An Online Fenian Archive From ASF

British militiamen stand over the body of a slain soldier of the Irish Republican Army following the Battle of Eccles Hill, the Second Fenian Invasion of Canada 1870

  I’ve discussed my interest in utilising online resources for researching various historical topics a number of times on ASF, as can be seen in the two brief articles I wrote in 2011 and 2014 on the mainly American origins of the name “Irish Republican Army” (or “IRA”) where I used both newspaper and literary sources to uncover some of the earliest examples of it’s use. … Continue reading

Secrets Of The NSA And GCHQ War On Internet Security

An Idirlíon

Just before Christmas the German news and current affairs magazine Der Spiegel published a detailed article examining the covert campaign by the United States and its principle intelligence-gathering allies (Britain and to a lesser extent Canada, Australia and New Zealand) to gain access to some of the key protocols and technologies governing global internet security. I have selected some … Continue reading

The CIA’s 2009 High-Value Targeting Report From Wikileaks

Troops from the United States Army on patrol in Iraq

“Making High-Value Targeting Operations an Effective Counterinsurgency Tool (C//NF)” is the latest confidential government document to be released through Wikileaks, the first for some while. It reveals that in 2009 some analysts for the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency or CIA were arguing for a more selective use of armed-drones in the US’ self-declared “War … Continue reading

The Gaelic Union

The Celtic Nations

A new website to strengthen ties between Gaelic-speaking communities in Ireland and Scotland, as well as encouraging cultural tourism by non-Gaels, has been launched in Inverness. From the Scotsman newspaper: “TurasG will build on the links between the Scottish Gaidhealtachd and Ireland’s Gaeltacht. World-renowned singer Julie Fowlis, fresh from the Scottish Music Awards, where she … Continue reading

Irish Language Positive And Negative

Gaeilge (Atari)

A couple of Irish-related tech stories, one good and one bad (or at least highly suspect). Firstly from the Irish Times: “Users of Google’s email client, Gmail, can now use the service in Irish following an extensive translation project undertaken by localisation teams and volunteer translators across the world. Familiar Gmail terms such as Inbox, Starred … Continue reading

Ireland’s Secret Spy Courts

An Idirlíon

Following on from the revelations that Britain has spent decades monitoring as a matter of routine all telecommunications traffic in and out of Ireland, and with the commercial co-operation of a number of telephone and internet providers, news comes that the centre-right Irish coalition government has now signed into law some of the most secretive … Continue reading

I Spy eSpies On The eShore

An Idirlíon

Over the last three years  I’ve touched upon Britain’s mass surveillance of Ireland’s electronic communications traffic, internal and external, a number of times. Since the late 1980s the British intelligence services have expanded from a programme of targeted spying on certain individuals and organisations to a strategy of observing and where necessary recording all electronic information relating to telephone calls, faxes, text … Continue reading

Chronology of Irish History 1919–1923

Volunteers of the Irish Republican Army move through Grafton Street, the Battle of Dublin, 1922

Over the last year I’ve been contacted by a few people enquiring if I knew anything about the disappearance of the web-based “Chronology of Irish History 1919 –1923”, an invaluable month-by-month account of significant events from the War of Independence and Civil War created by Séamus Fox of Dublin City University and maintained on the DCU servers … Continue reading

iGaeilge

The BBC can do Irish but RTÉ can't

In response to some comments yesterday I thought this business report from the BBC on the preference-through-necessity in Irish medium schools for technology-based education tools, including etexts and ebooks, might be of some interest: “Technology and education have a long, complicated and sometimes exaggerated relationship. Digital technology is associated with the classroom of the future. … Continue reading

The Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic

The National Library of Scotland, Early Gaelic Book Collection

The first phase of Dachaigh airson Stòras na Gàidhlig or the Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic has been completed by Glasgow University with the launch of an online database featuring digitised versions of texts dating from the 12th to 21st centuries. It is planned that the finished project will include literary and vernacular examples of the language not just … Continue reading

Gamergate Or The Culture War By Other Means

Geek or teicóg culture through video and computer games

If – like 99% of the planet – you have little knowledge of Western geek or gamer culture you’ll probably be unaware of the controversies raging over gender bias in what we used to call the video games’ industry, in particular the imaginatively named, ahem, “Gamergate”. The history of this ongoing scandal is rather complicated … Continue reading

Tuairisc

Scary Eire

A busy weekend behind me and an even busier week ahead so I haven’t had much time to discuss Tuairisc, the newly launched Irish language current affairs website which is publicly funded by Foras na Gaeilge. It’s early days for the news service – a private company contracted for four years to the tune of … Continue reading

  • blog awards ireland Nominated 2013: Best Politics, Personal Blog Categories; Best Blog Post
  • blog awards ireland

    Nominated 2014: Best News, Current Affairs, Politics, Mobile Blog Categories; Best Blog Post

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