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Brexit


July 2, 2019  8:55 PM

Why I will be voting for Jeremy Hunt

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit

Three years ago I blogged on why I made the mistake of voting Remain. I would still prefer the UK to be a member of a reformed,...

May 10, 2019  1:48 PM

Brexit: golden rules and taboo questions

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, fake news

The Brexit debate sees the endless repetition of mendacious claims, meaningless slogans and fake news. But key questions appear off limits - because no-one wants to discuss the possible answers.  They reveal that what is a stake is not a simple matter of "in" or "out". It is what is allowed to...


February 26, 2018  8:20 PM

Is Brexit an existential threat to the new (including digital) Establishment?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, Public sector

The Brexit vote was an attack by the English Working and Lower Middle Classes on the British "Establishment" (from Oxford and Russell Group PPE graduates, Guardian Readers and the BBC, through the Digiterati, Big Business and City to Whitehall and the Treasury). It was not "just" a vote to leave...


December 31, 2017  12:09 PM

Minister tells Google and Facebook to obey law or be taxed.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, Uncategorized

The UK Security Minister sent an apparently very odd message to Google and Facebook in a Sunday Times interview on New Year's Eve, "obey the...

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November 14, 2017  11:32 AM

The Taboo Debate: Unreformed Remain is no more serious an option than Clean Brexit

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit

The United Kingdom is a prisoner of geography. It is part of Europe. Unlike the rest of Europe it is, however, protected from invasion by a natural barrier, the English Channel. There is no natural barrier between Brussels and Moscow other than a few rivers. The imperative behind the "


June 24, 2017  1:29 PM

Privacy, Surveillance and Internet Safety in the Queen’s Speech

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, Data protection, GDPR, Internet of Things, PPI

Those in the IT industry who regard the Queen's Speech as anodyne have failed to notice the potential interaction of the Civil Liability and Data Protection bills. We can expect lawyers to soon seek to replace their whiplash and PPI businesses with actions for loss of privacy, failure to act...


June 10, 2017  12:50 PM

Student social media campaign steals May’s majority from Tory tortoise

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, Kainos, manifesto

Kainos is the undisputed winner There are many pages of post mortem in the press today but the list of seats that the Conservatives lost to Labour shows clearly that...


June 2, 2017  9:14 PM

Manifesto Plans for Digital Britain

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, Broadband, Conservative, Crapband, GDPR, manifesto, Plymouth, Verify

I have now read many comparisons of the party manifestos but, as I have said previously, most  commented on what they wanted or did not want to see. The most succinct is


May 27, 2017  7:05 PM

Are WTO rules better than a bad Brexit deal?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, GDPR, ITU

I have just been reading a piece by a former WTO Deputy Director General on


May 17, 2017  1:43 PM

Ransomware plague exposes irrelevance of GDPR

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
"British Airways", Authentication, Brexit, Encryption, Fraud, GDPR, NHS, Ransomware, RBS, Resilience

The vulnerability of parts of the United Kingdom's National Health Service to a piece of not-very-sophisticated ransomware was, in no small part, a consequence of the current obsession with the  priority given to the protection...


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