When IT Meets Politics:

March, 2010

March 12, 2010  10:03 AM

A rearguard action from the Dinosaurs?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
government, Opposition, Public sector

Those who grew bloated from grandiose public sector contracts (doomed before they started) have long been unable to comprehend the emerging all-party consensus in favour of following better practice in planning and procurement. Two years ago David Davis gave formal...

March 11, 2010  4:35 PM

Is that database fit for what purpose?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

A recent FIPR alert reporting the result of an FOI on the accuracy of DVLA files adds grist to the mill of debate over the database society. Over 10% of vehicle records and over 25% of driver records contain errors, mainly because...

March 10, 2010  6:55 PM

Have we really got the will to deliver digital inclusion?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Alcatel-Lucent, Babcock, BT, O2, Thales, Virgin, Vodafone

Today at the Digital Inclusion Conference, after an introduction by the Prime Minister, Stephen Timms

March 9, 2010  7:56 PM

Who is responsible for the quality of your broadband service?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

On March 1st Earl of Erroll tried to give Ofcom a duty to provide mechanisms for resolving the  buck-passing that takes place when there is a fault on your broadband line. He linked his

March 7, 2010  8:44 AM

Putting “the final third” first: making a reality of digital inclusion

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
farmers, social inclusion

The launch of "The Final Third First Campaign" has been well covered in journals like

March 4, 2010  1:07 PM

What is the current cost of bringing broadband to all?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, bsg, BT, Virgin, VOA

Estimates for the cost of bringing "next generation access" (now as nebulous a term as broadband or cloud computing) range from £5 - £29 billion. The Broadband Stakeholders has just asked for inputs of the actual costs for recent networks, by 17th March, so that it can re-run...

March 3, 2010  5:58 PM

Pull your digit out and get real – how DRM kills the market

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

I have steered well clear of the arguments over the Digital Economy Bill currently going through Parliaments. Today I was sent a copy of the wonderful piece of "clarification" drafted by BIS with a commentary on its likely effect on legitimate businesse. The thinking is straight out...

March 2, 2010  8:02 PM

Universal access to on-line government is the “real” Digital Britain target.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
2mbps, Defra, dwp, HMRC, Ofcom, Telemedicine, universal service

We have much heart-searching as to what the 2 mbps universal service target means. The "answer" is to redefine it as "reliable, working, access to government's on-line services by 2012" - particularly those of Defra, DWP and HMRC - to be assessed by the...

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