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 Microsoft president Brad Smith speaks of the promise and danger of the digital age at Web Summit in Lisbon, Photograph: Antonio Cotrim/EPA

Ireland was taken to task in front of an audience of more than 10,000 people at Web Summit on Wednesday morning by Microsoft president Brad Smith, who(...)

Paddy Cosgrave, chief executive of Web Summit. Photograph: Miguel Lopes/EPA

Paddy Cosgrave, the co-founder and chief executive of Web Summit, has signalled that the annual technology jamboree in Lisbon, which has more than dou(...)

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the digital world can no longer escape the rules that apply to our lives offline. Photograph: David Fitzgerald

European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager says regulators are close to wrapping up their third case against Google over its AdSense adverti(...)

 Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave: “I love this country as a second home and would never seek to offend the great heroes of Portugal’s past.”

Web Summit organiser Paddy Cosgrave has apologised after Portugal’s prime minister expressed outrage over an “offensive” summit banquet in Lisbon’s Na(...)

Paddy Cosgrave, chief executive officer of Web Summit. The Lisbon venues hold up to 80,000 people so it didn’t feel half as cramped as  the RDS. Photograph: Paulo Duarte/Bloomberg

If you aren’t familiar with the Web Summit, it’s the Irish founded tech conference that started in Dublin in 2009 with less than 400 attendees and gre(...)

The front of the Web Summit venue in Lisbon. So far it’s hard to find anything to criticise about the running of this year’s event. Photograph: Miguel A. Lopes/EPA

The pressure is on for Web Summit and its cofounders. Opening night is always a difficult one, but when it’s opening night in a new venue, in a new co(...)

Web Summit co-founder Paddy Cosgrave  with Portugal’s prime minister Antonio Costa at the event’s start. Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

The Web Summit kicked off its opening ceremony in Lisbon, but the event didn’t go without a hitch. While 3,000 people stood outside the MEO Arena wa(...)

Watching you: Paddy Cosgrave, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the 2014 Web Summit in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times
Web Summit is watching you

Paddy Cosgrave was in Dublin this week to talk to an audience of digital marketers and other techies about preparations for the upcoming Web Summit, w(...)

Paddy Cosgrave,   Web Summit cheif executive, with deputy prime minister of Portugal Paulo Portas:  Manders Terrace, which also backs other events related to the Web Summit, owed €2.4 million to its creditors on December 31st, 2014, up from just shy of €660,000 a year earlier. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile/Web Summit

Manders Terrace, the company behind the Web Summit, saw both its cash balances and debts climb in 2014, according to newly filed accounts. The docum(...)

 Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder of the Web Summit, with Portuguese deputy prime minister Paulo Portas, during the Web Summit in Dublin in November. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Driving from Lisbon city centre towards Parque das Nações in the east of the city, a warm winter breeze washes in from the Atlantic Ocean. The vast(...)

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