Jonathan Keane

Freelance Journalist

Dublin, Ireland

Jonathan Keane



Is Trump’s America-first policy putting Silicon Valley at risk?

Trump wants to put American first. But that could backfire on firms like Google and Intel. President Donald Trump’s America-first rhetoric around trade has been cause for concern globally, especially in Europe. But it may now be time for American firms to start getting worried. One of the first major tests will be the steel industry, with Trump threatening to impose protectionist measures on steel exports.
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How European startups are grappling with the EU’s copyright reforms

The EU’s proposed copyright reforms have been the subject of much debate, especially in the finer details. Both sides of the debate fundamentally agree with the need for protections for creators and rights holders, but the nitty-gritty has caused a divide. Last Thursday, MEPs Eva Maydell (Paunova), Brando Benifei, and Julia Reda co-hosted an event with the Digital Agenda Intergroup at the European Parliament called ‘Digital Single Market – Rocket fuel for EU Startups?’. Link to Story

Blockchain Startups Take on Ticket Touting, But Will They Gain Traction?

That's about the current state of the ticketing industry – one that, as most consumers know, has dealt with major problems of fraud and counterfeiting as online services have made them more accessible. In one of the latest cases, pop singer Ed Sheeran went so far as to recall 10,000 tickets after touts appeared on Viagogo selling alleged fakes for up to £1,000 apiece.
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Trump’s stance on internet privacy puts U.S.–E.U. pact on thin ice

President Trump’s decision to kill key FCC privacy rules adds further stress to the already strained U.S. Privacy Shield agreement. Moves by the Trump administration to roll back key internet privacy rules have spooked the European Union over the stability of the Privacy Shield agreement. Last week, the European Parliament voted on a resolution asking the European Commission, the E.U.’s executive arm, to ensure that the Trump administration will guarantee safeguards for the protection of Europeans’ data.
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When a rare syndrome renders girls voiceless, tech helps them speak again

When 13-year-old Nathalia Lawlor was born, she seemed perfectly healthy, moving and babbling like any other baby. But at around six or seven months, she started to lose her coordination and ability to move. Once able to grasp small objects, she could no longer pick up pieces of food from her plate.
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How do you keep bananas fresh as they cross the oceans?

Next time you're doing your grocery shopping and put a bunch of bananas in your trolley, spare a thought for the journey they've been on. Many will have travelled half way round the world tightly packed in containers stacked high on gargantuan cargo ships. So how do they stay fresh as they traverse the high seas, perhaps for weeks at a time?
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Flattr’s Peter Sunde wants to put an end to online media’s dependence on advertising

Online publishers are in a constant tussle with the ever-changing face of the web, particularly when it comes to monetising content and reliance on advertising. Peter Sunde, a co-founder of The Pirate Bay, is now one of the co-founders of Sweden-based Flattr, a service that allows web users to donate money to content creators online. Link to Story

This is what your messaging app needs to be truly secure

You may love your messaging app, but your messaging app may not love your privacy and security. WhatsApp, arguably the most popular messaging app in the world with a billion users, made a significant step in April by introducing end-to-end encryption built on the Signal protocol, much to the chagrin of governments and police forces.
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Facial Recognition Apps Are Leaving Blind People Behind

Biometric logins like facial recognition are often discussed as being the real alternative to traditional passwords. But as companies develop apps that verify identity with a snapshot of the user's face, few are considering whether that method is accessible to people with visual impairments. According to the World Health Organization, there are 285 million people in the world with visual impairments of some sort, 39 million of which are blind.
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This Irish startup wants to be a Google Maps for people with disabilities

In 2012, Matt McCann visited London thinking he had booked the perfect hotel room. Beyond searching for a good price and decent location, he needed a hotel designed with accessibility in mind. McCann has cerebral palsy and uses a rolling walker to get around, and found a place that seemed to meet his needs.
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How one Paris startup is becoming an Uber for people with disabilities

When visiting Florida earlier this year, Parisian Charlotte de Vilmorin — who has been in a wheelchair her entire life — was desperately searching for a car adapted for people with disabilities. She finally found one, but soon discovered how expensive it was to rent — for 10 days, it cost her approximately $1,000.
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Catching a thief by their face

A man walks up to the front door of a jeweller in the centre of Rotterdam and buzzes to enter but it doesn’t budge. He waits. While he lingers by the door, a facial recognition camera quickly scans his face and cross references the image with a watch list of known shoplifters from the local police department.
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