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February 23, 2019  9:42 PM

Will Advertisers and Insurers hold Social Media Platforms to Account after Governments fail

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Governance, Internet, Internet safety

The Shareholder Backlash Most digerati appear to be in a state of denial over the scale and nature of the damage being done by the abuse of social media. It is fuelling family breakdown, mental problems and violence,...

January 10, 2016  1:35 PM

Investigatory Powers and Civil Liberties in practice: “Think of Cicero as Al Capone’s Pocket Lawyer”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Governance, IOCA, privacy, RIPA, Surveillance

My blog yesterday on the Scrambling for Safety event has been criticised for focusing on governance and safeguards rather than the powers themselves. Perhaps I should explain why....

December 19, 2013  8:21 PM

Whose governance do you trust most (or least): The Guardian, Google or GCHQ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Google, Governance, governanceSecurity, guardian, Hackers, Huawei, Internet, LEO, obama, privacy, Snowden, social inclusion, Surveillance

Recently I have been privileged to sit in on a number of discussions:

- on security and surveillance in the post Snowden world and the effectiveness or otherwise of the various initiatives being touted by those with no more understanding of what is happening today than those who...

October 18, 2008  12:54 PM

Information promiscuity and Socially Transmitted Democracy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Governance, Internet, Westminster

During one of the plenary sessions at the "Parliament and the Interent Conference" a contributor from the floor said that "Information promiscuity" was a natural reaction to the unholy combination of the surveillance society and data incontinence (losses of personal and other data)....

April 24, 2008  8:24 AM

What is good practice? Directors’ Guides published

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Governance, information assurance, legislation, regulation

There in no excuse for permanent secretaries and senior responsible owners to ignore "The Directors' Guides to Managing Information Risk" published yesterday. Each of the eight guides follows the format a Churchillian "prayer": "pray let me know on one sheet of paper ..."

January 19, 2008  7:29 PM

The inflation-beating cost of data protection snake-oil

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Governance, Security, snake-oil

External directors have the opposite problem to journalists. Under "fin de siecle capitalism" and in public sector "quangoland" they are sacrificial goats: little or no power to effect change but expected to share responsibility for failure. The time has come to butt back.

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