When IT Meets Politics:

November, 2013

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November 30, 2013  10:08 AM

“The Internet has been turned into a giant surveillance machine”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Cabinet office, censor, cloud, Google, Google Analytics, Internet, ISOC, Open data, privacy, Surveillance

I have just received the latest ISOC newsletter with a link to the press release after the 88th meeting of the Internet Enginering Task...

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November 29, 2013  9:27 AM

UK backs standards and accreditation, not EU regulation, for cyber security

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
APT, BIS, Cyber security, GovNet, IASMDE, Information security, Security, Spamhaus, standards

I had been apprehensive that the BIS attempt to identify a "standard" for information security would lead to another tick box distraction. Instead a much more nuanced approach was described at the Lancaster House event to announce


November 25, 2013  12:38 PM

Half main boards now have cybersecurity on their agenda: but most have no strategy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CREST, Cyber security, e-skills, ICAEW, Inca, Information security, information technology

During the past fortnight I have attended the launch of the ICAEW


November 25, 2013  9:39 AM

A land fit for hermits: why broadband speeds could become an election issue

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, btgroup, Defra, Suffolk, Surrey

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November 18, 2013  11:48 AM

Why is BT willing to risk having to refund the BDUK State Aid?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
.sif, 4G, BDUK, Broadband, bsg, BT, btgroup, CDS, Clun, DCMS, Defra, europeanunion, Hereford, Inca, local government, RCBF, Rightmove, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SQW, Telford

The BT decision to backtrack on its willingness to release post code data on the grounds of commercial confidentiality may have been the equivalent of a red rag in a field of North American (i.e....


November 16, 2013  7:42 AM

Who won the battle between DWP and Cabinet Office over ID Policy?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BIS, BSI, business case, Cabinet office, cabinetoffice, dwp, Eurim, European Commission, experian, Fogging, identity, nist, oix, OJEU, RTI, STORK, tScheme, Universal Credit, Verizon

We know who lost in the battle between DWP and Cabinet Office over ID Policy - the taxpayer and the private sector bidders. Who won, apart from the fraudsters?

The fraudsters appear to be looting more from DWP and HMRC than the annual spend of GCHQ (even including that paid for by the...


November 12, 2013  7:09 AM

The great broadband race – has BT’s broadband infrastructure spend been overtaken by that on 4G?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, Arqiva, BBC, BBC iPlayer, BDUK, Broadband, btgroup, deutschetelekom, EE, Microsoft, O2, overpaid, sfbb, Sky, Smart Metering, Stokab, Telefónica, Vodafone

Bill Broadband pointed out that "spending over three billion pounds on SFBB is a lot of money" when I retweeted a BBC article on the extra £billion that BT has just committed to its content...

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November 9, 2013  9:18 AM

Who was, is or will be “responsible”, and to whom, for IT success in DWP?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Australia, Cabinet office, Centrelink, CIO, CTO, dwp, PAC, permanentsecretary, Universal Credit

The recriminations as to whether the "The Minister" or "the Permanent Secretary" was "to blame" for the current situation regarding the Universal Credit programme raises some basic issues of...


November 7, 2013  6:56 PM

Should G-Cloud and the GDS be taken seriously as contenders to run Universal Credit?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, CloudStore, dwp, G-Cloud, HMRC, Oracle, RTI, Universal Credit

Today's release of the Public Account Committee savaging of DWP officials and the departmental response that it does not take account of the changes made...


November 4, 2013  11:43 AM

Are Whitehall (DCMS) and Southwark (Ofcom) on the same broadband planet as Wapping and Smithfield?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
btgroup, DCMS, edvaizey, London, Ofcom, Shorditch, Smithfield, Southwark, Wapping

One of the highlights of last week's Parliament and The Internet Conference was the Two Eds Show, Ed...

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