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.
Last Monday, in, I wrote:
This is what President Obama and General Alexander have to overcome before the headlines start to tone down. Either that, or some big celebrity has to do something so stupid or attention-getting that we all forget about the NSA completely. Wardrobe malfunctions will always trump national security.
Did I not tell you? Did I not?
Top stories this week
Welcome to the United States: Discriminated, detained, searched, interrogated (special report)
America may be the land of the free, but upon arrival, millions of visitors cross a legal purgatory at the U.S. border. We explore the worst-case scenarios: what happens to thousands of travelers at U.S. airports each year, and what rights (or lack thereof) they have.
New leaked documents detail secret U.S. intelligence 'black budget' figures
The NSA is just one cog out of a much larger intelligence machine, according to new documents, which outline and detail what the U.S. government spends out of the taxpayer's pocket on data collection and domestic and foreign surveillance efforts.
Syria-Iran cyberwar fears are a diversion from real issues
Will western military action against Syria redound as cyber-disaster in western Internet infrastructure? There are many reasons for the US not to attack, but this isn't one of them.
Microsoft and Google to sue government over transparency
Negotiations between big tech companies and the government to disclose their cooperation have broken down. Things may change today.
60 percent of vehicles to be Internet-enabled by 2025
Internet connectivity in cars will promote better vehicle safety and driving convenience. However the rise of autonomous vehicles also makes vehicles more vulnerable to software hacking, according to IEEE.
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Allegations that communications between Dilma Rousseff and her key aides have been intercepted by the US agency increase tension between the countries
Allegations of police misuse of telecommunications metadata raise questions of how many requests by law enforcement officers are illegitimate.
The incumbent Australian government might be clueless about its cybers when it crows on about the digital economy, but it turns out the Coalition isn't much to look at, either.
Telstra has beat out CSC and Broadcast Australia for a lucrative AU$467.3 million wireless network construction contract for the Queensland government.
NBN Co's deputy chair Diane Smith-Gander has resigned to take up the role of chairwoman for NBN construction contractor Transfield.
After being shut down once before in 2012, the revived Tradehill exchange is in trouble again due to 'regulatory issues'.
The Coalition has launched its digital economy, aiming to shift the focus away from the NBN 'hogging the limelight' and toward government adoption of online services and cloud.
Huawei, Microsoft, and Facebook weigh in on the dangers of a draft Bill before New Zealand's parliament.
Initiative will see the acceleration of 120 early-stage ventures by the end of 2014.
The government is said to be planning a formal notification to employees banning them from using e-mail providers with servers in the U.S. such as Gmail, to increase the security of confidential government information.
The telco has been helping local and Australian intelligence agencies tap communications on SEA-ME-WE-3, a major undersea cable carrying Internet traffic between Singapore and Perth, according to Sydney Morning Herald.
Spearphishing attacks are cheap and will continue to be effective unless organisations -- and those they deal with -- develop a security culture.
The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship will replace outgoing CIO Tony Kwan with Defence CTO Matthew Yannopoulos.
The Australian Parliamentary Budget Office has said that the government's election announcement of AU$42 million in additional funding to National ICT Australia will not affect the underlying cash and fiscal balance because it had already been announced.
The ongoing cloud hype still doesn't address issues of data security and privacy, and there is no reason for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to move into the cloud, according to CIO Tuan Dao.
France has launched a probe into whether internet companies violated domestic privacy laws by participating in PRISM.
The New Zealand Police will not charge anyone in the government's spy agency over allegedly illegally spying on 88 residents, including Kim Dotcom.