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#Oirsocm: TD’s and Senators must first get past the blind panic induced by the word ‘Internet’…

Wed 6 March 2013, 9:51pm

Tweet The Irish Twitterati are killing themselves with laughter after an indifferent to extremely poor performance by a Joint Committee of the Oireachtas tasked with looking at social media this morning. But in fact, unlike Stormont’s more self indulgent performance (who have no powers in this regard), the lack of understanding amongst TDs and Senators (who […] more »

“Regulation of the internet is not an issue that falls within my responsibility or, indeed, that of any part of our devolved Executive.”

Tue 12 February 2013, 12:16am

Tweet For which, I think, we should be very grateful indeed.  Not that such constitutional technicalities prevented MLAs, of all parties, from enthusiastically debating a Sinn Féin motion last week calling for the Northern Ireland Justice Minister “to explore the introduction of better regulation of [social networking websites]“.  Here’s Newton Emerson’s response in Saturday’s Irish News […] more »

Coming to terms with the Internet will not entail switching it off, but facing and evaluating fears

Tue 8 January 2013, 11:48am

Tweet Gavan Titley has it about right. Moral panic is about the best way to describe the latest outbreak of social media bashing in the Republic. The first political party in the south to take to the business of engaging online was Labour, as this report from Damien Mulley outlines. The first Twitter storm I […] more »

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, It Will Be On The Internet

Fri 13 January 2012, 10:04am

Tweet I walk past the Occupy Belfast protesters opposite St. Anne’s Cathedral nearly every day. It would be easy to sneer at them. They have some rather nice tents out of Decathlon, that well known bastion of anti-capitalism, and they seem to have a lot of fun. Not only are they not occupying anything more […] more »

Kate Fitzgerald, annonymity and a ‘hacked’ voicemail?

Fri 2 December 2011, 12:03pm

Tweet Last Saturday, the Irish Times told the story of a young, brilliantly talented US born Irishwoman. It followed a very powerful piece by the woman herself back in September, just before, as it much later came to light, she had taken her own life. But having first linked the story, John Ryan’s is […] more »

Egypt: Will it be the secret policeman’s fall?

Tue 1 February 2011, 9:23am

Tweet President Hosni Mubarak’s shuffling of the Egyptian cabinet while Cairo burns, has all the appearance of rearranging deckchairs on a doomed Titanic. Yet, despite the protests, he may still survive. If he were to go, who would replace him? His son, the just as unpopular Gamal?  The Muslim Brotherhood? Mohamed ElBaradei? Or Omar Suleiman, intelligence chief […] more »

When the facts change, I’ll stick with my beliefs

Thu 26 August 2010, 1:47pm

Tweet Nice piece from the Boston Globe (via Gavin on Google Reader), which may or may not have a relevance to the ongoing saga at Northern Ireland Water (which has ruined many people’s attempts to take a holiday, including my own)… In reality, we often base our opinions on our beliefs, which can have an […] more »

Irish MEP: Facebook makes you mad, so let’s have a law against it…

Wed 23 June 2010, 3:10pm

Tweet Of all the political parties in the south, Labour is one of the ones which ‘gets’ t’Internet most. But I wonder if Labour MEP Nessa Childers‘ question seeking a written answer in the European Parliament ever saw the desk of leader Eamon Gilmore? There is certainly no sign of it on her blog. Adds: […] more »

“A funny thing happened to us on the way to the future.”

Sun 20 June 2010, 3:01pm

Tweet An eminently sensible article by John Naughton in The Observer setting out nine big ideas, or steps, towards a better understanding of the internet. 1 Take the long view 2 The web isn’t the net 3 Disruption is a feature, not a bug 4 Think ecology, not economics 5 Complexity is the new reality 6 The network […] more »

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