When IT Meets Politics:

September, 2010

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September 29, 2010  11:32 AM

Broadband at the Party Conferences: let the 2015 election campaign commence

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, Camelot

For all the current interest in Broadband, it does not appear to have featured at the LibDem and Labour party conferences and there appears to be only one directly relevent meeting at the Conservative party conference: the Conservative 

September 28, 2010  12:49 PM

Skills to bring forward the recovery: the need for “Tax Free Training”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BIS, IR35

Recession is a time to catch up on maintenance and training. Slump is a time for radical change in order to survive. That means you will need a very different skills mix when recovery comes. But so will everyone else. You will go down in the...


September 25, 2010  9:37 AM

Skills for sustainable growth – or protecting the past from the future

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bloatware, Eurim, Facebook

I expect to spend most of the week-end ahead drafting responses to the BIS Consultations on which I blogged a couple of days ago. The more I read the consultation...


September 24, 2010  12:29 PM

Putting your life on the line: Dare you rely on the Internet?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cloud Security

Among the e-mails I have recently received on "The Dark Net" and the  "Black Internet" was one from Professor John Walker. He has given me permission to reproduce it as a guest blog. My own thoughts are at the end:...


September 23, 2010  10:30 AM

The Battle for Borders Broadband: my money is on the Steel Bonnets

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bloatware, Broadband

Last week I said (in my post on the Chattanooga plans) that I thought Rory Stewart's broadband conference would prove to have been a seminal event. We can now see the...


September 22, 2010  11:55 AM

Education for unemployment or training for the jobs of the future

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BIS

On 9th September I was tasked to organise a response from the Information Society Alliance to the BIS Consultations on: Skills for Sustainable...

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September 21, 2010  12:49 PM

Citizen or subject: The politics of personal identity

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
e-borders, Identity governance, NATO, Security

The debate over ID Cards has not gone away. It will return next year, with plans for security during the Olympics (as an "extension" of the NATO agenda for identifying Goivenrment employers and contractors,...


September 20, 2010  4:21 PM

Rory Stewart’s reivers steal the show on Broadband

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Penrith, Reivers

I am told that Ian Grant's excellent summary of the bidding war that took place in Penrith in Saturday tells only part of the story. You too can share the rest. My...


September 19, 2010  12:18 PM

There is nothing quite so dangerous as ignorance in motion

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bloatware, electronic signatures, Identity governance, Notaries, RIPA, UNCITRAL

The European Commission is about to review the Electronic Signatures Directive. The proposals will need to be looked at in...


September 16, 2010  1:40 PM

Chattanooga Choo Choo v. Pigeon Post v. UK Broadband

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, pigeon, rural, UK

Yesterday I blogged on the Chattanooge Gig to the home for smart metering, grid and domestic broadband. Today the BBC carries


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