Category Archives: Social & Cultural

From some o f the most recent articles I’ve produced to some of my earliest written pieces, many of them written while I still lived in Chicago and was asked to produce a weekly column documenting an emigrant’s experiences.

Proposed new internet surveillance laws flawed

An edited version of this article appeared in Village magazine, July 2016 edition Justice minister Frances Fitzgerald’s proposal to expand Irish surveillance and interception laws to include social media and email accounts, coming only weeks after a row over interception … Continue reading

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A brief history of the Irish surveillance state

An edited version of this article appeared in Village magazine, February 2016 edition Twenty years ago, Letterykenny gardai sent a request to Garda HQ looking for selected phone records in the county. The request, part of the deeply flawed Donegal … Continue reading

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Ad Blocking: The next threat to Irish newspapers

An edited version of this article appeared in Village magazine, December 2015 edition A few years ago, as print media watched their subscription and circulation plummet, digital advocates were fond of reciting Clay Shirky’s adage that “no medium can survive … Continue reading

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Class Action: Anti-tabloid bias in Irish radio

An edited version of this article appeared in Village magazine, December 2015 edition Irish news radio programming shows a strong anti-tabloid bias in selecting contributors, according to an examination of survey data from the three main broadcasters earlier this year. … Continue reading

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