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social inclusion


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

December 12, 2014  7:14 PM

A Christmas Message for the Digerati on the practical meaning of social inclusion

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Barnados, social inclusion


December 23, 2013  11:26 AM

A Christmas Message for those waiting for a broadband connection: Matthew 13:12

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, btgroup, Cornwall, Defra, social inclusion, Suffolk

"For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath." Matthew...

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December 19, 2013  8:21 PM

Whose governance do you trust most (or least): The Guardian, Google or GCHQ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Google, Governance, governanceSecurity, guardian, Hackers, Huawei, Internet, LEO, obama, privacy, Snowden, social inclusion, Surveillance

Recently I have been privileged to sit in on a number of discussions:

- on security and surveillance in the post Snowden world and the effectiveness or otherwise of the various initiatives being touted by those with no more understanding of what is happening today than those who...


May 25, 2012  1:49 PM

Is DWP herding the vulnerable on-line, to be fleeced ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
dwp, Paypoint, social inclusion

Next week will see the 2012 National Digital Conference with over a thousand delegates exploring "the policy, leadership, innovation...


January 16, 2011  12:44 PM

How the digerati are driving away high “net worth” customers

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
digerati, social inclusion

We see growing efforts to drive customers on-line by withdrawing physical contact rather than entice them with services that meet their needs. Many banks appear happy to lose the accounts of those who cannot...


October 1, 2010  12:24 PM

Charity Commission stops talking to the Final Third

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BT, social inclusion

Apparently the Charity Commission will now only supply their publications, e.g. guidance for new trustees, on line.  This effectively means that it has stopped communicating with many, perhaps most, of the...


May 21, 2010  11:35 AM

If the Coalition culls those systems and services which are not fit for purpose..

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
social inclusion

One of the least painful ways to make major cuts is to begin by identifying those operations that are no longer fit for purpose, if they ever were. In the public sector that might include all those on-line services and call centres that cannot be used by their target audiences, those who...


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 7, 2010  8:44 AM

Putting “the final third” first: making a reality of digital inclusion

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
farmers, social inclusion

The launch of "The Final Third First Campaign" has been well covered in journals like


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