When IT Meets Politics:

February, 2009

February 26, 2009  9:50 AM

Is there a secret all-party deal on Digital Britain?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BERR, CDCMS, Eurim, Ofcom, Pitcom

Not since the Mandarins blocked the 1982 attempt to turn the DTI into the Department of IT have we had not only a Government Minister but also his shadow, who understand the critical importance of ICT as a metatechnology. They share the message. The quality of our ICT...

February 15, 2009  10:48 AM

ICANN rejuvenation is central to curbing SPAM and Malware

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ALAC, DNS, Domain Name System, ICANN, malware, Spam

The efficient functioning of the Internet, on which modern society has come to depend, relies on the efficient functioning of the domain name system.  The abuse of that system is at the heart of the malware industry. That governance of that system,...

February 13, 2009  6:55 PM

Surgery for the rotten heart of the Internet?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Today was the deadline for comment on the ICANN consultation  on the Initial Report...

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February 10, 2009  10:14 AM

Cambridge celebrates 800 years by debating abolition of academic freedom

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

On 3rd February the Campaign for Cambridge Freedom won a key vote in the Regent Council to help protect the academic freedom that made the University and its acolytes (from Harvard onwards) "the Devil's...

February 4, 2009  1:02 PM

Garbage protection, muck spreading or data governance?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection

The multi-million pound garbage protection industry, including all those lawyers, consultants, Caldecott Guardians et al who expensively obfsucate some very simple basic principles, have much to anwer for - but Clauses 152-154 & Schedule 18 of...

February 2, 2009  10:00 AM

A Politician’s Guide to Picking Winners

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

This morning the TImes has yet another article on Government IT failures. Last week I sat in on yet another discussion on how to avoid yet...

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