The big online and tech companies suffer from an interesting conflict: the government is both customer and the one carrying the biggest stick in the privacy battle. Unless there's a major policy change, you're going to see more stories like these.
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White House revamps tech management, Hillary's not a cloud expert, and more bank hacks [Government IT Week]
It's time once again to go around the world and see what's happening in government IT. Here's a Labor Day shoutout to all our American readers.
It might not be a big news week, but it's an interesting one. Should you be able to erase your past and what happens if you erase someone else's as well? A US security contractor wasn't that secure (oops), and exoskeletons. It's ZDNet Government IT week and we got exoskeletons!
Julian Assange (remember him from WikiLeaks?) wants out of the Ecuador embassy and no one cares. It looks like IBM's hardware sale to Lenovo is going through. Plus lots more worldwide government IT news.
Back in the USSR: Snowden leaves West behind, anonymous wifi makes Russians sing and shout [Government IT Week]
Today's a triple crown of Russian news. Snowden leaves the West behind for another three years, Russia bans anonymous wifi (and is bound to find a way to blame that on the NSA), and Java won't keep you warm in the great Bear nation.
Amazon and book publisher Hachette have begun a propaganda war against each other. Now, Amazon is reaching out to readers and authors. We interpret Amazon's comment and go behind the bluster.
Zack Whittaker hits hard with our top government stories of the week, the judgement of how far reaching US data ownership is across the world. Plus, we have the usual selection of fascinating worldwide government stories, including a dangerous new point-of-sale virus. Double-check your credit card bills, folks.
SEC to Facebook: yeah, we're good, Homeland Security does software, and go ahead and unlock your cellphone [Government IT Week]
It's been a slow summer in Gov news, but at least the Library of Congress seems willing to let you unlock your cell phone. The SEC just "liked" (or at least ignored) Facebook's IPO mess, and DHS is now the Department of Homemade Software. Read on...
FTC sues Amazon, China bickers with Apple, and MS looks into right-to-be-forgotten [Government IT Week]
There's a Zune or BlackBerry gag there, but we'll just let it pass. This week, Apple is not only the bling to swing in China, but is accused of being a national security concern. Mix location tracking with selfies and who knows what you'll get? Click on in to read some more worldwide IT government news.
Bitcoin sorta legal in CA, NSA transparency report, and Internet voting fails in Norway [Government IT Week]
Internet voting fails in Norway (and if it won't work there, it probably won't work anywhere). If you're living on the left coast, you can now, at least semi-legally buy your weed with bitcoin, and the DNI releases a transparency report. No, that's not a joke. We report the news here, bucko.
The stories and claims about this batch of missing emails are virtually identical to those we heard when the Bush administration emails went missing. Incredible incompetence or cover-up?
We've heard the 'dog ate my email' story before, but the claims coming from the IRS are hard to swallow (especially when they're so impatient with us if we can't find something). There's more (and less) to that story, and we'll be following it as it unfolds and unravels.
World Cup tech wrap-up, US auctions Silk Road bitcoins, plus less privacy in our future [Government IT Week]
It's been a wild, wacky, World Cup week. But despite all those nice folks worldwide who insist on calling soccer "football," stuff has been happening in government IT. We've got an immigration breach, Silk Road bitcoin auction, legal determination about phone location tracking, and so much more.
China doesn't trust Windows, Europe might not trust Google, and nobody trusts the phone giants [Government IT Week]
China seems to think Windows 8 is a threat (no news on whether they're trying to run Metro). Europe demands Google delete some of our data, and Snowden is still in the news.
Homesick Snowden, be careful if Iran friends you, healthcare cybersecurity will make you ill [Government IT Week]
Well, it looks like celebrity fugitive Edward Snowden wants to come home to the US. I say yes: we'll be glad to provide some public housing. In other news, Iran is using social networking to spy (thereby joining your teenager), TrueCrypt quits, and to no one's surprise, healthcare cybersecurity is sickeningly bad.
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