UCD Centre for
Digital Policy

Building digital policy capability amongst the public
and private sector in Ireland and across the wider
European Union.

The Microsoft-UCD Digital Policy Programme is designed to support those in government with the skills and knowledge necessary to amend existing legislation and plan for new legislation that will protect society and provide a relevant framework in which organisations can operate.

About The Centre

Digital technologies underpin all areas of society and the economy from work to leisure to political participation. However, as technological developments in the field of digital and data science accelerate, balancing the rights of citizens while investing in the possibilities afforded by digital technologies remains tricky for legislators, policy makers, and the private sector alike.

New technologies emerge and create new challenges even as organisations and governments struggle with creating appropriate responses for today.

Our People

The Centre membership is multi-disciplinary drawing on expertise in media, communications, law, politics, and computer science.

Head of School of Information and Communication Studies and Director of Centre of Digital Policy

As well as being a Professor of Information and Communication Studies, Eugenia Siapera is head of the School of Information and Communication Studies...

Professor of Information and Communication Studies & Co-Director of the Centre for Digital Policy

Professor Shankar takes an interpretive, organisational, and institutional approach to topics that are usually “practical” and...

Assistant Professor and Director of the MSc in Digital Policy in the School of Information and Communication Studies

As well as being an Assistant Professor of the School of Information and Communication Studies, Elizabeth Farries is also the Director of the MSc in...

Microsoft Newman Fellow in Digital Policy in the School of Information and Communication Studies

Dr Niamh Kirk was appointed as Newman Fellow in Digital Policy in January 2021. She is a communications and information scholar with a focus on...

Insights

Read about some updates about the centre, our activities and articles by our members about critical areas in digital policy development

How does a 19th century Parliamentary system and model of government successfully consider, draft and enact legislation...

Post based on the keynote address to the CHIST-ERA Programme for European Coordinated Research, 19 May 2021 Social...

Since Russian Ads appeared in US Presidential election campaign and the Cambridge Analytica Scandal in UK Brexit...

On December 15th, 2020, the European Commission submitted its legislative proposal for digital service to the European...

The General Scheme of the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill (OSMR) represents the extensive and good faith...

Recent Publications

Hate Speech Online
The HateTrack Project is an experimental, exploratory research project that combines social, scientific and...

Online Hate
Gender Hate Online addresses the dynamic nature of misogyny: how it travels, what technological and cultural...

Online Audiences
This research report highlights limitations in the conceptualization of audiences in EU audiovisual media policy and...

Hate Speech Online
This article is concerned with identifying the ideological and techno-material parameters that inform Facebook’s...