When IT Meets Politics:

December, 2009

December 30, 2009  9:23 AM

Time to say what we want from Government IT

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

FIPR has issued a call by Ideal Government for suggestions as to "what we want from government IT". 

December 28, 2009  12:31 PM

The case for e-Government values your time at zero.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Christmas is a time for talking to "real" people. Among other "setting the world to rights" conversations, I heard a more credible view as to why the proportion of the UK population transacting regularly on-line has not only stopped growing but is...

December 24, 2009  12:50 PM

Is Global Warming God’s way of telling us something?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Google, Quality of Service, Search engines, Social networks, troFacebook

Two thousand years ago God sent his only son as the final messenger to tell mankind to get its act together. Two thousand years of "progress" later, most of us, still appear unable to plan for the inevitable. Y2K was a classic dummy...

December 23, 2009  9:54 PM

Why do phishermen take Christmas Day off?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

They don't but most of the machines in their botnets have been switched off for the day. Only the obsessives are on-line and they are less likely to be infected.



December 22, 2009  9:39 PM

Phished while waiting for the delivery of your on-line orders?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
E-Cards, e-victims.org

The holiday season is busy for everyone including criminals. Here are some of the holiday attacks that E-Victims.Org have been seeing:


December 16, 2009  8:22 AM

The attack on off-line banking

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Whichever way the UK Payments Council votes today with regard to setting a date for switching off the cheque clearing system it puts current debate on e-crime into context. From the perspective of the banks, major supermarket chains and the on-line world it is a nuisance factor - not a...

December 15, 2009  11:13 AM

Net industry told to adapt or die: it didn’t. Now we are kicking the corpse.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Eurim, Net-working, Virgin Media

This morning I had cause to look at the BBC cover of my speach at TMA 2002. I told the audience unless they got their political act together most of the exhibitors would be out of a job within the year. They...

December 12, 2009  10:46 AM

Who trusts who and what over the Internet?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CEOP, cyberghettoes, Eurim

Last monday the EURIM E-Crime Group, chaired by the Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, discussed progress and plans for the formation of the E-Crime Reduction Partnership and how the various communities of information systems and security...

December 7, 2009  7:24 AM

Is today make or break for UK trusted on-line trading?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
.co.uk, .ltd.uk, .plc.uk, e-crime, Online fraud

Today is the annual peak of on-line transactions in the run-up to Christmas. Will consumers stay away because they are scared of being ripped off? Will they once again flock on-line for their annual binge? If so, will the proportion of fraud be such as to trigger a backlash in the...

December 1, 2009  9:00 AM

Puzzled or paranoid: Can you trust pop-ups on a “trusted” site?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Further to my entry yesterday I did a little Googling. Work at Home Moms gave the best

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