Meet the Children of the Digital Age Team
Bio – Jason O Mahony MSc
Jason O Mahony is received a First Class Honours Masters of Sciences graduate in Forensic Computing and Cyber Crime Investigation from UCD. An highly experienced investigator and with over 19 years in Law Enforcement. Over the years Jason has been part of several high profile serious investigations. In 2016, having identified serious wrongdoing and corruption within An Garda Siochana, he ultimately was targeted by the organisation. This led him taking on the role of a Garda whistleblower and to the initiation of a Criminal Investigation by The Garda Ombudsman Commission for Perverting the Course of Justice in 2019.
Jason continues his academic development as MSc Researcher of Cyberpsychology, and he is also currently a MSc Postgraduate of Psychology. Jason is the founder of Children of the Digital Age. With qualifications in the area of Open Source Intelligence Gathering, Computer Forensics, Online Child Exploitation to name but a few, Jason also a qualified Data Protection and GDPR Consultant.
Jason founded CODA to provide an original, fun and easy to comprehend series presentations and workshops for teachers, parents and children on the current online dangers which are encountered on the internet and with digital devices. He believes that it is possible for everyone to use this technology safely. The presentations offer real and practical advice to ensure that a person, young or old’s experience online is a very positive and safe one.
Bio – James Neary
James Neary, is a Director at Children of the Digital Age, he has over a decade experience in law enforcement, most of which has been spent in the field of Online Child Exploitation Investigations. The extensive experience accumulated, from identifying victims and offenders. James has received many commendations for his work in this area both in Ireland and abroad, including being acknowledged by the American Fedral Buearu of Investigation (FBI), for joint investigations. The Legislative knowledge James has pertaining Online Child Exploitation, is second to very few.
James has attained enormous experience and knowledge over the years. This enables Children of the Digital Age to benifit from the knowledge of tactics used by online sexual offenders who would target children. Knowledge of the techniques used in grooming and exploitation, is critical for preventing harm to children. This ensures that we are able to develop our presentations, ensuring that they both relevant and in touch with current online trends.
Bio – Mick Moran, Specialist Advisor to Children of the Digital Age
Mick Moran is the former Assistant Director Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation, Vulnerable Communities Office (VCO) at INTERPOL. This unit deals with crimes against people and includes trafficking in human beings, illegal migrant smuggling and crimes against children, currently a seconded official from An Garda Síochána. Mick is the leader of the team that specialises in online child exploitation, human trafficking people smuggling. He started work in this field at a national level in Ireland in 1997 and started globally with Interpol in 2006.
He has a MSc (Hons.) in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation from University College Dublin, and holds a BA (Hons.) IT preceded by a Higher Diploma in IT from Institute of Public Administration in Dublin. Mick holds a diploma in Project Management, from University College Cork in conjunction with the Institute of Project Management in Ireland.
Children of the Digital Age are extremely fortunate and grateful to have such an incredibly important and knowledgeable individual in the area of Child Exploitation involved.