World Cup tech wrap-up, US auctions Silk Road bitcoins, plus less privacy in our future [Government IT Week]

Summary:It's been a wild, wacky, World Cup week. But despite all those nice folks worldwide who insist on calling soccer "football," stuff has been happening in government IT. We've got an immigration breach, Silk Road bitcoin auction, legal determination about phone location tracking, and so much more.

ZDNet's worldwide team provides global 24/7 technology news and analysis. In addition to my own coverage analysis here in the ZDNet Government column and on ZDNet's DIY-IT, every week I'll bring you a selection of the best government-related articles posted by our intrepid reporters and analysts. Here are some of the most interesting from the last week.

World Cup tech wrap-up

 

World Cup websites struck down by DDoS attacks
Several government and sponsor websites have been targeted by hackers.

 

Five Brazil World Cup stadium tech facts
As the World Cup kicks off, we list five technology projects rolled out across the venues that will be hosting the tournament in Brazil over the next month.

World Cup boosts 4G uptake in Brazil
Technology deployment across host cities has prompted growth in new users.

Major stories worth following

Immigration data breach caused by human error: KPMG
A confluence of events and failures to follow protocol resulted in 123 accesses to a document containing private information of asylum seekers accidentally posted on the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection's website.

US Marshals to auction off seized Silk Road bitcoins
Later on this month, the US Marshals service will auction off some of the bitcoins seized when by the FBI when it arrested Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht.

US Appeals Court rules warrantless phone location tracking is illegal
A panel of appeals judges has ruled that police must obtain a warrant before collecting cellphone location data, adding further weight to the pro-privacy argument.

Majority expects privacy to erode in years ahead
According to EMC's Privacy Index, privacy isn't dead, but consumers around the world are expecting it to erode over time.

Other government coverage around ZDNet

NZ Government launches office productivity in the cloud
Phase one of the Office Productivity as a Service (OPaaS) rollout delivers Exchange email, calendaring and security features.

Transforming the web into a HTTPA 'database'
Researchers under Tim Berners-Lee at MIT develop a new HTTP, dubbed HTTPA, a web protocol with accountability.

Snowden did the tech industry a big favor
Big companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Google don't want to be government pawns, betraying customer privacy. They can fight back now that it's all in the open.

Intel loses fight against €1bn EU antitrust fine
Intel has lost its challenge to Europe's 1.06 billion fine for locking rival AMD out of the market.

Telstra's Foxtel bundles threaten net neutrality: ACCAN
As more content is streamed online, and Foxtel locks up exclusive rights to that content, Telstra's bundles and unmetered streaming of Foxtel represents a threat to net neutrality, according to the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network.

Australia Post in crisis talks as IT jobs may go
Australia Post is meeting with unions over the announcement that 900 jobs are expected to go in a restructure of the organisation, with IT jobs expected to be included.

IBM ramps SoftLayer infrastructure for government
The SoftLayer datacenters in Dallas and Ashburn will initially have capacity for 30,000 servers.

Topics: Government, Government : Asia, Government : AU, Government : UK, Government : US, Privacy, Security

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In addition to hosting the ZDNet Government and ZDNet DIY-IT blogs, CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz is an author, U.S. policy advisor and computer scientist. He is featured in The History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets, is one of America's foremost cyber-security experts, and is a top expert on savi... Full Bio

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