When IT Meets Politics:

April, 2009

April 30, 2009  7:36 PM

Number 10 Petition for HMG to support the fight against E-Crime

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The taxpayer is by far the biggest victim of E-Crime: both directly and indirectly: from £150 million looted from the Individual Learning Accounts to a £billion or so from automated VAT and Benefit fraud to the computer-managed mortgage fraud that helped bring down the...

April 28, 2009  9:51 AM

Who Should Police the Internet?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Internet, PCEU

Today is the first day of Infosec. In my article in the Guardian supplement, I refer to comparisons of the Internet with Railways and the Wild West. The first police force in England was created by the Stockton and Darlington Railway Company to...

April 25, 2009  11:52 AM

Information Security Industry or e-Protection Racket?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cybercrime, Eurim, Infosec

What other industry would collectively spend over £3 billion a year on protection and less than £30 million a year on tracking, tracing and removing the predators who are milking them? Come to

April 22, 2009  9:35 AM

Death by Data Protection: those lethally secure databases

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Eurim, Information governance

More patients die because their medical record was wrong than because it was not available. More suffering and injustice are caused because police, justice and care records are not fit for purpose than because they are insecure. There is a very old rule of thumb that about 10% of records...

April 21, 2009  12:59 PM

A Rapid Payback Budget

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Industry is now focussed almost entirely on "stopping the bleeding" with forward thinkers looking at what can be done on positive cash flow. Hence my suggested three point plan:


April 19, 2009  6:18 PM

Copyright Wars and the future of Digital Britain

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Last week saw the Digital Britain Summit and the conviction of Pirate Bay The stakes could not be higher. The UK comes bottom of the 16 nations looked at by Consumers...

April 16, 2009  8:15 PM

UK recession wipes out business case for Offshoring – and more

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Macchiavelli, Mercenaries, Offhsoring, Outsourcing

The April 2009 quarterly survey from Salary Services Limited (SSL) indicates that recruitment advertising has more than halved over the past year. Last...

April 14, 2009  7:30 PM

Why we need a Rights Agency for the Digital Age

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, Flick, Google, iplayer, MPIAA, P2P, RIAA, YouTube

Andrew Yeomans, who occasionally posts comments to this blog, sent me some very thoughtful comments in response to my entry on...

April 12, 2009  12:58 PM

How does Guido Fawkes acquire his e-mails?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Internet, RIPA

Leaving aside the issues of concern to the Westminster Village", for which Guido Fawkes is one of the prime on-line gossips, there is an overdue need for more realistic and informed debate on whether the...

April 7, 2009  6:40 AM

Why were we wrong? Lessons from 1980 predictions for 2000

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Biometrics, CERN, Internet, Skype, Video-world, Videophone

We all like a good laugh at past predictions of the future. I have just been given a copy of "Twenty Years On: Life with Micro-electronics in the Year 2000 - text of an article to appear in the September 1980 edition of Video-world: the magazine of electronic...

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