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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...


May 27, 2017  6:45 PM

BA systems collapse after offshoring adds context to “freedom of movement”

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The collapse of the systems which British Airways outsourced to India after making a thousand or so UK IT staff redundant helps put the debate over freedom of movement into context.


May 17, 2017  6:32 PM

Royal Mail plans to recapture Internet Delivery from White Van Man?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

I am delighted to report progress since I blogged on Royal Mail's failure to organise local collection points to replace sorting offices it was planning to close.  I have received an...


April 14, 2017  12:26 PM

Is Royal Mail killing off its Internet Delivery Business by mistake?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The campaign against the closure of our local (SE27) Royal Mail sorting office and collection point  appears as muddled as the policy behind the closure. Both fail to separate the need for much better local collection facilities for that "delivered while you were out",...


April 2, 2017  11:18 AM

Using girl-power to build a post-Brexit Digital British Empire

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Will Britain's path into the future be opened up by the Digital Pirateers of Plymouth as much as by their new Pilgrim Fathers? I thoroughly enjoyed the discussions last week around the launch of STEM Plymouth . These showed a City with a more...


June 16, 2016  3:32 PM

An effective cyber security skills partnership in worth more to London than either brexit or remain

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The putative benefits or risks claimed by those lobbying for your vote next week are less than organised crime in looting from Londoners and London-based businesses, let alone the losses from the failure to give users confidence in the security, let alone privacy, of their on-line activities. I...


May 7, 2016  8:19 PM

Has BT made a splash or just restated business as usual?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The Guardian's Nils Pratley called BT's announcement of 6 billion of investment  "just coasting": adding EE's investment commitments (to meet the conditions of its...


May 3, 2015  6:36 PM

Digital skills shortages go much wider than “just” IT

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

I am indebted to David Pitcher for an advance sight of the material he plans to present to MPs at the event on the 9th July to recruit "Digital Ambassadors" to help get the skills and...

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April 2, 2015  3:43 AM

Times have changed: on-line age verification is now not only practical, it makes good business sense

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Some players see publicity and support for the NSPCC Childline campaign announced on Tuesday  as a potential threat to the "freedom" of the Internet. Others see it as an...


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