When IT Meets Politics:

September, 2014


September 18, 2014  4:22 PM

Political uncertainty is the biggest barrier to creating a UK broadband infrastructure

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BCS, C&G, CLA, DCIS, DCMS, DPA, FCS, FISP, FSB, Inca, INTUG, ISOC-UK, LEP, NEN, Network, PSNGB, techUK

How many times a day, week, month or year would you be dead if your Internet connection was your life support system. I...

September 16, 2014  6:45 PM

Why I would not risk switching from BT even though it costs more.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
btgroup, Google, Ofcom, Quality of Service, Vodafone

This afternoon my BT Infinity line went down. Luckily I was able to browse the net over an old netbook using Vodafone and find a phone number (after the BT website I Googled told me my number...


September 10, 2014  9:38 AM

Why we need a new Micros in School Programme – inspected by Ofsted

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Computer science, Digital skills, england, NEET, Ofsted

Among the more interesting questions in the recent House of Lords call for inputs to their enquiry on Digital Skills were:


September 9, 2014  10:32 AM

Would the UK be a happier or more sinister if the police routinely wore body cameras?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CPS, Fergusson, FIPR, gps, police, Rialto, Surveillance, Technology, Wolfcom

The Home Secretary's suggestion that to save time the police should routinely wear body cameras sparked a rush of publicity, much of it from those opposed to the concept for a variety of reasons,...


September 8, 2014  12:47 PM

Reconciling the Cabinet Office Digital by Default strategy with DCMS Digital Infrastructure Strategy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BCS, Bloatware, Broadband, BT, budget, carta, DCMS, Defra, G-Cloud, Hyperoptic, Internt, Net Neutrality, Ofcom, PSN

The responses to my attempt to drum up inputs to the DCMS Digital Infrastructure Strategy Consultation are beginning to come in and it looks as though the short order


September 4, 2014  11:32 AM

Launch of on-line consultation on inputs to the Digital Infrastructure Strategy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bandwidth, bottlenecks, Broadband, DigreeIT, fixed, Funding, Mobile, Net Neutrality, Planning, rationing, TecQT, traffic

While working through the invitation for the round table I am helping organise on 12th September to help drum up inputs to the consultation on the Digital Infrastructure Strategy I was contacted by Lindsey Annison regarding an exercise to put up an on-line service to enable those unable to get to...


September 4, 2014  10:52 AM

UK employers need a level playing field when it comes to skills

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Digital skills, IR35

At the first meeting of the new Digital Policy Alliance skills group it was agreed that, rather than try  to agree a  collective submission to the


September 2, 2014  9:15 AM

How consultation overload has led to communications policy paralysis

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
consultation, DCMS, Ofcom

In view of the many hidden agendas behind UK communications policy, I had expected Jim...

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