When IT Meets Politics:

May, 2013


May 27, 2013  8:00 AM

Removing the media megaphone for terrorism: May moves forward while predecessors stuck in the past

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Al-Qaeda, BBC, Big Data, Crusade, Muhammad, Ofcom, RIPA, Surveillance

I was delighted to hear this morning that Theresa May is to look at new powers for Ofcom in the light of the BBC decision to compound the

May 25, 2013  8:19 AM

Giving a cyber-megaphone to global terrorism: a new twist to internet censorship debate

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, IS, Murderers, RIPA, Woolwich

I recently heard it said that terrorists were unsophisticated in their use of the Internet and the real threats lay elsewhere. This week we have seen that they do not need to be sophisticated. The BBC handed them an unprecedented propaganda coup when its website hosted a two minute video clip of...


May 24, 2013  8:44 AM

Tell UKIP that it holds the key to the future of EU Network, Information and Cyber security

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Conservative, Cyber security, European Commission, European Union, Information security, UKIP

Let me explain why UKIP MEPs (and their allies in other member states) may well determine the future of EU Internet regulation and what is at...


May 20, 2013  4:51 PM

Main obstacle to SMEs going on-line IS security – OU Survey

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cloudcomputing, FSB, Intellect, scotland, SME, Wales

Last week I received the report of the latest Open University Business School Quarterly Small Business Survey . This has been running since 1984 using the same methodology and therefore has a unique provenance.The...


May 12, 2013  11:45 AM

BT launches offensive on Sky’s broadband bulge: markets believe Talk Talk will be the loser

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Uncategorized

Ian Livingstone parked his tanks on Rupert Murdoch's lawn and the analysts clearly liked what they...

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May 9, 2013  9:44 AM

I would love to be a fly on wall after BT’s mammoth briefing to investment analysts

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, AT&T, Broadband, Business, investing, liberty, MacQuarie, Sky

I am told that BT plans a six hour briefing to Investment analysts - said to be a record. The build up is certainly going well. Last week a club of 22 analysts said they expect BT to outperform the market over the...


May 8, 2013  1:30 PM

Why do SMEs who advertise online not transact online?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, Birmingham, Broadband, BT, Business, cfibre, Cloud Computing, Cyber, e-skills, FE, HE, Intellect, ISO27000, MacQuarie, oApprenticeships, Ofcom, ompetition, Openreach, PUICTFOR, Security, Sky, SMESs, Virgin

On the morning of the first day of Infosec I attended a PICTFOR briefing on the current state of UK Cyber Security. The lack of intelligible security guidance for small firms was identified as a major issue by several...


May 7, 2013  5:47 PM

Government Digital Service condemned for shallow thinking

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Agile, cabinetoffice, inter-operability, Open source, PAYE, RTI, Universal Credit

I recently described the rightly praised Government Direct website as lipstick on the face of a pig, and gave one example of what lies beneath...


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