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Death, taxes and childbirth

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“Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them.” Margaret Mitchell – Gone With the Wind, 1936 Having recently lost my father bought into sharp focus the inconvenience of the attending bureaucracy required and reconfirmed our passion to address the unnecessary time, costs and inconvenience of the current paper-based process for […]

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Conference Season – Autumn 2011

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It started for me with a fascinating lunch hosted by the Information Technologists’ Company on HQS Wellington. As always, an impressive keynote speaker in Professor Richard Susskind OBE but you’ll have to ask David Blunkett about his concerns regarding Home Office confidentiality –I thought you were supposed to kiss a lot of frogs, not let […]

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The Cost of Complacency

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"The Cost of Cyber Crime" report reveals that whilst government and the citizen are affected by rising levels of cyber crime, at an estimated £2.2bn and £3.1bn cost respectively, business bears the lion’s share of the cost. The report indicates that, at a total estimated cost of £21bn, over three-quarters of the economic impact of […]

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Implementing PbD – Privacy by Design

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The Canadian Government has long led the way regarding Privacy over Personal Information and this position is reinforced by the White Paper ‘Privacy by Design in Law, Policy and Practice’ published in August 2011 by Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D., the Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario, Canada. The paper reflects and endorses what we at PAOGA have […]

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BT excel

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It is said that you shouldn't design a software application that you wouldn't use or, better still, need yourself. Having recently moved house I am amazed at the time and inconvenience involved in informing suppliers of our change of address. Some can be done online, some require that you download a form to sign and […]

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Building My Business

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Albeit that PAOGA is my 9th start-up I am very aware that the market changes significantly so ‘experience’ needs to be constantly challenged and lessons learnt. For that reason I was pleased to attend ‘Building the next generation of growth and wealth in the UK and Europe’ event last week hosted by Michael Tinmouth, Editor […]

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Do you really want to access UK public services through US Facebook and Google?

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Kelly Fiveash reports in The Register that "Facebook and other social networks [Google] could be used by British citizens to sign into public services online." These two US companies have openly declared their ambition to 'own' all the data and personal information that passes through them – and, unless I am mistaken, that means that it […]

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