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EU Web Accessibility Update

We are now half way through our EU Web accessibility Directive Training series with National Disability Authority having completed three of the information and training sessions, which have collectively seen over 500 attendees. If you have not been able to attend the session you can now access the recordings of all three sessions here:  Session 1: Recording  - An Introduction to the EU Web Accessibility DirectiveSlides ...

  Friday, November 5th


Ireland ranks 5th in 2021 DESI report

The European Commission published the results of the 2021 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) earlier this month. Ireland ranks 5th of the 27 EU countries in the 2021 edition preceded only by Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands.   The index shows that:  Ireland performs very well on the integration of digital technology, and maintains its high scores in the use of e-commerce by SMEs e.g. ...

   Thursday, November 25th


Data Protection Guidance Paper and Event

The Association of Data Protection Officers (ADPO) Committee have recently created a new guidance paper – ‘Data Protection by Design – Making it Effective’. The paper provides advice and examples of how organisations can practically integrate the principles of data protection by design into their data protection programmes, as well as how they can demonstrate the effectiveness of the adopted measures.  To mark the launch of ...

   Thursday, November 25th


New ICS Council Officers

At the recent ICS Annual General Meeting earlier in November, the ICS Council appointed its new officers for the coming year.  Following the end of his term, Mike Hinchey stood down as president after three years in the position. We would like to thank Mike for his time and commitment to ICS.  Declan Brady was appointed as the new ICS President and Professor Tiziana ...

   Friday, November 12th


ICS Secretary General, Mary Cleary, Wins NSAI 1997 Awards for 2021

Irish Computer Society Secretary General Mary Cleary was recently awarded the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) “1997 award for 2021” in recognition of her leadership in the development of European Standards for digital competencies and IT professionalism. As the Chair of CEN/TC 428 and the Secretary General of the ICS, Mary has worked tirelessly, contributing to the professionalisation of the IT sector in both Ireland ...

  Friday, October 22nd


Blog Post: Where to Now? The Uncertain Future of UK Data Protection Laws – By Jared Browne

The UK has left the EU, and since the 28 June, it has the long-desired adequacy decision that recognises the equivalency of its data protection laws, and so, allows it to continue trading seamlessly with the EU bloc of countries.  Now, however, emboldened perhaps, by its new-found freedom, and determined to advance the interests of its domestic digital economy, it published a 146-page consultation paper ...

   Friday, October 22nd


The 2021 Bebras Challenge

The Irish Computer Society (ICS) will be hosting its annual Bebras® Computing Challenge again this year between 8th - 26th November 2021.  Bebras is an international initiative aiming to promote computer science and computational thinking to students of all ages (6-18 years) by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online.  Run in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society, the aim of Bebras is to get ...

  Friday, October 22nd


Web Accessibility Directive Series Update

The Irish Computer Society (ICS) in partnership with the National Disability Authority (NDA) have been holding a series of information seminars and training webinars on the new EU Web Accessibility Directive, which was signed into Irish law on 23 September 2020. The directive requires that public bodies ensure their websites and mobile apps comply with internationally recognised accessibility standards. Over 270 people joined the first information seminar ...

   Friday, October 22nd


Ireland ranks 5th in 2021 DESI report

The European Commission published the results of the 2021 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) earlier this month. Ireland ranks 5th of the 27 EU countries in the 2021 edition preceded only by Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands.   The index shows that:  Ireland performs very well on the integration of digital technology, and maintains its high scores in the use of e-commerce by SMEs e.g. ...

   Thursday, November 25th


Data Protection Guidance Paper and Event

The Association of Data Protection Officers (ADPO) Committee have recently created a new guidance paper – ‘Data Protection by Design – Making it Effective’. The paper provides advice and examples of how organisations can practically integrate the principles of data protection by design into their data protection programmes, as well as how they can demonstrate the effectiveness of the adopted measures.  To mark the launch of ...

   Thursday, November 25th


New ICS Council Officers

At the recent ICS Annual General Meeting earlier in November, the ICS Council appointed its new officers for the coming year.  Following the end of his term, Mike Hinchey stood down as president after three years in the position. We would like to thank Mike for his time and commitment to ICS.  Declan Brady was appointed as the new ICS President and Professor Tiziana ...

   Friday, November 12th


Web Accessibility Directive Series Update

The Irish Computer Society (ICS) in partnership with the National Disability Authority (NDA) have been holding a series of information seminars and training webinars on the new EU Web Accessibility Directive, which was signed into Irish law on 23 September 2020. The directive requires that public bodies ensure their websites and mobile apps comply with internationally recognised accessibility standards. Over 270 people joined the first information seminar ...

   Friday, October 22nd


Citizens’ Jury Report on Health Information

“People should be the owners of their own health data” is the recommendation from a recent examination carried out by the Irish Platform for Patients Organisations, Science and Industry (IPPOSI) During six sessions organised by IPPOSI, 'jurors' cross-examined the evidence and deliberated together to arrive at a “verdict” on who should have access to their health information and for what purposes. The 25 strong jury ...

   Wednesday, September 22nd


Declan Brady New CEPIS Deputy President

Irish Computer Society Council Member and Vice President Declan Brady has been appointed Deputy President of CEPIS – the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies. Declan is a chartered IT professional with over 25 years’ experience. He also has considerable experience as an international representative of the ICS, having been a member of CEPIS Executive Committee since 2003 as well as chair of the CEPIS Task Force ...

   Wednesday, September 22nd


Web Accessibility Directive Training Series

The EU Web Accessibility Directive was signed into Irish law on 23 September 2020 and requires that public bodies ensure their websites and mobile apps comply with internationally recognised accessibility standards.The Irish Computer Society (ICS), in partnership with the National Disability Authority (NDA), is holding a series of 3 information seminars and 3 follow up training webinars on the Directive. The series is relevant to all public ...

   Monday, September 20th


Adult Literacy for Life Strategy Launch

Adult Literacy for Life Strategy Launch Earlier this month, the government launched its Adult Literacy for Life - 10 year Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy Strategy. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital landscape and brought technology to the forefront of all aspects of day-to-day life, yet as the strategy details almost 1 in 2 (47%) adults in Ireland lack basic digital skills. This lack of skills ...

  Wednesday, September 8th