When IT Meets Politics:

January, 2008

January 30, 2008  9:08 AM

A last chance to save UK science from scholasticism

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
DIUS, innovation

The consultation on the Innovation Strategy of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills closes tomorrow. The questions assume hierarchies of committees to tour the world, pick winners and measure success by "publication".

January 25, 2008  10:42 AM

Who will stay the course in the ID card bidding race?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ID cards, Successful Delivery

The debate over the ID cards and register took new turns this week with leaks over the nature of the "incremental approach" and reports of major suppliers losing interest in bidding for a big centralised scheme.

January 22, 2008  9:00 AM

The fount of good Data Protection wisdom

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, Information security

In my rant against Data Protection and Information Assurance snake-oil yesterday I forgot what is by far the best, cheapest and most authoritative source of good advice: the Information Commisioner's website.

January 19, 2008  7:29 PM

The inflation-beating cost of data protection snake-oil

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Governance, Security, snake-oil

External directors have the opposite problem to journalists. Under "fin de siecle capitalism" and in public sector "quangoland" they are sacrificial goats: little or no power to effect change but expected to share responsibility for failure. The time has come to butt back.

January 17, 2008  6:58 AM

Two weeks to influence UK Science & Innovation Policy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
DIUS, Eurim

The DIUS (Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills) consultation on its Innovation Strategy closes on 31st January. This goes to heart of UK survival as a technologically advanced nation. Make your views known - via all channels open to you.

January 15, 2008  11:44 AM

God Given v. State Dictated Information Governance

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

In ancient Sumeria, birthplace of writing and coinage, all property belonged to God and commercial transactions were determined by laws which applied to rulers as well as their subjects, to whom they were accountable. Ancient Egypt was different, as is modern Britain.

January 14, 2008  6:17 PM

Action on Police Central E-Crime Unit in Top 500

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
e-crime, Professionalism

This evening the Number 10 Website had 8,245 petitions, on all sorts of subject from the serious to the frivolous. That on e-Crime has now climbed out of the noise. It may have only 348 signatures: but what quality!

January 10, 2008  11:58 AM

I bet you missed these

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
consultation, copyright, ID cards, Patent, Smart Cards

Today is the deadline for submissions to the public consultation on the first "operational" ID Cards Pilot - alias "The Trial of Smart Card Provisional Driving Licenses for Wales". How many of you huffers and puffers miss such exercises?

January 7, 2008  11:04 AM

Who really cares about data privacy or security?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
privacy, Security

From puberty to senility we are urged to put intimate details on-line via services like Bebo, MySpace, Facebook, Linked-In and Friends Re-United to be trawled by friends, predators, on-line marketeers, anti-piracy lawyers and information aggregators.

January 3, 2008  12:35 PM

DCMS & BERR to study convergence while Brussels blocks it

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Just before Christmas the Secretaries for Culture and Business, James Purnell and John Hutton, announced a ThinkTank to look at convergence. In parallel we are due to implement the AVMS Directive, which wrecks the economics.

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