In the wake of the Brexit vote, in which the majority of voters in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, there’s been plenty of conversation and speculation about what Brexit will mean for the EU and the UK, as well as its nearest neighbor Ireland.

As the full scope of the Brexit consequences unfold, the spotlight is growing on the island of Ireland, where, since the Good Friday Agreement and the Peace Process, Ireland and Northern Ireland have shared an open border. In the past decade, Ireland’s tech industry has blossomed, as has Northern Ireland’s, and the consequences of Brexit and a hard border could be massive when it comes to the flow of data and information, as well as data protection.

An upcoming panel hosted by Co-Operation Ireland, the all-island peace-building charity founded in 1979, will focus specifically on the implications of Brexit on the business sector and technology policy.

The “Brexit, Tech & the Two Irelands” panel will take place in Washington DC on Thursday, October 27, at the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), with support from Moet Hennessy.

Hosted by CDT CEO Nuala O'Connor, a member of the board of Co-Operation Ireland, the panel will include Drew O'Brien, executive vice president of global partnerships at Weber Shandwick and former special representative for global partnerships for Secretary Kerry, and Frankie Cronin, senior manager within Grant Thornton LLP's Financial Services Advisory practice, as well as experts in tech policy.

For further information about Co-Operation Ireland, visit their website here.