When IT Meets Politics:

September, 2008


September 24, 2008  10:25 AM

Your life’s data in their hands?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Confidentiality, NHS, NHSIA, patient data, privacy

The NHS "Consultation on the wider use of patient information" is the first serious attempt to consult on the levels of privacy that patients expect since those of the

September 22, 2008  12:38 PM

Is your database really necessary?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Asch, Bilko, Database, Eurim, Hasek, Information governance, Kafka, privacy, Schwiek

My attention has just been drawn to an article on the value of regularly purging datafiles to cut cost, legal risk cost and enhance security and...


September 22, 2008  10:08 AM

An ICT-driven crash? The recriminations begin

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data reduction, Derivatives

The blame game has begun and will reverberate until the lawyers are satiated. But who is responsible for users trusting systems they do not understand? "Any financial instrument that takes more than ten minutes to understand is no more than an attempt to defraud the unwary". My first chief...


September 18, 2008  12:03 AM

Survival Lessons from the 1991 recession

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Yesterday I participated in a Computer Weekly discussion at the Dorchester on "Optimising the Delivery of IT Services". I was asked to open the discussion, having survived more recessions than the others round the table. In fact there was at least one...


September 11, 2008  9:41 AM

Preparing your organisation for the next ICT Skills Crisis

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
1991, 2012, CELRE, SSP, Y2K

We have a multi-track skills market. The staff lucky enough to work for those who participated in the CELRE survey enjoyed increases in line with inflation (RPI) during the year to May 2008 while advertised salaries, as tracked by the equally venerable SSP...


September 9, 2008  10:16 AM

Superfast Broadband costs less than the 3G Licenses

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
3G, bsg, CIAO

Add inflation to what was paid for the 3G licences and you have about the same as the Broadband Stakeholders Groupc believes would cost to bring "superfast" (alias equivalent to that already available around much of the Pacific Rim) to the whole of the UK.  


September 8, 2008  8:43 AM

A Cartel Masquerading as Anarchy: who governs the Internet?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cartel, China, Google, Guomindang, Microsoft

The Internet is the most concentrated and regulated communications system the world has ever known. Players like Google or Microsoft take a far larger revenue share of the markets within which they operate than Standard Oil, Ma Bell or...


September 4, 2008  12:11 PM

Have data loss and recession destroyed the case for outsourcing and offshoring?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cables, ICT skills, Infrastrurcture, Offshoring, Outsourcing

The loss of the Home Office prisoner mash-up on an unencrypted USB appears to have triggered a long overdue "review" of the national children's database ("the honeypot for pederasts"). Meanwhile the inflexibility of current contracts...


September 1, 2008  8:24 PM

Home Office condemned for losing data mash-up while millions of banks details sold for £35

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Google, Pederasts, Phorm

The recent Home Office data loss should be put into the perspective of the previously unpublicised loss of a million bank records and the


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