When IT Meets Politics:

June, 2011


June 30, 2011  5:36 PM

Broadband UK moves to exclude Big Society community consortia

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
framework, OJEU, PSN

I am told that Broadband UK has issued a pre-qualification questionnaire for its procurement framework for rural access networks that contains all  the "usual" clauses that prevent organisations without a relevant trading...

June 25, 2011  5:49 PM

Warlords v. Merchants: who really controls ID and Information Policy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Chinapay, Eurim, information

Jerry Fishenden's excellent reprise on current UK ID policy in Computer Weekly should be read by all suppliers and consultants who think the current Cabinet Office...


June 17, 2011  2:23 PM

European Digital Agenda Assembly amidst Temple of Boys’Toys

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

I was sitting in the final plenary of the first European Digital Agenda Assembly held in the Brussells Autoworld, amidst a world class collection of male status symbols from gangster limousines and...


June 14, 2011  9:49 AM

Garter Day with a Blackberry – a time for reflection

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, consultants, NHS

Yesterday I took that day off and attended the annual Garter Ceremony as a guest, albeit not in the Chapel. I switched my mobile off for a blessed six hours but forgot to switch off my Blackberry. I felt very guilty as the only addict in sight - we were on the back row of a grandstand so I...


June 13, 2011  4:52 PM

We need policies that Open Britain for On-line Business

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
britain, Broadband, Eurim, Smart grid, Smart Metering, UKTI

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June 11, 2011  9:49 AM

Copper thieves steal the future

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Eurim, Merchants, Warlords

In my entry last Thursday I said I would blog next day on the EURIM policy prospectus released at a reception that evening to which the press was not invited. The reception went very well with a great buzz but our plans to update the press release with actual quotes...


June 9, 2011  8:42 AM

Towards the mythical Digital Single Market ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Eurim, l'informatique

On Tuesday I chaired the first session of a Westminster eForum  event entitled "The UK and the Digital Agenda for Europe: e-Commerce...


June 1, 2011  10:39 AM

Will the proposed BDUK framework do more harm than good?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, BIS, DCMS, DECC, Duopoly, framework, Janet, NEN, OCEAN, Ofgem, Oftel, PIN, Procurement, PSN, Sky

Last week, in Brussels, Ed Vaizey talked of the need to use market forces to pull through investment in broadband. A day later Jeremy Hunt wrote to MPs on the replacement of central competitions for funding by allocations to authorities to "be made available once we have...


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