When IT Meets Politics:

February, 2015

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February 28, 2015  4:56 PM

Why FCC Net Neutrality judgement may have been pyhrric victory for cartel that runs the internet

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, btgroup, DuckDuck, Net Neutrality, PCC, Utility

In the early days of this blog, back in 2008, when I repeated the arguments that the Internet shold be seen as a cartel masquerading as anarchy it was relatively easy to find...

February 25, 2015  12:47 PM

No End of Jobs – how do we break out of Ground Hog Day

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Telecase, Telemedicine

A couple of days ago I was very sharp about forecasts of gloom, doom and mass unemployment from new technology in recent reports. 

I had forgotten quite how sharp...


February 24, 2015  11:23 AM

If you want better security – employ women. If you want to win the cyberwar – employ women

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Abwehr, Bletchley, CPNI, D-Day, Enigma

 

"One of the messages from President Obama's recent cybersecurity...

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February 23, 2015  11:52 AM

How do we break out of Groundhog Day and provide broadband and digital skills fit for ALL?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
digichampz, Digital skills, Ofcom, Sperry

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The stick of dynamite is labelled "Publicity Japanese Style". The tube of sweets is labelled...


February 20, 2015  5:33 PM

How do I tell if this offer to get government to pay for business broadband is genuine?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, Business, HMRC, Ofcom, rural, SME, Vouchers

I recently signed up to the HMRC advisory service and this morning received the e-mail below. Being a trusting individual I did NOT click on anything. Instead I visited the


February 17, 2015  10:04 AM

Will Government Verify survive the impending cybersecurity skills crisis?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
.gov.uk, Compliance, Crapband, crisis, cybersecurity, digichampz, e-skills, IAM, ICAEW, Skills, Verify

Few outside the community of those obsessed with digital identity will keep up to date with postings and comments on  the Gov.UK Identity Assurance Blog  but a regular reader recently drew my attention to a recent posting, on "


February 16, 2015  12:32 PM

Is VATMOSS a serious VATmess or a storm in a teacup?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
.gov.uk, E-commerce, FSB, VAT, VATMOSS

I have received a number of e-mails asking me to blog on the issues or "do something", but none from those actually engaged in running the businesses supposedly affected. More-over, all the lobbying appears to be behind closed doors. The


February 14, 2015  7:42 PM

The Future of Technology

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Agile, amstrad, DSDM, Filetab, Gartner, IPR, RAD, RPG, vapourware, Visicalc, Word

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February 10, 2015  10:30 AM

Who do you trust to retrain existing staff to handle that which you cannot risk to contractors?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
AIM, Alex, Apprenticeship, Big Data, Compliance, crisis, cybersecurity, e-skills, GREXIT, NED, risk, SIGINT, Skills, Turnover

January usually sees a sharp rise in recruitment effort across the financial services industry, to replace those leaving at year end or who hand in their notice after the Christmas break. This year recruitment effort is down because of the uncertainties caused by the crash in oil prices and the...


February 7, 2015  10:29 AM

Turning the Super Tanker: Francis Maude’s achievements to date – but its not over yet.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, cloud, G-Cloud, Software as a Service

Francis Maude has announced that he is...

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