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March 10, 2016  11:38 AM

If Verify is the answer -what was the question? The politics of digital identities revisited

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CEDR, Defra, eIDAS, experian, FCO, Government Gateway, HMRC, Identrust, MasterCard, Notary, RELX, Swift, Trsuteer, Verify, visa, Vocalink, Yoti

The design of the Government "Verify" programme predates the European eIDAS regulation (covering the exchange of identities between public sector...

January 4, 2016  6:43 PM

UK Digital Strategy – two weeks to give your views on how the UK will cross “the next frontier”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BCS, Cabinet office, DCMS, Defra, Digital strategy, RAeGDS, Skills


On the 29th December, while most of the world's digital leaders were off-line , Ed Vaizey called for inputs to digitalstrategy@culture.gov.uk...


October 16, 2015  1:57 PM

Messages from the House of Commons Broadband Notspot Debate: over 40 MPs contributing

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Carillion, DCMS, Defra, Morrison, notspot, Openreach, Sky

During the run up to the Party Conferences I was asked whether BT's recent messages about using "community partnerships" to deliver broadband to "hard to reach " areas marked a change of heart, or were just to defuse criticism in...


June 26, 2015  3:39 PM

Over 30 MPs contribute to debate on Broadband: the pressure for change is clear.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, Defra, Internet access

I strongly recommend reading the contributions made during the debate on Superfast Broadband on Wednesday 24th June. 26 MP were named as down to speak. I have counted...


June 22, 2015  10:26 AM

Points to bear in mind when MPs debate broadband, including the digital divide

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
2MBs, Broadband, Crapband, Defra, EE, Gigaclear, Leased line, O2, Ofcom, Reghed, Telecommunication, Virgin

The summary produced to help MPs contributing to the Westminster Hall debate on Superfast Broadband roll-out helps explain why debate is so confused and bitter. The  Librarians of the House of Commons...


May 14, 2015  2:29 PM

What difference will the election make to Central and Local Government IT?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BIS, BP, Broadband, CCTA, DCLG, Defra, dwp, GDS, Gigaclear, HMRC, Maldon, NZONI, Ofcom, rural, Socitm

Now that the ministerial appointments have been made we can make a reasonable forecast of what is likely to happen to central and local government IT over the 18 months. That is the period the...


February 5, 2015  11:18 AM

Westminster debates Rural Broadband, meanwhile it’s quicker by bike less than a mile away

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, City, Crapband, CTF, Defra, Hansard, Labour, Libdem, London, Notspots, rural, Soho, UKIP

The DEFRA Select Committee report on "Rural Broadband and Digital Only Services" was published on Tuesday. Yesterday 18 backbench MPs, almost all Conservatives from Rural Consituencies, contributed to a...


November 3, 2014  10:57 AM

Environment and Rural Affairs Committee joins up the Rural Broadband and Digital by Default debates.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ACRE, Defra, Digital signatures, GAF1, idap, SPARSE, TSB, UKIP

The announcement of  


September 8, 2014  12:47 PM

Reconciling the Cabinet Office Digital by Default strategy with DCMS Digital Infrastructure Strategy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BCS, Bloatware, Broadband, BT, budget, carta, DCMS, Defra, G-Cloud, Hyperoptic, Internt, Net Neutrality, Ofcom, PSN

The responses to my attempt to drum up inputs to the DCMS Digital Infrastructure Strategy Consultation are beginning to come in and it looks as though the short order


December 23, 2013  11:26 AM

A Christmas Message for those waiting for a broadband connection: Matthew 13:12

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, btgroup, Cornwall, Defra, social inclusion, Suffolk

"For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath." Matthew...

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