When IT Meets Politics:

November, 2010


November 28, 2010  12:04 PM

.uk is not .com – let alone .anon or .xxx

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
.anon, .xxx, GCHQ, Nominet, Soca, UK

I am intrigued by the controversy over the plans of Nominet to work with law enforcement to take action against malpractice by those registering their websites on .uk

I used to think that .uk was for those who wanted their vistors to know that they were...

November 24, 2010  8:45 AM

No taxation without services: can the final third also drop out of Income Tax?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, rural, village

Government plans to make on-line services the default or even mandatory make sense only if  accompanied by rigorous action to ensure...


November 23, 2010  9:56 AM

The ten/twelve scams of Christmas – 2010

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Phoneplayplus

There has been a lot of publicity for the recent McAfee release on the Twelve Scams of Christmas as seen from the United States. Nearer home you might like to consider the


November 22, 2010  12:45 PM

Why are our systems so vulnerable: the cybersecurity bandwagon

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CEOP, CSOC, cybersecurity, OCSIA, PCEU, SCADA, Technology, Wave

My inbox has recently been full of invitations to cybersecurity events, albeit those targeted at public sector users use the words "information assurance" and those targeted at the private sector use the words "information security". "Data protection" is passe, except...


November 21, 2010  12:45 PM

What really happens when IT meets politics

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cybersecurity, PhD

So you want to get a PhD in political science  helps bring out the difference between ICT nerds and policy wonks. Reminded me of the description of a modern degree in Electrical Engineering "wall to wall mathematics with a project...


November 19, 2010  10:33 AM

Does centralised ICT procurement give better value?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CCTA, Desktop21, framework

Ministers are talking of massive decentralisation to save money except for procurement where there are supposedly massive savings from bulk buying or ICT, where the savings from systems inter-operability and the re-use of previously purchased software can be substantial....


November 6, 2010  1:40 PM

Why consumers give up on cybersecurity

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
McAfee, Norton

I am currently attending a slew of meetings on Cybersecurity at which experts preach to each other. On monday I am due to chair a meeting skills. On November 15th the Get Safe On-line Summit will have the most...


November 1, 2010  8:56 AM

Cybersecurity in Cloud Cuckoo Land

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cybersecurity, Eurim, FIPR, ID cards, Information governance, No2ID

I spent the week-end reviewing forward political agendas, including for information and identity governance. I skipped the No2ID celebrations over the end of ID cards. That was partly because I believe in the value of locally issued residents' cards, linked to properly validated electoral...


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