This note announces my departure from Brave to take up two new roles. After a little more than over two years at Brave, I have moved to new roles at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the Open Markets Institute. The peculiarities of the GDPR, and Ireland's place in the global economy, mean that regulatory inaction in Ireland has global … Continue reading Farewell Brave.
This note analyses additional granular data from Dutch publisher NPO, and presents lessons for the publishing industry about privacy and revenue based on six months of data from a publishing group that removed 3rd party tracking.
This note shares new data on publisher revenue impact from switching off 3rd party ad tracking.
Procter & Gamble invited Dr Johnny Ryan of Brave to give a (remote) keynote address about how advertisers should adapt to the privacy-first future.The presentation covers the problems with conventional advertising technology, risks to brands and media sustainability, and sets out several alternative models. See the video here. For reasons made clear in this keynote presentation, … Continue reading Johnny Ryan’s privacy keynote for P&G
This note highlights the inadequacies of Google and IAB proposals to reform RTB, and rebuts the argument for inaction.
Ryan's testimony at International Grand Chamber: RTB data breach enables disinformation. Enforcers can be sued.
Brave has written to the Attorney General of California to highlight a critical omission in the CCPA regulations proposed last week.
Brave has written to EU Member States to urge the prohibition of cookie walls, and the inclusion of privacy by default, in the ePrivacy Regulation.
This note presents a submission from Dr Johnny Ryan of Brave, and Dr Orla Lynskey of the London School of Economics, to the UK Competition & Markets Authority.
This note examines the GDPR requirement that marketers conduct data protection impact assessments (DPIAs) when buying digital media using “real-time bidding” advertising.
Brave presents new RTB evidence, and has uncovered a mechanism by which Google appears to be circumventing its purported GDPR privacy protections.
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IAB Europe fails to answer questions from Irish Data Protection Commission arising from formal GDPR complaint by Brave's Dr Ryan against IAB Europe's "forced consent" and consent walls.
Brave answers Senators Whitehouse, Booker, Graham and Leahy’s questions for the record from the US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on privacy and anti-trust.
Today, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has announced a major GDPR probe into “suspected infringement” by Google’s DoubleClick/Authorized Buyers advertising business. The probe was triggered by a formal complaint from Dr Johnny Ryan, Chief Policy Officer at Brave, the private web browser.
Dr Johnny Ryan's testimony at the US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Understanding the Digital Advertising Ecosystem and the Impact of Data Privacy and Competition Policy”.
A formal complaint has been filed with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner against IAB Europe, the tracking industry’s primary lobbying organization.
Lightly edited transcription of PageFair remarks at rapporteur's sessions at the European Parliament in Brussels on 29 May 2017, concerning the ePrivacy Regulation. Statement at roundtable on Articles 9, and 10. Dr Johnny Ryan: Thank you. PageFair is a European adtech company. We are very much in support of the Regulation as proposed, in so far … Continue reading PageFair statement at European Parliament rapporteur’s ePrivacy Regulation roundtable
I spoke about design with John Collery (IDEO.org), Colin Harmon (3fE), and Laura Magahy (Irish Design 2015) in Dublin recently. Here are the highlights. As I wrote last year in The Irish Times, a happy customer is an extraordinary thing. So extraordinary that this first moment of happiness with a service can be a prelude … Continue reading Design discussion with IDEO.org, 3fE, and Irish Design 2015
The Epoch Times published a Q&A here with me about the book. We covered the idea behind the book and politics. Text below... The Internet has integrated itself into nearly every aspect of modern life, following users on the cell phone, at work, and at home. While the Web grows, however, its history and future … Continue reading Q&A about the history of the Internet with the Epoch Times
The current edition of Business & Economy (apparently "India's most influential business and economy magazine") features a piece on "Global music industry: is this the end or a new beginning? A musical paradox". The upshot is that declining sales of albums and slowing digital downloads mean that it must embrace innovative business models or go … Continue reading Strategies for the music industry – I’m featured in India’s ‘Business & Economy’
Chapter 3 of my book A History of the Internet and the Digital Future has just been published by Ars Technica. This is one of the 3 chapters (of the 13 in the book) that are being published for free. Here it is, or read at Ars. Johnny Ryan's A History of the Internet and … Continue reading 2nd extract of my book in Ars Technica — The essence of the ‘Net
How the Internet was born By Jennifer Hunter Columnist Al Gore was ridiculed during the 2000 U.S. presidential election for supposedly claiming he had created the Internet. But digital technology expert Johnny Ryan says Gore’s comments to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer were misinterpreted. According to transcripts of the interview, says Ryan, Gore was taking credit merely … Continue reading The Toronto Star publishes feature interview with me about A history of the Internet and the digital future
I spoke at Google last Friday (19 November 2010) on fairuse and the need for the law to adapt to leverage the benefits of the Internet. The event was chaired by TJ McIntyre of Digital Rights Ireland.
