When IT Meets Politics:

January, 2012

January 27, 2012  8:27 AM

The Great Copyright Conspiracy ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Is the current debate over digital copyright really just a cover for the extension of Internet Censorship paid for by industry? Ian Grant, in his blog entry  "

January 26, 2012  6:36 PM

Has BDUK retained Pinsent Mason to do the impossible as well as unnecessary?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, DCMS, Ofcom, Wireless

January 25, 2012  3:50 PM

Who exploits “Brand Me”? Is customer power sufficient?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
identity, Impersonation, privacy

January 22, 2012  8:24 AM

The end of innocence: the erosion of innocent carrier status

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
deep packet inspection, Eurim, scrambls

On monday I plan to attend a workshop on the current state of play with the Digital Single Market and the need to join up scrutiny of the many parallel reviews now under way - from data protection through consumer...

January 19, 2012  8:43 AM

How and why BDUK turned gold into dross and stuffed DCMS

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, DCMS, DECC, Kensington, KPMG, O2, Ofcom, Westminster

My recent blog "Has BDUK stuffed DCMS" struck a chord. My attention was drawn to the "Freedom of Information Act" request by

January 16, 2012  6:53 PM

Crony capitalism in practice? Green taxes, Smart meters etc.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
aregulation, green taxes, monopolies, Ofcom, Ofgem, OfWat, utilities

I never did understand why we were going to have to pay so much extra to energy companies to get smart meters. Just before Christmas I chaired a meeting which indicated that spending billions on separate communications networks was unnecessary: the data volumes were piddling and could be handled...

January 10, 2012  12:04 PM

Which will do more for economic recovery – HS2 or O2 ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, DCMS, HS2, O2

The suggestion that the funds allocated for HS2 would be much better spent on broadband has been regularly made over the past year, by businesses large and small - from

January 9, 2012  4:18 PM

What will be the biggest computer cockups of 2012 ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ASPIRE, Biometrics, CESG, dwp

Dick Vinegar of the Guardian has just asked for my thoughts on likely Public Sector IT-related scandals in 2012 before going firm on his 500 words - he is a professional journalist and far more discplined in keeping to length.  I began by saying that I did not think we will see any...

January 7, 2012  11:47 AM

You read it here first – London gets free wifi

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, BDUK, BT, Kensington, London, O2, Ofcom, Openreach, Openzone, samsung, Wave, Westminster

The mass media have finally caught up with the December 28th entry in "When IT meets politics". Note the speed of...

January 4, 2012  3:22 PM

Has BDUK stuffed DCMS ? The Civil Service Staff College Case Study

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, BDUK, DCM, DCMS, Fujitsu, Google, Inca, local government, Ofcom

My blog on the deal between O2 and Westminster and Kensington Councils provoked interesting reactions. There seems to be agreement that it undermines the previous government's...

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