When IT Meets Politics:

January, 2010

January 28, 2010  9:36 AM

G-Cloud or G-String : turning aspiration into reality

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cloud Computing, G-Cloud, Open source, PFI

Do read the Government IT Strategy. Much has changed from previous drafts. The big issue ia, however, to turn aspiration into reality. The claimed savings look like those in the Gershon report: impossible to achieve without a...

January 24, 2010  3:27 PM

How many active silver surfers are there?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

 The on-line petition on the Number 10 Website to save the London Freedom Pass for those over 60 has under 14,000 signatures - yet the over 60s are more likely to vote. Interestingly I had not...

January 23, 2010  11:06 AM

BBC asks Ofcom for permission to lead the way into 1984

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
consultation, Freeview

In George Orwell's 1984 the TV screen in the corner also watches you. The PC or mobile that is the "extension to your mind" and your "window into world" is also the world's window into your mind, available for rent to any those will pay or who the government deems should have...

January 21, 2010  8:35 AM

Drowning in Data Slurry as the “pipes” clog and burst

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
data.gov.uk, Eurim, Information governance

The HMG actions to put more of its information on-line at data.gov.uk are surprisingly modest compared to today's hype. They are right to be so. THere are major issues to do with the accuracy of much of the data on their files, The

January 16, 2010  9:47 AM

What is the difference between Cloud Computing and Time-sharing?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cloud Computing

Most of the enthusiasts today's have never heard of Time-sharing . They appear unaware that the on-line world already depends on a couple of dozen data processing and storage complexes adjacent to an...

January 11, 2010  4:44 PM

The Objectives of the US Cybersecurity Czar

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Howard Schmidt has been e-mailing his many contacts lining up feedback routines and drawing attention to the White House Blog entry on his objectives. His UK equivalent is the

January 7, 2010  9:36 PM

Will the consultation on MPs expenses be the break-through?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Few consultations attract more than 500 submission. Almost none attract more than 5,000. The Conservative idea of a Cabinet Office prize for a system which facilitates mass-participation is...

January 6, 2010  11:23 AM

How safe are you off-line anyway?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

We tend to forget that the e-mails telling us we have won the Microsoft Lottery and phone calls telling us we have won a Caribbean cruise are merely the latest variations on scams which date back hundreds of years. Just before Christmas the

January 4, 2010  2:45 PM

Would you trust a medical researcher with your data?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The report on the consultation on "Additional Users of Patient Records" reveals some clear and unsurprising differences of opinion between the "general public", "patients" and "medical researchers". It also...

January 1, 2010  10:02 AM

Hangover cure: The Micro Men repeat – OTT but fun

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC4, Peterhouse, Pornography, violence

I thoroughly enjoyed the repeat of Micro Men on BBC4 and have just read some of the reviews and comments made when it first came out. I was annoyed by the OTT portrayal of Clive Sinclair, albeit the vignette of...

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