When IT Meets Politics:

December, 2013


December 31, 2013  12:33 PM

Is Mike Bracken’s CBE a mark of support or a consolation prize?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cabinetoffice, CCTA, DVLA, dwp, Goethe, HMG, HMRC, Home Office, privacy, treasury

One of my regular sources for this blog is a seasoned Whitehall warrior who has been keeping me abreast of the progress (or otherwise) of the Cabinet...

December 31, 2013  11:21 AM

God, not just the Chancellor, was on the side of Amazon. Did Christmas see death of the High Street?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, Christmas, Debenham, London, On-line, Sales, VAT

I expect the warning from Debenhams as to the impact of poor Christmas sales to be repeated by others as it becomes apparent that this was the not only first time


December 24, 2013  1:06 PM

Edward Snowden says “Mission Accomplished”: have an off-line Christmas and a paranoid New Year .

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Edward Snowden, Russia, Snowden

Just before I powered down for my own off-line Christmas I received the headlines from the Washington Post and clicked through to...


December 23, 2013  11:26 AM

A Christmas Message for those waiting for a broadband connection: Matthew 13:12

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, btgroup, Cornwall, Defra, social inclusion, Suffolk

"For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath." Matthew...

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December 20, 2013  1:00 PM

Is Edward snowden the Soviet Unions greatest intelligence asset since Richard Sorge?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Edward Snowden, EdwardSnowden, Snowden

This morning I read Walter Pincus in the Washington Post on the material copied by Edward Snowden that has...


December 19, 2013  8:21 PM

Whose governance do you trust most (or least): The Guardian, Google or GCHQ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Google, Governance, governanceSecurity, guardian, Hackers, Huawei, Internet, LEO, obama, privacy, Snowden, social inclusion, Surveillance

Recently I have been privileged to sit in on a number of discussions:

- on security and surveillance in the post Snowden world and the effectiveness or otherwise of the various initiatives being touted by those with no more understanding of what is happening today than those who...


December 12, 2013  6:58 PM

Is there a bigger threat than awareness and compliance which assume attacks are random?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
advanced persistent threat, APT, Brazil, China, Compliance, Consequences, Cybercrime, Edward Snowden, GCHQ, ISSA, SASIG, SCADA, Tempest

In my recent blog on the need for genuine board level education, not just awareness, I promised a guest blog from Lincoln...

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December 12, 2013  11:13 AM

Norwegian noir meets cybercrime: a Snowden age “faction” stocking filler for your CEO

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Alcatel-Lucent, CEO, Cyber security, Edward Snowden, eNikita, FBI, GCHQ, guardian, HMRC, McMafia, NSA, Oslo

Last night I had dinner with Carlos Solari, sometime White House CIO and V-P Security for Alcatel-Lucent and CSC, now co-author of


December 9, 2013  9:37 AM

Minister under fire for putting the brakes on a project that was off the rails

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cabinetoffice, howardshiplee, Today, Universal Credit

Which is better - that Ministers intervene when a project is clearly off the rails, or that they do not? ...


December 9, 2013  9:31 AM

MPs nominal pay to rise 11% but net (of tax) remuneration to FALL after 2015

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, dwp, Edward Snowden, IPSA, Kevin Cahill, NHIS, Transparency

It is interesting how, in the Internet Age, with supposed transparency, reality can be obscured. I would be be intersted in the comments of readers more expert than I, but my reading of the IPSA recommendations on MPs pay and conditions is the...


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