When IT Meets Politics:

December, 2007

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December 24, 2007  10:00 AM

Looking over the precipice: UK ICT in 2008

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, Information risk management

The growing flood of data leak stories means that few, if any, large UK public sector ICT programmes will be progressed until political confidence is rebuilt. That is a major challenge for an industry that has lost touch with reality

December 21, 2007  3:25 PM

Only 8% of HMG data systems not fit for purpose

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Quality of Service

The National Audit Office has just reported on the quality of the data systems used to measure progress against the hundred or so public service agreements that were set in the 2004 spending review.


December 19, 2007  12:26 PM

“As user-friendly as a cornered rat”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, Customer service, Ofcom

I have grown more than a little tired of listening to the ICT industry lecturing HMG on how to use its products and services to deliver joined-up services. Talk of the pot calling the kettle black.


December 18, 2007  7:11 PM

Help HMG review its Information Risk Management

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CALEA, cybersecurity, information assurance

The announcements this week of further data losses result from a flurry of overdue reviews across Whitehall. But attention is still focussed on "data protection" rather than "information risk management". It therefore risks doing more harm than good.


December 16, 2007  10:36 AM

Will sousveillance transform Government?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
information society

I got the name wrong. It is sousveillance not su-veillance, but we have now seen the concept at work over the past couple of weeks, as e-mails leak and the omni-incompetance of our over-centralised bureaucracies is exposed.


December 14, 2007  6:22 PM

Select Committee Enquiry into ICT Skills Funding Cuts

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Consultations, Skill, Westminster

The Innovation, Universities and Skills Committee is to conduct an enquiry into "Funding for Equivalent and Lower Qualifications (ELQs)". It is the cuts in these which threaten to wipe out ICT conversion and updating courses.


December 12, 2007  7:29 PM

Stop whinging and help the Data Sharing Review

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, information assurance, Information risk management, Information security

I have just received the letter asking for inputs to the independent review requested by the Prime Minister. Inputs to this review will be discussed at most of my meetings tomorrow. What will you be doing to help?


December 9, 2007  7:59 AM

Back your MP in fighting the ICT skills funding cuts

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Comprehensive Spending Review, ICT skills, Reskilling

Nearly 130 MPs have now signed a motion opposing the ending of funding for the part time degree courses used by many of you to acquire or update the skills you need in order to remain employable.


December 7, 2007  9:06 AM

Big brother at risk of su-veillance (no “r”)

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Eurim, Social networks

"Su-veillance" is when residents of all ages (teenagers to silver surfers) use mobile phones et al to record their dealings with "authority" and post the results on youtube: customer feedback in action - whether you want it or not.


December 5, 2007  12:00 PM

Start rebuilding trust by treating their data as your own

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
information assurance, Information risk management, Information security

Recent revelations and those yet to come, including from the private sector, threaten untold damage to trust in the on-line world. The time has come to transform attitudes towards information risk management.


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