From a technological implementation standpoint, there was no reason that healthcare.gov had to crash and burn so badly. Ah, but there was a reason it crashed: the nature of politics.
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Looks like we got carried away rockin' the Columbus Day controversy, so we're a bit late on our weekly update. Even so, rest assured that our unworking, unworkable government still has some entertainment for y'all.
Apparently our NSA buddies have a bit of a spam problem. Think about it. If they're grabbing every bit of email metadata they can get their hands on, what are they really getting?
No one company (and possibly no government) has ever had the power to shut off an individual's personal connections like Facebook does today.
We've got a lot of top stories this week, beginning with the American government's shutdown of the American government. For that, and more than the usual level of government fun and outrage, read on.
In a direct statement castigating the press for misleading coverage, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper provided some background on why the Intelligence Community tracks online communications tools and technologies.
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?
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.
ZDNetGovWeek: China "Likes" Facebook and Twitter, tech shines honesty light on gov, and MS reports on gov data requests
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.