When IT Meets Politics:


October 11, 2011  2:12 PM

A reply to Adrian Bridgewater – why is it called cloud computing?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cloud Computing, hackgate

It is called "Cloud computing" because it is such a nebulous concept. It is the current state of on-line computer service bureaux offerings. But those offerings cover a wide range of services, including performance levels and guarantees, security, resilience, regulatory...

August 19, 2011  9:25 AM

RIPA and the Riots: Give the Police the same rights as the Press

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
hackgate, PACE, phone hacking, RIPA

I have just received a comment which links my recent posts on the need to review RIPA and PACE (to remove the paralysis by paperwork that led to police being overwhelmed on...

July 22, 2011  4:52 PM

Lessons from Hackgate: 3) Listen to your Mother

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
anonymity, hackgate, Internet, murdoch

The Detective department of the Metropolitan Police was founded in 1842. The News of the World was launched in 1843. In 1847 the Metropolitan Police dismissed 238 officers for disciplinary offences, including selling stories to Grub Street. Fast forward to Jack the Ripper and see the...

July 22, 2011  4:01 PM

Lessons from Hackgate: 2) Data leaks via people not technology

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
data retention, Eurim, hackgate, RIPA, Wetware

Much of the debate on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers, Data Retention, ID cards, Medical Records et al centres on who could/should be trusted to authorise access to what. Those with little experience of how Magistrates and Courts authorise warrants and maintain their records...

July 22, 2011  3:52 PM

Lessons from Hackgate: 1) delete all e-mails no longer required

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, hackgate

The unravelling phonehacking sage may prove to be an even better stimulus to basic "good practice" in information security and data protection than the lost HMRC discs. I am not sure that e-mails count as "personal data" but the fifth

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