Opinion

Universities need funding, but they also need a rethink of their role in society

There are good reasons to increase funding to higher education in Ireland, but increased rankings should not be one of them, writes Elaine Burke. “Academics all over the world should weep for the destruction of the concept of the university that has occurred in so many places, which has led to little less than the …

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Tech CEO tells employees he’s obligated to accept any government contract regardless of morality

“I do not believe that it is appropriate, practical, or within our mission to examine specific government projects with the purpose of selecting which U.S. agencies we should or should not do business.” Barry Crist, CEO of Chef, in an email to employees. “And to be clear: I also find policies such as separating families …

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Google Shouldn’t Release a Pixel Watch This Year

The big news to drop today was a story about the almost-arrival of a Google Pixel Watch back in 2016 alongside the original line of Pixel phones. It’s big news because we now know that we were incredibly close to getting a first Google-branded watch (or two), but we also learned that Google is unlikely …

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Dublin is a city in desperate need of life support

As Dublin’s status as a business and tech hub goes up, the quality of life in the city is going down, squeezing out community, arts and culture, writes Elaine Burke. By many measures, Dublin is a city on the rise. I mean, just look at all those cranes sprouting skyward. Almost as high as the …

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If Likes No Longer Matter on Social Media, Then What Does?

You’ve probably heard the news: Instagram is in the process of removing like counts from posts in the Instagram feed. At first blush, this might appear to be a massive change. They’re removing one of the most recognizable elements of social proof that’s ever existed. Likes are the way that we measure the world’s most …

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love PPC Automation

Have you ever ventured into the PPC twittersphere? People are sharing hints, celebrating victories, joining together in shared frustration over Facebook ruining everything (sorry, Facebook, but your platform breaks way too often for a company boasting $16.9 billion in second quarter revenue). If you work in PPC, you are a part of a great online …

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Who’s Driving the Data-Informed Revolution? Social Media Managers

What if the most valuable data person on your team is your social media manager? It certainly might not seem that way at first blush. When you think of all the many data roles on a team, social media rarely bubbles to the top. Instead, you think of:  Data scientists. Growth marketers. Analysts and quants. …

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