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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Digital Dublin: Talk by Jan Philipp Albrecht

TCube, 32-34 Castle Street, Dublin 2

The Green Party are privileged to welcome MEP for northern Germany, Jan Philipp Albrecht (@JanAlbrecht), to Dublin for one night only.

In March 2014, the European Parliament voted to approve legislation that could have a profound impact on the way Internet companies use European citizens’ personal data. The General Data Protection Regulation, which is yet to be approved by the Council of Ministers, would put in place common data privacy standards across the EU.

In the context of ongoing debates over surveillance and personal data, Jan Philipp Albrecht will discuss the EU’s response to some of the most significant challenges of the digital age.

Jan Philipp Albrecht has been the European Parliament’s chief negotiator for the General Data Protection Regulation since April 2012. He has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2009, when he was elected from the German Green Party. Mr. Albrecht studied law in Bremen, Brussels and Berlin and worked for the Walter-Hallstein Institut in Berlin.

He graduated in ICT-law at the Universities of Hanover and Oslo in 2009, specialising in civil rights, data protection and democracy.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

NI business community urged to join charity sleep out & tackle youth homelessness

Northern Ireland tech and business sectors are being urged to brave the elements for an open-air sleep out aimed at raising vital funds to prevent youth homelessness.

Figures show that local authorities in Northern Ireland registered 4,189 young people homeless from 2012 to 2013. Only a fraction of the true number of homeless young people are captured by this statistic as many are not officially recognised by local authorities. It is estimated that 80,000 young people a year experience homelessness in the UK – leaving them vulnerable to violence, mental health problems and addiction.

Now leading charity Action for Children is urging tech and business leaders in Northern Ireland to raise vital funds for vulnerable young people by taking part in Byte Night 2014. 

Byte Night Northern Ireland co-chair and Technical Solutions Architect at Cisco Systems Paul Hanna said: “Homelessness can happen to anyone’s child. Families are under a huge amount of pressure and this can affect relationships, with two thirds of children becoming homeless because of family breakdown.

“Some of Northern Ireland’s biggest companies take part in Byte Night, making it a great networking opportunity, as well as a unique way to support some of the most vulnerable young people in our society.”

This year's Byte Night sleep out will take place on Friday October 3rd at the Belfast Activity Centre, Barnett's Stable Yard on the Malone Road. 

Companies already signed up include Cisco, Digital Derry, i3 Digital, Kainos, Brightwater, SQS, BT,  Eircom, HP, Virgin Media and Liberty IT. 

In 2013, Byte Night Northern Ireland raised almost £20,000.  This helped fund Action for Children’s work with vulnerable young people across the country, including services supporting those at risk of homelessness.

Byte Night is looking for volunteers not only to give up their time and their bed for the night to raise money, but also to raise awareness of the issues facing homeless young people. To find out more about sleeping out visit

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