When IT Meets Politics:

March, 2009

March 25, 2009  12:51 PM

The Moving Gateway: From “Entitlement” to “Identity” Cards

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ID cards, OGC, PAYE

The Gateway Zero reviews for project 412 show a moving target. The title changes from "entitlement" to "identity" cards. The status...

March 24, 2009  6:36 PM

Will the Digital Rights Agency be Britain’s most hated?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
fact, FAST

DIUS, BEER and DCMS have just issued a joint consultation paper to follow up the suggestion in Digital Britain for a Digital Rights Agency. It is an interesting  idea but, like the Child Support Agency,...

March 22, 2009  9:49 PM

Information Incontinence rules the Database State

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
database state, e-imodium, Facebook, Googel, Information governance, Metanoya

The Rowntree Trust report on the Database State is compulsive reading but the obvious knee jerk reaction may well do more harm than good - rather like the take-over of Whitehall's information assurance by CESG in...

March 19, 2009  9:00 AM

Subject or Citizen: the G20 “clearance” of London

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CESG, Equifax, Expeerian, Identity management, Identrust, Kitchener, RBS, Sumaria, Vodafone

Businesses are being advised to reschedule non-essential meetings during the G20 summit because of the expected clashes between over 5,000 police and a coalition of "anarchist" groups. About the same time we will supposedly see the introduction of requirements to...

March 17, 2009  3:53 PM

Cleansing the Augean (ICANN) Stables of Malware distributors

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Domain Name System, ICANN, mexico

It is said that only ten registrars issue the domain names used to organise 80% of the world's current malware operations: from the fast-flux hosting of child abuse subscription services to botnet herding, spam, phishing and denial of service attacks ...

March 17, 2009  1:08 PM

DCMS pre-empts Digital Britain after consultation ends

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Lord Carter demonstrates a clear understanding of the obstacles to his vision for Digital Britain, from the lack of risk capital to rebuild our obsolescent local communications infrastructure to the collapse of advertising revenues to...

March 14, 2009  12:18 PM

A Surveillance Society – but is anyone watching?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The publication of the recent House of Lord report , the debate over ill-drafted proposals for data sharing and the consultation over the...

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