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Meet the new blog, not quite the same as the old blog. I used to have a great time blogging on policy issues for BCS on everything from the database state to quantum crypto when I worked on that stuff. Fun, if you like that sort of thing.
I picked up from The Register that research published by CWJobs was showing some good trends at the back end of last year. That’s good news really. I don’t know about you but I’m a bit tired of this whole economic situation, and I take encouragement where I can find it.
Another day, another news story about a corporate data breach. Most organisations want to do the right thing, but when we hear these stories there is often a twist where if only they’d done this or not done that then the impact on their customers wouldn’t be so serious.
'Some things we need more of on the web, some things we need a bit less.'
Apologies for those of you who had become accustomed to regular waffling from this blog. Early in the year something happened that left me with little time for blogging.
It's not often that I get to be a physics geek in this job, but I was lucky enough to be able to attend a workshop on quantum cryptography and quantum computing set up by the BCS Security Forum. This has been a subject lurking in my peripheral vision for a long time, and I've always had this question lurking in my mind: "Is it me, or is this quantum stuff a load of tosh?".
If it is important for us to properly protect people’s information, then we need to behave as if we mean it. That's sort of a truism, but we suspect that the reality is more patchy. What would happen if you could go to prison if you screwed things up? Discuss...
One of the marvellous / disturbing (delete where applicable) things about the IT profession is its propensity for rapid shifts. That’s either exciting or terrifying, or a bit of both, depending on where you personally sit in whatever wave is taking place, and how comfortable you are with change. I love it, so I’m probably in the right sector.
If you were to score public policy areas on how important, difficult and divisive they are then I think benefits would come out top. If it was easy to sort out, someone would have.
As you might imagine, I get asked regularly - normally in the tones of someone expecting me to respond by crumbling into tearful wailing or angry stonewalling - whether IT is a real profession, or whether it is possible to define IT, or something clever about the rapid changes of technology.

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