When IT Meets Politics:

December, 2014


December 25, 2014  10:14 AM

Christmas is a time for reconciliation. Please read the Amman Message

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Al-Qaeda, Caliphate, Internet, Koran, pope, recruitment, Secular, Sharia, Shia, Sunni, terrorists

We have recently much blether about the use of the web by terrorists, including for publicity and recruitment. We hear much less about its use to promote reconciliation and peace. In this context I do suggest readers visit the website of the Amman Message...

December 21, 2014  10:38 AM

2015: The Year of the Compliance-Created Cyber Confidence Collapse?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, CIPD, cloud, CPHC, cyberbabble, cybersecurity, European Commission, Fraud, FUD, IAAC, IAM, iBYOD, Information security, precognition, SASIG, Skills, Verify

We are bombarded with messages to promote new security technologies when most organisations the lack skills to make effective use of existing products and services to protect themselves and their customers against fraud and abuse. Too many compete for supposedly competant and experienced experts,...


December 19, 2014  9:28 AM

The UK On-line landscape is being transformed in the week before Christmas

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, BT, DCMS, EE, Microsoft, Mobile, rural, SME, urban, Wifi

The pledge by the mobile operators to spend £5 billion tackling mobile not spots   helps explain the speed of the EE (with £2 billion of its debts) sale to BT and the latter's...


December 18, 2014  10:15 AM

Christmas indigestion for online retailers: what is the effect of pan-EU VAT regime?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brussels, Cross-Border, DPA, EU, European Union, GS1, Ukraine, VAT

If you have not yet read any of the arguments over what the new pan-EU VAT regime means for UK-based on-line retailers (large, small or micro) or are wondering how it will be implemented...


December 18, 2014  9:19 AM

Christmas Stocking Fillers for Digital Government Anoraks: 1) Verify invitation to tender

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, CCS, D5, Direct.Gov, DPA, dwp, GDS, idap, UKAS, Universal Credit

Press cover for the latest phase of the Government Online Identity framework is beginning to emerge.


December 12, 2014  7:14 PM

A Christmas Message for the Digerati on the practical meaning of social inclusion

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Barnados, social inclusion


December 8, 2014  10:18 AM

Cost of apprentices cut by 20% + 50% towards update modules. Will this break the log jam?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, e-skills, IT skills, United Kingdom

For nearly forty years most  IT employers have declined to take on trainees or retrain older staff but  have queued up to employ those with two years of more of supposed experience. Only the skills in demand have changed. There is no shortage of talent, only of employers who will work...


December 6, 2014  10:03 AM

Yesterday I learned why our forecasts of broadband demand are so wrong

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
3G, 4G, Broadband, EE, Inca, Ofcom, Quadplay

Yesterday I attended the excellent INCA Super Connected Cities seminar in Birmingham at which two contrasting examples of the effect of providing fibre services to...


December 4, 2014  8:10 PM

RPA opens up routines for farmers with no digital or credit footprints to bypass Verify

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Verify

I have been very business over the last week but hope to make time over the week-end to blog my responses to the Autumn statement, particularly a welcome for:


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