Most of us are good citizens. And yet. What if the government is listening in, or watching, or scanning, and some algorithm triggers an investigation and some quota-happy g-man decides to make one of us a pet project?
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The NSA story just gets more and more out of control, Assange phones it in to the Wikileaks party, Manning gets sentenced, and oh so much more. If this stuff weren't true, you'd think it would be in a bad Bruce Willis movie.
If these numbers were reported in a corporate situation, they would be considered an absolute triumph of big data management and implementation. UPDATE: Response/corrections/clarifications from Washington Post reporter.
ZDNetGovWeek: More Snowden, Google encrypts data, exclusive interview, and whistleblowers get no love
Nothin' says lovin' like encryption on your servers, and that means Google must love us a lot. Read on to find out about how Google plans on encrypting data, a recap of a fascinating exclusive interview, government technology news from around the world, and the never-ending-ever saga of the NSA.
David Gewirtz interviews Silent Circle CEO Michael Janke to discover the inside story about why one of the most respected secure communications providers killed their encrypted email service in light of NSA surveillance concerns.
Government intrusiveness is the story that won't go away. This week, two email providers who offer encrypted hosted email shut their doors citing either government intervention or the potential thereof. And, of course, there's more NSA. President Obama even steps in to say a few words.
ISPs and email hosting providers need to be willing to and plan for the need to work with government officials.
Big data is working its way down the food chain and into your local police cruiser.
ZDNetGovWeek: Snowden to stay in Russia, nothing-to-hide no excuse, Utah pays taxes for NSA power, and more
Somehow, we can't seem to keep America's most secretive agency out of the news. The NSA is back with a story about XKeyscore, another one about how Utah residents have to pay an NSA power bill, Russia welcomes (or at least tolerates) Snowden, and lots of other gov-stuff around the world.
Bradley Manning is in a heap of trouble and will probably spend most of his days in jail for his crimes, but the judge says aiding the enemy isn't one of them.