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April 18, 2016  11:25 AM

Towards Gigabit/Full-Fibre Britain by 2025: Ed Vaizey and Sharon White change the game plan

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, B4RN, Broadband, Callflow, Cityfibre, Clutton, Conerstone, Cornerstone, CTIL, G.fast, GDS, Hyperoptic, ITS, MBNL, Ofcom, Openreach, Verify, Wiredscore, Zayo

The announcement of the Government's Digital Strategy has been postponed until after the Referendum but some of the elements are emerging. One is the death of Verify,

March 28, 2016  7:42 PM

Government Digital Strategy and universal service obligation offer opportunity for rethink

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
10Mbps, Akamai, Apple, Atos, BBC, Brexit, BT, Camden, Digital strategy, Fintech, GDS, Google, London, Netflix, OTT, Salford, Sky, social inclusion, USO, Vodafone, Zayo

The government has postponed the announcement of its new Digital Strategy immediately after launching a

August 20, 2015  2:01 PM

Ashley Madison hack illustrates why third party cyber- liability is as uninsurable as IPR theft

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apple, asbestos, Big Data, celebgate, CEO, CIO, CISO, Cyber insurance, GDS, HMRC, IRS, Target, Verify

A couple of weeks ago I blogged on why insurers regard Big Data as the new asbestos: the source of massive claims triggered by the leakage and legacy of a useful but widely...

May 14, 2015  2:29 PM

What difference will the election make to Central and Local Government IT?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BIS, BP, Broadband, CCTA, DCLG, Defra, dwp, GDS, Gigaclear, HMRC, Maldon, NZONI, Ofcom, rural, Socitm

Now that the ministerial appointments have been made we can make a reasonable forecast of what is likely to happen to central and local government IT over the 18 months. That is the period the...

March 20, 2015  8:14 AM

The reason for the ambiguity of the budget statement on Verify has been explained

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
.gov.uk, Asdpire, budget, Cabinet office, dwp, GDS, HMRC, Verify

Yesterday this blog was devoted to Jim Prideaux's take on the budget. Last night a reader pointed out the reason for the ambiguity,

December 18, 2014  9:19 AM

Christmas Stocking Fillers for Digital Government Anoraks: 1) Verify invitation to tender

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, CCS, D5, Direct.Gov, DPA, dwp, GDS, idap, UKAS, Universal Credit

Press cover for the latest phase of the Government Online Identity framework is beginning to emerge.

November 23, 2014  4:30 PM

Where is the Cabinet Office Identity Programme going?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
GDS, government, idap, Verify

Over the past few weeks I have received a flow of e-mails regarding the status of the Cabinet Office IDAP programme.  

Is it making steady progress towards creating a market framework for inter-operable identity systems?

Or is it muddying the waters by trying to coerce...

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