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The Internets Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz was gifted from a young age with computers, indicative of an extremely bright child. Swartz was an avid reader of encyclopedias and really anything he could lay his hands on. However, he became bored with school from a young age, as his priority focussed solely on computers. He was a key component in the creation of RSS, a family of web feed formats vital in the frequent publishing of updated works, such as; blog entries, news headlines, audio and video in a standardised format. His colleagues working on the project were astounded when they found out the fact that Swartz was merely fourteen years old during his contribution to this project.

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We need to talk about suicide

Over 700,000 people globally die by suicide every year. Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death among young people. For each death, many others have tried. The majority of deaths by suicide happen in low to middle-income countries. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen in Ireland. Suicide is a public health issue everywhere, especially among men. In Ireland, 437 people died by suicide in 2018. Analysing the gender breakdown in 2018, 75%  were men compared to 25% of women.

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Locked in a Time Warp

It’s easy to draw parallels between the United Kingdom’s bleak economic prospects in the early 2020s and the devastating and epochal Winter of Discontent that augured the Thatcher years in 1978-79. Indeed, many in the media already have

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Social Media: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly –
In 2020, worldwide, around 3.6 billion people were using social media. The average screen time is 144 minutes per day, with the exception of Latin America which had a higher average. The most famous platform is Facebook with over 1 billion registered accounts. The number of social media users in the world is expected to rise to 4.41 billion in 2025.

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