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December 30, 2017  4:43 PM

Can democracy and the advertising funded Internet survive the war of the algorithms?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
algorithm, democracy, fake news, Internet

AI as an excuse for obfuscating responsibility for commercial decisions Much of the current hype over Big Data and Artificial intelligence results from the large scale use of use of old techniques to hoover up personal and other data by those who wish to avoid scrutiny of the...

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 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

April 20, 2017  11:52 AM

Bringing Royal Mail into the Internet Age

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, Internet

Last week I used the appeals for support for the forthcoming demonstration in support of the CWU...

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January 26, 2017  12:42 PM

Is on-line advertising about to implode?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, ICANN, identity, inter-operability, Internet, ISOC, Security, trust

Yesterday I mentioned that many on-line advertising campaigns generate less revenue (let alone profit) than they cost.  Today the Drum carries an article on

October 28, 2016  11:08 AM

Brexit adds urgency to sorting UK skills supply

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships, Brexit, Digital skills, Internet, parliament, SFA, Uncategorized

Calls for continued "freedom of movement" get enthusiastic support from IT industry audiences. The Parliament and the Internet Conference yesterday was no exception. But the Brexit vote was caused, in no small part, by nationwide frustration with...

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 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...

December 25, 2014  10:14 AM

Christmas is a time for reconciliation. Please read the Amman Message

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Al-Qaeda, Caliphate, Internet, Koran, pope, recruitment, Secular, Sharia, Shia, Sunni, terrorists

We have recently much blether about the use of the web by terrorists, including for publicity and recruitment. We hear much less about its use to promote reconciliation and peace. In this context I do suggest readers visit the website of the Amman Message...

November 6, 2014  4:21 PM

Who do you trust less with your digital footprint – Your ISP or Your State Security Service?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
consultation, DCMS, GCHQ, Google, Googlette, Govrnance, IETF, Internet, ISOC, ISP, ISPA, Mobile, Roaming, Rockefeller, YouGov

On the eve of the meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force last March, the Conservative Techology Forum held a

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