When IT Meets Politics:

July, 2012

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July 31, 2012  9:30 AM

Lords support Commission Against BDUK Framework

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BDUK, DCMS, DECC, European Commission

Chapter 3 Paragraph 59 of the House of Lords Communications Committee report looks like the coup de grace for the BDUK framework. "We endorse the Commission's suggestion that open access to dark fibre at...

July 30, 2012  6:42 PM

Has the Olympic cyberwar begun?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Al-Qaeda, Fraud, mugging, Olympics, visa

The refusal to accept Visa payments at Wembley has been blamed on a local fault but had they just discovered that they were using


July 25, 2012  7:48 PM

UK Telcos and ISPs split over broadband rationing

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BDUK, Inca, Net Neutrality, newspeak, Ofgem, Oftel, Virgin Media, Vodafone

In a BBC news item today "ISPs split over UK Open Internet code of practice" the term "Open Internet" has replaced "Net Neutrality" as newspeak  for bandwidth rationing in much the same way...


July 23, 2012  11:52 AM

“Does IT have an image problem?” – no more than the Taliban.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Computing, image, IT, Taliban

On one of the Linked In groups to which I subscribe I came across the question "Does IT have a bit of an image problem?". There are many possible answers but over the years I have come to the conclusion that IT has the image it deserves. Many of the groups of IT professionals who whinge about the...


July 20, 2012  11:18 AM

Is Treasury getting its act together on Infrastructure Investment?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, DCMS, DECC, Ofcom, Ofgem, Smart Metering, Utility

The departure of the DECC permanent secretary (days after the announcement of the


July 16, 2012  1:16 PM

Is BDUK a triumph or a disaster – and for whom?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Birmingham, Broadband, btgroup, cumbria, DCMS, Eurim, European Commission, Fujitsu, government, KPMG, Objections


July 13, 2012  7:46 AM

ID (alias Internet Address) and Surveillance Wars: ICANN v. ITU

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
EIF, Eurim, ICANN, InternationalTelecommunicationUnion, IPv4, IPv6, ITU, PICTFOR, TCOMDarkComet, Trusted Platform Module, WCIT

Would you trust a bunch of self-appointed experts, corporate lobbyists and US IP lawyers with the governance of the Internet?

In looking at the interplay between identity and surveillance policy, I find it difficult to tell whether many players are naive, narrow-minded or "economical...


July 10, 2012  5:26 PM

Commission to regulate website authentication

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Authentication, European Commission

I have blogged before on the Commission proposal to regulate electronic identities and trust services but it was not until a EURIM workshop on...


July 10, 2012  9:32 AM

Is 27001 to blame for the LIBOR fiasco?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Barclay, Labour, Libor, UBS

The ongoing LIBOR saga has two dimensions.

One is political - how much is the story really about banks responding to Government pressure to rig the rate, once they had discovered how easy it was to do so?  We should note that the systemic rigging came after the banks had supposedly...


July 8, 2012  9:24 AM

Will US Patent Wars hand regulation of the On-line World back to the ITU ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
GSM, ICANN, Intellectual property, InternationalTelecommunicationUnion, IPv4, LYNX, MOSAIC, X.25

The Internet as we know it is the result of the waiving of intellectual property rights by not only its funders but by major corporations, more interested in its growth as a platform for other money-making products and services operations rather than possible license revenues. In consequence...


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