When IT Meets Politics:

November, 2007

November 29, 2007  8:19 PM

E-Petition for action on E-Crime on No10 Website

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ACPO, e-crime, HMRC

The petition calls on 'the Prime Minister to give the formation of a police central e-crime unit, as proposed by the Metropolitan Police and ACPO, urgent priority' including to help limit the damage from recent data leaks.

November 28, 2007  10:06 PM

From top secret to toilet paper

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Colossus, Enigma, HMRC, information assurance, Information security

Until last week, HMG information assurance policy assumed that hundred of thousands of public servants would follow security procedures better than the Wermacht, Luftwaffe and Gestapo whose codes were broken by Bletchley Park.

November 28, 2007  7:12 AM

Tackling the crisis of confidence in the on-line world

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
corporate governance, FSA, information assurance, information commissioner

Recent revelations as to the scale and nature of data losses in both public and private sectors, like events at the Northern Rock, show that current information governance regimes are not fit for purpose. So who can be trusted to act?

November 27, 2007  8:55 AM

I blame John Humphries

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Many of the centralised, top-down projects (doomed to fail before they even start) of recent years result from the need for Ministers to respond to media demands for "something to be done" about the scandal of the day.

November 25, 2007  10:24 PM

Doomed from inception

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Most public sector 'partnerships' are doomed before the procurement begins, let alone the implementaton. The exceptions are where service recipients and delivery partners are fully involved in the initial planning.

November 24, 2007  11:01 AM

Death by Data Protection

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Consumer confidence, HMRC, Information risk management, Information security

Those who believe in the benefits of the on-line world must act rapidly and effectively to turn the current backlash against its perceived insecurity into well-informed votes of customer confidence in those who practice, not just preach, secure information sharing.

November 21, 2007  7:35 AM

There but for the grace of God goes your CIO/CFO

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
HMRC, information assurance, Information security

Much will be written about the loss of a couple of CDs of personal data by HMRC. But it is those organisations which track their data and report such losses that are publicly crucified. Those that keep quiet and cover up...

November 20, 2007  7:17 AM

Trusted, sustainable partnership or cynical manipulation?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
China, government, Identity management, NCVO, SubPostmasters, Tesco, trust, YiWu

"Who do you trust? The Government, Marmite, Michael Fish .. Tesco .. ? So begins Matthew Gwyther, in a Management Today editorial on corporate trust. Debate over on-line trust is even more surreal.

November 16, 2007  9:47 AM

Lions led by donkeys: the 1918 Whitehall time-capsule

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Successful Delivery, Whitehall

Last week, in describing the challenge of moving towards citizen-centric service delivery, Sir David Varney reminded his audience that the current structure of Whitehall dates back to 1918, when Lloyd George's coalition government decided to organise the post World-War 1 public services in vertical...

November 14, 2007  10:35 AM

A single European Telecoms Market v. The Global Internet

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Yesterday the European Commission published its plans for a Single European Telecommunications Market . Meanwhile the Internet faced a "

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