The European Commission plans to create a single European market for data, hoping that pooling the region’s deep industrial expertise will help build technology powerhouses to catch up with Silicon Valley and state-backed Chinese heavyweights.
For years, wealth and income inequalities have been rising within industrialised countries, kicking off a broader debate about technology and globalisation. But at the heart of the issue is a fundamental good that has been driving social and economic inequality for centuries: real estate, writes
Gerard Pique’s focus as his team took a valuable 1-0 advantage in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg at Manchester United was particularly impressive, given the many potential distractions inside the Barcelona defender’s head.
The dark side of internet technology in general and Facebook — which now owns WhatsApp and Instagram — in particular have been among the many problems governments have wrestled with throughout 2018. They remain unresolved as we welcome the new year. Like the hydrogen bomb, the technology cannot be uninvented, yet legislatures around the free world struggle to find ways to curtail its destructive power.
Imagine if Apple, Google, or Microsoft, or any of those new imperialists who make Cecil Rhodes seem an avuncular philanthropist, offered to build a vast “gathering space” — a shop — in Cork’s Bishop Lucey Park, Galway’s Eyre Square, or, say, Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green.
IF Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is still convinced that the people of rural Ireland want, as he puts it, “to turn every town into a city and every village into town, and railways to everywhere,” he should stop being so condescending and get out more.