The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar gave a short address at the reception on 18 September in the State Apartments in Dublin Castle to mark the launch of the Data Summit 2018 and welcome the speakers. After the Taoiseach spoke, there was a discussion, led by an expert panel, on how data and digitally driven technologies may develop over the medium term and the optimal policy responses to these developments. The main conference in Croke Park took place the next day. Mr Pat Breen TD, Minister for Social Protection and Mr Denis Naughten both addressed the 500 delegates at the Opening Session.
The Data Summit Dublin provided a unique opportunity to hear leading international, European and Irish speakers debate the social, technical, ethical and cultural issues that arise in the context of our world of total connectivity. The event explored some of the key issues around the role of data in an increasingly connected and digitised world such as the implications for regulation and privacy.