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
Are small-fry encrypted email ISPs using feds as excuse for closure?
ISPs and email hosting providers need to be willing to and plan for the need to work with government officials. Stay tuned on this story. I've got more coming in the next day or so.
Snowden's privacy-oriented email provider shuts down under U.S. government pressure
An American company that specialized in highly encrypted email suspended operations today. The abrupt shutdown of Lavabit, a small Texas-based company, is suspected to be related to a court order related to its best-known customer, NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
Apple CEO, President Obama meet to discuss tech surveillance
Apple CEO Tim Cook, together with other tech chiefs, met with U.S. President Obama for a secret meeting to discuss technological surveillance.
DOJ probing claims U.S. drug agency 'collaborated' with NSA on intelligence
The U.S. Justice Dept. said it was "looking into the issues" raised by an Reuters story, that one of its law enforcement agencies collaborated with the NSA to crack down on alleged drug criminals.
Other government coverage around ZDNet
Kim Dotcom's privacy company Mega prepares a 'cutting-edge' email encryption service.
The Obama administration has outlined four specific, but not "all-inclusive," steps designed to improve federal surveillance programs.
The Internet giant isn't alone in hoping to stifle the ever-growing number of patent-related lawsuits in the technology industry.
Microsoft may be readying one or more versions of its Cloud OS tailored specifically for government customers.
Lavabit and Silent Circle's secure email services have been shut down as part of a generational-scale anti-surveillance pushback, but only US and UK agencies are under the microscope. Why not Australia?
While attending America's high-profile hacking and security conferences, Black Hat and DEF CON, a Vegas taxi driver tells Violet Blue his FBI fares want to blind hackers to "teach them a lesson."
On this week's Technolatte podcast, the Australian team discusses IT pros and their workload woes, Queensland's IBM ban, and the first week of the federal election.
Desktop Linux must be growing more popular. Someone's finally created what appears to be a semi-successful Linux Trojan.
Publishers are up in arms over tough new restrictions the U.S. government wants to impose on Apple following a ruling that the firm conspired to fix e-book prices.
Copyright holders and technology companies are divided on whether Australia should adopt fair use exemptions in the Copyright Act.
The New Zealand government is proposing putting prices for services on par with fibre prices in order to encourage NZ telcos to invest in the new fibre network.
The security of critical infrastructure is clearly important, but don't expect much from the Federal Government's efforts to promote it.
PRISM, declining privacy, and lost accountability of government security agencies is the real cost of intelligence privatisation and security outsourcing.