were Founded – look at Joanna Riley’s 1-Page

A screenshot of the warning screen from a purported ransomware attack. Photo: AP

Amateurish code with poor payback did some service – it taught us a lesson

Frank Pasquale: “Facebook and Google are effectively the regulators but acting in ways without public accountability”

Spread the propaganda and hashtag flooding have damaged utopian ideas about public benefit of web

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