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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...

January 25, 2013  10:51 AM

“The Strategy was flawless, but I could not get anything done.”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Agile, Cabinet office, Digital transformation, dwp, OJEU, Universal Credit, Waterfall

In his Digital Transformation Blog entry on "The Strategy is Delivery," Mike Bracken quotes one of his predecessors describing his frustrations in trying to implement the then Government Data Strategy: "The Strategy was...


December 28, 2012  5:01 PM

What are the predictions for HMG ICT in 2013 – beginning with the good news from BDUK and DWP.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Cabinet office, dwp, MoJ, NHS, PSN, UKBA, Universal Credit

The rush of material released just before Christmas contains some snippets of good news. And good news is all too often ignored (including, I must confess) by me.

1) It looks as though the PSN and


November 22, 2012  10:05 AM

Good Data for Good Government – and plans for the Universal Credit

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, dwp, HMRC, ICAEW, information technology, Logica, PAYE, Professionalism, RTI, Universal Credit

Last night Stephen Timms addressed the IT Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. His audience was a mix of IT and Accounting Professionals, including members of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Readers of this blog will know


October 9, 2012  10:33 AM

Has HMG given up on trying to impose an ID scheme?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, Facebook, Nominet, Paypal, social media

Recent "leaks" appear to indicate that Cabinet Office has finally given up on trying to impose a uniform ID scheme on the...


October 2, 2012  8:42 AM

ED Balls and Open Government give the opportunity for a Broadband Breakthrough

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, DCMS, Janet, local government, Olympics, PSN, treasury

The announcement by the Shadow Chancellor that Labour would put the receipts from the 4G auction towards subsided new build housing...


September 4, 2012  7:15 PM

Enjoy your right to surveillance on the scrutiny of the surveillance bill

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, Cheltenham, GCHQ, Google, Linkedin, Surveillance

While getting bored with watch comment on the Cabinet Office reshuffle I received a Linked In message recommending I watch the Communications Data pre-legislative scrutiny committee evidence...

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August 14, 2012  8:34 AM

Lessons from the Olympics: The recovery will not be outsourced

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Accenture, Andersen, BBC, BDUK, Cabinet office, CSC, cuts, dwp, European Union, Fujitsu, G4S, ID CARD, Labour, NPfIT, Outsourcing, PFI, PSN, Smart meter

The BBC summarises an article in...


May 30, 2012  12:21 PM

How practical are HMG’s Olympic Teleworking Ambitions ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, BT, Cabinet office, Olympic, Telecommuting

Back in February thousands of civil servants were told to work from home for a couple of days as a test of...


May 18, 2012  8:47 PM

Has Cabinet Office given up on trying to dictate ID solutions ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, OpenID

I am told that the Cabinet Office ID team are going to Washington to look at the Open Identity Exchange . I assume this is linked to the Open Identity Foundation although I see some subtle, and some not so...


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