When IT Meets Politics:


September 16, 2014  6:45 PM

Why I would not risk switching from BT even though it costs more.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
btgroup, Google, Ofcom, Quality of Service, Vodafone

This afternoon my BT Infinity line went down. Luckily I was able to browse the net over an old netbook using Vodafone and find a phone number (after the BT website I Googled told me my number...

May 31, 2014  9:15 AM

There is no privacy in the global on-line village but do we really want Google to censor the gossip?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CEDR, European Union, Google, right to be forgotten

The recent EU judgement against Google does not require "a...

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May 30, 2014  10:17 AM

The impossible suddenly becomes practical: Google to abide by EU law

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
companies, European Union, Google, harmonisation, right to be forgotten, Search engines, Searching, Turkey

The news of Google's "U" turn over the "Right to be Forgotten"  is most welcome. This is one Turkey that has not...

May 27, 2014  9:46 AM

UKIP’s online policy: stuff the corporate turkeys, listen to users and stop wasting money

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, Brexit, Broadband, Brussels, Crapband, Ebay, European Union, Ewhurst, Google, Technology, UKIP

UKIP is often described by commentators as a party of inarticulate and angry protest for those ignored by the political establishment, who will come to their senses at the next general election. When I compared UKIP's local government results with

May 20, 2014  10:29 AM

Why Net Neutrality cannot survive without fibre to the femto and interoperability

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BASDA, BBC iPlayer, Crapband, FCC, Google, Googlettes, Hyperoptic, Net Neutrality, Netflix, Search engines, Sky

We have a rash of publicity claiming that the latest FCC position on Net Neutrality will destroy the Internet as we know it....

May 17, 2014  5:04 PM

Why an all girls team is likely to win the cybersecurity challenge – if any enter.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Abwehr, Bletchley, Enigma, GCHQ, Google, Security careers

The press cover for the first of the 2014 Cybersecurity Challenge competitions in Wired and the BBC...

March 29, 2014  8:14 PM

A Digital Strategy for Britain: let market forces replace crapband with a world class mesh.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
btgroup, Google, IBM

Boatrace_600 (2).jpgThe original definition of broadband was the bandwidth necessary to deliver broadcast quality video to the home by 2002....

March 24, 2014  12:10 PM

Google shows the NSA how to make surveillance socially acceptable – with a £30 TV Dongle

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Business, Google, Hotmail, Microsoft, Security

Do read the press cover on the launch of the new Google

February 23, 2014  12:51 PM

How do we ensure that public online services are fit for a democratic society?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apple, choice, Data protection, digital divide, e-Inclusion, Ebay, ETICA, experian, Facebook, Google, Linkedin, Paypal, privacy, Security, Surveillance

The discussion at the recent Digital Leaders Annual Lecture and the attitudes of those I met at the reception afterwards caused me to ponder some of the unresolved issues regarding the ethics of public service delivery.  We need to...

February 12, 2014  10:22 PM

How do we make the Internet a Safer Place?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
DPA, Google, Safer Internet Day

Yesterday I blogged on the irony of releasing "The Intercept" between the 70th Birthday of Colossus and Safer Internet Day. Today I am delighted to be able to blog on

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