When IT Meets Politics:

Internet of Things


June 24, 2017  1:29 PM

Privacy, Surveillance and Internet Safety in the Queen’s Speech

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, Data protection, GDPR, Internet of Things, PPI

Those in the IT industry who regard the Queen's Speech as anodyne have failed to notice the potential interaction of the Civil Liability and Data Protection bills. We can expect lawyers to soon seek to replace their whiplash and PPI businesses with actions for loss of privacy, failure to act...

February 8, 2016  2:12 PM

How do we ensure digital apprenticeships are fit for purpose?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, BCS, CEDMA, Cisco Systems, CompTIA, FE, Google, HE, IBM, Internet of Things, ISEB, Microsoft, OfQual, Oracle, QCF, SFA, Trailblazer, Y2K


The House Of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee Enquiry into


December 14, 2015  12:26 PM

There are no shortages of digital skills, only of employers who train their staff

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data analytics, BIS, Bosch, commando, DCMS, Digital skills, e-skills, Fintech, Internet of Things, Smart phones, VW

This time last year the House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills had collected over a thousand pages of evidence. Over Christmas the members ploughed through the evidence and in February they published


December 1, 2015  9:43 AM

Could London match Singapore with unsubsidised fibre to the flat?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Alcatel-Lucent, boardband, Cisco, EE, Ericsson, fixed, fttc, FTTP, gfast, Huawei, Hyperoptic, Internet of Things, lifi, London, M2M, molile, Singapore, UO, VoIP, Wifi

Singapore and Hongkong are London's most dangerous global financial services rivals and also have the best big city broadband. What do we and they they have in common? The high proportion of residents who live and work in housing and office complexes which are cheap to fibre up - provided this is...


September 9, 2013  12:25 PM

Never have so many charged so much to keep tabs on so few: what is the “real” cost of PRISM

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CCTV, cloud, Facebook, GCHQ, Google, IETF, Internet of Things, Internet security, IPv6, NSA, scrambls, twitter, Yahoo

I recently read a New York Times article on how the US drug enforcement surveillance database supposedly dwarfs that of the 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


February 4, 2013  1:04 PM

The Midsomer Broadband Murders were only the start of the slaughter.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, BDUK, Birmingham, Broadband, btgroup, Internet of Things, PICTFOR, Sky, Virgin, Vodafone

A couple of weeks ago I blogged on "Midsomers Murders: The Broadband Killings" . On Monday at the PICTFOR Broadband meeting...


October 6, 2012  10:35 AM

Towards a sustainable 21st Century Infrastructure

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, Internet of Things, Smart meter

The need for infrastructure investment has become fashionable. It is one of the lobbyists topics at this year's party conferences. But only one event (18.00 -...

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August 21, 2012  9:06 AM

What has 24 mbps to do with the fastest broadband in Europe by 2015?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, Akamai, Alcatel-Lucent, Arqiva, BDUK, britain, Broadband, Google, Internet of Things, NIRTS, Ofcom, Olympic, Virgin, Vodafone

The press reports of the speech delivered yesterday by the Jeremy Hunt at Google's new complex are intriguing. So too is the script released by DCMS. I remain...


June 6, 2012  10:44 AM

This week saw the world Launch of IPV6 – but not in the UK

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CyberWar, ICANN, Internet of Things, IPv4, IPv6, ISOC, ITU

This week saw a valiant attempt by the Internet Society to regain the initiative on IPV6 from the ITU whose committees have been setting the pace on the standards of the future on behalf of those, like the Chinese, who need not only the additional...


April 13, 2012  9:32 AM

Ignorance in motion – Commission starts bid to regulate the Internet of Things

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brussels, Commission, European Commission, European Union, government, Internet of Things, Multilateral

Those idiotic laws from Brussels all begin with a seemingly innocuous "consultation". That for the laws the Commission will draft to regulate the Internet of Things has just been issued.

Do not be fooled....


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