When IT Meets Politics:


August 25, 2015  9:10 PM

The politics of access and wayleave charges

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Bristol, BT, CCTV, CLAB, DCMS, ECC, EE, Gigaclear, Gloucester, Inca, Mobile, NFU, Ofcom, Openreach, RIBA, RICS, Virgin, Vodafone

The difference between the costs quoted by BT for upgrading its legacy network and those quoted by its competitors for building new fibre networks puzzles those in Devon and Somerset who compare the compare the deal their council was being pressured to accept with those made by Gloucestershire and...

March 20, 2015  2:31 PM

A Budget to free up the Business Broadband market – the superhighway to economic recovery.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, BT, CCTV, DCMS, fibre, Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, ITS, LEP, Ofocom, Sky, treasury, Virgin, Vodafone

The Digital Communications Infrastructure Structure Strategy announced in parallel with the Budget shows that DCMS and Treasury have...

September 9, 2013  12:25 PM

Never have so many charged so much to keep tabs on so few: what is the “real” cost of PRISM

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CCTV, cloud, Facebook, GCHQ, Google, IETF, Internet of Things, Internet security, IPv6, NSA, scrambls, twitter, Yahoo

I recently read a New York Times article on how the US drug enforcement surveillance database supposedly dwarfs that of the 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend

February 1, 2010  8:11 PM

Miss Marple monitoring the St Mary Mead CCTV

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, CCTV, Video on Demand

What are the applications that would get the silver surfers on-line? Last week I attended the All Party Group on Rural Services broadband breakfast and have just taken a look at my doodles. I compared these with the points made in an e-mail asking me to comment on a submission to the BIS...

March 14, 2009  12:18 PM

A Surveillance Society – but is anyone watching?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The publication of the recent House of Lord report , the debate over ill-drafted proposals for data sharing and the consultation over the...

June 25, 2008  8:04 AM

“Public, she speak with forked tongue” : Interpreting the Economist fieldwork on “Civil Liberties”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CCTV, Ecnomist, ID cards, information assurance, Information governance, Information security

This week the Economist publishes an excellent article describing the ambivalent attitude of the British Public towards Civil Liberties and the Surveillance Society. It could be, but is not, summarised as: "We want to be looked after but do not trust the systems".



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