When IT Meets Politics:

October, 2009

October 31, 2009  1:55 PM

Citizen or Subject – the root politics of personal identity?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Google, Identity Tokens, trust

On Wednesday I was a guest at a conference which brought together delegates from Central Government departments and their would-be suppliers to discuss Identity and Information issues. There was a common assumption among the delegates that it was a...

October 24, 2009  9:05 AM

What is not different about the Internet?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cisco, Cybercrud, Google, Huawei, IPv6, Microsoft, Ofcom, YouTube

I enjoyed Government 2010 on Thursday despite the tunnel vision of enthusiasts who believe the Internet changes everything but will nonetheless be much the same in 2015 as it is today. That may, unfortunately, be...

October 22, 2009  2:55 PM

What is different about Public Sector Systems?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
accountability, Silos

Much rubbish is said about the differences between public and private sector - often to justify centralised empire-building or reluctance to clarify objectives and set priorities. But there are some genuine fundamental differences. Failure to recognise...

October 21, 2009  5:01 PM

Getting more for less: the reform of public service delivery

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
NAO, OGC, Procurement

IT suppliers find it hard to understand the animosity to them from politicians when they are blamed for "failure" despite having done all that the contract said. The reason is that the politicians remember being told that the new system will do whatever they want...

October 20, 2009  9:24 AM

Why didn’t we celebrate the 40th Birthday of the Internet?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Is it because most of the closed community which controls the Internet wish to avoid taking responsibility for their actions/inaction by pretending it is an immature but precocious child?

Why does each generation of technology devotees feel compelled to...

October 18, 2009  10:11 AM

Who wants Cloud computing other than to avoid national regulators?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CEDR, Cloud Computing, Notary-Scrivenors

Several players want to brief MPs and candidates on Cloud Computing. Why should politicians be interrested? Is it any more than the global data centres of Google and IBM and Microsoft outflanking those of EDS and Fujitsu? Who is willing to address the political issues of...

October 15, 2009  9:31 PM

Is Statutory Internet Regulation inevitable?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ApComms, Childnet

In his introductory comments to the Parliament and the Internet Conference today, Ed Richards seemed to think that the transition of Ofcom from a Broadcast to an Internet regulator was inevitable, as content and viewing habits moved...

October 13, 2009  7:58 PM

The power and the frailty of Internet Free Speach

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Churchill, Google, Hitler, Minton, Roosevelt, Stalin, Trafigura, Yahoo

Whether it was Guido Fawkes or the Twitterers, this morning saw a demonstration of the power of the blogocracy in overcoming the attempt to stop the Guardian from publishing questions tabled in parliament. Not only was the list of full questions...

October 12, 2009  9:09 AM

The crumbling of the innocent carrier defence?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

"Jury exacts $32m million penalty from ISPs for supporting crminal websites" One of the topics of conversation at all the Party Conferences was the need to address the...

October 10, 2009  10:30 AM

Conservative Dragons give priority to the jobs of the future

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Atkins, Broadband, Chairdragon, Eurim, Nominet, Notspots

The Information Society Alliance (EURIM) Policy Dragons Den in Manchester was the only one to proceed to a vote. Under the crisp chairmanship of Kemi...

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