At the Irish Internet Association (IIA) National Congress in Dublin, (September 2004), the creation of a number of new working groups was outlined, in addition to the existing groups that are already in place. In total there are now six working groups, each led by an industry representative who are also members of new IIA Board.
Working Group 1
Mobile Internet; Chair – David Long; Contact – email@example.com
Working Group 2
Championing the User Experience; Chair – Morgan McKeagney; Contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
Working Group 3
Domain Registration and Hosting; Chair – Eoin Costello; Contact – email@example.com
Working Group 4
Legal; Chair – Don McAleese; Contact – Don.McAleese@mop.ie
Working Group 5
Security; Chair – Conall Lavery; Contact -firstname.lastname@example.org
Working Group 6
Digital Market Media; Chair – Irene Gahan; Contact – email@example.com
The terms of reference for these groups is outlined in the attached and we call on industry representatives to participate in these groups. Membership of the IIA is not essential to participate in a Working Group, but it is encouraged.
Three of the working groups have been established with government support. Each of the chairpersons noted above are on the Board of the IIA except for Conall Lavery who acts as a spokesperson and special advisor to the IIA.
If you are interested in participating please contact the Chairperson of the Working Group directly, who will advise of meeting times and other arrangements. Alternatively please feel free to contact the IIA at:
The Irish Internet Association
The Digital Hub
10-13 Thomas Street
Phone: (0)1 4535707
IIA – Working Groups for 2004/5 – Terms of Reference
Mobile Internet – David Long
The idea of web access from any place and at any time has fast become a reality. Mobile access technologies continue to gain attention as improvements in devices and networks are pushing the reach and range of networks and what services can be deployed over them further and further. Mobile phones, PDA’s, in car navigation systems, laptops and even MP3 players all now have the ability to access information and services from the web while on the move. While up until recently low bandwidth and restricted memory were the norms, dramatic improvements in devices and networks are paving the way for network access at far higher bandwidths than before. New networking standards such as WiMax 3G and beyond and improvements in wireless internet access technologies look set to deliver further revolutions in mobile Internet access on the go as portable Internet access products are beginning to become available for business and home users. Mobile devices are not the sole benefactors as solutions are beginning to appear to allow desktops to connect to the web via wireless modems. There are strong interests in mobile web access among a wide range of people and organisations involved in mobile access technology, such as, software providers, communication service providers, content providers, hardware manufacturers and end user organisations. It is also a means to ensure that internet access is available to all including remote areas which cannot avail of wired Internet access solutions. The IIA Mobile Internet Working Group has been set up to assess the issues that face the delivery of mobile Internet access throughout Ireland today and into the future for the benefit of users, infrastructure owners and content providers alike.
Championing the User Experience – Morgan McKeagney
The IIA UEWG is a unique initiative, which aims to bring together experts from all key Irish Internet constituencies. It represents the first attempt in Ireland to assemble an inclusive forum to address key issues, which are undermining the use, adoption, and implementation of Internet technologies. The group aims to be inclusive and diverse, and will include expert representatives from all key Internet constituencies, representing· consumers · user advocacy groups · web developers · online traders · government agencies · software vendors The overall objective of the group is to define, codify, collate, and disseminate best practice web development and maintenance guidelines in order to improve the overall standard of Irish websites, enhance consumer satisfaction, encourage social inclusion, and drive internet adoption rates amongst all sections of the Irish internet community.
Domain Registration and Hosting – Eoin Costello
· Issue a guide to registering a .ie domain name. Non .ie domain names will be covered as will issues such as cyber squatting and loss of domain names through non-renewal. Target delivery date: November· Issue a guide to selecting a web hosting package and a web-hosting provider. Target delivery date: December· Make recommendations to the IEDR on how the introduction of the registry/accredited registrars system may be effected in Ireland to ensure competitive pricing for .ie domain registration.· Lobby on issues affecting the hosting industry such as upcoming legislation on Data Retention. Make written submissions to government on such matters. Target delivery date: Ongoing basis
Legal – Don McAleese
Security – Conall Lavery
Security issues are a constant threat and often a barrier to the development of e-commerce. For smaller companies trying to embrace internet technologies for the first time to large e-commerce traders and software providers, the issues are often the same. How do we ensure privacy of information, authentication of users and protect our systems, customers and staff from external threats while taking advantage of the global public network. This workgroup will focus on attempting to build trust by:· Identifying the current security issues that hinders companies from adopting from e-business and e-commerce;· Monitor trends and developments in the security area and act as a consultative arm for the IIA in dealing with media and other bodies;· To consider running seminars focused towards e-business and also e-commerce businesses;· Developing output for public availability on these issues.The Security and Legal Working Groups will coordinate their activities with each other.
Digital Market Media – Irene Gahan
Digital Media is a growing sector in Ireland that is reflected in the success of the Digital Hub and various other initiatives. The sector has no current industry representation. The IIA has established relationships with a number of companies who wish to work with the IIA Digital Media Group. The group will examine how to assist the growth of digital media in Ireland and internationally. It will focus on the legal issues that surround digital media and its advancement and look at best practice guidelines that can be implemented.