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Edward Snowden


January 9, 2016  12:19 PM

What is at stake with the Investigatory Powers Bill?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Edward Snowden, Facebook, Fl, Investigatory, NCA, Powers, Shapeshifting

I want to begin by thanking Ross Anderson for reminding me to attend the recent Scrambling for Safety event on the Investigatory Powers Bill. I will not try to reprise the full event, I recommend

April 15, 2014  10:05 AM

Has Heartbleed done more than Snowden to dent consumer confidence in the online world?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Barack Obama, Edward Snowden, Mumsnet, Open source

If Mumsnet, which takes the privacy of its users very seriously, has been compromised by heartbleed, who is safe? Until I read that...


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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March 5, 2014  10:30 AM

The social contract behind internet is broken and there is a conspiracy of silence

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Drum, Edward Snowden, GCHQ, guardian, PICTFOR, TCM, Webroot

The long overdue debate on policy towards the all-pervasive surveillance of our on-line activities is finally under way. On Monday morning the Shadow Home Secretary moved on from the "trust us"...

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February 19, 2014  10:17 AM

The fight against Surveillance Society claims its first victory – against NHS not NSA

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
anonymous, Big Data, Cyber, Edward Snowden, NSA, privacy, Security, Surveillance

The postponement of the ill-conceived NHS central database is the first great win for common sense over Big Data, but we need more clarity as to what is at stack and who is on which side in the battle...


February 11, 2014  7:57 PM

The irony of exposing state surveillance between 70th birthday of Colossus and Safer Internet Day

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bletchley, Colossus, Edward Snowden, Facebook, Google, guardian, Microsoft, national museum of computing

The commentators responding to the Guardian press cover for the launch of Glenn Greenwald's anti NSA website,


February 1, 2014  9:38 AM

Everyone is recording what we do over the Internet: why should the NSA and GCHQ be different?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, cyberbullying, Data protection, Edward Snowden, GCHQ, Google, IBM, ICANN, ISOC, Nominet


On February 18th I am due to propose the motion "Nobody is telling the  truth about cyber security - not even when they think they know what the truth is" at a Real Time Club dinner debate.

I do...


January 20, 2014  12:17 PM

European Commission welcomes US Presidential Remarks and Directive

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
bigdata, Cyber security, Data protection, Edward Snowden, European Commission, European Union, NSA, obama, Surveillance

Do read the statement by a European Commission spokeswoman on President Obama's remarks on the review of of US Intelligence programmes. 


January 18, 2014  7:01 AM

Has President Obama just confirmed the status of the Internet as the US on-line Stasi State?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Barack Obama, Big Data, CESG, cloud, diginotar, Edward Snowden, Facebook, FOSI, GCHQ, Google, IBM, Mobile, NSA, Outsourcing, RIPA, Safer Internet Day, Surveillance, twitter, Vodafone

The actions announced by President Obama in response to the Snowden revelations have failed to put...


December 24, 2013  1:06 PM

Edward Snowden says “Mission Accomplished”: have an off-line Christmas and a paranoid New Year .

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Edward Snowden, Russia, Snowden

Just before I powered down for my own off-line Christmas I received the headlines from the Washington Post and clicked through to...


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