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.
CBSI's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz hosts ZDNet Government -- ZDNet's politics and policy coffeehouse -- where civics lessons meet technology, nothing is sacred, and everything is fair game.
In addition to hosting the ZDNet Government and ZDNet DIY-IT blogs, CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz is an author, U.S. policy advisor and computer scientist. He is featured in The History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets, is one of America's foremost cyber-security experts, and is a top expert on saving and creating jobs. He is also director of the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute as well as the founder of ZATZ Publishing. David is a member of FBI InfraGard, the Cyberwarfare Advisor for the International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals, a columnist for The Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, and has been a regular CNN contributor, and a guest commentator for the Nieman Watchdog of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. He is the author of Where Have All the Emails Gone?, the definitive study of email in the White House, as well as How To Save Jobs and The Flexible Enterprise, the classic book that served as a foundation for today's agile business movement.
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.
Honoring our fallen heroes, Facebook listens in, and the House gives Freedom a chance [Government IT Week]
It's Memorial Day here in America, a day we remember our heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice (and, in a way that's uniquely American, we stuff our faces with burgers and hot dogs in their honor). In other news, Facebook wants to listen in, the House tries to stop the NSA from listening in, and lots more. Stay safe out there!
The world is changing. Fortunately, the tech industry does one thing very, very well: innovate in a changing world.
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.
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.
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