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Mussi has always been well known since its establishment for its variety of events attracting sought after speakers, and wide audiences. Through Covid-19 with the change of work practices we have adapted our events to online events and have kept up high standard and variety - albeit without the on campus catering!!
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Below you will find just some of these events that were edited afterwards to add speaker names and questions. Subtitles are available on these videos on Youtube. (Currently editing this page march 2021)
How apps and algorithms are changing the face of welfare delivery
Session 2: Using digital tools in employment and guidance services: Practitioner and stakeholder perspectives
Chair Dr Nuala Whelan, IRC Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Coalesce, MUSSI
•Colin Donnery, Director, Turas Nua and General Manager of FRS Recruitment
•Bernadette Walsh, Guidance Counsellor and Education and Guidance Liaison Manager, Careers Portal Ireland Panel discussion:
•Paul MacSweeney Fórsa, Public Sector Trade Union
•Brid O’Brien, Head of Policy and Media, Irish National Organisation of the Unemployment
•Joan O’Donnell, FreedomTech (Disability Federation of Ireland/Enable Ireland)
•Helen Ryan, Policy Officer, National Adult Literacy Agency
Rapporteur: Ciaran Reid, Irish Local Development Network
This event is an initiative of the ‘A Collaborative Approach to Public Employment Services’ (ACA PES) and ‘Governing Activation in Ireland (GAII) projects, housed at Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute. ACA PES is a funded by the Irish Research Council under a Coalesce Research Grant (2019-2021), and led by Dr Mary Murphy (PI), Dr Nuala Whelan (Post Doc) and Dr Philip Finn (Research Assistant). GAII is led by Dr Michael McGann and funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 841477.
Digitalising Public Employment Services: International policy developments and trends Chair: Dr Michael Mc Gann, Marie Curie Research Fellow, GAII, MUSSI
•Ludo Struyven, Associate Professor and Head of Research on Education and Labour Market, KU Leuven, Belgium
•Ray Griffin, Lecturer in Strategic Management, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland.
•Jo Ingold, Associate Professor, Department of Management, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
•Simone Casey, Research Associate at Per Capita and Future Social Services Institute, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.
•John Martin, Former Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD and Chair of Irish Labour Market Advisory Council
A collaborative event to discuss Ireland’s technical response to COVID-19 organised by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, the Digital Repository of Ireland and Coffee & Circumvention*.
Webinar Topic: Contact tracing is a key measure used in stopping the spread of COVID-19 outbreaks. At the moment, this important work is done by teams of people that ask each infected person on an individual basis how many people they have met in recent times. With contact tracing, people can be quickly informed that they may be infected and encouraged to self-isolate so the infection isn't spread further. Contact tracing applications can be downloaded onto mobile phones. . When someone with this app on their phone comes in contact with another person with a similar app, this information is stored and can be shared with health authorities if one of the phone owners becomes infected. Potentially, this could make the job of contact tracing faster and more accurate as it doesn't rely on a person’s ability to remember and know everyone with whom they have been in contact. For this reason, international governments and technology companies have been developing contact tracing apps. The Irish government has indicated that their application should be available in the coming weeks. However, there has been significant controversy and debate about the way in which these apps are being developed. There are many different ways that they can be built and used. There are fears that governments may use the apps to increase state surveillance or that the benefits of the apps do not outweigh the costs to our rights to privacy. Norway has shut down its contact tracing app following privacy concerns, the NHS app has been delayed due to security flaws, while the Russian app has been used to impose fines on those it thinks are breaking quarantine.
Our panel of experts will discuss how these issues are being considered both in Ireland and internationally
Chair: Dr Aileen O’Carroll, Policy Manager, Digital Repository of Ireland Speakers Elizabeth Farries is Director of Information Rights with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. She has joined experts to publish open transparency calls and 9 principles regarding Ireland's proposed COVID-19 app.
Elizabeth publishes, advises and advocates at the intersection of technology and human rights.
Arthit Suriyawongkul is a co-founder of Thai Netizen Network and a PhD student at School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin. His research is on artificial intelligence ethics, privacy, and related regulatory technology. He is based at ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology and funded by SFI Centre for Research Training in Digitally Enhanced Reality (D-REAL).
Carly Kind is the Director of the Ada Lovelace Institute, an independent research and deliberative body whose mission is to ensure that data and AI work for people and society. She is a human rights lawyer and privacy and data protection expert. Her work focuses on the opportunities and challenges that arise at the intersection of human rights and technology.
Rob Kitchin is a Professor in the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, Ireland. He has conducted extensive research on digital technologies and their impact on society. He is (co)author or (co)editor of 30 academic books and a couple of hundred articles and book chapters. He is a recipient of the Royal Irish Academy’s Gold Medal for the Social Sciences. His most recent article is ‘Civil liberties or public health, or civil liberties and public health? Using surveillance technologies to tackle the spread of COVID-19’, published in Space and Polity.
The Covid-related unemployment crisis has been sharp and fast, resulting in unprecedented levels of job-loss in Ireland and elsewhere. Responding to the needs of the labour force and re-igniting the economy will require a careful strategy. This zoom seminar aims to explore the impact of the crisis on the labour force and presents research conducted at Maynooth University on how the public, private and not-for-profit sectors can be part of a post Covid ‘Back to Work’ strategy. The report focuses on re-imagining a post-Covid Public Employment Eco System, who needs to be included in this strategy, and how it could be implemented in terms of institutions, governance, digitalisation and income supports. Introductions: Dr Mary Murphy What is needed: Dr Nuala Whelan How to do it: Dr Michael McGann Discussant Prof Rory O’Donnell (retired Director National Economic and Social Council) Q & A - Discussion Conclusion and Wrap-Up All documents mentioned in this video including the report and blank Road Map can be found on the MUSSI web page; https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/social-sciences-institute/research/ACAPES
The IRC Coalesce funded research project, based in Maynooth University, is led by Dr Mary Murphy (PI), Dr Nuala Whelan (Post Doc) and Dr Philip Finn (Research Assistant). An advisory committee including ILDN, LESN, INOU collaborates to support the research. Neither Maynooth University nor the IRC are responsible for any use that may be made of the information in this report. The views expressed in this report are those of the authors alone Work undertaken for this report has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 841477. The views expressed in this report are those of the authors alone. Neither Maynooth University nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information in this report. Dr Michael McGann (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow, MUSSI)