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US-based David Chaum said the growing realisation among ordinary people that their private messages online could easily be spied upon by governments is causing “an erosion of confidence in democracy itself”.

Privacy and the protection of online communications have emerged among the main themes at this year’s Web Summit in Portugal, with a swathe of confere(...)

   The Beacon South Quarter complex at Sandyford, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Sandyford Business District has called on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council (DLRCC) to abandon its proposal to increase commercial rates for businesses (...)

SoapBox Labs founder Patricia Scanlon

Speech-recognition technology developed by Irish company SoapBox Labs has been selected by a leading US research institute for use in a $30 million ed(...)

‘My friend texts me probably five times a day on WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook.’ Photograph: iStock

I am a 23-year-old woman. I have one friend, who texts me probably five times a day on WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook. I prioritise face-to-face tim(...)

A still from the BBC Spotlight interview with Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney, who was abducted from outside his Co Fermanagh home last month and tortured before being dumped on a road in Co Cavan. Photograph: BBC Spotlight

Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) senior executive Kevin Lunney has described how he tried to escape from a criminal gang that abducted him outside his (...)

Hillary Clinton participates in a lecture with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington last week. Photograph: The New York Times

Mark Zuckerberg “should pay a price” for what he is doing to democracy, Hillary Clinton has said, as she expressed doubts about whether free and fair (...)

Michael Posner, who served in Barack Obama’s government between 2009 and 2013, says we live in a world where ‘people don’t know what the facts are, what the truth is’. Photograph:  Salvatore Di Nolfi/AP Photo

The Irish Government must warn bosses at Facebook, Twitter and Google in Dublin that they face heavy regulation unless they move quickly to deal with (...)

Protesters have been urged to ‘stand down’ and help provide accommodation for asylum seekers. Photograph: Conor McKeown

Recent protests calling for an end to the “inhumane” direct provision system are tainted with “racial undertones” and are actually about race and diff(...)

News of plans to use the Achill Head Hotel as a direct provision centre emerged on Wednesday of last week and a heated public meeting took place on the island that night.

Residents on Achill Island, Co Mayo have insisted they are not opposed to having asylum seekers living in their community but are opposed to lack of c(...)

Twitter said on Wednesday that it would stop accepting political advertising globally on its platform. Photograph: Alastair Pike/AFP via Getty Images

In an important announcement on Wednesday, Twitter chief executive and co-founder Jack Dorsey promised the platform would ban all political advertisem(...)

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