The Irish Tech News Podcast

Irish Tech News

Irish Tech News are Ireland's number one online tech publication and often Ireland's number one tech podcast too.

We aim to cover innovation, entrepreneurs, startups, green tech, clean tech and tech for good that aims to help the planet.

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Crenguta Leaua is a professor at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania, where she teaches international comparative arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, the law of communication and new technologies and business law. She is the director of��The Swiss Institute for Alternative Thinking in Lugano, Switzerland and a member of the Board of Directors of The Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC), chair of the SVAMC Initiative for Arbitration and Mediation for Blockchain-based Transaction. She is practicing international arbitrator and counsel ( founder of LDDP, a GAR 100 lawfirm). Title: Greek Gods and the Metaverse A delightful and thoughtful perspective on the reality we can build through the Metaverse by Law Professor Crenguta Leaua. As a specialist in international arbitration and New Technology law, Professor Crenguta Leaua, shares her thoughts on arbitration in an AI-driven world, and her takeaways from the events in Davos during the WEF2022.  In the second part of our discussion, she animates her alternative thinking on the Metaverse, which she has presented during the 2022 European conference on international arbitration and is the topic of her Long article:  `The Greek Gods and the Metaverse: Legal Order in the Layered Universe` Dr. Efi Pylarinou is the No.1 Global Woman Influencer in Finance & the Data conversation by Refinitiv, a Top Thought Leader by Onalytica, and a Top Digital Futurist, Linkedin and Twitter Voice, by Engatica. A seasoned Wall Street professional & a recognized technology thought leader on innovation topics. Founder of Efi Pylarinou Advisory servicing Big Tech, Financial Services and Fintech clients. She strongly believes in building bridges between the old and the new economy. She shares her passion of content creation with her 190,000+ followers on Linkedin and 18,000+ on Twitter.  Join her on the social platforms https://linktr.ee/Efiglobal

Jul 2

38 min 35 sec

The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) took place for the time in Ireland. FIRST’s 34th Annual Conference, entitled ‘Neart Le Chéile: Strength Together’ took place in the Convention Centre, Dublin, from June 26 to July 1, 2022. One of the keynote speakers was Mick Moran who with Romain Wartel delivered Online Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM): The Insider Attack You Have Not Seen Coming. Ronan talks to Mick about his keynote and more. Mick talks about his background, how people abuse technology, encryption, the EU privacy debate, parents educating children about ICT, the traps out there for kids, and his keynote. Mick also talks about blackmail, self harming, Orla’s story, and access to pornography. More about Mick Moran: Mick Moran is a member of An Garda Síochána who formerly worked as Assistant Director in charge of the Vulnerable Communities team dealing with all aspects of Human Trafficking, People Smuggling Networks and Crimes against Children. This team manages the development of the International Child Sexual Abuse database (ICSE) and the implantation of the victim identification discipline in global policing. He has a MSc (Hons.) in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation from University College Dublin and currently teaches on that course.

Jul 1

30 min 48 sec

Roderick McKinley studied economics to master’s level motivated to understand what drives economic inequality and environmental mismanagement. After taking his CFA exams he began working with private equity investors to finance renewable energy infrastructure in Chile. An exciting opportunity but it also ate into his personal autonomy and, combined with 20-hour days, resulted in burnout. “So, I decided to use my quantitative skills to set up my own business modelling consultancy instead, which I ran right up to 2020 when my first tokenomic engagement turned up. I had first heard about Bitcoin back in 2013, but dismissed it as a naïve fad, and did not give it serious scrutiny – which was a mistake of course.” McKinley is now a tokenomics expert in crypto coming full circle around to cryptocurrency and the irony is not lost on him. He committed to this career pivot after realizing that the fundamental view of economics is similar across traditional and cryptocurrency domains. [R1] [JG2] McKinley explains this in terms of his view of economics as the study of human behaviour involving scarce resources, and the effects these behaviours have on those resources Tune in to listen to Roderick explain the dark arts of Tokenomics. Your host is Jillian Godsil

Jul 1

17 min 4 sec

Can you believe that Finovate turns 15 this year? The Disneyland of Fintech, as Bradley would call it, has played a pivotal role in moving the fintech ecosystem forward and bringing us together from all corners of the world.  In this episode of One Vision, we chat with Greg Palmer and David Penn on what goes on behind the scenes and share some of our most memorable moments. One of the best things about Finovate is, and has always been, about the community. Times might change and tech might evolve; but some things always stay the same: The best times are spent together with our friends at Finovate.

