Digital Future

Minister Ann Linde & Minister Helen McEntee
IIEA27th September 20171min

As part of the IIEA’s project on Ireland and the Future of the EU27, Ann Linde, Swedish Minister for EU Affairs and Trade, and Helen McEntee T.D., Irish Minister for European Affairs, addressed the Insitute to present their governments’ perspectives on the Future of the EU27 post Brexit. In their speeches, each Minister outlined the vision for the EU in their countries, and discussed areas of potential policy alignment betwen Ireland and like-minded countries, such as Sweden.

IIEA1st September 20172min

The seminar entitled: Delivering the Digital Single Market, covered a range of issues associated with completing the Digital Single Market, including the free flow of data (the so-called Fifth Freedom), E-governance and cooperation in the Digital North. The event was co-hosted by the IIEA, the Estonian Embassy to Ireland and the Norwegian Embassy to Ireland.

IIEA24th July 20171min

The Irish National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was formally established in 2015. Together with the Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), the NCSC has responsibility for Ireland’s national cyber security defences. The global cybersecurity threat landscape continues to pose an immense challenge. Notable attacks in 2017 have included the ransomware virus, WannaCry, and the malware virus, Petya.

Neil Brady7th July 20177min

The key hallmark of the current transformation of the global economy is an increase in the velocity of change, and consequently a growing sense of “loss of control”, but the digital economy is global and so how one country or region resolves these issues “affects us all”, according to Terrell Mc Sweeny, Commissioner with the US Federal Trade Commission, (FTC).

Jeffrey Rosen
IIEA3rd July 20171min

In his keynote address, Prof. Rosen argued that in light of dizzying changes in technology, the future of global free speech and privacy is being determined not by the U.S. Supreme Court or by international courts but by lawyers at Google, Facebook, and Twitter, who decide what kind of content to leave up or take down. He addressed the question of how the U.S. Supreme Court will respond to technological change in the age of Google.  He also reflected on how the Court will maintain checks and balances and the rule of law in the face of new populist forces in the U.S. and around the globe.

Neil Brady19th June 20176min

It is now two years since the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy was first announced. Composed of 16 interrelated initiatives and designed to extend the principles of free movement of goods, persons, services and capital to the digital sphere, it has been estimated that full implementation of the Digital Single Market strategy could add €415 billion a year to the EU’s economy, and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

Terrell McSweeny
IIEA23rd May 20171min

Protecting consumers and empowering entrepreneurship through competition have been the foundation of U.S. innovation policy for decades. As the top U.S. consumer protection and antitrust enforcement agency, the Federal Trade Commission plays a central role at the federal level in setting U.S. policy on consumer privacy and data governance.

Neil Brady17th May 20177min

In the wake of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US President last year, it is clear that Western politics has experienced something of a paradigm shift. However, with the recent victory of Emmanuel Macron in the French Presidential elections, and that of Dutch Premier Mark Rutte in the Dutch general elections on 15 March 2017, it would appear that this shift toward populism has been checked, at least for now.

Robert Madelin
IIEA11th May 20171min

The European Commission announced its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy in March 2015. Two years on it is due to publish its mid-term review of the DSM in early May.   But the world is unexpectedly changed since then, and new challenges have emerged. There is the rising tide of populism, and a reassessment, if not a rejection, of the cooperative models that have been in place since the end of the Second World War. There is also the struggle to understand the likely impacts, opportunities and pit-falls of the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, and how to channel the current societal Deep Shift it is engendering.   And in the near term, there is the challenge of Brexit, and its consequences for crucial components of the digital economy, such as data transfers.  Mr. Madelin addressed these and other aspects of the DSM during his address.