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Ireland fastest growing digital economy in Europe

Over the past year, all EU countries improved their digital performance in the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI). DESI is a composite index that summarises relevant indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU Member States in digital competitiveness.Finland, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands scored the highest ratings in DESI 2020 and are among the global leaders in digitalisation. ...

  Thursday, June 18th


itSMF Ireland welcomes new committee members

The itSMF Ireland AGM held on 14 May 2020 was attended by the Vice-Chair Susan Toland, members of the committee, a quorum of members entitled to vote and Tom O’Sullivan, Deputy CEO of the Irish Computer Society. The meeting was chaired by Susan Toland. Three nominations were received by the committee in advance of the AGM for election to the board; Karen Jago, David Reilly & ...

  Wednesday, June 17th


2020 Cedefop skills forecast: challenges and opportunities in the coronavirus era

The 2020 Cedefop skills forecast update was developed before the coronavirus pandemic. The short-term economic impact of the lockdown in many countries is uncertain; the current short-term forecast is therefore likely to be over-optimistic. However, the key long-term factors (such as the ageing population, increasing use of automation/artificial intelligence, globalisation, resource scarcity and move towards a carbon neutral economy) will still hold as the ...

  Tuesday, June 9th


We will never go back to the way we worked before - say Ireland’s IT leaders

‘We will never go back to the way worked before’, is the message from Ireland’s top CIOs who met remotely at the Irish Computer Society to discuss their concerns and share insight on the prospect of remote working becoming the new normal for Irish workers.So, how have Ireland’s CIOs and their teams coped with the overnight move of entire organisations to ...

   Tuesday, June 9th


Let’s hear from you: share news with the membership

Your membership body is for you, the members. So we’d love to hear what has sparked your imagination and you have been up to. If you have exciting news or if you’ve seen an interesting publication, thought piece or research online that you think is worth sharing with the wider membership, don’t keep it to yourself.Especially while we are still ...

   Friday, May 29th


Train online with ICS: all professional development courses available to book

Behind the scenes at ICS we have been working hard to ensure your professional development needs can continue to be met. We are pleased to announce that member events, CPD and training are now fully available online.“Businesses across the country are dealing with new requirements and changing circumstances,” said Claudia Delaney, our Head of Training. “Your staff may need training in new methods ...

  Monday, May 25th


Updated cancellation policy to help members during Covid-19 emergency

We would like to reassure members and students regarding our policy on refunds, cancellations, transfers and substitutions during the current crisis.Behind the scenes at ICS we have been working hard to ensure your professional development needs can continue to be met. We are pleased to announce that member events, CPD and training are now fully available online.We have been contacted by many ...

   Thursday, April 23rd


Data Protection Tips for Video-conferencing

The Data Protection Commission has shared their tips for secure video conferencing.In light of the recent increase in remote working, necessitated by COVID-19 mitigation measures, as well as the increased numbers keeping in touch online with friends and family, the number of people video-conferencing and video-calling has increased dramatically. This has also resulted in people using apps and services which they might not ...

  Tuesday, April 21st


European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience

The European Commission has presented the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience. It sets ambitious, quantitative objectives for upskilling (improving existing skills) and reskilling (training in new skills) to be achieved within the next 5 years. Its 12 actions focus on skills for jobs by partnering up with Member States, companies and social partners to work together for change, by empowering people ...

   Friday, July 3rd


Call for Volunteers for New Data Protection Working Group

The Association of Data Protection Officers (ADPO) is looking for volunteers from its membership body to join a newly formed working group.The aim of the working group will be to research, draft and publish a guidance paper on the topic of data protection by design.The goal is for the paper to become a go-to, trusted document for data protection and IT professionals, ...

   Thursday, July 2nd


EU Stakeholders Cybersecurity Certification Group Established

The European Commission and the European Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) have announced the creation of the Stakeholders Cybersecurity Certification Group (SCCG), which will advise them on strategic issues regarding cybersecurity certification. At the same time it will assist the Commission in the preparation of the Union rolling work programme.Furthermore, its aim, as foreseen by the EU Cybersecurity Act that was adopted a year ...

   Monday, June 29th


Appen 2020 State of AI Report Published

The Appen 2020 State of AI and Machine Learning report has been published. It highlights increasing C-suite involvement and investment in enterprise AI projects as well as data being a key challenge as AI models get more frequent updates in production. The report also reveals the recent acceleration of AI strategies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.According to the report, nearly 75 percent of ...

  Monday, June 29th


Covid Tracker app launches, DPIA and source code published

Ireland's Covid Tracker App has now launched. Find out more on the Covid Tracker website here.The Department of Health and the Health Service Executive have published several important documents as part of their ongoing commitment to openness and transparency in the development of the Covid Tracker App for Ireland.The Data Protection Impact Assessment, the source code, the Product Explainer for the Covid ...

  Friday, June 26th


Free guides to help your friends and family get online

Most of us have been keeping in touch with friends and family via the internet during the Coronavirus lockdown, but this has been a struggle for some people who are not familiar with computers and the internet.Whether it's to make video calls with loved ones, work from home, claim support or funding from the government or understand more about Coronavirus and the restrictions ...

   Tuesday, June 23rd


Ireland fastest growing digital economy in Europe

Over the past year, all EU countries improved their digital performance in the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI). DESI is a composite index that summarises relevant indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU Member States in digital competitiveness.Finland, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands scored the highest ratings in DESI 2020 and are among the global leaders in digitalisation. ...

  Thursday, June 18th


itSMF Ireland welcomes new committee members

The itSMF Ireland AGM held on 14 May 2020 was attended by the Vice-Chair Susan Toland, members of the committee, a quorum of members entitled to vote and Tom O’Sullivan, Deputy CEO of the Irish Computer Society. The meeting was chaired by Susan Toland. Three nominations were received by the committee in advance of the AGM for election to the board; Karen Jago, David Reilly & ...

  Wednesday, June 17th