People

Our team

Our core team is comprised of leading researchers in digital policy, platform governance, human rights and data governance.

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

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...

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...

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...

Members

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

Professor of Linguistics

Bettina Migge is Professor of Linguistics in the UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics and has been its Head of School since 2016. She...

Associate Professor, School of Computer Science

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science. My research and teaching focus on Human Computer Interaction, with a focus on...

Assistant Professor, UCD School of Computer Science

Dr. Derek Greene is Assistant Professor at the School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, and a Funded Investigator at the SFI Insight...

Professor of Information and Organisation

Donncha Kavanagh joined the MIS Subject Area as Professor of Information & Organisation in April 2013. Donncha is a first class honours civil...

Associate Professor at the School of Computer Science

Dr. Ifrim’s research focuses on developing scalable predictive models for machine learning and data mining applications. Her current research...

Associate Professor, School of Politics and International Relations

I am a Jean Monnet Chair and Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin and co-founder of...

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,...

Assistant Professor, School of Information & Communication Studies

Assistant Professor at the School of Information & Communication Studies at UCD, Programme Director for the MSc in Communication & Media and...

Prof of Knowledge and Data Engineering

Professor Cunningham is Professor of Knowledge and Data Engineering in the School of Computer Science at University College Dublin. His current...

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...

Advisory Board

Members of European Parliament

  • Frances Fitzgerald is a Member of the European Parliament for the Dublin constituency and is a Vice President of the EPP Group in the Parliament. Ms Fitzgerald was first elected to the European Parliament in 2019 as a Fine Gael MEP for Dublin. She is a full member of the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM) and the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) and a substitute member of the Development Committee (DEVE) and the Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation (INGE). Fitzgerald also serves as spokeswoman for the EPP Group on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality. Prior to her election to the European Parliament, Fitzgerald served as a national parliamentarian for over 20 years, including as Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister), one of only four women to have ever held this position. She has also served as Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation; Minister for Justice & Equality and was Ireland’s first Minister for Children & Youth Affairs.
  • Barry Andrews is a Member of the European Parliament from Ireland for the Dublin constituency. Mr Andrews was a member of Dáil Éireann with Fianna Fáil for the Dún Laoghaire constituency from 2002 to 2011. He is a member of the Committee on International Trade, Delegation to the EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly and  Delegation for relations with South Africa. He served as Minister of State for Children from 2008 to 2011. He was appointed CEO of the charity GOAL from 2012 to 2016 and was also the Director-General of the Dublin-based Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), from 2017 until he stood down when he became a candidate in the EE2019 campaign.

Academia

  • Professor Andrea Renda is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy CEPS. He is also a Professor of Digital Policy School of Transnational Governance European University Institute. His current research interests include regulation and policy evaluation, regulatory governance, private regulation, innovation and competition policies, Internet policy, and the alignment of policies for long-term impacts such as sustainability and decarbonization. He also specializes in EU law and policy making, and in international regulatory cooperation.
  • Professor Aphra Kerr is based in NUI Maynooth’s  Department of Sociology. She co-convenes the University’s Technology and Society interdisciplinary research network, and is a member of the Maynooth Social Sciences Research Institute and the Assisted Living and Learning Institutes. She is also the Maynooth lead and academic collaborator with the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology, a multi-institutional research centre in Ireland. Her research focuses on the design, governance and impact of media and technology in everyday life. She has recently published articles on AI governance, and citizen empowerment in smart cities. 

