Category Archives: General

All those post which do not fall into other catagories. A bit like Misc.

Minister for Education: We will forget nothing, learn nothing

The POD database of primary school children shouldn’t go ahead. It’s ill-considered and insecure. Here’s why. Continue reading

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Unanswered legal problems with the Government’s new database of children

The Department of Education is building a database of Ireland’s children. It’s called the Primary Online Database and, currently, its intention is to collect a full profile of data on all the children in education and to store that data … Continue reading

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Private phone messaging apps compared

Recently, for reasons, I had occasion to examine the current state of the market for encrypted messaging apps on phones. Tested: Wickr, BBM, Threema, Confide, Cyber Dust, Cyphr, Telegram. Thoughts to follow: (Notes: -All of these apps start off wanting … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ireland’s new Surveillance Order

Some tiny Saturday thoughts on today’s Page 1 scoop by Karlin Lillington re the state’s creation of a new statutory framework for secret Ministerial surveillance orders and, quite seriously, for FISA-style secret court hearings. 1) The Minister has activated a … Continue reading

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Have Uber delete their records of you using Data Protection law

Send Uber a message that requires them, under Data Protection law to delete your data, when you delete their app. Continue reading

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Water and Power

Self-organised, decentralised political movements were once the stuff of science fiction and political theory. Now, the phones in people’s pockets give everyone the chance to voice, bear witness, organise and persuade. Continue reading

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Apple Watch, HealthKit & the meaning of normal

The coming smartwatch data flood is going to pose a challenge for doctors to assess. Continue reading

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The BAI, Mooney and the struggle to control the Internet

A few weeks ago the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland issued a decision in response to a complaint by Mr. Dónal O’Sullivan-Latchford on behalf of the Family and Media Association. He had complained about an episode of the Mooney Show on … Continue reading

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The Campaign Jitters podcast series

A series of short (max 5 mins) daily audio essays, which I made during the 2011 General Election campaign.

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The Tuam Babies and the Irish Times’ ‘new info’

Accuracy and facts matter and had been ignored. We had new info and majored on that. We ran accompanying analysis of main issue – Conor Goodman (@conorgoodman), Irish Times Features Editor, https://twitter.com/conorgoodman/statuses/482839614915624960 June 28, 2014 Here is all the previously … Continue reading

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