It's like something out of a bad Bond clone. The robotic image of Edward Snowden rants at TED, Netflix (which consumes more bandwidth than just about anyone) else wants net neutrality (duh), and the NSA does its job by monitoring questionable Chinese tech supplier Huawei. There's lots more 'round the world, so click on in.
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.
The single most important question is this: what does America currently control and therefore, what would we actually be giving up?
It's not good. It's not newly bad. It's just not good. In other words, it's another week and yet more mess. CISPA may be coming back for another round, lots of countries are on the whine-path, and Zuckerberg "unlikes" Obama's tactics regarding Internet privacy.
Google fought Apple hard for the right to distribute a Google Voice iPhone app and won. This guide shows you how to get the most out of Google Voice on your iPhone.
It's not about bitcoin as a currency. It's about bitcoin as a technology, a highly-distributed, leaderless, jurisdictionless, identityless, nearly anonymous decentralized architecture for managing ownership.
Google doesn't normally allow you to port a landline phone number to Google Voice. This step-by-step primer shows you how you can do it.
While President Obama can't get no "RSPECT," the retail world is scrambling in the wake of the Target breach (and yet, my wife shopped there for hours today), even Iran can't stop Facebook, and Brazil wants to build an undersea cable.
ZDNet's resident cyberwar expert, David Gewirtz, presents a SITREP (situation report) analyzing unexpected areas where US interests might be vulnerable in the unlikely event that the Russian invasion of Ukraine generates a response by US or UN forces.
It's one of those three-letter weeks. Identity theft is up, the NSA is getting down, the FBI wants to go real-time, and the RSA conference is just an out-of-control mess. Same ol' same ol'.
ZDNetGovWeek: Fighting patent trolls, new net-neutrality proposal, and cops ticket 20K people by accident
Oddly enough, the American government and it's family of problem-children, the United States Congress, didn't do anything terribly embarrassing this week. So we're left with actual news. Oh, wait, here's a stupid: in New Zealand, police sent out 20,000 tickets by accident.
The spread of smartphone theft is off the charts. Some US senators have a plan to solve it, but the carriers don't agree. Is the Senate plan a bad idea, or are carriers just trying to bilk their customers out of insurance fees? It's an ugly story no matter how you look at it.
What boggles the mind is not the choice of judges (both are competent and seasoned jurists). Instead, it's that the job is part-time.
It's a low-snark week here at ZDNet Government HQ. The FBI's seemingly silly-sounding quest for malware actually makes sense, and new reports say the NSA is 80 percent less evil. At least it's all Obama's fault. Oh, wait, he just wants to put broadband in schools. All the gov news that's fit to put into bits. Read on...
Is anyone surprised that the appeals system for fixing errors made by Healthcare.gov is itself broken? Nah, didn't think so. NSA gets a new chief with a strong crypto-tech background, and lots more that's shockingly not shocking. This week's headline: gov less stupid than in other weeks.
ZDNetGovWeek: Glitches in the US courts, retail hacking worries, and Australia doesn't like Snowden either
Last week was a big week for the steal-from-and-betray-your-government crowd as the patron saint of hit-and-split-treason spoke out from his secret lair hiding behind Putin's pants. Meanwhile, there was actual real news going on in government throughout the world. Click in and read.
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