When IT Meets Politics:


February 26, 2009  9:50 AM

Is there a secret all-party deal on Digital Britain?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BERR, CDCMS, Eurim, Ofcom, Pitcom

Not since the Mandarins blocked the 1982 attempt to turn the DTI into the Department of IT have we had not only a Government Minister but also his shadow, who understand the critical importance of ICT as a metatechnology. They share the message. The quality of our ICT...

January 30, 2009  8:12 AM

Two cheers for Lord Carter’s Work in Progress

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BERR, Broadband, DCMS, Kipling, Ofcom, spectrum

There were rumours that Lord Carter's Digital Britain Interim report would be postponed because of conflicts between departments and interest groups. Instead he has forced the pace, clearly with the backing...

October 11, 2008  10:01 AM

The power of systematically inaccurate information

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BERR, Biomtrics, experian, mash-up, PSIKey

We read much about the insecurity of government databases but little about the consequences of the inaccuracy of that which is secure. Few follow good practice in data validation. Those supplying data often have more interest in consistency...

July 25, 2008  10:36 AM

IPR Wars – will recession concentrate the mind?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BERR, copyright, Gowers, hollywood, IPR, Piracy

Depending on who you talk to, the government-brokered "memorandum of understanding" between the record and film industries and six leading ISPs, (under which the latter will write to those whose systems are supposedly used to exchange "illegally copied" material),...

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