ZDNet's worldwide team provides global 24/7 technology news and analysis. In addition to my own coverage analysis here in the ZDNet Government column and on ZDNet's DIY-IT, every week I'll bring you a selection of the best government-related articles posted by our intrepid reporters and analysts. Here are some of the most interesting from the last week.
Top stories this week
One year after Snowden, phone giants' privacy policies are laughable at best
The US government relies on intelligence from an unknown number of US telecoms for its mass surveillance programs. What's the state of phone privacy in the post-NSA world?
Vodafone: Here's how (and where) governments are spying on your calls
Mobile operator reveals scale of government surveillance, and says that speaking out is "not without risk."
Chinese state media labels Windows 8 a 'potential threat'
The Chinese state media attack on US software and hardware continues, with China’s CCTV state network broadcasting a critical report suggesting that Windows 8 is being used to harvest data about the country’s citizens for use by the US government.
The right to be forgotten: Can we really trust Google to decide when our data should die?
A recent 'right to be forgotten' case at the European Court of Justice has opened up the floodgates for requests to bury data. Who should decide when those demands are legitimate?
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EU mandates Facebook, Google to abide by its privacy rules
The mandate dropped amid revelations about government surveillance on UK-headquartered mobile provider Vodafone.
New OpenSSL breach is no Heartbleed, but needs to be taken seriously
While the newest OpenSSL security problems are troubling, and you should address it, it's nothing as bad as Heartbleed.
Australian data laws to mirror the UK, Germany: Fieldfisher
Data protection laws in Australia could soon mirror those in Germany and the UK, according to a new report by European law firm, Fieldfisher.
Turnbull flags trial NBN nodes for 1,000 premises
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said NBN Co and Telstra are planning a wider trial of fibre to the node technology that will cover up to 1,000 premises.
Turnbull may soften Brandis' hard line on copyright infringement
There are hints in emails obtained by ZDNet that Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull may help soften any hard line copyright infringement schemes Attorney-General George Brandis wants to implement, and force companies to meet demands for fair pricing and availability.
NICTA appoints Russell Yardley to the board
Australian IT research agency NICTA has appointed Russell Yardley to the board, despite axing 30 research positions earlier this year.
Big data to deliver NZ Budget shake-up
New Zealand's Minister of Finance says open data and big data analytics will reshape the way government produces its annual Budget.
Visionary award winner Tim O'Reilly calls on techies to help local government
The founder of computer book publisher and events organizer O'Reilly Media received Silicon Valley Forum's 2014 Visionary award.
Productivity Commission criticises NZ Government cloud programme
In a report on productivity in the services sector, New Zealand's Productivity Commission says the Government cloud computing programme is "highly risk averse" and may send a poor signal to private firms.
Brandis and Turnbull working on joint piracy crackdown policy
The Australian Department of Communications and the Attorney-General's Department have been collaborating in secret on an online copyright infringement policy that looks to include a graduated response scheme, ZDNet can reveal.
Armidale to pay for NBN fibre extension to airport
Armidale council has voted to spend up to AU$250,000 extending the fibre network in the town out to the airport and the new industrial land development using existing sewer trenches.