When IT Meets Politics:

December, 2010


December 29, 2010  11:28 AM

Christmas Conversations – how real or reliable is the on-line world?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CPNI, SCADA

Having been struck down by heavy colds we did not have a last minute Christmas shop or our usual walk over the Downs on Boxing Day. However, I was also struck by how little time (or money) anyone, including me, spent on-line instead. In fact it was rather less than...

December 22, 2010  7:56 AM

The perils of forecasting the future v. the perils of not forecasting

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Notaries, Scrivenors

My first forecast, on "Video in the Year 2000", with the ubiquitous switchable, editable videophone, has yet to come about. Most of us still lack the bandwidth necessary for more than matchbox size Skype images, Courtesy of Ian Brown you can now read my third, attempt, on the...


December 21, 2010  9:03 AM

How to prevent the DWP Universal Credit from being yet another doomed IT project

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Caseworkers, Dialogues, dwp, Eurim, MPS, PAYE, Universal Credit

The coalition government has said that the days of big IT projects are gone. But IT projects do not come much bigger than the DWP plans for a Universal Credit. How can we ensure that it is...


December 20, 2010  9:53 AM

Your chance to comment on how HMG should improve its use of IT

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Public Administration Select Committee of the House of Commons has announced an enquiry, "Good governance:effective use of...

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December 17, 2010  10:30 PM

Why rational users prefer cheap dancing pigs to expensive security snake oil

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
E-Immodium, Identity governance, Information security, snake-oil

I have spent much of the last month listening to security scare stories from consultants and vendors bidding for attention and budgets. Many of the activities for which they are seeking support appear worse than useless. They distract attention from...


December 13, 2010  8:04 AM

Students rioting to preserve middle class puberty rites, not world class education

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
middle-class

I am torn between guilt and reason by the debate over student fees. I was the first generation of my family to go away to University but not the first to go to University. My father and grandfather took years of eveningsĀ and week-endsĀ to acquire their degrees at Universities which no longer offer...


December 10, 2010  9:19 AM

From Wild West to Western Front : the evolution of Cybersecurity

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
2012, cybersecurity, Hacker, honker, Internet, ISSA, PWC

"The Internet used to be compared to the WIld West, the lawless frontier; now it is more like the Western Front, a massive, unrestricted battlefield. Geopolitics is putting your data in the firing line." So concludes an article by Allan...

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December 4, 2010  10:59 AM

Freedom of Information (and Wikileaks) v. Censorship (and Established Power)

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, Data protection, Eurim, God, Google, information assurance, Information risk management, Information security, Internet, Net Neutrality, WikiLeaks

The reaction to the Wikileaks story exposes the heady mixture of self-delusion that passes for debate on freedom of information, transparency of government, re-use of public information, secure data sharing, data protection, information assurance, information security,...


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