When IT Meets Politics:

February, 2010

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February 25, 2010  12:19 PM

Envisioning the future versus Digital Myopia

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, cartel, Ofcom

An exchange at the beginning on the first session of the BIS Select Committee Broadband Enquiry encapsulates what is a stake in the current broadband debate. The Chairman asked what was driving demand for super high speed other than inter-active gaming. One witness said "Video". Another...

February 23, 2010  2:04 PM

More bottlenecks than a brewery: the UK Broadband Network

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Internet Advertising, Ofcom

I was digging in Grimpen Mire this morning when a ray of sunlight pierced the fog. The BIS Select Committee


February 19, 2010  10:05 AM

The Fog over Grimpen Mire: Cloud Computing revisited

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, Broadband, Cloud Computing, fog computing, Google, HP, Service-level agreements

Last night, at a BCS meeting on the legal issues around Cloud Computiing, Miranda Mowbray of HP Labs opened a most informative discussion by presenting the material in a paper (see also the 


February 16, 2010  6:34 PM

Drowning in Data Leaks v. Death by Data Protection

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
competition, Data protection

What is good practice in information governance? I have blogged before on the Information Society Alliance


February 14, 2010  1:22 PM

Does Cloud Computing need Superfast Broadband?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cloud Computing, Google, Net Neutrality, Ofcom

At the recent PITCOM meeting on Cloud Computing one of the speakers was asked whether the...


February 9, 2010  11:02 AM

Industry calls for user choice over pay per click advertising

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

I was immensely heartened to read the Outlaw.Com note "Europe should adopt US behavioural advertising icon - and quick" . I do not always agree with what I receive from Outlaw.com but it is an immensely valuable service and this proposal seems far...


February 8, 2010  1:29 PM

Yes to the cut-price passport – alias young persons ID card

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ID CARD, passport

A light has switched on in the Home Office. The IPS press release for the availablity of the Young Persons ID Card in London points out that it can be used as a passport across Europe. At £30 instead of...


February 5, 2010  12:45 PM

Information Security Breaches Survey – who tells the truth?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

I have just completed the Information Security Breaches Survey 2010  . I was particularly annoyed with Question 36 which did not allow me to enter "none". I had to claim that security was...


February 4, 2010  10:50 AM

Cloud computing is a nebulous concept

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cloud Computing, ISSA

The definition of Cloud computing depends on who you talk to. Most definitions cover services which were being supplied over the Internet by players like EDS and IBM to the US Department of Defence over a decade ago. Today these services underpin much of defence and...


February 2, 2010  6:55 PM

Is poor service forcing consumers off-line?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
NFA, Paypoint, Quality of Service, Tesco, Virgin

Virgin, Tesco and Metro are all planning to open branch-based banking operations and the Post Office is planning, once again, to re-open its banking services. Why? The Financial Services Club Blog...


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