How the government’s unlucky 13 was halted

The plan to set the ‘digital age of consent’ at 13 followed a poor level of public engagement and concerns over the undue influence of tech companies on government policy

20th May, 2018

‘Céad mile fáilte” was written on white letterings against a pale blue backdrop at the Facebook headquarters in Silicon Valley last November. It was one of a number of posters carrying colourful niceties such as “be bold”, “listen as much as you speak” and “inclusion is within everyone’s ability.”

In front of the colourful wall, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar beamed with Facebook...

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