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October 28, 2016  11:08 AM

Brexit adds urgency to sorting UK skills supply

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships, Brexit, Digital skills, Internet, parliament, SFA, Uncategorized

Calls for continued "freedom of movement" get enthusiastic support from IT industry audiences. The Parliament and the Internet Conference yesterday was no exception. But the Brexit vote was caused, in no small part, by nationwide frustration with...

May 26, 2016  12:30 PM

Will our failure to unravel the politics of privacy, security and choice cost more than Brexit?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apple, Big Data, Brexit, Encryption, FBI, Google, Internet, Microsoft, privacy, Security

Effective pan-EU co-operation to redress the balance and build confidence in safer, more secure on-line world could have a bigger impact on our wallets than the putative benefits or costs of Brexit because the dominant Internet companies of the US West coast appear


May 21, 2016  5:29 PM

The battle for the heart of the Internet: advertisers versus users

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Adware, Bloatware, cloud, confidence, Facebook, Google, Internet, Net Neutrality, NSA, privacy, router, Snowden, Uncategorized, Vodafone

The pledges in the Queen's Speech to use the proposed Digital Economy Bill to empower consumers and protect citizens (and their children) in the on-line world...


December 25, 2014  10:14 AM

Christmas is a time for reconciliation. Please read the Amman Message

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Al-Qaeda, Caliphate, Internet, Koran, pope, recruitment, Secular, Sharia, Shia, Sunni, terrorists

We have recently much blether about the use of the web by terrorists, including for publicity and recruitment. We hear much less about its use to promote reconciliation and peace. In this context I do suggest readers visit the website of the Amman Message...


November 6, 2014  4:21 PM

Who do you trust less with your digital footprint – Your ISP or Your State Security Service?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
consultation, DCMS, GCHQ, Google, Googlette, Govrnance, IETF, Internet, ISOC, ISP, ISPA, Mobile, Roaming, Rockefeller, YouGov

On the eve of the meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force last March, the Conservative Techology Forum held a


August 19, 2014  11:22 AM

How does the UK move to a high resilience, secure and ubiquitous, post-internet, any-to-any “mesh”?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
21CN, Amazon, Apple, B4RN, BDUK, Broadband, btgroup, Cisco, Coventry, Crapband, cumbria, DCMS, e-Bay, easynet, Ercisson, Facebook, FSB, gigabit, Gigaclear, Gowex, Huawei, Hyperoptic, Inca, Internet, IPv6, ITS, Kirklees, LINX, Metroland, Netflix, Ofcom, Openreach, Peterborough, PSN, Skype, superfast, twitter, Utility, Virgin, Virgin Media, Worldcom, York

A couple of days ago I said that the importance of the


May 6, 2014  10:21 AM

If fibre to business communities has payback in months not years, why is it not happening?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
anti-trust, Arqiva, B4RN, Barnsley, Birmingham, BT, cartel, Croglin, fibre, FTTP, Funding, Halifax, Inca, Internet, Landlords, Mayfair, PFI, PPE, Premises, railways, Rightmove, Sky, Soho, Virgin

I have received interesting feedback to my blog on the way that crapband is crippling the UK's creative industry clusters in Soho and Mayfair, forcing them to relocate to those...


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...


November 30, 2013  10:08 AM

“The Internet has been turned into a giant surveillance machine”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Cabinet office, censor, cloud, Google, Google Analytics, Internet, ISOC, Open data, privacy, Surveillance

I have just received the latest ISOC newsletter with a link to the press release after the 88th meeting of the Internet Enginering Task...

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September 20, 2013  9:18 AM

The day the internet stopped – revisited

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apple, Blackout, Edward Snowden, InternationalTelecommunicationUnion, Internet, ITU, Resilience, Security, Surveillance

Yesterday's comments on the problems some faced when downloading the new Apple Operating system provoked interesting comment in the Washington Post -


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