Digital Rights Ireland is dedicated to defending Civil, Human and Legal rights in a digital age. We are a small, focused organization. We have no staff or office, so all our funds go directly towards our work.
Our volunteers work in three key areas:
We are bringing a constitutional challenge against the Irish government in relation to their policy of retaining internet and telephone records on the entire population. This case has a major European dimension and we have already achieved a landmark victory before the European Court of Justice. The Irish Human Rights Commission appears as an amicus.
Digital Rights Ireland itself sought leave to intervene as an amicus in relation to attempts by international record labels to block IP addresses of certain file sharing websites.
Working with Government and Legislators
We work to help legislators to understand the issues involved in online rights. For example, we recently appeared before an Oireachtas committee in relation to the issue of cyber-bullying.
We explain these issues in public and help assemble public campaigns in relation to them. We regularly contribute to radio programs and print and online publications in relation to these topics. In 2012 we helped organise the Stop SOPA Ireland campaign and achieved international publicity and condemnation of government proposals for internet blocking.
We are a member of European Digital Rights (EDRI) and also work with other civil rights groups such as the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and international colleagues in groups such as Privacy International.
We are a limited company. The directors are;
- Dr. TJ McIntyre (Chair). UCD Law lecturer.
- Antoin Ó Lachtnain.
- Colm MacCárthaigh. Open Source developer, musician, photographer, Dubliner – now Seattlite. Veteran of the Irish e-voting campaign.
Digital Rights Ireland Limited
Company Number: 410355
Registered Office: 10 Castle Hill, Bennettsbridge Road, Kilkenny