ZDNetGovWeek: Healthcare.gov still more broken and a warm welcome to incoming NSA chief Mike Rogers

ZDNetGovWeek: Healthcare.gov still more broken and a warm welcome to incoming NSA chief Mike Rogers

Summary: 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.

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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

Google, Facebook, LinkedIn jump to update Transparency Report data
Google asserts that it will be at liberty to divulge about all of the kinds of data requests it receives from U.S. legal and government agencies for the first time ever.

Healthcare.gov appeals system not working
Tens of thousands of enrollment errors were made in the site's first months. Appeals of those errors are sitting unprocessed.

Film studios outspend tech companies in political donations
In the 2012-13 financial year, Australia's political parties saw more donations from film studios than it did from technology companies.

US Admiral Michael Rogers named new NSA chief
An admiral with a background in cryptology, signals intelligence, and cyberwarfare has been nominated by the US president to become chief of the NSA and the US military's cyberwarfare command.

Other government coverage around ZDNet

Brazilian government prioritizes local software
Certification allows local companies to charge up to 18 percent more than foreign firms in public sector contracts.

NSW pairs spatial data with Google Earth
Benefits include visualising historic aerial images and flood maps.

Australian government CIO departs
Australian government CIO Glenn Archer has left the role after just over 12 months.

Canadian spies scooped up airport Wi-Fi in NSA trial: Reports
Documents from Edward Snowden reveal that Canada's foreign signals intelligence agency picked up metadata on airport travellers from free Wi-Fi available at a major Canadian airport.

Spy laws must be examined, but no quick fix: British PM
Despite thinking that the public is not that concerned about data and communication privacy issues, the British prime minister has acknowledged that legislation around these must be modernised.

Australian government prepares trans-Tasman roaming crackdown
The Australian government has prepared legislation that will give the corporate watchdog powers to crackdown on high prices for using mobile services for customers travelling between Australia and New Zealand.

It's high time that app permissions were overhauled
App developers are creating a honeypot of big data and personal information due to the telemetry found in many mobile apps. It's little wonder that the NSA went after it.

Indian hackers deface Pakistani sites in response to cyberattacks
They defaced more than 100 Pakistani websites, apparently in retaliation for the defacement of more than 2,000 Indian sites on the country's Republic Day.

South Korea fines Google $196K for illegal data gathering
The penalty is the first of its kind slapped on a global company in South Korea for violating private info protection laws, when it was building its Street View service.

Topics: Government, Government Asia, Government AU, Government US, Government UK, Privacy, Security

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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.

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  • Wait for it

    So the NSA have appointed a warmonger ... and a privacy officer.
    The NSA are rumoured to be thinking about a monumental computing facility in Bluffdale ... but the health system is falling about its ears.
    We have a saying over here for this type of thing ...
    ... 'only in America'.

    Of course 'being less stupid than in other weeks' is not much of an achievement set against the causing greatest financial crash since the great Depression and the largest series of privacy violations (and likely national and corporate espionage) in history.

    Still we can look forward to the next Government deadlock sending the global economy into a tailspin ... and the 2015 Superbowl.
    jacksonjohn