Visitors to Phoenix Park can appreciate the impressive beauty and productivity of the Ashtown Victorian kitchen garden. Photograph: Richard Johnston

In a world where many of us don’t have the space or opportunity to garden in the traditional sense, it’s our public parks that provide that vital nour(...)

Ian Read, chairman and chief executive officer of Pfizer, and Brent Saunders, president and chief executive officer of Allergan. This week’s announcement was seen as being directed particularly at the Pfizer-Allergan deal. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

As Pfizer and Allergan bowed to the inevitable and dropped their plan for a $160 billion (€140.6bn) deal that would have seen America’s largest pharm(...)

Draft legislation is expected as soon as this week. Image: Thinkstock

The White House is declining to offer public support for draft legislation that would allow judges to require technology companies such as Apple to he(...)

The main keynotes at the RSA conference consistently focused on encryption. So did the conference’s annual highlight, its famed Cryptographers’ Panel comprising several legendary industry figures and digital cryptography pioneers. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Two decades ago, I attended my first RSA Security Conference in San Francisco, the largest annual security conference in the world. I didn’t know too(...)

  Austrian Max Schrems  before  the verdict of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in   October 2015,  which led to the dismantling of the Safe Harbour agreement  which let companies  self-certify that they provided European-level privacy safeguards to European data held in the US.  Photograph:   Julien Warnand/EPA

Will Privacy Shield – the proposed replacement for the disgraced Safe Harbour data exchange principles – be a runner? Businesses on both sides of the (...)

European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager in Brussels, where the EU charged Google with abusing its dominant position as Europe’s top search engine. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

in Brussels The European Commission formally accused Google of abusing its dominance in the internet shopping space.It also initiated a separate inve(...)

Binyamin Netanyahu: the White House is upset about his address to Congress coming two weeks before Israeli elections and the fact he is expected to be critical of US policy on Iran. Photograph: Baz Ratnerbaz/AFP/Getty

An Israeli minister has suggested prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu was misled into thinking an invitation to address the US Congress next month was b(...)

British prime minister David Cameron suggested that all digital encryption in Britain be maimed by supplying back doors for security organisations. Photograph: Bloomberg

If the national legislatures of the UK and US decide their leaders are right, and laws are passed to cripple encryption and permit other forms of mass(...)

The publication by the US Senate intelligence committee of its devastating 525-page report on the post- 9/11 CIA torture of detainees raises profound (...)

The part of Obama’s plan of greatest interest to Silicon Valley is the overhaul of the H1B work visa programme and the potential for an entrepreneur’s visa. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

In Ireland as well as the US, most of the talk and attention around president Barack Obama’s surprise move to legislate directly on the festering issu(...)

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