When IT Meets Politics:

Public sector


February 26, 2018  8:20 PM

Is Brexit an existential threat to the new (including digital) Establishment?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, Public sector

The Brexit vote was an attack by the English Working and Lower Middle Classes on the British "Establishment" (from Oxford and Russell Group PPE graduates, Guardian Readers and the BBC, through the Digiterati, Big Business and City to Whitehall and the Treasury). It was not "just" a vote to leave...

July 18, 2013  12:01 PM

OFT Call for information on the supply of ICT to the public sector

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Business, Cabinet office, government, ICT, OFT, Procurement, Public sector

I regularly hear complaints that public sector procurement is dominated by a cartel of a dozen or players advised by teams of consultants...


June 17, 2013  11:42 AM

What questions will the NAO report on BDUK seek to answer ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, DCMS, Defra, NAO, NTL, PSN, Public sector, Telewest, Virgin Media

I was delighted with the news that the National Audit Office will be investigating whether BDUK gives value for money. One can make a reasonable guess as to some of the questions they might...


February 12, 2013  12:52 PM

How do we rebuild confidence in digital data (Big or Little) without trusted physical inspection

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
consultants, Hamburger, Information security, Internet security, Public sector, Security, trust

The discussion this morning on the Today Programme between Deborah Hallett from 90% and Lord Haskins, former chairman of Northern Foods illustrated why the public should not trust what the food they buy from those who rely on purely...


June 22, 2012  2:12 PM

Who is making the bigger cuts: Whitehall or its Outsource Suppliers?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, cuts, Eurim, G-Cloud, PSN, Public sector, Whitehall

A number of commentators seem to think that future cuts in the Civil Services will lead to an increase in outside business and influence ....


February 9, 2012  1:01 PM

Who is trying to join up the policies – PSN, BDUK, Cybersecurity, Big Society, etc?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, CPNI, DCMS, local government, PSN, Public sector, Whitehall, Y2K

I have just been browsing the Guardian Computing debate last week on "Can problems with the PSN be overcome?" and was struck by one of the comments -


March 20, 2010  7:58 PM

But it wasn’t me who asked for my benefit to be paid into Megabank

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
DVLA, Public sector, social inclusion

The Government plans for us all to have personal web-access to their on-line services inside four years, as described in the Times today are as "ambitious" and cahllenging as they are overdue. If they are...


March 12, 2010  10:03 AM

A rearguard action from the Dinosaurs?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
government, Opposition, Public sector

Those who grew bloated from grandiose public sector contracts (doomed before they started) have long been unable to comprehend the emerging all-party consensus in favour of following better practice in planning and procurement. Two years ago David Davis gave formal...


September 14, 2007  2:10 PM

The silent majority gets what it deserves, ignored

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Professionalism, Public sector, Successful Delivery

In the early 1980s the UK IT industry punched well above its weight politically. IT was seen as "the metatechnology of the new age" and major computer users, not just suppliers, were politically active on issues of concern. Today society is critically dependent on ICT but IT punches well below its...


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