When IT Meets Politics:

November, 2012

November 30, 2012  9:38 PM

Very occasionally a conference speaker really does transform your thinking

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Business model, Fraud

Yesterday I attended an event at which a speaker provided an insight which transformed my thinking. The event was under the Chatham House...

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November 30, 2012  8:50 PM

Do the e-Commerce Directive and “innnocent carrier” status still have any meaning?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cyber Monday, Ebay, European Union, Paypal

Publicity for the recent Austrian case regarding TOR  caused me to ponder whether the e-commerce directive still has any meaning. One the one hand we have market leaders touting for business across the EU without...

November 22, 2012  10:05 AM

Good Data for Good Government – and plans for the Universal Credit

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, dwp, HMRC, ICAEW, information technology, Logica, PAYE, Professionalism, RTI, Universal Credit

Last night Stephen Timms addressed the IT Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. His audience was a mix of IT and Accounting Professionals, including members of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Readers of this blog will know

November 17, 2012  11:10 AM

Midata, their data or your data? A few big data questions – then the killer.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, BIS, Brussels, Business, dwp, e-Signatures, Eurim, FOG, Google, idap, IPR, Midata, personal data, Verizon, Yahoo

On Monday the  Consumer Affairs Minister will announce powers for us to request our personal data, including transactions, from business so as to better manage our affairs. I...

November 17, 2012  11:06 AM

Does the DWP IDAP announcement mean HMG has begun to recognise the nature of the ID market-place?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cabinetoffice, Cassidian, digidentity, dwp, EADS, experian, ingeus, mydex, Verizon

The DWP press release announcing the first seven participants in its Identity Assurance Programme should be read in full: for what it does not say as much as for what it...

November 15, 2012  9:11 AM

McAlpine and Petraeus: removing the illusions of Internet anonymity and privacy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, CIA, FBI, McAlpine, privacy, Surveillance

The news that Lord McAlpine's lawyers intend to identify and extract damages from those twats (shorter than twitterers) who down not own up and apologise...

November 13, 2012  5:41 PM

How do you rebuild trust: whether in Banks, BBC, the Internet or a Regulator?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, DNS, freedom of information, government, trust

The Newsnight debacle and the impending libel actions have not only dented trust in the BBC but also in the Internet as a source of reliable information on what is being kept from us and where comment is free. The challenge of

November 13, 2012  7:27 AM

Broadband: from speed through bandwidth rationing to active traffic management to quality of service

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, DCMS, IGF, Internet protocol, Net Neutrality, service provider, Traffic management, Wapping, WCIT

Those of you who have moved from 5 to 15 to 50 mbs broadband will have discovered that it does not always lead to significant improvement in delivered service. The causes are many and varied: from line quality, through PC security to "traffic management" at various levels.


November 12, 2012  1:31 PM

When should we commemorate the centenary of cyberwarfare – or has it already passed?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cyberwarfare, Telegraph

It causes surprise when I inform those who say that UK, EU or International legislation on electronic signatures and transactions is urgent that the first test case on whether a cable is...

November 11, 2012  8:48 AM

So we now know that Mary Whitehouse was right about the BBC

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The unravelling of the reputation of the BBC casts new light on the feud between

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