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April 25, 2009  11:52 AM

Information Security Industry or e-Protection Racket?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cybercrime, Eurim, Infosec

What other industry would collectively spend over £3 billion a year on protection and less than £30 million a year on tracking, tracing and removing the predators who are milking them? Come to

April 22, 2009  9:35 AM

Death by Data Protection: those lethally secure databases

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Eurim, Information governance

More patients die because their medical record was wrong than because it was not available. More suffering and injustice are caused because police, justice and care records are not fit for purpose than because they are insecure. There is a very old rule of thumb that about 10% of records...

February 26, 2009  9:50 AM

Is there a secret all-party deal on Digital Britain?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BERR, CDCMS, Eurim, Ofcom, Pitcom

Not since the Mandarins blocked the 1982 attempt to turn the DTI into the Department of IT have we had not only a Government Minister but also his shadow, who understand the critical importance of ICT as a metatechnology. They share the message. The quality of our ICT...

November 15, 2008  11:57 AM

Washington Post slashes US spam after Internet Community fails

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Eurim, McColo

Within an hour of receiving a dossier from Brian Krebs,a Washington Post staff writer, McColo, which supposedly hosted 75% of the US spam operators was taken off air...

November 6, 2008  11:13 PM

It was the Internet wot wun it : lessons from the US election

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
DCLG, Eurim, Hibbings, obama

How much difference did the Internet really make to the US election?  And how much of what they did would be illegal in the UK? - for example the massive, but also untraceable, donations to...

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November 1, 2008  7:08 PM

Do Digital Diapers Deter Data Diarrhoea?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Barnardos, Eunoia, Eurim, Government Gateway, Information governance, PGP, Wetware

The shut down of the Government Gateway after an apparent compromise may influence your response to the

October 25, 2008  10:43 AM

Data incontinence needs potty training not just e-nappies

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
economist, Eurim, Information governance, Kable, Sunningdale, transformation

The Economist report on the Future of Information Governance puts debate on the power of information, data protection, surveillance...

September 22, 2008  12:38 PM

Is your database really necessary?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Asch, Bilko, Database, Eurim, Hasek, Information governance, Kafka, privacy, Schwiek

My attention has just been drawn to an article on the value of regularly purging datafiles to cut cost, legal risk cost and enhance security and...

July 28, 2008  10:08 AM

Transforming Public Service Delivery: Let the People Speak

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Eurim, social inclusion, Successful Delivery

Yesterday I blogged on the government announcements that were "leaked" last week. Today an even more radical recommendation on how to help ensure successful transformation of the delivery of public services in the UK has a similarly low-key launch. The recommendation...

April 9, 2008  3:40 PM

Making the user voice heard

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Last night was the annual Computer Weekly 500 reception with EURIM, hosted by the Earl of Erroll. The Cholmondeley Room and House of Lords Terrace were even more packed than in previous years - with the happy hum of intense lobbying.

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