When IT Meets Politics:

April, 2012

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April 23, 2012  7:25 PM

Is Vodafone about to make history of the BDUK Broadband Strategy?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, take-over, Telecommunication, Vodafone

This morning I received a note from my stockbroker on the Vodafone take-over of Cable and Wireless pointing out that they will have acquired both the UK's largest business broadband network and the largest global network of submarine cables - albeit many of the circuits of both are jointly owned...

April 21, 2012  2:01 PM

What is missing from the debates over RIPA, IMP and Data Retention

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
1688, Cheltenham, Dockwra, Freeman, GCHQ, RIPA


April 20, 2012  8:06 AM

Scramble for Safety but not to protect Children

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Childnet, Eurim, ParentPort, Peterhouse, privacy, WCIT


April 19, 2012  7:36 AM

Yesterdays blog entry was fiction – I hope

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

For the avoidance of doubt, I have added a footnote to my blog entry on DCMS Broadband strategy yesterday to point out that it was intended as satire. It is not (to the best of...


April 18, 2012  7:03 PM

The DCMS “Olympics First” Broadband Strategy: the pieces fall into place

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC iPlayer, BDUK, DCMS, Olympic


April 17, 2012  11:07 AM

Is EURIM about to become the Digital Single Market champion?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC iPlayer, Data protection, data retention, Eurim, London

The draft Data Protection Regulation contains "necessary ambiguities" in order to achieve agreement on "harmonisation". Those ambiguities create yet more legal and regulatory uncertainty confusion of the type that make its easier to organise cross border transactions via services based in the USA....


April 16, 2012  12:03 PM

Choosing a Mayor for the Information Age : congratulations to Salford Labour party

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, Brussels, China, Chinese, Felixstowe, information society, London, Salford

Ian Stewart is probably the only mayoral candidate who understands what the Information Society is about - and I include those for London. I was intrigued by the


April 13, 2012  9:32 AM

Ignorance in motion – Commission starts bid to regulate the Internet of Things

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brussels, Commission, European Commission, European Union, government, Internet of Things, Multilateral

Those idiotic laws from Brussels all begin with a seemingly innocuous "consultation". That for the laws the Commission will draft to regulate the Internet of Things has just been issued.

Do not be fooled....


April 12, 2012  9:12 PM

Is UK Design Law fit for purpose ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
consultation, IPO


April 12, 2012  11:51 AM

Scrambling for Safety – an emergency conference on Internet surveillance

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
RIPA, Surveillance

FIPR Announces:  Scrambling for Safety - an emergency conference on Internet surveillance

I reproduce the announcement below, without comment, because there are only 200 places - less those already booked, including my two. I may...


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