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August 5, 2013  4:11 PM

Has Edward Snowden revealed anything new: US support for GCHQ goes back to 1941

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Britons, guardian, Information security, Internet, NSA

The revelation in the Guardian that the US is co-funding GCHQ surveillance programmes comes as a surprise only to those who still believe the myth that we plucky Britons broke the German...

June 28, 2013  5:03 PM

The winning theory: Snowden was employed by the NSA, FSB, GCHQ and Unit 61938 to protect budgets

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
e-skills, Edward Snowden, FSB, GCHQ, guardian, Ledaig, NSA, Prism

Now that the GCHQ and its allies have emerged successful from the spending review, I can reveal the front runner for the bottle of Ledaig for for the best conspiracy theory related to the PRISM story....


June 21, 2013  7:27 PM

Another PRISM conspiracy theory: publicity is to help taxpaying UK ISPs against US tax avoiders

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BT, chancellor, Conspiracy, FISA, G8, guardian, President, Prism, RIPA, Yahoo

Not all conspiracy theories are compatible. We would suspect a conspiracy if they were. Ross Anderson's article in yesterday's Guardian has sparked the splendid suggestion that the...


March 5, 2013  12:39 PM

The Cool (Cyber) War is over a decade old and we have lost the plot

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cyber security, cyberwarfare, e-skills, GCHQ, guardian

I found Toby Harnden's article in the Sunday Times "Goodbye, Cold War, welcome to the Cool War"...


June 5, 2012  11:13 AM

Absurdly Open Data: ippr recommends giving organised crime open access to criminal justice systems

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Eurim, guardian, ippr, Open data, open government

At first sight the ippr report on Open Justice looks attractive. But consider the recommendations in the context of the current lack of security of the systems that will be opened to view and of...


August 31, 2009  12:42 PM

Remember the political cave-in that blocked realistic penalties for privacy abuse

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
guardian

The Guardian today carries part of the story behind Operation Motorman, the exercise that bankrupted the Information Commissioner Office and, after a botched prosecution and...


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