The biggest single barrier to joined-up investment in low cost, resilient UK broadband is the impact of business rates on new build by other than incumbent operators. It not only deters private sector investment, it blocks the use of joined-up partnerships to pull through community broadband, as in most other parts of the world - from rural America to urban Europe.
I spent yesterday in meetings on Information Governance, including how to get the concepts across to political audiences. The best idea I heard was "Grand Info-Scam" in which journalists, spooks, fraudsters, blackmailers and terrorists compete to collect personal information, by whatever means, including by eavesdropping on each other.
The rapid extinction of Iran's bloggers and tweeters shows the vulnerability of any movement that relies on the Internet to help it seriously challenge a ruling elite. But a few years ago the fuel protesters came close to crippling the UK inside 72 hours, without intending to do so. They used only mobile phones and CB radio: then and now social networking technologies of choice for truckers, farmers and taxi drivers.