The rise of the smart-phone as the global social networking and on-line browsing device of choice has expedited the convergence of fixed and mobile communications into "ubiquitous broadband" - even in the UK (which went from leader to laggard during the dead-end decade of local loop unbundling). Hence the driving force behind deals which upstage BDUK Broadband policy like that of O2 and Kensington and Westminster in much that same way that BSkyB upstaged IBA Satellite policy, two decades ago.
Meanwhile the fragmentation of debate over privacy,
surveillance, on-line safety and cyberwarfare continues to complicate the
spread of cost-effective information security by design - as opposed
to coating that which is inherently insecure with layers of expensive and ineffectual scareware.
Will that change as more businesses realise that using the identity chips already embedded
in PCs and mobile phones enables identification
of the physical device with which they are communicating? The routines
are not totally spoof-proof (nothing ever is), but they do enable better,
faster, less obtrusive security at lower
cost. They also restrict anonymity to those willing to pay for the privilege. I look forward to seeing a converged
debate flushing out the hidden agendas of those who wish to see this
happen, those who do not, those who wish use all to be uniquely identifiable and those who wish to have multiple on-line personas with different attributes which they can manage separately.