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Big Data


August 22, 2013  3:09 PM

Who do you trust less? Google or GCHQ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, GCHQ, Google, guardian, Home Office

It is over five years since I first blogged on the theme of whether I would prefer to trust Google or GCHQ with the privacy of my e-mails. Material put into the public domain by the...

August 5, 2013  4:11 PM

Has Edward Snowden revealed anything new: US support for GCHQ goes back to 1941

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Britons, guardian, Information security, Internet, NSA

The revelation in the Guardian that the US is co-funding GCHQ surveillance programmes comes as a surprise only to those who still believe the myth that we plucky Britons broke the German...


August 2, 2013  6:16 PM

How many Bradley Mannings are copying your supposedly secure big data to publish to the world?”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Data protection, Internet, Lithuania, privacy, WikiLeaks

Apparently 1.5 million Americans have similar security clearances to Bradley Manning. The UK security and surveillance services appear to be less insecure, but...


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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May 27, 2013  8:00 AM

Removing the media megaphone for terrorism: May moves forward while predecessors stuck in the past

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Al-Qaeda, BBC, Big Data, Crusade, Muhammad, Ofcom, RIPA, Surveillance

I was delighted to hear this morning that Theresa May is to look at new powers for Ofcom in the light of the BBC decision to compound the


April 28, 2013  12:13 PM

The backlash against the smart meter programme has begun. What are the implications for IT users?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, DECC, energy, India, Smart meter

The Daily Mail article "Big Brother to switch off your fridge" is a fiery attack on the proposals sent by the  EU "collective" of Energy Regulators...


February 6, 2013  12:48 PM

Millions of lives blighted by toxic Big Data

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Cabinet office, Data quality, Data warehousing, Databases, Eurim, Facebook, Libor, Quant, TED

Big Data and Open Data are fashionable. Collecting and collating large volumes of data for some-one (medical researchers, the security services or sometimes even the general public) to share, search or analyse, will help us find the answer - whatever the...


September 30, 2012  2:42 PM

Which cyber-topics will feature at the Party Conferences

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, bigdata, Conservative, Conservatives, Digital skills, Labour, lobbying, Microsoft, Service delivery, Smart grid, Smart meter

As the three main party's implode into a period of soul searching, wondering why their faithful have drifted away, what topics are the lobbyists promoting to those who attend their annual fund-raising events?   

A quick scan of the exbition guides and fringe...


August 25, 2012  12:02 PM

Some questions for those jumping on the “Big Data” bandwagon

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Data Mining, Microsoft, SAP

If "Big Data" is the answer, what was the question? Back in 1984 I organised an event on the application of data mining techniques to very large financial services transaction databases to aid the detention of insider trading and fraud. That was...


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