Debating the future of the internet


15 Mar 2006

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“The internet is crap and will not survive!” is the motion for a stimulating debate set to take place amongst internet enthusiasts, pessimists and entrepreneurs such as Brody Sweeney of O’Briens Sandwich Bars and Conor Lynch of RaboDirect.ie later this month.

The debate is the first in a new series called the Internet Debate Series organised by the Irish Internet Association and sponsored by Golden Pages.

The event will take place at the Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin, on 30 March at 6.30pm.

Fergal O’Byrne, chief executive of the Irish Internet Association, commented: “As the internet celebrates it 15th birthday (depending on who you believe), the advent of Web 2.0 and the growing proliferation of security and virus threats has created a wide divergence of opinions about the future of the internet industry.

“The Internet Debate Series is designed to promote stimulating discussions about current topics relating to the internet in an entertaining environment. The first debate casts journalist against journalist and successful business entrepreneurs against each other,” O’Byrne explained.

On the team proposing “The internet is crap and will not survive!” is Brody Sweeney, chairman of O’Briens Sandwich Bars; Adrian Weckler, journalist with the Sunday Business Post; and Eoin Costello, managing director of Novara.ie.

On the opposing team is Conor Lynch, online marketing manager of RaboDirect; John Kennedy, journalist with siliconrepublic.com; Michele Neylon, managing director of Blacknight Solutions; and Peter Lawless, founder of 3r Sales and Marketing.

For more information contact events@iia.ie.

By John Kennedy