Jun 30

45 min 4 sec

Podcast summary: In a time when life seems impossible and incomplete without the internet, maintaining data security and privacy can be a luxury sometimes as it is pretty easy to steal personal data and breach privacy using the same internet. Access to uncensored internet for all also looks like a hard-to-believe concept. This is where technologies such as dVPN come to the rescue. In today's podcast, Tanjima Elham Khandaker talks to Aleksandr Litreev, Founder and CEO of SOLAR Labs, the world’s leading developer of dVPN technology.  Aleksandr shares his background, how he came to work on dVPN and Web3 technologies, how they work to support users with internet safety and privacy and human rights which are intertwined with these issues. Aleksandr's bio: Aleksandr Litreev is Founder and CEO of SOLAR Labs, the world’s leading developer of dVPN technology. The SOLAR Labs mission is to promote free speech, truth, and human rights globally, by empowering all people to have uncensored, untraceable, blockchain-enabled access to the internet via its decentralized applications and consumer hardware products, built exclusively at this time for the Cosmos blockchain ecosystem. Tanjima's bio: Tanjima Elham Khandaker is an MA student of Journalism, studying at the University of Roehampton, and an intern at the Irish Tech News. She is from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Back in her country, Tanjima worked for six and a half years as a journalist, sub-editor and senior sub-editor with a TV channel, an online news portal and a daily newspaper. She plans on becoming a better-skilled newsperson by pursuing further studies in the UK. Tanjima is a tech-enthusiast and dreams of walking on the moon one day.

Jun 29

19 min 16 sec

With Paul Sisnett, CEO of SMD Group, and Kunal Jhanji, Partner & MD at Boston Consulting Group Project New Era is a privately-led, cross-industry initiative that will evaluate a future digital currency ecosystem in the UK that could include stablecoins and a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). Differing from other initiatives which seek to promote policy theories for digital currencies, Project New Era is about testing them in practice through a private sector pilot, using a live Digital Sterling (‘dSterling’) asset. The pilot, set to launch in September, will be run by the private consortium but aims to engage with The Bank of England, the Financial Conduct Authority and the Payments Systems Regulator to update them around the progress and learnings in order to help them make informed decisions on implementing a CBDC in the future. These authorities are not, however, directly involved in the pilot itself. Tune in to hear more - your host is Jillian Godsil

Jun 29

23 min 56 sec

The 21st Accenture Tech Vision report is out and it places a big emphasis on the metaverse. So besides seeing the metaverse as something businesses should be prepared for, what else does the Tech Vision report mention. Ronan talks to David Kirwan, Head of Technology, Accenture Ireland about this and more. David talks about his background, what he does in Accenture, trust and transparency, Accenture's latest Technology Vision report and the metaverse, . David also talks about AI, Star Trek, and what technology will become ubiquitous. More about the Accenture Technology Vision report: The annual Technology Vision report identifies the latest technology trends that will have the greatest impact on companies, government agencies and other organisations in the next three years. The Technology Vision explores disruptive technology that impacts digital business and includes examples, bold predictions and critical decision points for leaders to consider related to their digital technology investments. The research is based on input from the Technology Vision External Advisory Board comprised of public and private sectors, academia, venture capital and entrepreneurial companies. Insights are also drawn from nearly 100 Accenture business leaders who have deep expertise with digital technology. To understand the perspectives of both business leaders and consumers, the research process includes a global survey of more than 6,000 business and IT executives, and a global consumer survey.

