In April 2014, Dr Ryan has been appointed Executive Director of UCD, innovation Academy. In his new role Dr. Ryan will take responsibility for the execution of the strategic mission and expansion of the Academy, and management of core operations including staff, programmes, and commercial operations. Dr. Ryan joins the Innovation Academy UCD from The Irish Times, where he held the position of Chief Innovation Officer.
Since joining The Irish Times in late 2011, Dr Ryan established a multi-million euro Big Data R&D program intended to give The Irish Times’ newsroom a competitive edge in delivering insight to the reader. This programme sees the newspaper work with the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, UCD, NUIG, Science Foundation Ireland, and Enterprise Ireland to push the boundaries of data science. He also introduced tech startups inside the 156 year old newspaper to develop new digital experiments.
Dr Ryan’s second book “A History of the Internet and the Digital Future” is on the reading list at Harvard, Stanford, and other top tier institutions. As a thought leader on innovation his writing has appeared in Fortune, BusinessWeek, Contagious, NATO Review, ArsTechnica, andThe Irish Times.
His PhD at the University of Cambridge, where he was an O’Reilly Foundation Scholar at Magdalene College, examined how terrorist memes proliferate online.
His previous research, as a Senior Researcher at the Institute of International & European Affairs, was the most cited source in the European Commission’s official impact assessment that decided against pursuing an EU-wide system of Internet censorship. He is an associate on the emerging digital environment at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge.