News for: Technology And Governance

RTÉ Brainstorm: Why is the Irish planning system so complex?

A new RTÉ Brainstorm article by Whitaker Institute member Rónán Kennedy explores the complexities of the Irish planning system, highlighted by the case of the Apple data centre in Athenry. Why is the Irish planning system so complex? Opinion: as highlighted by the saga of the Apple data centre in Athenry, Ireland’s planning process can be slow,… | Read on »

De-camouflaging chameleons: Requiring transparency and privacy protection in the IoT

Information and communications technology and the development of the so-called ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) provide new and valuable affordances to businesses and consumers. The use of sensors, software, and interconnectivity (marketed as ‘smartness’) provide digital devices with useful adaptive capabilities. The rapid development of so-called ‘smart devices’ means that many everyday items are now impenetrable… | Read on »

RTÉ Brainstorm: The Secrets Behind a Peace Process

An RTÉ Brainstorm article by Dr Niall Ó Dochartaigh—of the Whitaker Institute’s Technology & Governance and Conflict, Humanitarianism & Security research clusters—looks at the secrets behind a peace process. Bogotá celebrations to mark the signing of the historic agreement between the Colombian government and FARC rebels ending 52 years of conflict Opinion: There are many similarities in… | Read on »

2017-18 Whitaker Ideas Forum

The 2017-18 Whitaker Ideas Forum series begins on 13 September and takes place weekly on Wednesdays from 1:00pm – 2:00pm through 22nd November. The Whitaker Ideas Forum seminars have, to-date, showcased the diverse range of research being conducted across the Institute. The forum represents a great opportunity for early career researchers to present to their… | Read on »

Blockchain and Sustainable Communities Workshop recordings now available

Video recordings from the Blockchain and Sustainable Communities Workshop are now available.  The workshop set out to explore the possible future applications of blockchain technology in the development and coherence of sustainable communities.  The questions explored on the day included: What exactly is the likely nature of blockchain disruption? Will it be isolated in the… | Read on »