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June 13, 2016  5:16 PM

If there really is a Digital Skills Crisis why are we still pussyfooting?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprentice, BIS, Digital skills

This morning the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee released its report on the “Digital Skills Crisis”  This afternoon the House of Lords debated

June 13, 2016  3:49 PM

Is there really a Digital Skills Crisis?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, apprenticeships, BIS, Digital skills, European Commission, Pitcom, Trailblazer

This morning the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee released its report on the “Digital Skills Crisis”  This afternoon the House of Lords debated


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


March 28, 2016  7:42 PM

Government Digital Strategy and universal service obligation offer opportunity for rethink

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
10Mbps, Akamai, Apple, Atos, BBC, Brexit, BT, Camden, Digital strategy, Fintech, GDS, Google, London, Netflix, OTT, Salford, Sky, social inclusion, USO, Vodafone, Zayo

The government has postponed the announcement of its new Digital Strategy immediately after launching a


March 22, 2016  1:00 PM

The Budget for Broadband was last year: this year it is time to act

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, 5G, Bazalgette, Broadband, BT, budget, Cabinets, fixed, Flooding, IPv4, London, Mobile, Thinkbroadband, Wiredscore, Zayo

The Government Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy, announced with last years budget included plans to underwrite broadband investment from a 40 billion infrastructure fund -...


February 11, 2016  3:15 PM

Investigatory Powers versus Fighting Fraud Together and the Skills for Both

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships, BIS, CMS, Cyber, ECDL, Ecorys, Kevin Cahill, OfQual, Prism, Security, SFA, Snowden

There is much to be digested in the report of the Joint Committee of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bills  but it is noteworthy that its publication coincides with the


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 9, 2015  7:25 PM

Will Investigatory Powers Bill apply to all those who are tracking your movements?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Adware, Apple, Blood, DPA, Eurim, Google, iot

Those who drool over the wonders of Big Data and Internet of Things should take a look at the video of the "Looking for You" campaign piloted by Battersea Dogs Home at Westfield Shopping Centre. Those...


December 7, 2015  12:47 PM

Ofcom consults on plans to tackle the UK Communications Confusopoly

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, CMA, confusopoly, copper, DCMS, fibre, FSB, Huawei, INTUG, IoD, monopoly, Ofcom, Zayo

Ofcom has just published its Proposed Annual Plan for 2016/17  with a deadline of 26th February 2016 for responses. It has three clear objectives:

  1. Promote...


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...


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