Social media firms have showed obvious displeasure about the revelations of surveillance by the National Security Agency but it also reveals the extent to which these companies are at least partially to blame. It has come to light in recent months that the likes of Facebook, Google and Twitter collect data from users and sell it to online marketers. Read more
Leading women in technology will be visiting Dublin next week to discuss their role in the sector and the future investment in female-led high-potential start-ups in Ireland. The Female Founders Forum, organised by Silicon Republic, will take place on Monday 30th June 2014 at 2pm to 5pm at the Guinness Storehouse, St. James’ Gate Brewery, Dublin 8. Read more
With Ireland now positioned as a global leader in ICT, the Government is ambitious about growing this vital sector and the amount of women in IT. Read more
The outcomes of a qualitative study carried out in the framework of the EU-funded Home Sweet Home project have been summed up in a new publication “ICT for Ageing Well- Listen to what older persons think!”. Read more
The Future and Emerging Technology (FET) Unit has just launched its online consultation, to identify game-changing directions for future research in any technological domain. The consultation targets scientists and researchers from the widest range of disciplines, innovators, creators or interested bystanders and members of civil society in general.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD has launched a new three year strategy for Science Foundation Ireland’s Smart Futures initiative, aimed at delivering a 10% increase in uptake of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects at second and third level by 2016. Read more
According to security experts, hackers could crack email systems, security firewalls and possibly mobile phones through the “Heartbleed” computer bug, they also warned that the risks extended beyond just Internet Web servers.
Preventing cybercrime is costing Irish businesses up to €630 million annually, a new report by advisory firm Grant Thornton suggests.
Data breaches and the penetrable nature of the modern technology-led business have been highlighted in recent years. The report’s findings suggest there has been little, if any, change, with notifications of security breaches rising 36% as of 2012. Read more
Facebook has announced that it has acquired Oculus VR, the company which created the Oculus Rift gaming headset, in a cash and stock deal with a value of $2 billion.
The terms of the deal include $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook stock. The Oculus Rift project gained prominence on Kickstarter, raising over $2 million in the summer of 2012. The company went on to raise more than $91 million in venture funding in 2013. With this exit, the Oculus Rift is easily the most successful Kickstarter project of all time. Read more
The European Parliament has successfully voted through the Network & Information Security (NIS) directive.
Following the successful vote* on cyber security today in Strasbourg, Vice President Neelie Kroes said:
“This vote today is very positive news for European citizens, and I would like to thank the Rapporteur, Andreas Schwab, for his hard and efficient work, as well as everyone who has worked on this report. Member States need to be ready to address cyber attacks. Today there are gaps in some countries and we need to fill them.” Read more