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Prism


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

August 25, 2013  6:28 PM

Why wasn’t the Official Secrets Act used against David Miranda?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brazil, LOVINT, NSA, Prism

I have enjoyed reading the ongoing controversy over David Miranda case - especially the support of Janet Daley in the Sunday Telegraph for the Guardian I...


July 15, 2013  12:10 PM

Is Angry Birds a bigger surveillance threat than PRISM?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
App store, Facebook, FSB, GCHQ, Google, iPhone, MOSAIC, NSA, Prism, Rovio, Star Wars

This morning I listed to the first episode of "Privacy Under Pressure" - it was Radio 4 at its best - with some of my favourite pundits. However, as is my wont, I looked through the other end of the telescope. Who really runs


June 28, 2013  5:03 PM

The winning theory: Snowden was employed by the NSA, FSB, GCHQ and Unit 61938 to protect budgets

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
e-skills, Edward Snowden, FSB, GCHQ, guardian, Ledaig, NSA, Prism

Now that the GCHQ and its allies have emerged successful from the spending review, I can reveal the front runner for the bottle of Ledaig for for the best conspiracy theory related to the PRISM story....


June 23, 2013  6:52 PM

Will Brazil see the first democracy toppled by a “Social Media” revolution?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Business, Facebook, msn, NBC, Prism, social media, twitter

Normally I ignore the news items suggested by MSN but this piece of comment on NBC caught my eye one caught my eye. It begins with comment on how the use...


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,...


June 21, 2013  7:27 PM

Another PRISM conspiracy theory: publicity is to help taxpaying UK ISPs against US tax avoiders

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BT, chancellor, Conspiracy, FISA, G8, guardian, President, Prism, RIPA, Yahoo

Not all conspiracy theories are compatible. We would suspect a conspiracy if they were. Ross Anderson's article in yesterday's Guardian has sparked the splendid suggestion that the...


June 20, 2013  12:12 PM

The Entries for my conspiracy theory competition are beginning to come in

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Bilderberg, Birmingham, BT, Data protection, DCMS, Illuminati, outsource, PFI, Prism, Virgin

Yesterday I offered a bottle of Ledaig for the best conspiracy theories related to the mass media cover for


June 20, 2013  10:50 AM

A bottle of Ledaig for the best conspiracy theory related to the non-story that is PRISM

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apple, Facebook, FBI, FISA, GCHG, Google, Information security, Microsoft, NSA, Prism, Yahoo

I love a good conspiracy theory.  It should have sufficient by way of checkable references to have a veneer of credibility while pandering to the prejudices of the listeners. The more that  emerges about "PRISM", the more it appears to be a non-story. If it is correct that 


June 17, 2013  5:43 PM

Is the EU Network and Information Security Directive a bigger threat than Al Qaeda?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BIS, CERT, Cyber security, EU, Facebook, Google, Information security, NIS, Prism

The objectives of the Network and Information Security Directive are laudable but the approach does not fit with the


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