When IT Meets Politics:

January, 2013

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January 25, 2013  10:51 AM

“The Strategy was flawless, but I could not get anything done.”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Agile, Cabinet office, Digital transformation, dwp, OJEU, Universal Credit, Waterfall

In his Digital Transformation Blog entry on "The Strategy is Delivery," Mike Bracken quotes one of his predecessors describing his frustrations in trying to implement the then Government Data Strategy: "The Strategy was...

January 24, 2013  1:22 PM

Your chance to have a say on UK Standards for Information Security Skills

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
IISP, Information security

e-Skills has issued an invitation to input into the public consultation for the development of the...


January 21, 2013  6:07 PM

Will 2013 be the year HMG takes skills, including those of the Civil Service, seriously

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cabinetoffice, Procurement

Politicians have mouthed words about the importance of skills for many decades, often throwing funding at education providers. It is over a decade since the last serious IT training programme: that for 40,000 millennium bugbusters to receive quality controlled, industry standard,...


January 19, 2013  8:35 AM

Data Protection wars – what is at stake for whom under the new EU Directive

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, European Union, Facebook, Google, Spiegel, USA Patriot Act

A recent Spiegel (German perspective but written in English) article gives an excellent layman's summary of the strategic divides in the debate over the new Data...


January 17, 2013  8:50 AM

US teleworker caught subcontracting his own job to China – is this the future ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, Business, Employment, Telecommuting, Verizon, Vodafone

Do read the story on the BBC website this morning. The comments on the original blog case study say sufficient on the...


January 15, 2013  9:49 AM

Why changing your on-line “shop” should be no harder than changing your supermarket

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, C-op, Iceland, Sainsbury, Tesco, Virgin

I blogged yesterday on the implications of the split of priorities between access to broadband and protecting the environment as revealed in the recent


January 14, 2013  12:56 PM

Midsomer Murders: The Broadband Killings

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, NTL, Ofcom, superfast, Telewest, Virgin

The feud turned to slaughter after Mavis Goodenough, the Wiccan High Priestess of Midsomer Harvest died of septicaemia after stepping on one of the mantraps protecting the poles of the overhead fibre link from the server in the Snug of the Fig and Femto to the wireless mast beside the changing hut...


January 7, 2013  9:00 AM

Superslow and even more furious: the PX Report is a Curate’s Egg

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BBC iPlayer, BDUK, btopenreach, CESG, CPNI, DEDCC, dwp, Labour, Ofcom

The Policy Exchange report "


January 5, 2013  11:12 AM

When buying over the Internet is MORE expensive: Is 2013 the year for more online honesty ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, Nominet, Ofcom

The Post Code Penalty report by Citizens Advice Scotland should be read by those who wax lyrical about the rise in Internet shopping on Boxing Day because bargain hunters could not get into London because of


January 3, 2013  2:24 PM

Monday is the deadline for your views on rebuilding trust in .UK

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Conservative, Home Office, ICANN, Nominet, Ofcom, UK, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

At the beginning of October Nominet launched a consultation on the potential introduction of a new service known as


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