Government & Politics

Net Neutrality Repeal: the end of an open and free internet?

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Net Neutrality

Net neutrality is all over the news. Those who follow my social media posts will understand that I believe net neutrality is one of the most important challenges facing the technology community since the invention of the internet. There are arguments on both sides. Proponents of net neutrality argue that the concept facilitates a free […]

Government & Politics

Love Me Tender: Part 2 – Winning Your Next Tender Response

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Pubic Procurement Winning Tender Response

What a company writes in a tender response can have a real bearing on how successful it is. Its tender response can also create unintended legal liability. Government departments, local authorities and private companies can all purchase goods, services or works through a competitive tender process. In Part 1 I looked at how an organisation can help protect itself […]

Government & Politics

Love Me Tender: Part 1 – Making Your Next Tender Process Work

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Make Tender Process Work

Companies, public authorities and government entities need to have robust processes when procuring work, goods and services through a tender process. The European Comission reports that every year, over 250,000 public authorities in the EU spend around 14% of GDP on the purchase of services, works and goods. Using a competitive tender approach is becoming more prevalent […]

Government & Politics

Drone attacks legal? The US view on drone strikes

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drone attacks legal

Are US drone attacks legal? For over 15 years lawyers on both sides of the argument have been wrestling with the question of whether unmanned US drone strikes carried out on foreign soil are legal under international law. In August, the White House released a redacted version of President Obama’s policy on using unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone […]

Brexit

Post Brexit Ireland: 5 to reasons to invest and setup in Ireland

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post Brexit Ireland

Post Brexit Ireland Post Brexit Ireland is an interesting place. IDA Ireland is the government body responsible for attracting foreign direct investment into Ireland. The IDA helps foreign companies setup in Ireland. It brands the country as “one of the best places in the world to do business“. Is this true? And if so, does the UK’s […]

Government & Politics

Understanding the rise of Bernie Sanders, the ‘socialist’

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Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders for President? Can Bernie Sanders, the 74 year old independent Senator from the State of Vermont, become the next President of the United States? Sanders is one of two remaining candidates running for the Democratic nomination, along with former Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton. After winning five of the last six States in the nomination […]

Fintech

Fintech Disruption: banking, mobile payments and regulation

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Fintech law disruption

Fintech is shorthand for ‘technology in financial services’. The technology of Fintech makes financial services easier and more efficient. Disruption is a trend that describes how rapid change and innovation in a market eventually displaces the incumbent. For example, think of how outsiders Amazon disrupted traditional bricks and mortar book shops, or how Uber has revolutionised how we order and […]

Fintech

Fintech in Ireland: Investment and Innovation

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FinTech in Ireland

The text of this Fintech in Ireland article originally appeared in the January 2016 edition of PaymentCompliance magazine and is reproduced here with permission. You can subscribe to PaymentCompliance here Introduction Since the 1980s Ireland has transformed itself into a global hub for technology and international financial services (IFS). In 2015 the Irish government published “A Strategy […]

Government & Politics

Donald Trump’s best running mate options

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Donald Trump VP options

Donald Trump is unpredictable. The Manhattan real estate mogul, turned reality TV star, turned GOP (‘Grand Old Party’) presidential candidate, doesn’t do things by the book. Now that Trump is the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party, who are his likely picks for his vice presidential running mate? Will he choose a safe option or go for a wildcard to shake […]

Cloud Computing

G-Cloud – New cloud computing contracting model for governments

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Cloud computing offers many benefits. It is scalable, flexible and, as both infrastructure and software can be hosted online, it helps reduce an organisation’s IT costs. In the age of austerity this final factor is perhaps the most important for government bean counters. Mark Adair considers some of key legal risks that cloud based solutions […]