The Sunday Independent had an eyecatching report this weekend. Headlined "First social media controls revealed: Irish watchdog to police content across EU" it sets out the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland's proposals to Government as to how the the AV Services Directive should be transposed into Irish law.
The Fís Television Summit is running in Galway this week. To mark the occasion, something a bit special. Sit Down and Be Counted, published in 1969, is a curious beast of a book.
The benighted story of the Department of Education's perennially unraveling Primary Online Database of 5+year olds has been bouncing along for over a year now. If you were to scroll through a year's worth of this blog's posts you'd have a pretty good picture of what happened when, but you might also expire with tedium. It'd be a race to see which would happen first.
About two weeks ago, as letters started to arrive home in children's lunchboxes, parents started raising issues with the Department of Education's project to take children's data (racial, psychological assessment, special needs, religion, PPS number and so on) and store it until they were 30. Here's the post setting out the inital issues I had with the plan.
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 until they turn 30. Yes, 30.