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Information, Connection and Signposting Services (ICSS) Update

ICSS update A little while ago I was approached by someone else that shares an interest in the subject of Information, Connection and Signposting Services (the so-called ICSS), about which I have previously written on Trefor.Net. As a brief reminder, someone will buy up all the Google Ad-words (or, I suppose, the Yahoo equivalent if […]

Stay or Leave – the results of the trefor.net poll

EU Referendum Poll result At last tomorrow is the big day and I thought I’d share my own EU referendum poll result. Stay in the EU 170 51.8 % Leave the EU 158 48.2 % It’s very close. Quite gratifying in one respect as this would appear to match many bigger and no doubt more expensive polls […]

House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee report on Cyber Security

House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee report on Cyber Security and all that jazz Email came through from ITSPA this morning regarding the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee report on  Cyber Security: Protection of Personal Data Online Contents In general, the report focused on the need for increased […]

Snoopers Charter Revisited – here we go again

Gets tedious doesn’t it, this constant battle to introduce defend against the Snooper’s Charter. You will all have seen from the Queen’s Speech (gawd bless ya Ma’am) that the Comms Data Bill (Snooper’s Charter) has been reincarnated into the Investigatory Powers Bill (Snooper’s Charter). Page 64 is what you are looking for. Details yur if you can’t […]

Sharing data in a Digital Single Market

Lyndsey Burton comments on Digital Single Market The European Commission announced details of their plan for a Digital Single Market in Europe. With it, they’ve outlined a “free flow of data” proposal. Unfortunately it’ll be another wait before we know exactly how they’ll do this – a detailed proposal won’t be ready until 2016. A […]

Digital single market strategy

EU Digital Single Market Strategy The ITSPA secretariat have published a summary of issues that concern the Internet Telephony Service Providers’ industry in last week’s Digital Single Market Strategy. I’m sure much will be written on this subject in the coming months. In the meantime the ITSPA summary is a good little crib sheet of […]

Why Magna Carta matters to technology policy – listen up Dave

Dr Monica Horten continues the internet privacy rights debate This year is the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the Great Charter that established the right to a fair trial and  put an end to arbitrary justice in private hands. What, you may ask, does this have to do with technology policy for the 21st century? […]

Ofcom. It really isn’t an all powerful deity.

Aladdin: You’re a prisoner? Genie: It’s all part and parcel, the whole genie gig. [grows to a gigantic size] Genie: Phenomenal cosmic powers! [shrinks down inside the lamp] Genie: Itty bitty living space! Aside from the comic genus of the late, great, Robin Williams, the Disney classic “Aladdin” reminds me of conversations I often have […]

No matter who you vote for…

James Blessing discusses technology regulatory issues he sees that should be addressed by the next government. Since we have a potential change of government coming up, it might be useful to see how well the current one has been doing in the telecoms and technology space and where the next one might repeat the same […]

Enabling better business connectivity by reforming the Electronic Communications Code

Domhnall Dods says the next Government should be looking at Electronic Communications Code reform Thirty years ago we saw the start of a new era in the UK telecommunications market. The Telecoms Act 1984 introduced competition and included the Electronic Communications Code which regulates the relationship between landowners and telecoms network providers.  The primary policy […]

Cloud Uncertainties

Andrew Cormack of Jisc asks the next government for cloud policy guidance over safe and lawful use of cloud offerings Cloud computing, used appropriately, could benefit many organisations. Cloud services could let businesses deploy robust websites for their customers, provide best-of-breed collaboration tools for their staff or store information in highly secure data centres. Scarce and valuable IT […]

Internet Policy advice for whoever wins next election

Paul Bernal offers winners of general election advice re government internet policy – how about hiring advisers who know what they are talking about Perhaps the most defining feature of government internet policy – and this means pretty much all governments around the world, and particularly the last two governments here in the UK – is […]

Help Julian Huppert get re-elected

Julian Huppert crowd funding Julian Huppert is, unsurprisingly, fundraising for his election campaign and has a crowd funding page for donations. Now I, believe it or not, am not a political animal but I do take an interest in matters parliamentary that affect the industry that I work in. Subjects such as the Digital Economy […]

Reform or go quietly – data protection and government surveillance

Data protection reform – Government should stop promoting industry and government interests at the expense of protecting citizens says Gus Hosein of Privacy International You can tell it is almost election time. All the discussions with anyone in the policy sphere quickly moves on to the ‘next parliament’, and questions arise about who will be the next […]

Hey, next prime minister, stop looking to big corporates to solve UK tech innovation challenges!

James Firth – Agile young start-ups challenge the incumbents and stop the market from getting lazy. Government innovation bods take note In 2010, part-way through my “career break” as a lobbyist representing UK tech start-ups I ambushed the then green Business Secretary Vince Cable after a lecture he gave (on fiscal stimulus, a lecture he’d […]

Next week is political week on trefor.net

Technology regulatory issues next week on trefor.net Yo all. Just a quick announcement that next week is political week on trefor.net. I have invited a number of high profile bloggers, academics, activists, MPs and regulatory experts to share their views on what internet and communications related laws they think the next government should be enacting […]

Emergency Calls and VoIP

Emergency Calls and VoIP have always been a contentious issue, but the need for ever increasingly innovative and cheaper ways of communicating means the tensions are getting worse than ever. Despite what many of you may think, Regulatory Affairs is fun. Bear with me for a second. This isn’t quite like a train spotter defending a […]

Consumer Rights and Net Neutrality

Consumer Rights is a far less toxic term than Net Neutrality. I’ve previously written for Trefor.Net on the subject of Net Neutrality and what it means to members of the VoIP community. And I think it’s high time for an update, but this time considering consumer rights. After a promising start the European Union went […]

The ethics of non geographic numbers and information, connection and/or signposting services

Information, Connection and/or Sign Posting Services (known as “ICSS”, subtly different from the topical ISIS, though many will put them into a similar “scourge” pigeon hole) at their core are simply a number translation service on non geographic numbers overlaid with advertising. The idea is that ICSS providers make it easy for you to locate […]

Geo Restriction Means a Pirate’s Life for Me…

Accessing the whole of creation…what is available in my “region” of it, that is. A regular contributor to trefor.net, we are as always pleased to present insight from James Blessing, the current Chair of the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) UK. Once upon a time in the west, a man sat and contemplated the state […]


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