When IT Meets Politics:

August, 2011

August 28, 2011  9:56 AM

IPR Wars – will Patent Trolls cost the US its poll position?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apple, copyright, Google

The current US dominance of the software and content industries is critically dependent on  acceptance, however reluctant, of its global enforcement of domestic Patent and Copyright Laws - despite their known weaknesses and abuse. Three years ago I

August 26, 2011  11:22 AM

Internet censorship trial brings London to a halt?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
censorship, FIPR, initiativitis, Internet, ITECs, Moorfoot, PACE, riots, RIPA

This morning I thought my router had failed set about installing the new one I bought some time ago - only to run into "error 651". Only then did I think to use the Vodafone...

August 21, 2011  12:33 PM

Lessons for UK PLC from the loss of Autonomy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apple, ARM, Autonomy, Cloud Computing, Google, HP

The purchase of Autonomy by HP shows breathtaking vision but the impact of Government tax policies (both US and UK)...

August 19, 2011  9:25 AM

RIPA and the Riots: Give the Police the same rights as the Press

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
hackgate, PACE, phone hacking, RIPA

I have just received a comment which links my recent posts on the need to review RIPA and PACE (to remove the paralysis by paperwork that led to police being overwhelmed on...

August 17, 2011  10:11 AM

Is the missing BDUK £100 million for the Enterprise Zones?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Eurim, Pfizer, Sandwich

Yesterday I gave a cautious welcome to the announcement of the BDUK funding for Local Authorities. Almost immediately I received an e-mail from a conspiracy theorist...

August 16, 2011  7:45 PM

Will Councils have to choose between PSN Compliance and BDUK Funding?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Compliance, OJEU, PQQ, PSN

The announcement today of the £360 million of funding towards rural broadband is welcome news. Whether that funding really will acheive the supposed objectives depends, however, on the small print. The covering letter from the...

August 11, 2011  9:13 PM

RIPA and the Riots – is an emergency review needed?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
.ico, looters, Rioter, RIPA

We have had facile suggestions about blocking and monitoring the mobile communications services used by the rioters and looters and equally facile responses that these are unthinkable or unworkable. The...

August 10, 2011  9:15 AM

Do the recent riots make a new business case for Cloud computing

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
arson, Cloud Computing, Communications, Lightning, Resilience, riots

In his blog on the impact or otherwise of the recent Cloud outages caused by lightning strikes in...

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August 9, 2011  4:12 PM

Blackberry (not Twitter) versus Airwave for control of the streets

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BlackBerry, riots, twitter

I have been correctly criticized for failing to point out that the Blackberry has been the fashion accessary of choice for "rappers", "elders" and their followers ever since it was used by Obama as his communications device of choice. Twitter is used...

August 8, 2011  2:25 PM

The Twitter Riots put the Surveillance Society on trial

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
brixton, Enfield, Looting, RFID, Tottenham

The time lines for the Tottenham Riots and subsequent assaults on Enfield, Walthamstow and Brixton show clearly how Twitter enabled small groups to rapidly develop tactics for distracting the police while their elders looted the local trading park. Now we will...

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