What if this is a condition Adams and Jefferson coded for, and what if we're now running an error handling routine built into America's operating system?
CBS Interactive'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.
David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.
A government shutdown doesn't mean just that our completely useless politicians go home and stop breaking things. Oh, no. That, at least, would have an upside.
Our ZDNet Government columnist takes a deep dive into the question of leaks, background briefings, and the believability of government statements.
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Since the Republicans are trying to tear apart the Republicans, Democrats are being Democrats, and the government's on the verge of shutdown, most of our reporting is international in nature.
The big news this week is that there's no big NSA news this week. None. Apple had it's time in the sun and came up with a button that senses fingerprints, the government protects "Likes" and we've got a pile of actual non-NSA news to keep you informed. Sure, there's one lone NSA story, but ain't it a relief that there's just one?
ZDNet Exclusive: An NSA mathematician shares his from-the-trenches view of the agency's surveillance activities.
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You may have noticed that the NSA didn't merit a mention in our headlines this week. That's a milestone that's sure not to last, but let's enjoy the short reprieve while it holds. Meanwhile, in other gov news...
ZDNet's David Gewirtz had the opportunity today to be briefed by and speak with certain senior intelligence officials in order to explore the circumstances of a privacy compliance error and a new document release. This is their story.
It's been another week in the shadowy world of government intrigue and there's yet another Guardian-fueled NSA uproar, this time over encryption. ZDNet's Tom Foremski says it best: it's a secret society that can't keep a secret.
The back door policy the NSA is reportedly encouraging may provide a short-term tactical advantage, but it may prove to cause us all problems in the long-term.