When IT Meets Politics:

April, 2013

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April 29, 2013  3:17 PM

DWP excludes disabled users with modern browsers from using on-line services

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Abilitynet, Cabinet office, dwp, id, NAO, Sus-IT, Universal Credit

The new Government Digital Service website is a great success and has deservedly won prizes, but it is still "lipstick on the face of a pig". On May 13th I am due to chair a round table to agree the terms of reference for a high level study concerned with the use...

April 28, 2013  12:13 PM

The backlash against the smart meter programme has begun. What are the implications for IT users?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, DECC, energy, India, Smart meter

The Daily Mail article "Big Brother to switch off your fridge" is a fiery attack on the proposals sent by the  EU "collective" of Energy Regulators...


April 24, 2013  6:31 AM

On whose side are Open Rights with their campaign to “protect” the EU Data Protection Regulation?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data breach, Data protection, EU, experian, Garlik, Infosec, ISOC, notification, regulation, Spamhaus, Stophaus, Toprt, Trusteer

I have long had strong views on the need for effective Data Protection but I have just received a e-mail via ISOC UK soliciting my support for tomorrow's "Press Stunt" by the 2 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


April 18, 2013  9:36 AM

Anonymous Justice in the Internet Age

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
anonymous, bercow, Canada, cyberbullying, e-vigilantes, McAlpine, RCMP, twitter

I have just been sent a link to a story of how "Anonymous", whoever or whatever they are, "solved" a particularly nasty case of gang rape and cyberbullying...

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April 15, 2013  7:18 PM

Would re-opening the UK Broadband market to competition be a fitting tribute to Mrs Thatcher?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BT, competition, liberalisation, NTL, Ofcom, Offer, Ofgas, Ofgem, Oftel, privatisation, telecoms, Thatcher, Virgin

Amid all the "tributes" and suggestions for memorials we have forgotten what would have happened if some of her less controversial achievements, such as telecoms liberalisation leading to full competition in the local loop, had not been reversed after 1997. The independent regulators put in place...


April 9, 2013  2:49 PM

IPR Wars: who really are the heroes and villains, winners and losers?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
China, copyright, India, IPR, Patent, protection

I have regularly blogged on the theme of IPR wars over the past five...

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April 5, 2013  10:05 AM

Should you really kick a regulator which is scared to do its job?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, Birmingham, btgroup, CSMG, MacQuarrie, Ofcom, Oftel, Shoreditch, Telewest

I do not always agree with Ian Grant but some of his recent posts illustrate why Ofcom really does need a good kicking - or should we instead stop kicking and give it the confidence...


April 4, 2013  11:03 AM

Smart meters under user control as building block for trustworthy 21st Century Infrastructure

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
DECC, Smart meter

The Conservative Technology Forum has just released its first policy paper since the last election. It is on Smart Meters, where there is a need to revert to


April 3, 2013  8:27 AM

A case study in regulatory hypocrisy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CNIL, European Union, Google, TED

The controversy over Google's privacy policies is mounting. More data...

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April 2, 2013  2:08 PM

How relevant is UK Cyber Strategy to the Cyberbattles of recent weeks

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, CESG, Cyber security, Cyberbunker, egypt, GCHQ, Google, Information security, information society, NAO, Spamhaus

Yesterday I blogged on the consequences of the recent cyber battles between 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


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