When IT Meets Politics:

March, 2010

March 30, 2010  12:45 PM

How does public and private sector network security compare?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

One of my readers has queried the accuracy of my comments on allegations that the cost of connecting schools to broadband is increased by CESG requirements. I did not...

March 26, 2010  9:35 AM

Who stole our broadband?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, RBS, RIEPs

With copper at $3,300 per tonne how much will be left in the networks by the time the 58.75p  (50p plus VAT) per month tax is implemented? One criminal family is said to got very angry, as well as badly burned, when the circuits they...

March 24, 2010  2:47 PM

What’s in the Budget for the IT sector?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

March 24, 2010  2:00 PM

My First Take on the Budget 2010

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

March 24, 2010  1:52 PM

Information systems failure led to today’s budget

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, budget, chancellor, MinTech

The Chancellor started his statement with the mantra that we are having to cope with the fall-out of a financial crisis that started in America. An alternative view is that the crisis was caused by a global failure of information governance. This started in the overseas...

March 24, 2010  9:15 AM

Exiled in limbo after the chip on his ID Card/Passport failed.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
fail, Failure, ID cards

What happens in the brave new electronic world when the chip on your access device (to cash, payment, the railway station - to the country) fails. I reproduce below an exchange over the FIPR Alert system triggered by the experience of a long-standing globe-trotter when a...

March 23, 2010  10:46 AM

Labour trump Tories on Broadband: game over or just beginning?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, GEO, My.gov, Ofcom, pylons

In a surprisingly detailed speach yesterday the Prime Minister apparently leapfrogged two of the three Conservative commitments on broadband. Do read the full...

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March 20, 2010  7:58 PM

But it wasn’t me who asked for my benefit to be paid into Megabank

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
DVLA, Public sector, social inclusion

The Government plans for us all to have personal web-access to their on-line services inside four years, as described in the Times today are as "ambitious" and cahllenging as they are overdue. If they are...

March 15, 2010  8:34 PM

Broadband Wars: 100 Mbps down, 50 Mps up for the US

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, Broadband, FCC

Tories may lose broadband vote was the BBC headline because they had the temerity to suggest that part of the digital dividend be used to help pay for rural voters to be able to use iplayer. Meanwhile the FCC...

March 13, 2010  2:02 PM

Brown, Cameron and Clegg agree on importance of broadband but blogocracy disagrees

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Last week leading politicians were competing to agree on the crucial importance of broadband. Meanwhile Guido Fawkes was telling the cream of the blogocracy, at a meeting hosted by the BCS, that his granny would...

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