When IT Meets Politics:

July, 2011


July 16, 2011  1:24 PM

The death throes of the Steam Age Nation State

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
censorship, freedom, Internet, Ofomc, press

There are many agendas behind the current attacks on News International. Todays posting by Guido Fawkes neatly summarises some of them - from pots calling the kettle black (to divert...

July 14, 2011  8:22 PM

What is Identity? Why HMRC and DWP cannot agree

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
dwp, Eurim, HMRC, Identity governance, Universal Credit

A key reason for the collapse of the ID card proposals was lack of agreement across Whitehall, let alone Townhall on objectives. In consequence it could not be used as an "entitlement" card to expedite access to mainstream public sector benefits. In...


July 12, 2011  9:40 AM

What is the difference between phone hacking and behavioural advertising

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
deep packet inspection, phone hacking

Last week, in parallel with the peak of media hysteria over the Phone Hacking story, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Registar, delivered a most thoughtful


July 9, 2011  11:05 AM

You read it here first

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Motorman, observer, phone hacking

Saturday mornings is when Guido Fawkes posts his ratings.

I've no idea what mine are and I don't like to boast but ....

That is a lie - I would like to boast .... or rather say thank you to some of my readers.

A friend has back-tracked on the growing number of...


July 8, 2011  10:53 AM

From phone hacking to spearphishing: we need to tackle the present not the past

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
.ico, data breach notification, Motorman, Mulcaire, Ofcom, phone hacking

I have just watched the Press Conference from Number 10.

I was unexpectedly impressed by the performance of the Prime Minister. I knew he was a good performer - but I did not appreciate just how good a performer. I was impressed by the content and clarity of...


July 7, 2011  6:23 PM

News of the World down. Who is next?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Information governance

The News of the World employed only 19 of the 305 journalists identified by the Information Commissioners Office (see page 9 of "What Price Privacy Now?") as using the...


July 6, 2011  10:20 AM

So which newspaper has NOT employed phone hackers and their on-line equivalent?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
information commissioner, Motorman, Sky

The News of the World was by no means the only newspaper whose abuses were revealed in the Motorman investigation. The analysis provided by the ICOs office for the Ministry of Justice in...


July 3, 2011  12:39 PM

“Best in Europe” or “what BT can deliver under the business model imposed on them by Ofcom”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Aediles, BDUK, BT, framework, Ofcom, PQQ

My blog on the new BDUK framework and qualifying questionnaire has triggered an interesting e-mail correspondence. One sent me an


July 1, 2011  2:09 PM

The narrowing cartel that controls the Blogosphere?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Blogosphere

Nearly four years ago I described the Internet as a "Cartel masquerading as anarchy" . My thoughts were triggered  after an excellent lecture at the Oxford...


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