Civil Service

  • Jean Carberry is the Assistant Secretary EU, Digital and Access to Finance Division, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Ireland. She leads the EU, Digital and Access to Finance Division of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. She is responsible for domestic and EU digital policy, including leading Ireland’s positions on EU digital and artificial intelligence policy and regulation proposals, and on enterprise adoption of digital technologies, including artificial intelligence. Jean led the development of Ireland’s AI Strategy, published in July 2021, and is responsible for implementation of the enterprise strand of the strategy. Jean is also responsible for EU affairs, Access to Finance and State aid policy. Before she joined the civil service, Jean worked for AXA, Standard & Poor’s and Ernst & Young. Jean is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA in Finance from Fordham University in New York, USA.
  • Celene Craig is Deputy Chief Executive of BAI, since its establishment in 2009, in addition to having worked with its predecessors the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) and the Independent Radio and Television Commission (IRTC). A significant dimension of her work in the BAI has been her responsibilities for the formulation and review of a wide range of broadcasting/media-related policies and for advising on the implementation of legislative and policy changes in the audiovisual field at national and European levels. Most recently, she has led the development of the BAI’s Policy Position on the Implementation of the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive and on the Regulation of Harmful Content on Online Platforms. From 2015 to May 2019, she was Chairperson of the European Platform ofRegulatory Authorities (EPRA) and has recently been appointed to the Board of ERGA, the European Commission’s advisory body on audiovisual regulation.
  • Eamonn Mac Aodha is currently Director of the Parliament and Institutions Team at Ireland’s Permanent Representation to the EU. Over thirty years as an Irish diplomat he has served in a variety of foreign postings including at the Irish Embassies to the Holy See, South Africa, Israel, at the United Nations in Geneva and as Ireland’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium. During the course of his career, he has worked on a variety of policy areas including human rights, development issues, Anglo-Irish matters and relations with the middle east. He also served as Chief Executive of the Irish Human Rights Commission between 2007-2012.

Civil Society

  • Temi Lasade-Anderson is tech policy advocacy & campaigns strategist, and a LAHP-funded PhD student in the department of Digital Humanities, at King’s College London. In the tech policy and digital rights sector, Temi has worked for numerous civil society organisations such as the Mozilla Foundation, and Whose Knowledge? Most recently, she was a Senior Campaigner at Digital Action, and an advisory board member for Women in AI Ethics. Temi has a Master’s in Digital Media and Society from Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture. In Temi's PhD research, she uses critical social theories such as intersectionality and Black feminist thought to examine, centre and define epistemologies and experiences of Black women on the Internet. Altogether, Temi’s work seeks to reimagine and create equitable and joyful technological futures. 
  • Damini Satija is a public policy and human rights professional. Her background is in data and AI ethics with particular specialism in privacy, digital rights and tech equity. She was previously a Senior Policy Advisor at the Centre for Data Ethics & Innovation, an independent advisory body in the UK government working on data ethics and responsible innovation. She was also the UK’s appointed policy  expert at the Council of Europe’s Ad hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights. She has a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. In 2018, she was a Google Public Policy Fellow at Engine Advocacy in Washington D.C., working on tech policy issues affecting entrepreneurs and small businesses in the U.S. including net neutrality, encryption laws, copyright and content moderation. She was also a Global Policy Fellow at the Institute for Technology & Society in Rio de Janeiro, where she researched the implications of assigning property rights to personal data.

