When IT Meets Politics:

December, 2012


December 31, 2012  4:03 AM

Will 2013 be the year when “putting people first” gets priority over “digital by default”?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cheque, ETICA, HMRC, Online banking, VAT

Four years ago I described how HMG prices the time of those working in the private and voluntary sectors at £zero when making...

December 28, 2012  5:01 PM

What are the predictions for HMG ICT in 2013 – beginning with the good news from BDUK and DWP.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Cabinet office, dwp, MoJ, NHS, PSN, UKBA, Universal Credit

The rush of material released just before Christmas contains some snippets of good news. And good news is all too often ignored (including, I must confess) by me.

1) It looks as though the PSN and


December 25, 2012  11:27 PM

“I bought it myself after the Internet delivery failed to arrive”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Christmas

I heard this twice today: both complaints concerned ingredients for the Christmas meal where people had to go out on Christmas Eve to get traditional ingredients ordered ten days or or more in advance which had failed to arrive. Whatever the cause of the non-delivery or delays beyond the...


December 21, 2012  12:35 PM

Plebgate, the Sousveillance society and your Boxing Day Browsing

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Christmas, Microsoft, Plebgate, Retention

We have a most interesting juxtaposition
- of press cover for the EU Information Commisioners' "review" of Microsoft's new terms and conditions,
- of the


December 19, 2012  9:06 AM

Smeargate: they may not know if you are a dog but they know which lamp post you pee’d on

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBA, BCS, BRC, Intellect, ISPA, Smeargate

I would like to juxtapose Kier Starmer's surreal proposal to re-write the law to protect unpopular twats (or is it twiterrers?) from prosecution,


December 17, 2012  10:09 AM

We did not actually lose the WCIT battle in Dubai but appear set to lose the Internet Governance War

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, Brussels, ICANN

If you read press cover on the recent ITU conference on the future of the Internet in the technical press you might think that the supporters of...


December 14, 2012  6:21 PM

The Ten/Twelve Scams of Christmas 2012

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Christmas, Holidays, McAfee, Scams, UK

I have just done a quick comparison of the Scams of Christmas of Christmas since I last blogged on this topic in 2010. McAfee has again found


December 3, 2012  3:38 PM

Are we about to have a grown up debate on the future of the Internet?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, Dubai, IPR, IPv6, WCIT, X.25

I have just been reading the first BBC article on the WCIT Conference in Dubai. Among other things this will witness the Third World countries seeking to get a "fair" share of the Internet revenues they generate. Given the...


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