When IT Meets Politics:

August, 2009

August 31, 2009  12:42 PM

Remember the political cave-in that blocked realistic penalties for privacy abuse

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The Guardian today carries part of the story behind Operation Motorman, the exercise that bankrupted the Information Commissioner Office and, after a botched prosecution and...

August 25, 2009  1:36 PM

Which are the most dangerous digital divides?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

In 1968 I joined STC Microwave and Line Division as their first graduate trainee computer prgrammer and found myself in a hostel of communications engineers. They too were programming computers, but they called them switches. "Mine" had an air-conditioned room and spent a day a week...

August 15, 2009  2:10 PM

The Ofcom Consultation and the future of Digital Britain

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
FIPR, Internet, Ofcom

HMG has just launched a consultation to extend the remit of Ofcom to promote "efficient investment in infrastructure". The six week timescale is determined by the need to legislate before the next government reviews the...

August 14, 2009  12:58 PM

A demonstration of the ease of silencing online dissent

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

If it is true that Twitter, Facebook et al were taken off air to silence a pro-Georgian blogger, then we have just received a chilling lesson in the vulnerability of the cut-price on-line world to...

August 8, 2009  11:41 AM

Has Ofcom passed its sell-by date?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Huawei, Ofcom

Those involved in the pre-legislative scrutiny of the Communications Act 2003 which created Ofcom were well aware of the need to subsequently review implementation and...

August 6, 2009  12:26 PM

Is your information system a strategic asset or a toxic liability?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Best Practice, Data protection, Eurim, Information governance

The next few weeks will to see a rash of worthy political pronouncements and initiatives that fail to balance the conflicting pressures for data protection, sharing and security. The focus on protection commony obscures the need for the...

August 3, 2009  10:25 AM

Smash the windows tax

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

This is not an attack on Microsoft. I have just been directed to a Convergence Conversation blog entry on the insanity that is the current punitive UK taxation on...

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