When IT Meets Politics:

July, 2011

July 29, 2011  12:18 PM

But some of the other allegations of misconduct do need investigation

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Lest my earlier posting today be misinterpreted I should add that my concern was that the allegations of a cartel distracted not just from important material but from the need to investigate some of the other allegations - such as the treatment of the IPR of small firms proposing...

July 29, 2011  9:10 AM

I gave 8/10 to PASC Report. Part of my reasoning has already been confirmed

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Government IT, Intellect, PASC

There was much excellent material in the PASC report on Government and IT published yesterday but at the end of my blog yesterday I...

July 28, 2011  12:35 AM

The PASC report goes to the heart of why the rip-off image has come about

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Eurim, PASC, Wetware

The PASC Select Committee Report into "Government and IT - a recipe...

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July 27, 2011  12:48 PM

Government and IT: A recipe for rip-offs. Stand by for a kicking

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The report of the Public Administration Select Committee is due to be released at midnight.

It is difficult for many of those who work in IT to comprehend just how unpopular their industry is with politicians and the public. We have many excuses as to why we are...

July 26, 2011  2:52 PM

England can beat India: but it requires turning ducks waddling in economic recovery into swans

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, Eurim

Today we have calls for more government spending to help pull through economic recovery and overcome current stagnation. Central to that recovery will be the re-creation of a world-class communications infrastructure - in line with declared government policy. Hence the first of...

July 25, 2011  12:34 PM

Teaching Ducks to Fly – A constructive role for BDUK

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, Eurim

I have just been sent an english language copy of the Dutch Guidance on interpreting State Aid rules with regard to Broadband. It uses many examples from the UK.  It is five years old and some might argue that it...

July 23, 2011  8:42 AM

Will Ofcom and the European Commission make the BDUK Framework a Dead Duck

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, consultation, European Commission, framework, Ofcom

The recent capping by Ofcom of BT wholesale prices in the 11.7% of the country where it is the only provider is a long overdue but most welcome exercise of its powers. The requirement on BT to undercut inflation by...

July 22, 2011  4:52 PM

Lessons from Hackgate: 3) Listen to your Mother

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
anonymity, hackgate, Internet, murdoch

The Detective department of the Metropolitan Police was founded in 1842. The News of the World was launched in 1843. In 1847 the Metropolitan Police dismissed 238 officers for disciplinary offences, including selling stories to Grub Street. Fast forward to Jack the Ripper and see the...

July 22, 2011  4:01 PM

Lessons from Hackgate: 2) Data leaks via people not technology

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
data retention, Eurim, hackgate, RIPA, Wetware

Much of the debate on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers, Data Retention, ID cards, Medical Records et al centres on who could/should be trusted to authorise access to what. Those with little experience of how Magistrates and Courts authorise warrants and maintain their records...

July 22, 2011  3:52 PM

Lessons from Hackgate: 1) delete all e-mails no longer required

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, hackgate

The unravelling phonehacking sage may prove to be an even better stimulus to basic "good practice" in information security and data protection than the lost HMRC discs. I am not sure that e-mails count as "personal data" but the fifth

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