Austrian lawyer and privacy activist Max Schrems will be speaking next week in Dublin as part of Ireland’s Edge, find out about this and other upcoming events below:

When and where is it on?

Ireland’s Edge – A Coded Culture takes place on Wednesday June 6th at the Trinity Long Room Hub in Dublin from 5pm

How many years has it been going?

Ireland’s Edge – A Coded Culture is presented in partnership with Intel Ireland and is part of the annual Ireland’s Edge Culture & Creativity Conference, which takes place in Dingle, Kerry each December. Many off-site events are run throughout the year, for those who aren’t in a position to travel to Dingle in December. Further Ireland’s Edge events will be announced before the full conference at the end of the year.

What exciting things can people look forward to?

This instalment at Trinity on June 6th, will examine the big questions of privacy, freedom and creativity; how we want to live in a digital world and who gets to decide. Online and offline, our private and public lives run on code. DNA, the very basis of our makeup as humans, is expressed as genetic code. Music too has many codes. Taking part will be Austrian lawyer and privacy activist Max Schrems best known for his successful legal action against Facebook regarding data transfer. It’s a hot topic, as Schrems has just filed new suits against a number of tech giants, hours after the EU GDPR laws came into effect last week. Schrems will share his thoughts on the current situation relating to privacy rights, data transfer and information law. He will be interviewed by Dr. Nora Ni? Loidea?in, Director and Lecturer in Information Law and Policy at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London.

What opportunities are on offer for those attending?

This will be a great opportunity to hear from those who are directly involved with code in many forms, from big data to DNA. The evening will highlight the connect between technology, the arts, science, creativity and education, core elements of the Ireland’s Edge remit.

Who will be speaking?

Along with Max Schrems and Dr. Nora Ni? Loidea?in, the event will feature a special performance by musical polymath Steve Cooney, guitarist, poet, songwriter, storyteller and lecturer. Also speaking at Ireland’s Edge – A Coded Culture will be Professor Aoife McLysaght, one of the world’s leading geneticists and Professor in Molecular Evolution at the Smurfit Institute of Genetics in Dublin and Dr. Jennifer Edmond, Director of Strategic Projects, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Trinity College Dublin whose interest lies in the conditions of possibility for digital scholarship.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

Get in early to enjoy some bite-sized tastes of Dingle and come with an open mind!

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

There are a small number of tickets left, for a nominal booking fee, at

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