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March 8, 2014  9:41 AM

What is the difference between John Wicks (expenses database) and Edward Snowden?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, BT, censorship, Edward Snowden, Fabian, guardian, Ofcom, Orwell, Sky, Surveillance

I have just been asked the difference between John Wicks (the former anti-terrorism team leader who leaked the MPs expenses database to the Daily...

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September 21, 2013  11:17 AM

By their comments shall ye know them. Does hypocrisy rule the future of the Internet?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bali, censorship, ICANN, IETF, IGF, ITU, Mumsnet, Pornography, UKIGF

I have just been looking at the responses to a Daily Telegraph Article on the supposed plans of banks and card companies to block payments to those porn...

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December 16, 2011  7:30 PM

Will this be the last censorship-free Internet Christmas?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
censorship, copyright, God, Heaven, Hell, Information security, Internet protocol, Jesus, SATAN, YouTube


August 26, 2011  11:22 AM

Internet censorship trial brings London to a halt?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
censorship, FIPR, initiativitis, Internet, ITECs, Moorfoot, PACE, riots, RIPA

This morning I thought my router had failed set about installing the new one I bought some time ago - only to run into "error 651". Only then did I think to use the Vodafone...


July 16, 2011  1:24 PM

The death throes of the Steam Age Nation State

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
censorship, freedom, Internet, Ofomc, press

There are many agendas behind the current attacks on News International. Todays posting by Guido Fawkes neatly summarises some of them - from pots calling the kettle black (to divert...


July 2, 2009  10:31 AM

Iranian democracy expires with a Tweet

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
censorship, iran, Search engines, twitter

The rapid extinction of Iran's bloggers and tweeters shows the vulnerability of any movement that relies on the Internet to help it seriously challenge a ruling elite. But a few years ago the fuel protesters came close to crippling the UK inside 72 hours, without intending to...


December 12, 2008  4:01 PM

Wikipaedia beats Internet Watch Foundation on own goals

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
censorship, Outlaw.com, Wikipaedia

The Internet Watch Foundation recently placed Wikipedia on its blacklist after a complaint that an article was carrying an image that was illegal under UK law. It rescinded the ban after a wave of complaints from the Internet community. The clash was sad but inevitable. The result is...


February 27, 2008  9:03 AM

The day the Internet Stopped

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
censorship, Resilience

On July 4th 2008 the frogmen of the Global Privacy Alliance cut TATnn and Helvetica, removing 80% of currently operational Internet capacity between the United States and Europe. Simultaneously they struck PCn and PACnn, with similar effect on trans-Pacific capability ...


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