When IT Meets Politics:

October, 2008

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October 30, 2008  4:29 PM

Stop whinging and respond to the consultation on “Additional Uses of Patient Data”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, Inssrance, Paoga, patient data, Pharmaceutical, privacy

A strong response to the consultation on the "Additional Uses of Patient Data" (e.g. to help planning,...

October 28, 2008  6:28 PM

Does e-participation lead to e-democracy or e-dictatorship?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, e-democracy, e-dictatorship, e-participation, Garlik, Google, Internet, Phorm, YouGov

We are barely a fortnight away from e-Democracy 08 : the best annual opportunity this side of the Atlantic for catching up on the state of e-debate, including how the use of the Internet has transformed political funding in the...


October 25, 2008  10:43 AM

Data incontinence needs potty training not just e-nappies

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
economist, Eurim, Information governance, Kable, Sunningdale, transformation

The Economist report on the Future of Information Governance puts debate on the power of information, data protection, surveillance...


October 18, 2008  12:54 PM

Information promiscuity and Socially Transmitted Democracy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Governance, Internet, Westminster

During one of the plenary sessions at the "Parliament and the Interent Conference" a contributor from the floor said that "Information promiscuity" was a natural reaction to the unholy combination of the surveillance society and data incontinence (losses of personal and other data)....


October 12, 2008  10:42 AM

Recycling personal data as “aid” to Africa

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CESG, e-Bay

The current turmoil will lead to redundant corporate workstations and laptops being sold cheap or donated for charitable purposes. Computer Aid cleanses systems to the highest standards, using routines...


October 11, 2008  10:01 AM

The power of systematically inaccurate information

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BERR, Biomtrics, experian, mash-up, PSIKey

We read much about the insecurity of government databases but little about the consequences of the inaccuracy of that which is secure. Few follow good practice in data validation. Those supplying data often have more interest in consistency...


October 10, 2008  9:53 AM

Surviving not just the crash but the slump to come

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Kondratieff, Machiavelli, Offshorting, Outsorucing, Recovery, Shackleton, Slump

Whether or not they are correct, the markets are factoring in global slump, not just recession. Karl Flinders has commented on...


October 6, 2008  6:32 PM

The Dictatorship of the Blogocracy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
blogocracy, Broadband

Congress supposedly blocked the initial US economic rescue package because e-mails to them were running 100 to 1 against bailing out the fat cats of Wall Street. Three days later the e-mails were running 100 - 1 the other way. A week later Congress voted for roughly the same package - plus a...


October 3, 2008  10:47 AM

Who controls the cyberclassroom?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
AOL, bebo, Facebook, Googel, Microsfot, MySpace, Orange, T-Mobile, teachtoday, Vodafone, Yahoo

In my blog yesterday on tracing the supposedly anonymous cyberdogs to their fixed or  mobile kennels I forgot to give a link to


October 2, 2008  10:22 AM

The end of anonymity: tracking the netdogs to their kennels

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
blogocracy, cheating, cyberkennels, cybrbullying, netdogs

I am just starting to catch up after a party conference season which saw some quite sophisticated discussion on the interplay of politics and IT: from the power, or otherwise, of the blogocracy to the tensions between net freedom and the need to protect the vulnerable.


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