When IT Meets Politics:

January, 2011

January 27, 2011  9:16 AM

Re-writing the rules of revolution and counter-revolution

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

It used to be a battle for the Radio/TV stations, then it was the telephone exchanges (the last Communist government of Poland government cut the power to these in a vain attempt to hold on. Today the Egyptian Government

January 25, 2011  1:15 PM

Let Battle Commence: review of the digital IPR enforcement directive

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
digital, directive

One recurrent theme of this blog is "The silent majority gets what is deserves - ignored". Another is the need to respond to genuine opportunities to input your views, before that most dangerous of forces "ignorance in motion" (Goethe), gathers momentum. The European...

January 24, 2011  8:35 AM

Herding the sheep on-line to be fleeced

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Chargeback, credit card, Domain Name System, lush, OECD

The recent hype on Cyberwarfare, alias bids for a slice of HMG's £640 million and the rather bigger US Government pots, needs to be juxtaposed with that for the loss of credit card details from

January 22, 2011  12:41 PM

Local Government does IT better and cheaper

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, NPfIT, PFI, Procurement, Socitm

I have spent much of the past week helping review material for submissions to the Public Administration Select Committee enquiry. I have also done one of my own to cover points not likely to be made by others. Yesterday, however, I took time out to review the latest

January 17, 2011  9:31 PM

Why do we never learn? The pre-conditions for public sector systems success

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

This afternoon I was at a meeting discussing why it appears almost impossible to follow good practice when it comes to flagship public sector IT systems. I agreed to "blog" my article for

January 17, 2011  8:57 PM

Have we learned the lessons of past public sector IT failures?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CCTA, iMIS, IT Governance, NAO, PASC

One of the questions asked by the Public Administration Select Committee is whether we have learned the lessons form past failures. That raises an interesting question as to what those lessons really are. Among the paper that are not readily accessible on-line are the proceedings of the...

January 17, 2011  10:26 AM

Turning inflexible and toxic outsourcing contracts into win-win partnerships

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Alderhay, CEDR, ERG, Eurim, OGC

Ministers are seeking to create a new world of open and transparent government at the same time as negotiating discounts on current contracts with their leading suppliers. This is not as impossible as it seems because many of those contracts are also unprofitable. They benefited...

January 16, 2011  12:44 PM

How the digerati are driving away high “net worth” customers

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
digerati, social inclusion

We see growing efforts to drive customers on-line by withdrawing physical contact rather than entice them with services that meet their needs. Many banks appear happy to lose the accounts of those who cannot...

January 5, 2011  10:24 AM

“Making Policy that Happens” – National School of Government course withdrawn

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, Eurim, Infrstructure, redacted

My father was a "pre-Armstrong" Civil Servant who used to lecture on the duties of an accounting officer at the old Civil Service College. He told me that making policy was akin to herding sheep: closing off options over time so that there is only one gate left...

January 4, 2011  9:44 AM

My New Year Resolutions were cancelled because I could not get on-line

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

When I tried to post my New Year message I could not get on-line to do so. I also realised that I had received surprisingly little e-mail, not even spam, since Christmas Eve - (apart from two comminities of obessives). This morning the in-tray is filling fast.

Does that mean...

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