Dr Johnny Ryan is Executive Director of The Innovation Academy at UCD. Previously he was the Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times, where he established a multi-million euro R&D programme with Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland. He also introduced startups to work inside the 154 year old newspaper for the first time. He was an associate on the emerging digital environment at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge from 2011-14.
His second book A History of the Internet and the Digital Future is on the reading list at Harvard, Stanford, and other top tier institutions. His writing has appeared in Fortune, Contagious, BusinessWeek, Wired, NATO Review, Ars Technica, and The Irish Times. He is @johnnyryan on Twitter.
His PhD at the University of Cambridge, where he was an O’Reilly Foundation Scholar at Magdalene College, examined how terrorist memes proliferate online. His previous research was the most cited source in the European Commission’s official impact assessment that decided against pursuing an EU-wide system of Internet censorship. (In an earlier existence he planned to be a 3D animator and worked as a designer.)
He has spoken at the UN, European Commission, OSCE, Google Europlex, Chatham House, and at industry events around the world. To book him as a keynote speaker: See http://www.londonspeakerbureau.com/speaker-profiles/johnny-ryan
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