When IT Meets Politics:


October 28, 2008  6:28 PM

Does e-participation lead to e-democracy or e-dictatorship?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, e-democracy, e-dictatorship, e-participation, Garlik, Google, Internet, Phorm, YouGov

We are barely a fortnight away from e-Democracy 08 : the best annual opportunity this side of the Atlantic for catching up on the state of e-debate, including how the use of the Internet has transformed political funding in the...

September 8, 2008  8:43 AM

A Cartel Masquerading as Anarchy: who governs the Internet?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cartel, China, Google, Guomindang, Microsoft

The Internet is the most concentrated and regulated communications system the world has ever known. Players like Google or Microsoft take a far larger revenue share of the markets within which they operate than Standard Oil, Ma Bell or...

September 1, 2008  8:24 PM

Home Office condemned for losing data mash-up while millions of banks details sold for £35

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Google, Pederasts, Phorm

The recent Home Office data loss should be put into the perspective of the previously unpublicised loss of a million bank records and the

August 2, 2008  10:06 AM

DCMS consults on another EU attempt to outlaw the future

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Google, Piracy

The consultation on the UK implementation of the Audio Visual Media Services Directive has just begun. This aims to outlaw the product placement routines that are becoming integral to be central to funding...

July 19, 2008  8:45 AM

Reality hits the on-line world: or is it just maturity?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
arson, Fraud, Google, Pay-per.click, Phorm, profitability, Recession

Despite the "Walmart effect" of consumers going on-line for bargains as the recession deepens, Google saw a fall in the number of US users "clicking through" to advertisments in Quarter 2, compared to Quarter 1. This was said to be an effect of economic gloom but I suspect it...

May 30, 2008  8:38 PM

Who would you trust with your e-mail content: Google or GCHQ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, FIPR, GCHQ, Google, Microsoft, privacy, Surveillance

At the FIPR 10th birthday I was fascinated to hear an attack on HMG plans to record all on-line communications by a well-known civil liberties activitist who makes a point of using g-mail: because it is not Microsoft. There is an increasingly surreal quality to...

March 14, 2008  2:41 PM

Will the last ISP to leave the EU not switch off the Net?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Google, Yahoo

The news that Yahoo is to move its European Headquarters from London to Geneva, following the location of Google's European Engineering headquarters in Zurich (as opposed to London or Cambridge), confirms the fears I have long expressed over the impact of what is now the Audio-Visual Media Services...

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