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December 4, 2010  10:59 AM

Freedom of Information (and Wikileaks) v. Censorship (and Established Power)

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, Data protection, Eurim, God, Google, information assurance, Information risk management, Information security, Internet, Net Neutrality, WikiLeaks

The reaction to the Wikileaks story exposes the heady mixture of self-delusion that passes for debate on freedom of information, transparency of government, re-use of public information, secure data sharing, data protection, information assurance, information security,...

October 20, 2009  9:24 AM

Why didn’t we celebrate the 40th Birthday of the Internet?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Is it because most of the closed community which controls the Internet wish to avoid taking responsibility for their actions/inaction by pretending it is an immature but precocious child?

Why does each generation of technology devotees feel compelled to...

August 15, 2009  2:10 PM

The Ofcom Consultation and the future of Digital Britain

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
FIPR, Internet, Ofcom

HMG has just launched a consultation to extend the remit of Ofcom to promote "efficient investment in infrastructure". The six week timescale is determined by the need to legislate before the next government reviews the...

April 28, 2009  9:51 AM

Who Should Police the Internet?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Internet, PCEU

Today is the first day of Infosec. In my article in the Guardian supplement, I refer to comparisons of the Internet with Railways and the Wild West. The first police force in England was created by the Stockton and Darlington Railway Company to...

April 12, 2009  12:58 PM

How does Guido Fawkes acquire his e-mails?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Internet, RIPA

Leaving aside the issues of concern to the Westminster Village", for which Guido Fawkes is one of the prime on-line gossips, there is an overdue need for more realistic and informed debate on whether the...

April 7, 2009  6:40 AM

Why were we wrong? Lessons from 1980 predictions for 2000

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Biometrics, CERN, Internet, Skype, Video-world, Videophone

We all like a good laugh at past predictions of the future. I have just been given a copy of "Twenty Years On: Life with Micro-electronics in the Year 2000 - text of an article to appear in the September 1980 edition of Video-world: the magazine of electronic...

October 28, 2008  6:28 PM

Does e-participation lead to e-democracy or e-dictatorship?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, e-democracy, e-dictatorship, e-participation, Garlik, Google, Internet, Phorm, YouGov

We are barely a fortnight away from e-Democracy 08 : the best annual opportunity this side of the Atlantic for catching up on the state of e-debate, including how the use of the Internet has transformed political funding in the...

October 18, 2008  12:54 PM

Information promiscuity and Socially Transmitted Democracy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Governance, Internet, Westminster

During one of the plenary sessions at the "Parliament and the Interent Conference" a contributor from the floor said that "Information promiscuity" was a natural reaction to the unholy combination of the surveillance society and data incontinence (losses of personal and other data)....

February 11, 2008  9:30 AM

An Archbishop for the Internet Age

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Internet, Multiculturalism, Prmitivism, Professionalism, Social networking

The speach for which the Archbishop of Canterbury has been attacked goes to the heart of legal and cultural issues that have to be addressed if our globalised, multi-jursidictional, multi- cultural, global information society is to survive, let alone flourish.

February 1, 2008  9:57 AM

Is the Internet fit for life/business critical systems?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The failure of half the bandwidth to the Middle East and India reminds us just how far the theoretical resilience of the Internet is undermined by the vulnerability of the physical communications networks over which it runs.

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