When IT Meets Politics:

April, 2010

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April 30, 2010  8:42 AM

The Digital Economy (emergency) Act?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
copyright, IMF, IPR

Last night, at the Convergence Conversation (Digital Economy Bill, Swan or Albatross) there was surprisingly unanimity across Telcos, ISPs and even Content producers that the agreement of the LibDems and...

April 29, 2010  9:58 AM

Decimating the cost of broadband roll-out: the digital village pump

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BIS, Ofcom

When a Roman Legion was "decimated" it suffered a literal 10% head-count cut. The UK public sector is about to be more than decimated by the IMF, unless the post-election National Government takes rapid and credible action...


April 25, 2010  6:32 PM

The Semantic Web – Is It Worth It? (A guest blog)

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data quality, e-Slurry, Information governance

I have watched attempts to produce automated means of tracking and tracing the provenance of on-line data for well over a decade - as a succession of snake-oil salesmen have tried to persuade naive users...


April 23, 2010  7:25 PM

Will Google do what Government will not? – Utopia

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, Google, utopia

The Convergence Conversation has just sent me a splendid clip in which the Mayors of the communities that have come together in the UTOPIA consortium (in Utah)...


April 22, 2010  7:55 PM

Has the Digital Economy (Prohibition) Act killed public wifi?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ACT, bill, Broadband, Slilicon.Com, Wifi, ZDnet

Peter Scargill, National IT Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses has said that members providing wifi in pubs, restaurants, guesthouses and hotels have already started switching off their facilities.  Zdnet


April 15, 2010  7:54 AM

When IT Meets the General Election: How do the manifestos compare with what the ICT industy wants?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Academy, BCS, Conservative, CPHC, Eurim, Google, iMIS, Labour, Libdem, manifesto, Microsoft, Technology

Computer Weekly and others are publishing summaries of the technology policies of the main parties and collecting shopping lists from interest groups. How do they compare? Not well. All parties are going to provide broadband and efficiency but say little about how, save that...


April 13, 2010  11:18 AM

A challenging universal broadband (16 Mbps) target at last

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
16MPBPS

A mnaifesto commitment is a manifesto commitment. How much policy is based on the rationalisation of unwise ministerial soundbites. £12 billion of NHS spend was committed on the basis of 10 minutes at Number 10 and Many (perhaps even most) hospital and GPs systems arev not yet back...


April 12, 2010  5:49 PM

The Earl of Erroll takes over at EURIM: a chairman you can dance

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The Information Society Alliance has just appointed the only electronic security professional in any legislature as its Chairman. The


April 4, 2010  11:57 AM

Should you have a choice whether your personal information is sent offshore?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cloud Computing, Eurim, Information governance

The revelation that NHS trusts are routinely sending personal records for processing in a nation with no data protection legislation reminds me of when a former Inland Revenue CIO suggested (at a PITCOM...


April 2, 2010  10:01 AM

HMG proposes censorship by “hearsay” for the Internet

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The "wash-up" session before a General Election is usually used for essential but non-controversial legislation. It looks as though the bipartisan effort to get the Digital Economy Bill out of the way, (so that the next Government is not diverted from other tasks), may saddle us...


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