When IT Meets Politics:

July, 2015


July 23, 2015  12:13 PM

Is Big Data leakage the new Asbestosis: uninsurable? If so ….

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Asbestosis, Big Data, cloud, Cyber, Cyber-catastgrophe, DPA, Google, IBM, Information security, oil, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, reinsurance

There is a growing gulf between those who think insurers should give discounts to those who  follow "best information security practice" (whatever that is) and underwriters who have been burned by breaches at US retailers (for example) with supposedly "mature" approaches to security. "Cyber" is...

July 20, 2015  6:00 PM

Minister urges business parks to bypass BT and organise their own broadband

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
3, Broadband, BT, EE, Hansard, O2, Ofcom, Openreach, Thinkbroadband, waveney, Wifi

On July 13th the House of Commons had another Broadband Debate, this time introduced by Dan Poulter, on how BT was meeting the numbers in the BDUK targets for Suffolk, but leaving a wave of complaints, particularly across his constituency, because of how it was doing so. I recommend you


July 20, 2015  2:15 PM

A Dirty Digest of the Executive Summary of Ofcom Strategic Review document

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
bskyb, competition, Duopoly, Ofcom, Oftel, Openreach

The Executive Summary of the Discussion Document for the Ofcom Strategic Review is 20 pages long and omits a key phrase from the main paper regarding the impact of regulation on...


July 20, 2015  1:02 PM

BT declares war on Ofcom – your opportunity to help reset the UK regulatory landscape

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
21CN, Broadband, competition, DCMS, EE, Gigaclear, Inca, ITS, lDCIS, Ofcom, Openreach, Virgin Media

I  was intrigued by Gavin Patterson's reported attack on Ofcom for even raising the question of separating out...

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July 16, 2015  4:02 PM

Why is Computer Science degree worth 20% of History Degree to a man but twice as much to a woman?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, Digital skills, FE, IT skills, Shortages

As part of the follow up to my first blog on the effects on Digital Skills of the Spring Budget I have been looking at some of the back up material. I began with "Fixing the...

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July 13, 2015  12:35 PM

How do we ensure apprentice levies do not extend legacy of Industry Training Boards to digital?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Digital skills, MOOC


The recent tax changes to reduce the cost of employing apprentices deserved an unequivocal welcome . The reintroduction of training levies and grants, albeit confined to...


July 2, 2015  6:10 PM

Broadband Competition spreads from Shropshire to Shoreditch

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
B4RN, BDUK, Broadband, competition, Cornwall, fHyperOptic, GigaplusArgyll, glasgow, Gloucester, ITS, Manchester, Ofcom, Shropshire, Virgin

We can now see the result of last year's change of policy and leadership at BDUK accompanied by rediscovery by Ofcom to its duties as a competition regulator. Those Counties which held out from pledging everything in support of extending BT's twenty year-old 21CN infrastructure appear now to be...


July 1, 2015  9:27 AM

Transforming participation in Digital Skills programmes by involving MPs

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, Digital skills, European Union, London

Redeploying welfare funding to support 3 million new apprenticeships was one of David Cameron's most highly publicized election pledges. We can expect to hear more in the budget this week....


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