Americans' privacy worries, DHS: it's not 2003 anymore, spies in the sky [Government IT News]

This week, we've got news of Anonymous and the KKK, spies in the sky, congressional finger-pointing, AT&T being AT&T, and so much more. It's ZDNet's Government IT Week and you would believe what the world's govs are up to this week!

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

Americans leery of online privacy in post-Snowden era: Pew
According to a study by the Pew Research Center, a majority of Americans believe their privacy is being challenged and that they are losing the ability to secure their personal information.

AT&T halts fiber investment until net neutrality argument settled
AT&T is delaying plans to install fiber networks in 100 cities within the United States.

Dirttrails not chemtrails: US spies on mobile phones from the sky
US justice officials are scooping up mobile phone data from unwitting Americans as part of a sophisticated airborne surveillance program designed to catch criminals, The Wall Street Journal has reported.

Homeland Security alerts on end of Windows Server 2003 support
US-CERT, part of the Department of Homeland Security, is warning that the end of support for Windows Server 2003 is coming.

Other government coverage around ZDNet

Anonymous seizes Ku Klux Klan Twitter account over Ferguson threats
After racial hate group Ku Klux Klan said it would use 'lethal force' on Ferguson protesters, a skirmish with Anonymous erupted: Anonymous has now seized the 'KKK USA' Twitter account. UPDATED.

Wynyard Group taps GCHQ veteran
Investigations and forensics software developer is extending its offerings into cyber defence.

Data-retention Bill an 'intrusion of privacy': Human rights committee
The government's move to force telcos and ISPs to retain customer metadata for two years has been branded 'intrusive of privacy' by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, in a new report calling for the government to define the types of data to be retained and review the two-year retention period.

Dirttrails not chemtrails: US spies on mobile phones from the sky
US justice officials are scooping up mobile phone data from unwitting Americans as part of a sophisticated airborne surveillance program designed to catch criminals, The Wall Street Journal has reported.

Indo-US trade wars Part 1: The great outsourcing debate
Is all the American hysteria surrounding the H-1B foreign worker mired in unsubstantiated, inaccurate economics? An overwhelming amount of evidence from American academics seems to suggest so.

We must not allow the internet to be an ungoverned space: UK PM
United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron has told a joint sitting of the Australian parliament that businesses have a social responsibility to clamp down on extremist content on the internet.

Postal Workers Union files complaint against USPS in wake of hack
Union president says they were kept in dark, claims unfair labor practices in complaint to National Labor Relations Board.

Feds 'covered up' Chinese hack on US weather systems
The finger has been pointed at China for the hack, and a congressman has accused the controlling federal agency of a cover-up.

Google urges US to let Europeans sue over information disclosures
As Google combats Europe' take on privacy, it wants the Europeans to enjoy the benefits of US privacy laws.

Estonia forges ahead with its plan to let anyone become an Estonian digitally
An ambitious plan to enable people around the globe to receive e-residency in Estonia has got the go-ahead.

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