When IT Meets Politics:

July, 2013

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July 31, 2013  8:55 PM

Get your small firms broadband voucher “here”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, btgroup, Business, London, Ofcom, Scheme, Vouchers

Thank you to Ian Grant for blogging on the Small Firms Broadband Voucher scheme. It is a very clever concept and it is also very sensible to, for once, do a small scale pilot first. I note...

July 31, 2013  7:03 PM

BIS funded small firms security awareness seminars: London event on 13th Septemberlack of promotion

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Greenwich, London, Seminar

I am extremely rude abut awareness events which do not give guidance on what to actually do as a result of becoming aware. This series is more...


July 30, 2013  12:51 PM

The internet comes of age and enters the “real world” with a rapid Twitter Troll arrest

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Balkanization, Caroline, Criado-Perez, GCHQ, HMRC, ICANN, Internet, Nominet, SARS, Troll, twitter

The agreement of Twitter to streamline its routines for reporting abuse for fear of a


July 30, 2013  8:26 AM

Concerned about broadband? Suggest your local councillors ask for a copy of Maria Miller’s letter

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Boradband, btgroup, Inca, local government, rural, Subsidy

I am delighted to see that Jennifer Scott obtained a copy of 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


July 29, 2013  1:42 PM

Minister issues guidance to local authorities to release broadband maps

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, BDUK, btgroup, Business, Comptroller, EE, Inca, OFT, publicsector, Sky, Vodafone

I was delighted to read that Maria Miller has written to local authorities telling them they should reveal which areas are in line for upgrade and disregard advice that...

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July 26, 2013  11:33 AM

What is Amazon’s objective? It does not appear to profit from wiping out offline traders?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, Amazon.com, anti-trust, cartel, growth, Morgan, Recession, VAT

The article today in the Register on Amazon's "profit eating" strategy  raises interesting questions, Why should government's or shareholders, around the world, tolerate a business that wipes out those paying local sales...


July 26, 2013  9:59 AM

Why can’t small firms adjacent to the Silicon Roundabout get BT Infinity?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
btinfinity, Ethernet, fttc, Leased line, Shoreditch, Smithfield

I has just approved a comment to my "How Rural is Smithfield?" blog entry from a small firm in 2 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


July 24, 2013  9:01 AM

HMRC Real Time Information pilot meets the “Real” World. Is Nominet about to do the same?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Domain name, Nominet, Universal Credit

I have just been looking at press cover for the report of the HMRC Real Time Information pilot, on whose success current plans for the introduction of


July 18, 2013  12:01 PM

OFT Call for information on the supply of ICT to the public sector

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Business, Cabinet office, government, ICT, OFT, Procurement, Public sector

I regularly hear complaints that public sector procurement is dominated by a cartel of a dozen or players advised by teams of consultants...


July 17, 2013  9:11 PM

The transformation of scrutiny: what was really different about the PAC hearing today

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
California, formation, Policy, scrutiny, Washington

I have received a number of e-mails this evening about the PAC hearing on broadband being unprecedented. They are correct but they miss what was truly innovative. Both questioners and witnesses were using tablets, not only as aides memoires but to receive inputs from outside parliament to help...


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