When IT Meets Politics:

June, 2017


June 29, 2017  3:00 PM

Trolls driving women off the web (and turning girls off IT)

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
"Theresa May", Facebook, Instagram, IPv6, Snapchat, twitter

Boys and older trolls are elbowing girls and older women off the Internet, just as they used to elbow them off computers in schools in the 1980s. During the first, and most successful, campaign to encourage girls to consider IT careers...

June 26, 2017  6:15 PM

How many children are NOT being stalked on Snapchat

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Snapchat, Spyware

The parental paranoia caused by recent revelations as to the scale and nature of the use of Snapchat spyware  promises to overwhelm the debate to which I referred in my recent blog on


June 25, 2017  10:55 AM

Everything on-line is potentially fake and we cannot tell the difference

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
LEO, LSE

I am currently preparing for an ISOC England meeting on Fake News on 13th July and wanted to link back to my award winning...


June 24, 2017  1:29 PM

Privacy, Surveillance and Internet Safety in the Queen’s Speech

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, Data protection, GDPR, Internet of Things, PPI

Those in the IT industry who regard the Queen's Speech as anodyne have failed to notice the potential interaction of the Civil Liability and Data Protection bills. We can expect lawyers to soon seek to replace their whiplash and PPI businesses with actions for loss of privacy, failure to act...


June 15, 2017  11:28 AM

A sinister view of the politics of change and creativity

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
IT politics

It is time to take a different view of the politics of left and right. We sinisters (from Leonardo  da Vinci to Bill Gates) have always been in the forefront of change, cutting through...


June 10, 2017  12:50 PM

Student social media campaign steals May’s majority from Tory tortoise

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, Kainos, manifesto

Kainos is the undisputed winner There are many pages of post mortem in the press today but the list of seats that the Conservatives lost to Labour shows clearly that...


June 8, 2017  10:21 AM

Adtech industry now under pressure from all sides for ripoffs, fraud and jihadi promotion

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Adtech, Fraud, guardian, Internet, YouTube

The legal action being brought by the Guardian against Rubicon for the "non-transparency" of fees highlights one of the murkier aspects of the on-line world. A competitor to the Guardian told me that...


June 7, 2017  11:49 AM

Manifestos for Skills and Jobs or for Debt and Unemployment

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships, Skill, Stem, UKIP

The competition for the youth vote, with offers of free tuition fees to all subjects (Labour), or just for STEM subjects (as in the UKIP manifesto) are based on a world view that dates from the late 1960s, when belief in the value of three years at University had taken over from that of two years...


June 6, 2017  3:14 PM

Exiling hate preachers to the dark corners of the Internet is a win win strategy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
"Theresa May", GDPR, Google, Internet, PKI, privacy, Surveillance, WannaCry

The supposed "controversy"  over the Prime Minister's


June 2, 2017  9:14 PM

Manifesto Plans for Digital Britain

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, Broadband, Conservative, Crapband, GDPR, manifesto, Plymouth, Verify

I have now read many comparisons of the party manifestos but, as I have said previously, most  commented on what they wanted or did not want to see. The most succinct is


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