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.

Executive Team

Professor of EU Regulation & Governance, Principal of UCD College of Social Sciences and Law & Centre for Digital Policy Senior Advisor

Colin Scott is Professor of EU Regulation & Governance at University College Dublin where he currently serves as Vice President for Equality,...

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...

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

Elizabeth Farries is an Assistant Professor and Director of the MSc in Digital Policy. She previously directed programmes in technology and human...

Assistant Professor of Information and Communication Studies

Marco Bastos is the University College Dublin Ad Astra Fellow at the School of Information and Communication Studies and Senior Lecturer at City,...

Our People

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

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...

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...

Assistant Professor of Information and Communication Studies

Páraic Kerrigan is an Assistant Professor, author and researcher with the School of Information and Communication Studies at University College...

Centre for Digital Policy Intern, PhD Candidate at School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin

Arthit is a PhD candidate in SFI Centre for Research Training in Digitally-Enhanced Reality (d-real), working on the mapping of accountability...

Insights

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

By Brendan Scally, Research Assistant in the IRC funded Platforming Harm project, and Eugenia Siapera, UCD Centre for...

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

Our Professional Certificate in Digital Policy 2021 graduate, Yusra Khan, recently contributed to RSRR’s Right to...

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

Centre for Digital Policy member Elizabeth Farries contributed to the publication of  this article alongside Eoin...

On March 21st, the UCD Digital Policy Centre alongside the DCU Anti-Bullying Centre (ABC) and the Irish Society for the...

  The potential for bias embedded in data to lead to the perpetuation of social injustice through Artificial...

AI Content Moderation, Racism and (De)Coloniality develops a critical approach to AI in content moderation adopting a...

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...