Jun 28

35 min 32 sec

John Simpson Talks About Neuropad®: A Game-changer For People Living With Diabetes In this episode of the Irish Tech News podcast, I am joined by John Simpson, CEO of Neuropad®, a biotech company, which is a game-changer for the early detection of diabetic foot syndrome, a condition which can lead to serious complications such as foot ulceration and amputation. Feet are important, especially if you have diabetes, because with diabetes, it means you’re much more likely to develop problems with your feet – problems that could end up as amputations. But most amputations can be prevented. If you take good care of your feet and check them regularly, you can reduce your risk of developing foot problems, and this is how Neuropad is changing things. It is a pain-free, ten-minute patch test, which can be done by you at home or with your carer or doctor. This simple patch test has been recommended by the National Advisory Panel for Care Home Diabetes in its new national guidance for care home operators and their staff. In this timely podcast, we discuss why National Diabetes Week, which took place between 13 to 19 June was a tumbleweed moment with the UK media; how the global pandemic has severely impacted people living with diabetes; and about the unnecessary foot/leg amputations that are currently happening, can be avoided with better care. Alarmingly, 30 percent of people with diabetes are unaware that foot complications are common and serious if detected late. Another sobering statistic is that the five-year mortality post amputation is worse than most common cancers and much higher than breast cancer. John shares his in-depth knowledge about diabetes and talks about these staggering statistics and how foot complications are the most feared of all the complications of diabetes. This podcast conversation with John Simpson is a real eye-opener and shines a light on the things that we take for granted. To know more about Neuropad visit www.neuropad.co.uk Twitter @neuropadtest; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neuropadtest  LinkedIn: John Simpson

Jun 27

26 min 34 sec

The meltdown of Terra`s algorithmic stablecoin, Celsius, and the systemic risk that has emerged, is evidence of the lack of Governance in the Defi space. We discuss with Dr. Eelco Fiole, the kind of Governance that is lacking and that has been ignored at the expense of the entire ecosystem. We are witnessing a monumental value destruction as a result. Dr. Eelco Fiole is the founder and managing partner at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/fiole/ Alpha Governance Partners - https://www.alpha-gp.com/ . He is a seasoned banking professional. Over the past 10 years he has been in fiduciary COO and CFOroles in blockchain and investments.  He also teaches Ethics at two Swiss universities and recently got award the CFA inspirational Leader award for Ethics. https://www.linkedin.com/posts/fiole_cfa-institute-inspirational-leader-award-activity-6940688810359848961-9cSz?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=member_desktop_web Dr. Efi Pylarinou is the No.1 Global Woman Influencer in Finance & the Data conversation by Refinitiv, a Top Thought Leader by Onalytica, and a Top Digital Futurist, Linkedin and Twitter Voice, by Engatica. A seasoned Wall Street professional & a recognized technology thought leader on innovation topics. Founder of Efi Pylarinou Advisory servicing Big Tech, Financial Services and Fintech clients. She strongly believes in building bridges between the old and the new economy. She shares her passion of content creation with her 190,000+ followers on Linkedin and 18,000+ on Twitter.  Join her on the social platforms https://linktr.ee/Efiglobal

Jun 24

28 min 22 sec

NFT’s are becoming more popular and are being used in a variety of interesting ways. One company that is doing interesting things with NFT’s is Creaticles, the NFT requests marketplace matching users with artists. Ronan talks to Jonathan Chen, their Head of Operations about what they are doing and more. Jonathan talks about his background, what Creaticles does, Creaticles mission, Creaticles contests and Creaticles been selected as one of eight of the most promising projects in CoinList’s Seed batch for Fall 2021. Jonathan also talks about Creaticles' partnership with Fantom, and the recently announced charity NFT contest in aid of Top 7 for Ukraine. More about Creaticles: Their platform allows anyone to source custom NFTs through ‘Creaticles contests’, using a Request for Proposal (RFP) model, in which users submit an NFT idea request to the platform’s roster of verified artists, who are remunerated for their work in ETH and other cryptocurrencies. Creaticles was also selected as one of eight of the most promising projects in CoinList’s Seed batch for Fall 2021, out of a field of over 500 crypto projects, and recently announced a partnership with Fantom.

Jun 24

28 min 28 sec