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.
Top stories this week
NSA's massive database struggling under weight of spam
Apparently our NSA buddies have a bit of a spam problem. Think about it. If they're grabbing every bit of email metadata they can get their hands on, what are they really getting?
NSA: Can it find signals over noise?
Strip away the politics and privacy debate and the NSA's penchant for hoarding data is a major big data problem.
Lavabit back online to allow personal data downloads
After shutting down while the US government demanded it hand its SSL keys over, Lavabit is back online to allow users to retrieve their data.
NSA, ASD rifle through users' address books: Report
US and Australian intelligence agencies are collecting users' address books and contact lists for intelligence, but they are also being defeated by spammers.
Secret U.S. surveillance court suspends Silicon Valley lawsuits until government shutdown ends
The secretive court suspends operations until the government ends its shutdown. A number of Silicon Valley tech companies are battling the court for data disclosure transparency.
Completely private email is not legal and shouldn't be
Lavabit, Edward Snowden's email provider back before he skipped town, is claiming in appeals court that it's immune from criminal subpoena. This is unreasonable and it's a good thing he will almost certainly lose.
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The government is developing its own equipment and will prioritize national companies for partnerships.
Three Dutch ministers have published an open letter stating that, unlike Belgium's incumbent telco, KPN hasn't been targeted by foreign intelligence services.
After being hacked by Anonymous, AAPT has been found to be in breach of two sections of the Australian Privacy Act.
The state government has designated its chief technology advocate to also head up the CenITex board.
The tide of public opinion is turning, but the digital spooks are still surviving the shower of criticism. How long can they last?
President Dilma Rousseff requested the deployment of the in-house communications platform across all federal government bodies
A Xerox routine backup turns into a food stamp disaster in 17 states. IT failures are becoming everyman's business.
Germany's incumbent telco is spearheading an effort to keep local internet traffic inside the country.
The country's president wants to create email that is free from prying eyes.
Bitcoin has appeal as an unregulated medium of exchange and value. But, its days as an efficient funding source for illegal activities are coming to an end.
They really don’t like it when you watch them.
A policy statement from Norway's incoming coalition plans to tackle broadband, infrastructure, telehealth and more.