No one company (and possibly no government) has ever had the power to shut off an individual's personal connections like Facebook does today.
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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.
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.
ZDNetGovWeek: FTC vs. Facebook, Street View takes a hit, Congress on integrity, and Norwegian e-voting
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...