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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...

August 2, 2013  6:16 PM

How many Bradley Mannings are copying your supposedly secure big data to publish to the world?”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Data protection, Internet, Lithuania, privacy, WikiLeaks

Apparently 1.5 million Americans have similar security clearances to Bradley Manning. The UK security and surveillance services appear to be less insecure, but...


July 30, 2013  12:51 PM

The internet comes of age and enters the “real world” with a rapid Twitter Troll arrest

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Balkanization, Caroline, Criado-Perez, GCHQ, HMRC, ICANN, Internet, Nominet, SARS, Troll, twitter

The agreement of Twitter to streamline its routines for reporting abuse for fear of a


February 20, 2013  5:38 PM

Justice in the Internet Age: The Questions asked by the Pryce Jury

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Internet, jury, London, Pryce

Further to my previous blog on Justice in the Internet Age , the questions asked by the Jury in Pryce case indicate that a Saxon...


October 25, 2012  8:29 PM

Government official gives practical security advice – shock horror

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Facebook, id, Insecurity, Internet, On-line, Security, Social networks, Stasi, trust

When I heard that Andy Smith's eminently sensible comments at the Parliament and the Internet conference yesterday had gone viral I feared he had suffered a Ratner moment. I have...


April 6, 2012  4:06 PM

Immortality and the Internet: what happens when you die?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Eurim, Immortality, Internet, MSc06


August 26, 2011  11:22 AM

Internet censorship trial brings London to a halt?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
censorship, FIPR, initiativitis, Internet, ITECs, Moorfoot, PACE, riots, RIPA

This morning I thought my router had failed set about installing the new one I bought some time ago - only to run into "error 651". Only then did I think to use the Vodafone...


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 16, 2011  1:24 PM

The death throes of the Steam Age Nation State

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
censorship, freedom, Internet, Ofomc, press

There are many agendas behind the current attacks on News International. Todays posting by Guido Fawkes neatly summarises some of them - from pots calling the kettle black (to divert...


December 10, 2010  9:19 AM

From Wild West to Western Front : the evolution of Cybersecurity

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
2012, cybersecurity, Hacker, honker, Internet, ISSA, PWC

"The Internet used to be compared to the WIld West, the lawless frontier; now it is more like the Western Front, a massive, unrestricted battlefield. Geopolitics is putting your data in the firing line." So concludes an article by Allan...

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