When IT Meets Politics:

July, 2008

July 28, 2008  10:57 AM

The transformation of government begins: burying good news instead of spinning bad

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, DAS9PED), MISC31, PSX(E)

The GC Weekly  newsletter was headed "A dim way to bury good news": referring to the way that Transformational Government - our progress in...

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July 28, 2008  10:08 AM

Transforming Public Service Delivery: Let the People Speak

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Eurim, social inclusion, Successful Delivery

Yesterday I blogged on the government announcements that were "leaked" last week. Today an even more radical recommendation on how to help ensure successful transformation of the delivery of public services in the UK has a similarly low-key launch. The recommendation...

July 25, 2008  10:36 AM

IPR Wars – will recession concentrate the mind?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BERR, copyright, Gowers, hollywood, IPR, Piracy

Depending on who you talk to, the government-brokered "memorandum of understanding" between the record and film industries and six leading ISPs, (under which the latter will write to those whose systems are supposedly used to exchange "illegally copied" material),...

July 22, 2008  11:56 AM

A crisis of quality not quantity: the UK IT Skills Market

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
IT skills, Olympics

I have tracked IT recruitment advertising for over 30 years to compare what is happening in the market place with predictions, before it shows in official statistics, if at all . 25 years ago I stopped collecting my own data in favour of using 

July 19, 2008  8:45 AM

Reality hits the on-line world: or is it just maturity?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
arson, Fraud, Google, Pay-per.click, Phorm, profitability, Recession

Despite the "Walmart effect" of consumers going on-line for bargains as the recession deepens, Google saw a fall in the number of US users "clicking through" to advertisments in Quarter 2, compared to Quarter 1. This was said to be an effect of economic gloom but I suspect it...

July 17, 2008  12:55 PM

The world of vishing – voice over IP phishing

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The Voice over IP phishing scams are getting ever more imaginative. Last year I had to disconnect and ring the operator to break the connection to an overseas premium rate call when I accepted a reversed charges call after hearing a faint voice cry help, before the operator cut in....

July 15, 2008  10:00 AM

Who do you trust to rebuild confidence in the on-line world?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Impersonation, malware

The Data Sharing Review from Richard Thomas and Mark Walport brings a breath of fresh air to a feotid debate. Now comes the campaign to prevent the recommendations from being obfuscated and watered down by those...

July 12, 2008  9:17 AM

A latter day Cannery Row; filtering the cybercrud

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

On Tuesday I chaired a debate between the proponents of PEGI, the European rating standard proposed by the Games Industry and the supporters of the rating system run by the British Board of Film...

July 8, 2008  12:38 PM

Oil and Vinegar: Why we must spice up ICT education

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

When Dick Vinegar questioned the value of current University ICT courses, citing the views of his grandson, he kicked open a hornets...

July 6, 2008  9:29 AM

Self-policed e-paradise or a vigilante-ruled e-anarchy?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ACPO, Cybercrime, e-crime, NHTCU

Over 20% of the population of the world and over 60% of that of the UK population now use the Internet to do business, learn or play. The proportion of criminals who use it to identify and exploit victims is at least...

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