When IT Meets Politics:


July 29, 2019  9:45 AM

The restructuring of digital markets has begun

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The economic structures and business models of the on-line world are changing.

The day after I blogged on why shareholders would wish to break up BT we got news that the...

July 15, 2019  11:10 AM

Help set the forward agenda for Schools and Skills

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

On the afternoon of 17th July Lord Lucas will chair a round table to launch a national debate on Digital Skills. Cconfirmed opening speakers include


February 18, 2019  8:34 AM

Fit for whose purpose? Submit your views on the Initial National Cybersecurity Skills Strategy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

I re-read the “Initial National Cyber Security Skills Strategy: increasing the UK’s Cyber Security Capability” after attending the...


February 1, 2019  12:55 PM

Digital Britain Needs You

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BT has


September 5, 2018  3:00 PM

Education and training to help build the future, not just preserve the past

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Unless you understand the past you cannot make sense of the present let alone make sensible preparations for an uncertain future. Unfortunately most discussion on education and training policy is based on mythology about the past, systemically flawed measures of success/failure with regard to the...


August 25, 2018  1:05 PM

Does freedom of movement discourage skills development and depress wages?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

I recently looked at the Hays Index for 2017 to put the UK skills situation into international context. I strongly recommend reading the  report on "Regional dynamics of...

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April 29, 2018  4:36 PM

No2ID and the Empire Windrush

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The "scandal" concerning the "Windrush Generation" appears to be collateral damage from the failure to agree coherent policies for sharing public sector identities and personal information after the collapse of proposals for identity cards. The Home Office may have destroyed the landing cards for...


March 2, 2018  9:42 PM

Read the PMs Brexit speech – for why the BBC is so anti-Brexit

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The difference between the wording in the BBC news coverage of the Prime Minister's Speech , which lists "Mutual recognition of broadcasting rules to allow UK channels to continue to be seen in Europe"  and the wording in the full text...


February 28, 2018  7:04 PM

Who should the BBC “reflect, represent and serve”?

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Ofcom has just asked for inputs on the terms of reference for a "Thematic review of representation and portrayal on the BBC". It looks innocuous and slightly odd in an Internet...


December 18, 2017  12:29 PM

Who speaks for digital employers on their skills needs?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

In September it was announced that the UK’s main digital skills partnership, the Tech Partnership, will cease operations next year because central government had decided it wished to deal direct with employers instead...


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