When IT Meets Politics:

May, 2008


May 30, 2008  8:38 PM

Who would you trust with your e-mail content: Google or GCHQ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, FIPR, GCHQ, Google, Microsoft, privacy, Surveillance

At the FIPR 10th birthday I was fascinated to hear an attack on HMG plans to record all on-line communications by a well-known civil liberties activitist who makes a point of using g-mail: because it is not Microsoft. There is an increasingly surreal quality to...

May 22, 2008  7:28 AM

Why do we never learn and keep replicating failure?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Successful Delivery

There have been many successful public sector systems, some very very large like the original computerisation of PAYE in the 1980s. There is much excellent guidance on how to do IT properly. But the National Plan for IT failed for very similar reasons to HISS or the DSS Operational Strategy over...


May 15, 2008  11:13 AM

Usable by ordinary human beings: the route to e-inclusion

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ethics, Morality, social inclusion

Most government on-line systems are inaccessible to most of those of those they are most intended to serve - was my personla summary of the of the introductory discussions at the EU workshop on Ethics and e-Inclusion that I attended on Monday. The consequences are not only unethical, they are...


May 8, 2008  4:21 PM

Philip Virgo nominated for New Statesmen New Media Award

rfroley Profile: rfroley
awards

NominatedRebecca Froley, deputy web editor for ComputerWeekly.com,...


May 8, 2008  8:35 AM

Why do we never learn? – The key to successful delivery

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Successful Delivery

Earlier this year I was asked to update a presentation that I did five years ago on why all the guidance material on how to deliver complex systems to time and budget is commonly ignored. The result, edited to remove a little of the more intemperate vitriol, is now published.


May 1, 2008  12:42 PM

The immorality of putting the naive and vulnerable on-line

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ethics, social inclusion

How ethical is it to try to persuade the socially-excluded and digitally naive to go on-line when you are not going to provide them with easy to use and secure access or keep the data they enter secure from predators, fraudsters or those who would use it to enforce the "honour" of the family, clan,...


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