Industry

  • Ciarán Conlon is Government Affairs Director for Microsoft Ireland/European Government Affairs. Before joining Microsoft he held research and teaching positions in Economics in University College Dublin (UCD), worked as a Research Economist with Ireland’s largest trade association before spending 8 years as Spokesman and Adviser to former Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Enda Kenny and another 5 years as Special Policy Adviser to Richard Bruton during his 5 year period as Enterprise Minister.  In Microsoft Ciaran supports the government outreach and policy work of Microsoft in Ireland while his role also reports into the EGA team in Brussels, given the particular importance of EU policy to the Irish economy and business environment. He has a Master’s degree in Economics from UCD, Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and a postgraduate Diploma in Strategy, Innovation and Change from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business. He was appointed by the Irish Government to sit on the National Competitiveness and Policy Council in 2019 and to the Grant Approval Committee of Science Foundation Ireland in 2020 and has been a member of the Irish Government’s Data Forum since 2018.
  • Siobhán Cummiskey is the Director of the Regulatory Compliance Policy team at Meta (Facebook). Siobhán leads a global team that works on human rights compliance strategies for content removal regulation. Prior to joining Meta, Siobhán practiced as a lawyer, including holding the position of Managing Solicitor at the Irish Traveller Movement Law Centre. She has worked in human rights law in the UK, India and Malawi and has lectured in the areas of human rights law and equality law. She is a qualified lawyer in Ireland and the State of New York and holds a LL.B. from the University of Dublin, Trinity College and a first class honours LL.M. in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham.
  • Kieran McCorry is a National Technology Officer, Microsoft Ireland. He has over 30 years’ experience in the technology industry and is the National Technology Officer for Microsoft Ireland where his role is to help Public Sector organisations successfully address national priorities. His areas of focus cover technology leadership, AI, trust, technology vision, strategic alignment, and policy. He is the author of four books on messaging technology and holds several patents as well as a variety of undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Computer Science, Law, and Corporate Governance and Public Policy. He is also a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society.
  • Margaret Mitchell; Before founding Ethical AI and co-founding ML Fairness at Google Research,  was a founding member of Microsoft Research's "Cognition" group, focused on advancing artificial intelligence, and a researcher in Microsoft Research's Natural Language Processing group. Before MSR, Margaret was a postdoctoral researcher at The Johns Hopkins University Center of Excellence, where Ishe  focused on structured prediction, semantic role labeling, and sentiment analysis, working under Benjamin Van Durme. Margaret was a (PhD) student in the natural language generation (NLG) group at the University of Aberdeen, where she focused on how to naturally refer to visible, everyday objects. She primarily worked with Kees van Deemter and Ehud Reiter. In 2008, Margaret received a Master's in Computational Linguistics at the University of Washington, studying under Emily Bender and Fei Xia.

The Centre’s Team

  • Professor Eugenia Siapera (she/her) is Head of the Information and Communication Studies (ICS) School at UCD. Her research interests are in the area of digital and social media, political communication and journalism, technology and social justice, platform governance and hate speech, racism and misogyny. She was the PI of an IRC-funded project on racist hate speech in the Irish digital sphere, and is currently working on two projects: a H2020 project on the digital memory of conflict (RePAST) and an IRC Coalesce project on Alt Tech and Harmful Health Narratives. She has written numerous articles and book chapters. Her most recent book is Understanding New Media (Sage, 2018, second edition) and the edited volume Gender Hate Online (co-edited with Debbie Ging. She is currently working on the third edition of Understanding New Media and on an edited volume on Radical Journalism (co-edited with George Souvlis and Seamus Farrell, under contract with Routledge).
  • Professor Kalpana Shankar (she/her) is with the Information and Communication Studies School at University College Dublin. Her research examines how data and documentation practices and systems reflect and reify the larger society, culture, and institutions where they are enacted. Her current research projects focus on the sustainability and longevity of data archives and peer review at Science Foundation Ireland. Past projects include open data in Ireland and aging and technology for the home.
  • Assistant Professor Elizabeth Farries (she/her) the Director of the MSc in Digital Policy School of Information Studies Digital Policy Program, UCD, Senior Fellow with the UCD Centre for Digital Policy, and Senior Fellow and Consultant for the International Network of Civil Liberties. She researches, advocates, and publishes at the intersection of tech, policy, and rights. Prior to joining UCD’s Digital Policy Programme, she worked as the Director of Information Rights at ICCL and INCLO.  Previously, she practiced law Canada and is a member of the Law Society of British 
  • Dr Niamh Kirk (she/her) is the Microsoft Newsman Fellow in Digital Policy in UCD’s School for Information and Communication Studies. Her work focuses on the intersection of digital media, politics and society with research interests including digital political marketing, democratic participation, digital policy and regulation as well as attuned to transnational considerations. She is an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar based at Dublin City University, with a PhD focused on transnational digital journalism. Her recent publications examine political advertising during the European elections and policy compliance with EU digital platform regulation.