Welcome to the newsletter of the Irish Institute of Digital Business (IIDB). Our aim is to keep you up to date on news, research and events happening within the research institute.  

In this newsletter, we will review activities and achievements from March & April 2020, and highlight upcoming events. We also provide digital business commentary and insights of relevance for industry.

If you work in industry and wish to explore potential collaborative opportunities with the IIDB then please email The key focus areas of the IIDB are: Future of Accounting and Finance; Future of Work; Future of Sales and Marketing; Future of IS; Future of Governance and Digital Economy. More information on our research profile can be found here.

If you are a faculty member of DCU and interested in exploring potential membership of the IIDB then please email

Kind Regards,
Mark Cummins
The Irish Institute of Digital Business 
News & Articles

Managing InfoSec & Privacy teams during COVID-19 stressors!  Article by Valerie Lyons

Whilst the COVID-19 crisis presented managers with various technological challenges, many CyberSecurity and Privacy teams already had well-tested continuity plans in place, and were capable of working from home (WFH) at short notice. However, there were non-technological challenges that emerged from the COVID-19 crisis - associated with the changed personal circumstances of management and the team itself. These challenges included coping with a heightened anxiety about parents and family being sick, having children or teenagers at home whilst no crèche or schools were open, blurred boundaries between work and home spaces, worktime and hometime. This article takes a deeper look at these non-technical management challenges, and how management might address them. 
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Brexit will reshape the European FinTech industry...or maybe not. Article by Dr. Pierangelo Rosati

Last year, Dr. Pierangelo Rosati took part in the DCU Brexit Institute's 'Brexit, the Irish Economy and the Future of European Fintech' event. Since the event, Brexit has passed through the UK House of Commons and the end of the transition period is fast approaching. In this follow up article, Dr. Pierangelo Rosati discusses key points related to the cross-border commercialisation of financial services and the future growth of the industry that still remain unresolved: licensing and talent acquisition, and the impact Brexit may have on the ever-evolving FinTech landscape of the EU.
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Get Connected 2020

In late March we held our first virtual event, Get Connected, a mini-conference which explored recent trends in the Internet of Everything. We were delighted to be joined virtually by attendees from around the globe and by speakers from across industry.  Thanks to all our speakers Eric Weaver (Transparent Path), Alan Coleman (Sweepr), Mark Kellett (KelTech IoT), Pearse Ryan (Arthur Cox), Bobby Healy (Manna Drone Delivery), Coral Movasseli (Girls in Tech), Roy Horgan (MarketHub) and to Dr Pierangelo Rosati for organising another successful event.
The key takeaways from each speaker at the event have been uploaded to SlideShare and can be accessed via the liink below:
Download the Get Connected key takeaways

Dr Gary Sinclair - Irish Times, CNN & CBC Radio

Dr Gary Sinclair's research on consumer perceptions of risk was featured in a variety of national (e.g. Irish Times) and international media publications (e.g. CNN) in news stories concerning the consumer response to the coronavirus. Gary and co-authors, Norah Campbell and Sarah Browne were interviewed about their research paper, published in the Journal of Marketing Management in 2019, which focuses on how consumer subcultures prepare for a variety of existential risks, including pandemics. 

Dr Gary Sinclair was interviewed on the Canadian Radio station CBC (Canadian radio station) for a special podcast on music streaming. Gary discusses his research on a variety of themes connected to this topic including ownership, consumer control, artist compensation and the future of the recording industry. 

Edel Conway - 100 Women in Finance (100WF) IWD Event

Professor Edel Conway was a guest speaker at a recent event hosted by State Street Bank to celebrate International Women’s Day.  The event, which was a celebration of women in technology, addressed how women are changing the FinTech and RegTech industries and how industry players are adjusting to digital disruption.  Edel spoke about how the future of work - shaped by technical and demographic challenges - is bright for the industry and for women in particular.
Pictured at the event are: Lory Kehoe (ConsenSys, Moderator), Edel Conway (DCU Business School), Geraldine Gibson-Dautun (AQMetrics), Declan McCarthy (State Street EMEA) and Ann Prendergast (State Street Global Advisors). 

European Data Incubator - Open Call for Startups

The European Data Incubator is recruiting Big Data startups and SMEs in a European incubation programme through the EU's Horizon 2020 for its research & innovation programme. The programme provides mentoring, workshops, equity-free funding and direct access to major European corporations.

The open call for participation in the 8-month programme is now open.
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Upcoming Events

Cyber Science 2020 [VIRTUAL EVENT]


WHEN: June 15th - 19th, 2020
WHERE: Virtual Event

Next month, we will co-host Cyber Science, the annual flagship conference of the Centre for Multidisciplinary Research, Innovation and Collaboration (C-MRIC) co-sponsored by IEEE.

Cyber Science aims to encourage participation and promotion of collaborative scientific, industrial and academic inter-workings among individual researchers, practitioners, members of existing associations, academia and standardisation bodies, including government departments and agencies. The purpose is to build bridges between academia and industry, and to encourage interplay of different culture.

The conference focuses on pioneering research and innovation in Cyber Situational Awareness, Social Media, Cyber Security and Cyber Incident Response, with an exciting lineup of workshops, keynotes and industry speakers.

Registration is now open for this 5-day virtual event. More information can be found at the link below.

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2nd ECMCRC Summer School on Behavioral and Neuroscientific Research for Economics, Finance and Accounting [VIRTUAL EVENT]


WHEN: July 6th - 9th, 2020
WHERE: Virtual Event

The aim of the 2nd ECMCRC Summer School on Behavioral and Neuroscientific Research for Economics, Finance and Accounting is to offer students the opportunity to acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge of the key theories, instruments and techniques currently used to undertake high-impact behavioral and neuroscientific research projects in the fields of economics, finance and accounting.

This Summer School has been explicitly designed to attract and create practical value for Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers, and to seed future research collaborations among participants. Hands-on sessions focusing on the use of neurobiofeedback, eye tracking and data analytics will follow more theoretical lectures which will provide attendees with a grounding in behavioral economics and finance, experimental economics and neuroeconomics.

Places at the summer school are limited to 50 and registration is now open. Find out more at the link below.

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dotLAB Radio Podcast
dotLAB Radio is a new podcast series brought to you by the IIDB and DCU Business School. The series explores how digital technologies are transforming business and society. Throughout the series we meet business leaders, innovators, and experts from a wide range of industries and disciplines areas and find out how the leaders and learners of today, can position themselves to succeed in the industries of tomorrow.

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