This week, the vast majority of our government tech news revolves around cybersecurity, and, by extension, which is the lesser of two evils. We're seeing some awareness improvements in retail, but the price of America's protection against terrorism may be the loss of jobs and tech leadership around the globe.
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In what is probably a first for Apple, the company opened up some information...but only about how US agencies request information. A House committee voted against collecting telephone metadata. All that and what's going on in government tech 'round the world.
In an exclusive interview with ZDNet's David Gewirtz, a senior NSA official explains why the agency regards security and civil liberties as more than a simple balancing act: "You have to have them both."
The White House issues a statement that addresses the Heartbleed bug and how the government makes decisions with regard to disclosure of technical vulnerabilities.
ZDNetGovWeek: Net neutrality gets neutered (again), more NSA, and Russia clamps down on Facebook and Gmail
The FCC is trying to walk a fine line between completely giving into the the carriers and completely giving into the Netflixen of the world. There's the usual NSA/Snowden news-of-the-week, and Russia is once again not playing nice with others.
ZDNetGovWeek: Lavabit, NSA, financial services on the front lines, and Mt. Gox still unhelpful about Bitcoin theft
Conventional wisdom is the NSA used and benefited from the Heartbleed bug. But there's an interesting argument to be made that if the NSA had Heartbleed in its kit bag, it never would have gone after Lavabit. Plus all kinds of cybersecurity fears, Brazil's attempt to rewrite Internet rules, and more.
Making sure you keep your Twitter account safe is incredibly important. This step-by-step, screenshot-by-screenshot article by our own David Gewirtz should make it easier to be safer.
Setting up Facebook authentication can be a bit of a pain, but this step-by-step, screenshot-by-screenshot article by our own David Gewirtz should make it easy.
It's likely to be the worst vulnerability ever on the Internet. ZDNet's editors have been looking at the problem from all sides, including how to protect yourself and your users. This is our worldwide roundup special issue. Everything you need to know is in here.
If also passed by the House and signed by the Pres, this bill would give researchers, watchdogs, and data miners more standardized data on US spending to mine and analyze.