Article I co-wrote with Joe Curtin, a colleague at the IIEA, in openDemocracy The Lisbon treaty and the Irish voter: democratic deficits Link: http://www.opendemocracy.net/article/the-lisbon-treaty-and-the-irish-voter-democratic-deficits Johnny Ryan and Joseph Curtin Ireland’s rejection of the European Union’s “reform treaty” exposes a democratic deficit in Dublin more than in Brussels, argue Johnny Ryan & Joseph Curtin, who offer … Continue reading The Lisbon Treaty & the Irish Voter: Democratic Deficits and the Three Painful Steps
In 2003, I delivered my worst presentation ever at the podium of the Royal Irish Academy. I stood and read an irrelevant academic paper, to a disinterested audience, and had planned my delivery so poorly that it was necessary to skip paragraphs at random to keep within time. Since then I've looked at how Hardt, … Continue reading Making better presentations
I'm putting together a document at work that will define the scope of our Digital Future group. The question is, what issues should be included and why if the group is to examine digital competitiveness in Ireland in the coming years? In 1999 the Government's Action Plan to Implement the Information Society noted that: "we … Continue reading What issues to monitor when discussing digital competitiveness for Ireland?
I was profiled in the Irish Independent in an article about the O'Reilly Scholarship: "...his first book, 'Countering Militant Islamist Radicalisation on the Internet', which was launched last year by the former chair of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee, Dame Pauline Neville-Jones. The book argued against the European Commission's suggestion of using internet censorship to … Continue reading Irish Independent – coverage of O’Reilly Foundation Scholarship
There was little detail in the speech by the UK Home Secretary yesterday, but one possibility is that the CleanFeed system of hybrid URL filtering might be applied to attempt censorship of radical material on the Internet. I was interviewed for the BBC World News Service and BBC Radio's Simon Mayo programme. One thought which … Continue reading BBC interviews – on the UK Home Secretary’s proposals
"...experts have expressed serious doubts about what can be effective to prevent radicalisation over the Internet, saying little research has been carried out. Johnny Ryan, Senior Researcher at Dublin's Institute of International and European Affairs, has told Reuters that users could easily circumvent any restrictions imposed by the authorities. Web sites could relocate from one … Continue reading Reuters – on the UK proposals on militant websites
Title: “iWar”: A new threat, its convenience – and our increasing vulnerability. See news coverage of this article at Associated Press. With a computer in virtually every home and office, the chances for mass communication are better than ever before. But how well protected are we if that communication is malicious or hostile? … Continue reading NATO Review: “iWar”
The European Commission's impact assessment on Vice President Frattini's Internet censorship proposals was made public on 6 November 2007. My book was cited (10 citations of 112 total) in the report, which happily concluded that censorship was not a practical response to violent radicalisation on the Internet. This is a major event in the debate … Continue reading European Commission’s official impact assessment rules out Internet censorship – and cites my study
Published on openDemocracy (http://opendemocracy.net/article/democracy_terror/islamism_web) On the internet, in gymnasiums, bookshops and video-clubs, recruitment propaganda is viewed by and debated among prospective Islamist militants. This wide-ranging material contains four recurrent themes; understanding them is the first step to forming an effective counter-narrative to dissuade the next generation of would-be militants from embracing violence, and channelling their … Continue reading The militant Islamist call and its echo
I was interviewed about this on RTE's Prime Time TV programme, 5 July 2007. Adrian Lydon's report, and my contribution to it, are available here. See also my letter to The Times (London), published on 6 July 2007. See EU JHA Commissioner Frattini's remarks on a proposal to censor bomb-making material on the Internet, as … Continue reading EU should not attempt to censor the ‘Net
DOSSIER SECURITY AND DEFENCE: EU must take its anti-terrorism fight to the Internet by Johnny Ryan [profile] See article on Europe's World website. Johnny Ryan leads the radicalisation & recruitment project at the Institute of European Affairs, an Irish policy think-tank. Militant Islamist radicalisation and recruitment on the Internet is a strategic problem. In the … Continue reading Europe’s World article: security & defence dossier “EU must take its anti-terrorism fight to the Internet”
This title should have read "Islamist militants on the Internet". Published in Magill, May 2005. In Britain the speed with which the Muslim diaspora embraced the internet was demonstrated by the British Muslim Parliament's order to all mosques and Muslim schools to install web access as early as 1996. With so many young Muslims in … Continue reading Islamists on the internet: brotherhood of belief