When IT Meets Politics:

December, 2015


December 31, 2015  11:01 AM

Will Ofcom drop the ATVOD ball on age checking and content regulation tomorrow?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ATVOD, Ofcom, Watershed

Tomorrow Ofcom takes control of "on demand" content back from ATVOD and s said to plan to align it more closely with linear TV.

Last year the Prime Minister

December 28, 2015  6:49 PM

Why do we still have digital skills gap” when Harold Wilson identified both problem and solution?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, Contracts, Digital skills, Tata, Trailblazer

1.    Until earlier this year we were trapped in Groundhog Day

There have been regular enquiries into shortages of what we now call "digital skills" for 50 years.  A cyclical pattern was identified in the 1980s. Each recession after that of 1979 - 83...


December 24, 2015  12:45 PM

Have a Merry Christmas offline and a Happy New Year having taken control of your data

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
alcohol, anti--spyware, Broadband, Christmas, Crapband, pub, Scams, smartphone

Even if the Phantom Squad does not repeat the Lizard Squad's exploits last year, taking down games networks to ruin Christmas for children (and nerds) there are...


December 14, 2015  12:26 PM

There are no shortages of digital skills, only of employers who train their staff

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data analytics, BIS, Bosch, commando, DCMS, Digital skills, e-skills, Fintech, Internet of Things, Smart phones, VW

This time last year the House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills had collected over a thousand pages of evidence. Over Christmas the members ploughed through the evidence and in February they published


December 9, 2015  7:25 PM

Will Investigatory Powers Bill apply to all those who are tracking your movements?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Adware, Apple, Blood, DPA, Eurim, Google, iot

Those who drool over the wonders of Big Data and Internet of Things should take a look at the video of the "Looking for You" campaign piloted by Battersea Dogs Home at Westfield Shopping Centre. Those...


December 7, 2015  12:47 PM

Ofcom consults on plans to tackle the UK Communications Confusopoly

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, CMA, confusopoly, copper, DCMS, fibre, FSB, Huawei, INTUG, IoD, monopoly, Ofcom, Zayo

Ofcom has just published its Proposed Annual Plan for 2016/17  with a deadline of 26th February 2016 for responses. It has three clear objectives:

  1. Promote...


December 2, 2015  11:11 AM

The evidence to the Inquiry into the Investigatory Powers Bill is now online

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Firefox, JISC, mozilla, techUK, UKISA

Forty two organisations and individuals submitted public (as opposed to confidential) evidence to the


December 1, 2015  9:43 AM

Could London match Singapore with unsubsidised fibre to the flat?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Alcatel-Lucent, boardband, Cisco, EE, Ericsson, fixed, fttc, FTTP, gfast, Huawei, Hyperoptic, Internet of Things, lifi, London, M2M, molile, Singapore, UO, VoIP, Wifi

Singapore and Hongkong are London's most dangerous global financial services rivals and also have the best big city broadband. What do we and they they have in common? The high proportion of residents who live and work in housing and office complexes which are cheap to fibre up - provided this is...


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