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.
Before I hit you with this week's top Gov stories, I want to remind you about a fascinating exclusive interview I did with Michael Janke of Silent Circle. Here it is:
Top stories this week
Reports have surfaced claiming that Edward Snowden began his intelligence collection in 2012.
Google Cloud Storage now automatically encrypts all data
Current users shouldn't actually notice a difference in performance or usage as this is all set up to take place behind-the-scenes.
Prepare for the attack of the politiclones!
If you thought fake Facebook fans and Twitter clonebots were the hot, dirty new election tactics, just wait for when politicians catch up with this century's technology.
'Bipartisan agreement' to sideline whistleblowers
Refusal to acknowledge Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning as whistleblowers is an endorsement of a wider 'surveillance agenda', according to the Australian Greens party.
White House wants report from gov't surveillance review group by December
The review group is one of the four "specific," albeit not "all-inclusive" steps announced during last Friday's press conference at the White House.
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Possible requirement to store data locally would affect the Internet giants and everyone doing business with Brazil.
National security concerns have reportedly arisen from the PRISM saga as many of China's core IT systems are dominated by foreign hardware and software firms.
Australian Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ruled out altering any existing NBN contracts, including for construction of the network.
The AG's office maintains the distinction between 'genuine whistleblowing' and 'unauthorised disclosures' and says Manning and Snowden's actions were not whistleblowing.
The new property of Jeff Bezos wasn't the only major news outlet targeted by the organization.
Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed that unlike most other Coalition policies, the alternative NBN policy won't be costed through the Parliamentary Budget Office.
The Australian privacy commissioner has revealed the results of a global privacy sweep, with more than half of the websites examined failing to meet the requirements set out by the upcoming Privacy Act reforms.
The home of the National Park Service is making the jump to the cloud with help from IBM's SoftLayer unit.
The only email service that you can trust with completely protecting your privacy is one that you build yourself.
The technology crime suppression division plans to monitor chat messages to check for threats to national security, following the spread of rumors online about a military coup ahead of a planned protest.
Government tech chiefs are seeing small increase in budget, and putting BI, mobile and security on their wishlists.
The NSA's surveillance program has been targeting Spain, according to reports.