When IT Meets Politics:

October, 2013

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October 31, 2013  7:20 AM

DCMS “announces” policy U-turn. BDUK to deliver “Superfast Broadband”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, DCMS, local government, Ofcom

The advertisment for a Chief Executive of BDUK appears to be evidence that DMCS intends to relaunch BDUK as the planning and procurement agency for a portolio of centrally controlled "capital programmes" to create "Superfast...

October 28, 2013  6:20 PM

The United States wakes up to the need for Patent Reform

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
IPR, Patent, Troll, US

Further to my blog on  the damage being done by US Patent Trolls to the on-line world I do commend this


October 28, 2013  5:15 PM

The changing face of the UK On-line World: content and security as well as infrastructure

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bali, BBC, BBC iPlayer, BT, btgroup, DCMS, DPA, Edward Snowden, GCHQ, IGF, ITV, NSA, phone hacking, Sky, Virgin

My previous blog has been criticised for not distinguishing between the narrow thinking of BDUK when it comes to rural broadband and the broader perspective of DCMS at large. The...


October 27, 2013  11:50 AM

The evolving on-line world leaves BDUK trailing in its wake

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
21CN, aEURIM, approval, Arqiva, BDUK, BT, btgroup, competition, consultation, DECC, deutschetelekom, Edward Snowden, EE, European Union, local government, multi-media, O2, PSN, REIP, Sky, Socitm, Telefónica, Virgin Media, Vodafone

Today is the deadline for responses to the BDUK consultation on which I blogged at the beginning of October . It may helpful to take the opportunity to summarise why BDUK should...


October 22, 2013  9:32 PM

Has Facebook committed commercial suicide by carrying Mexican drug lords “enforcement videos”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Beheading, Facebook, health, mexico, Social networking, videos

We can speculate as to the reasons Facebook has rescinded its policy of seeking to remove the videos posted by Mexican drugs lords (and others) to intimidate witnesses and opponents. The affect on legitimate advertisers, let alone...


October 22, 2013  1:43 PM

The EU Monopoly Telcos are getting back together: how will the EU respond?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, BDUK, btgroup, EE, liberty, PSN, Telefónica, Virgin Media, Vodafone

The recently announced tie up between EE (owned jointly by France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom) and BT to enable the latter (with the 4G spectrum it has acquired) to re-enter the mobile market and the former to piggy back its £1.5 bn...


October 22, 2013  10:27 AM

Who is going to benefit from the new Telecoms Tax?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
European Union, Ofcom, Telecommunication

The broadband community is so fixated on the way that business rates discriminate against new entrants or local operators and the damage is set to be extended that it has neglected to impact...


October 21, 2013  4:24 PM

A question for Get Safe Online Week: Where is the world cybercrime capital?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bali, China, IGF, Indonesia, London

Today is the start of Get Safe On-line Week and I was intrigued to read that the top Cyber Story in the Technical press is that 


October 21, 2013  10:08 AM

Does rapid take-up of SME broadband vouchers indicate a better way for final 2%

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, BT, btgroup, Defra, EE, European Union, fttc, HMRC, MWhitehall, PSN, rural, Sky, SME, Telefónica, Virgin, Vodafone, Vouchers

The broadband talkfest on 7th October appears to have been a profound disappointment  although there is still...


October 18, 2013  7:30 PM

The bidding campaign in hypocrisy over surveillance threatens on-line confidence

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, Edward Snowden, Google, guardian, NSA, Surveillance, twitter

Some of the Guardian articles linked to their exercise to put material on the surveillance operations of the US and UK into the public domain are bizarre. One such covers the...

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