Online advertising has become all-pervasive over the past decade but until last year the giant tech companies were not held accountable for implementing the basic standards of accountability that applies to advertising in the traditional media. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

A detailed analysis of online political advertising in Ireland during the recent European elections has thrown up worrying issues about voter manipula(...)

“The growth of WhatsApp and the move away from the Facebook platform is likely due to a deliberate strategy on the part of Facebook.” Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

A global move to closed messaging such as WhatsApp is concerning not only for publishers but also for society and democracy. Internationally – and in (...)

Overwatch loot boxes.  Two loot boxes will cost a player €1.99 in the PlayStation store

If your child has played a digital game they have most likely come across something in-game to buy. More gems, rubies, stars, gold or lives. The cur(...)

News production has become more sophisticated and as a consequence, disinformation can be more difficult to detect. Photograph: iStock

Do you all know the story of the Three Little Pigs? No, I mean the real story? Not that fairytale we’ve all been conned into believing, but the true (...)

For search and social, Google and Facebook are inarguably two of the most powerful companies on the planet. File photograph: Getty Images

We don’t search online, we “google”, so it is no surprise that Google has over 77 per cent of the search engine market, while the nearest competitor i(...)

When asked why they do not pay for online news, 53 per cent of Irish respondents say it is because news is available for free and 25 per cent believe it is not worth paying for. Photograph: Getty Images

If we take seriously the idea that journalism is essential for democracy then we need to challenge public attitudes towards paying for online news. Cu(...)

23 per cent of people said The Irish Times was their top source of online news

Irish people under the age of 35 are more likely to pay for online news , according to the latest Oxford Reuters Digital News Report published today. (...)

  Amid talk of “fake news”, distrust of mainstream media, and the rise of far-right websites such as Breitbart News Network, the average citizen is struggling to discern what is true and what is not.

Education is under attack. Expertise and experience were derided in the lead-up to the Brexit vote, while US president Donald Trump famously declared(...)

The Digital News Report 2016 (Ireland) indicates we have the highest level of primarily digital consumers and of mixed traditional and digital consumers, putting Ireland before the US, UK and Australia in digital enthusiasm. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish people are moving more quickly from traditional to digital news than consumers in any other English-speaking country, according to a new report (...)

Facebook is now the primary driver of traffic to news websites, having overtaken Google for the first time last year.

More than half of Irish consumers now get their news from social media. This places Ireland in line with international trends, with the widespread use(...)