When IT Meets Politics:

June, 2013

June 30, 2013  8:42 AM

How vulnerable is your broadband? Why BT and Virgin should be referred to Competition Commission

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Birmingham, btgroup, Ofcom, Virgin, Virgin Media

I am a happy customer for BT Infinity but have no intention of scrapping the Sky Subscription that I took out when my Cable TV service failed shortly before Christmas (some years ago) and nobody fixed it. A recent BBC news article...

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June 29, 2013  9:23 AM

Comment from “Jim Prideaux” on my last blog

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cyber-ghurka, cyberwarfare, Edward Snowden, GCHQ, Skills

I received the following comment by snail mail (he trusts nothing on-line and now has difficulty using a key pad, let alone touch screen) from "Jim Prideaux" in response to

June 28, 2013  5:03 PM

The winning theory: Snowden was employed by the NSA, FSB, GCHQ and Unit 61938 to protect budgets

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
e-skills, Edward Snowden, FSB, GCHQ, guardian, Ledaig, NSA, Prism

Now that the GCHQ and its allies have emerged successful from the spending review, I can reveal the front runner for the bottle of Ledaig for for the best conspiracy theory related to the PRISM story....

June 25, 2013  7:52 AM

How do we rebuild boardroom confidence in on-line security after the PRISM controversy?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Data protection, informationsecurity

Whatever you believe were Edward Snowden's "real" reasons for passing his files to the Guardian, or theirs in publishing...

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June 23, 2013  6:52 PM

Will Brazil see the first democracy toppled by a “Social Media” revolution?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Business, Facebook, msn, NBC, Prism, social media, twitter

Normally I ignore the news items suggested by MSN but this piece of comment on NBC caught my eye one caught my eye. It begins with comment on how the use...

June 23, 2013  1:02 PM

Do the voters care about PRISM? You Gov Poll – Carry on Spying

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Conferences, Labour, Prism, Spying, YouGov

I have just come across the results of a You Gov Poll which indicates that the majority of the public thinks that the security services are merely doing what we pay them to do. That majority is consistant across all groups,...

June 23, 2013  10:58 AM

PRISM Conspiracy Competition entry 4: would Snowden be safer in Ireland or Cuba?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Ireland, Shanghai, Spooks

I liked the press release issued by the Hong Kong authorities on the departure of Edward Snowden "before the United States could get its extradition paperwork...

June 21, 2013  7:27 PM

Another PRISM conspiracy theory: publicity is to help taxpaying UK ISPs against US tax avoiders

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BT, chancellor, Conspiracy, FISA, G8, guardian, President, Prism, RIPA, Yahoo

Not all conspiracy theories are compatible. We would suspect a conspiracy if they were. Ross Anderson's article in yesterday's Guardian has sparked the splendid suggestion that the...

June 20, 2013  12:12 PM

The Entries for my conspiracy theory competition are beginning to come in

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Bilderberg, Birmingham, BT, Data protection, DCMS, Illuminati, outsource, PFI, Prism, Virgin

Yesterday I offered a bottle of Ledaig for the best conspiracy theories related to the mass media cover for

June 20, 2013  10:50 AM

A bottle of Ledaig for the best conspiracy theory related to the non-story that is PRISM

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apple, Facebook, FBI, FISA, GCHG, Google, Information security, Microsoft, NSA, Prism, Yahoo

I love a good conspiracy theory.  It should have sufficient by way of checkable references to have a veneer of credibility while pandering to the prejudices of the listeners. The more that  emerges about "PRISM", the more it appears to be a non-story. If it is correct that 

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