When IT Meets Politics:

May, 2016


May 26, 2016  12:30 PM

Will our failure to unravel the politics of privacy, security and choice cost more than Brexit?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apple, Big Data, Brexit, Encryption, FBI, Google, Internet, Microsoft, privacy, Security

Effective pan-EU co-operation to redress the balance and build confidence in safer, more secure on-line world could have a bigger impact on our wallets than the putative benefits or costs of Brexit because the dominant Internet companies of the US West coast appear

May 25, 2016  10:01 AM

Hold your nose and vote remain … then get the rats to leave the sinking ship before saving it

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, Data protection, Eurim, TTIP, Uncategorized

I been asked to come off the fence and state my views on the referendum and reasoning. The most recent Institute of Directors survey indicated that 75% of respondents felt the EU was in serious trouble, possibly even terminal decay, because of over-regulation. I agree. But leaving a sinking ship on...


May 21, 2016  5:29 PM

The battle for the heart of the Internet: advertisers versus users

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Adware, Bloatware, cloud, confidence, Facebook, Google, Internet, Net Neutrality, NSA, privacy, router, Snowden, Uncategorized, Vodafone

The pledges in the Queen's Speech to use the proposed Digital Economy Bill to empower consumers and protect citizens (and their children) in the on-line world...


May 21, 2016  12:37 PM

Envisioning the (collapse of confidence in) Global Information Society

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
confidence, Digital skills, Information security

It is 15 years since my submission for the Conference to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Leo, the first business computer was published. The task was to predict the world of business computing fifty year ahead. My entry was titled "Envisioning the Global Information Society". One development that...


May 14, 2016  3:26 PM

Consumers trust neither Big Data nor Telcos/ISPs

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Data protection, privacy, Surveillance, trust, Uncategorized, Vodafone

The Vodafone survey "Big Data: a European Survey on the opportunities and risks of data analytics" shows that Europeans do not like the idea of ceding control over personal...


May 12, 2016  3:01 PM

Help Sadiq Khan deliver a safer and more secure on-line London

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
DPA, Eurim, Fintech, GCHQ, Google, HMG, ippr, NCFTA, SARS, scareware

Sadiq Khan's manifesto for "A Safer and More Secure London" contains many worthy promises, including to, "Develop a cyber security strategy, led by the Chief Digital officer I will appoint, working with the police and security...


May 7, 2016  8:19 PM

Has BT made a splash or just restated business as usual?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The Guardian's Nils Pratley called BT's announcement of 6 billion of investmentĀ  "just coasting": adding EE's investment commitments (to meet the conditions of its...


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