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June 8, 2017  10:21 AM

Adtech industry now under pressure from all sides for ripoffs, fraud and jihadi promotion

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Adtech, Fraud, guardian, Internet, YouTube

The legal action being brought by the Guardian against Rubicon for the "non-transparency" of fees highlights one of the murkier aspects of the on-line world. A competitor to the Guardian told me that...

July 21, 2014  10:39 AM

Why does the Bletchley Park Trust wish to airbrush Colossus out of history?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Bletchley, Colossus, GCHQ, guardian, museum, national museum of computing, privacy, Spycatcher, Surveillance

The Daily Mail press cover for the visit of the Duchess of Cambridge to Bletchley
includes a photograph of


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 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 10, 2014  7:54 AM

Ed Milliband adopts the first plank of my NRDP Manifesto

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Barack Obama, Biometrics, Data protection, DNS, europeanunion, guardian, Milliband, obama, personal information, privacy

According to the Guardian, the first plank in Ed Milliband's speach to their  Hugo Young lecture this evening will be "People should own data about themselves, We should change...


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...


December 12, 2013  11:13 AM

Norwegian noir meets cybercrime: a Snowden age “faction” stocking filler for your CEO

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Alcatel-Lucent, CEO, Cyber security, Edward Snowden, eNikita, FBI, GCHQ, guardian, HMRC, McMafia, NSA, Oslo

Last night I had dinner with Carlos Solari, sometime White House CIO and V-P Security for Alcatel-Lucent and CSC, now co-author of


October 18, 2013  7:30 PM

The bidding campaign in hypocrisy over surveillance threatens on-line confidence

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, Edward Snowden, Google, guardian, NSA, Surveillance, twitter

Some of the Guardian articles linked to their exercise to put material on the surveillance operations of the US and UK into the public domain are bizarre. One such covers the...

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August 22, 2013  3:09 PM

Who do you trust less? Google or GCHQ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, GCHQ, Google, guardian, Home Office

It is over five years since I first blogged on the theme of whether I would prefer to trust Google or GCHQ with the privacy of my e-mails. Material put into the public domain by the...


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