When IT Meets Politics:

Labour


May 21, 2017  9:39 AM

Looking behind the Digital Manifesto Bingo

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Digital skills, Labour, Libdem, techUK

I have been reading the Tech UK responses to the party manifestos. Their caution reflects the concerns of their larger members, particularly of currently dominant ISPs,...

June 1, 2015  11:36 AM

The politics of Digital Skills: “Educating and training the workers of the world”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships, immigration, Labour, MOOC, NHS

The election of a Government with a working majority, however modest, reduces the pressure for narrow nationalism when it comes to skills policy but we should take good note of the difference between promises and reality and the pressure from voters to bridge the gap. A recurrent theme during the...


May 1, 2015  1:38 PM

When politics meets IT: the gulf between the people and the techies

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Ansip, AT&T, Broadband, BT, Conservative, DPA, ICANN, IETF, IIC, Internet safety, ISOC, Labour, Liberal, manifesto, s, Socitm, Strategy, Technology, Website

The technical press and industry lobbyists appear to be living on a different planet to most voters when it comes to assessing what the election will mean for on-line...


February 5, 2015  11:18 AM

Westminster debates Rural Broadband, meanwhile it’s quicker by bike less than a mile away

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, City, Crapband, CTF, Defra, Hansard, Labour, Libdem, London, Notspots, rural, Soho, UKIP

The DEFRA Select Committee report on "Rural Broadband and Digital Only Services" was published on Tuesday. Yesterday 18 backbench MPs, almost all Conservatives from Rural Consituencies, contributed to a...


October 13, 2014  12:22 PM

When IT fails to meet politics: why non-discussions at 2014 party conferences were so dangerous

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Broadband, Cabinet office, capitalism, Conservative, Corporatism, CTF, Facebook, freedom, Google, ISP, Labour, Microsoft, Schumpeter, Skills, techUK, twitter, UKIP, United Kingdom, Web

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June 25, 2014  10:58 AM

Does Labour really plan to return to “delayed big bang” for government IT projects?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, cloud, Conservative, dwp, ICT, Labour, politics

No wonder the cartel who brought us the NHS National Plan for IT, the re-creation of the BT communications monopoly, overpriced and inefficient PFIs and all those other massively expensive, wasteful and under-performing central government "


March 10, 2014  12:49 PM

The Broadband Blue Tape Gambit: guest blog from Hamish Glenlivet

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, Broadband, BT, Business, Glenlivet, Labour, Sky, SMEs, Ukraine, Virgin Media

Hamish Glenlivet (looking at the broadband scene through the bottom of a glass while waiting for a snail-mail attachment to download) drafted a response to tell me that my blog entry forecasting


July 5, 2013  12:45 PM

Why did David Pitchford resign? Isn’t the reason he gave good enough? –

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
dwp, Labour, Universal Credit

I have just received an e-mail from some-one with considerable knowledge of how DWP came to be where it is with regard to the implementation of the Universal Credit asking if anyone knows the "real" reason that


June 23, 2013  1:02 PM

Do the voters care about PRISM? You Gov Poll – Carry on Spying

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Conferences, Labour, Prism, Spying, YouGov

I have just come across the results of a You Gov Poll which indicates that the majority of the public thinks that the security services are merely doing what we pay them to do. That majority is consistant across all groups,...


January 7, 2013  9:00 AM

Superslow and even more furious: the PX Report is a Curate’s Egg

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BBC iPlayer, BDUK, btopenreach, CESG, CPNI, DEDCC, dwp, Labour, Ofcom

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