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Open Policy Forum 6th December 2018



An Open Policy Forum on Regulation of Transparency of Online Political Advertising will take place in Dublin Castle on Thursday 6 December.

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, TD will provide opening remarks and participants include representatives from industry, academia, political parties, the media, and civil society.

The Forum is structured into 3 Sessions which will explore the following issues:

  1. Advertising in the Political/Electoral Sphere 
  2. Legal Field - Discussion on fundamental rights of freedom of expression, current regulatory frameworks, and comparative approaches to regulation. 
  3. Online Communications and Advertising 

Please see the Programme for more details. If you are interested in attending, please email openpolicyforum@taoiseach.gov.ie


In December 2017, following consideration of the Online Advertising and Social Media (Transparency) Bill 2017 (put forward by Deputy James Lawless), the Government decided to establish the Interdepartmental Group on Security of Ireland’s Electoral Process and Disinformation to consider the issues arising from recent experience in other democratic countries of the use, and misuse, of social media by external, anonymous or hidden third parties.

The group’s 1st Report was published in July 2018 and highlighted a number of recommendations, one of which is to explore the regulation of the transparency of online political advertising by way of consultation with stakeholders, including an Open Policy Forum.

A public consultation on this topic was launched on 21 September, inviting submissions from all interested stakeholders. The submissions received provide a basis for the Open Policy Forum.  

The submissions received to the public consultation are published below*.

Broadcasting Authority Ireland

Data Protection Commission

Standards in Public Office

Private Individual

Brian Stanley TD

Institute for Future Media DCU

Private Individual

James Lawless TD

Joint House Oireachtas Committee



Technology Ireland

Referendum Commission

Transparent Referendum Initiative

Irish Council for Civil Liberties 

*the Department of the Taoiseach is not responsible for nor does it purport to agree with or condone the views expressed.