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 non-NSA stories this week
As Nasdaq's site hit by hackers, report says half of world's exchanges suffered cyberattacks
According to a report, half the world's financial exchanges suffered cyberattacks in past year. And on Thursday, hackers hit the Nasdaq's Community pages.
Samsung close to sealing deal with FBI, Navy on device supply
Following BlackBerry's demise in the government and enterprise space, the Korean giant is muscling its way in after it was granted approval for U.S. government use in May.
More from the continuing NSA soap opera
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court asserts authority over phone records
Published late on Friday, the statement hones in on telephony metadata. Translation? Phone records.
Verizon's secret data order timed to expire, but NSA spying to carry on
The secret order that authorized snooping on millions of Americans was set to expire. But was it not inevitable that the order would be renewed before it ran out, just as it was before?
U.K. gov't data snooping demands spike by 16 percent
U.K. police and government agencies' demands for data snooping rose by 16 percent to more than a half-million requests for citizen data in 2012 as a result of the Olympics in London.
U.K. spy agency didn't break the law amid PRISM claims, MPs say
Signals intelligence agency GCHQ didn't break British laws when conducting its mass surveillance program in conjunction with the Americans, but MPs are instead looking at whether the laws should be updated.
Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, others urge for greater U.S. gov't transparency
A coalition of technology firms, including those implicated in the PRISM spying scandal, have signed a letter to the Obama administration urging for greater transparency.
The ongoing Huawei saga
Huawei fed up, tells US critics 'shut up'
Chinese telecom equipment maker lashes out against what it says is discriminatory and defamatory treatment by a former US CIA official, demanding its critics "put up or shut up".
The review was confirmed after a parliamentary report raised concerns that security testers working at the Oxfordshire cybersecurity center were paid by Huawei.
Other government coverage around ZDNet
Committee reject Sensis jobs proposal
A Greens pitch to force Telstra to keep Sensis production jobs in Australia has been rejected by a parliamentary committee.
The Australian Department of Human Services has gone to tender for its child support IT system known as Cuba.
The Australian Signals Directorate has started issuing more technical, prescriptive advice on how agencies should be implementing its Top 4 Strategies for information security, now that they are mandatory.
In a move that could raise domestic competition and push local telcos to further venture abroad, the government has formally relaxed regulations for foreign investors in India.
NSW's CIO will be replaced by the end of the month, due to a reshuffle in the state's senior public service roles.
Parliamentary Secretary for Broadband Ed Husic has had a meteoric rise through parliament in just three years to take on the role of selling the National Broadband Network to the Australian public.
The Information Commissioner's Office has confirmed that Google has now deleted the last of the wi-fi payload data after being served with an enforcement notice.
The movie "Moneyball" celebrated a "Big Data" approach to maximizing returns from investments. Can Big Data do the same for government?
India's abundant low-cost IT resources, which gave birth to its US$108 billion outsourcing industry, has attracted cybercriminals looking to target outsourced operations of foreign banks in the country.
Some 22,000 Indian police officers have been trained to respond to cyber threats, but the country's cybersecurity body wants greater focus on forensic smartphone analysis.
Indian law enforcement agencies last year sent Microsoft 418 requests for information on user accounts to assist investigation into criminal activities.
Consumer Electronics Association chides the Asian economic powerhouse for holding up negotiations to expand a global pact that eliminates tariffs on technology products, with its request to exclude over 100 products.