NIST tries to de-fog cloud computing, an anti-NSA phone reviewed, and more [Government IT Week]

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) knows a thing or two about cloud computing, and they've decided to share some good recommendations. Plus an anti-NSA phone and more government tech shenanigans from the world over.

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

NIST puts a sharper point on cloud computing
National Institute of Standards & Technology issues 10 key recommendations for successful cloud initiatives.

Of Google, governments and authentication
End-users will ultimately decide on the success of multi-factor authentication. Will the newest efforts toward that end help them make up their minds? 

Vysk EP1 review: 'The anti-NSA' iPhone case delivers more privacy questions than answers
Need an anti-spying solution designed to lock down your messages and protect your privacy? One smartphone case maker promises as much, but only proves a fraction of its claims.

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Telcos to end throttled mobile web connections in Brazil
Changes in the mobile web charging model will be implemented to allow offer of new services.

Court pulls plug on multimillion dollar fake Microsoft support operation
A US court has granted an injunction on an alleged tech support scam and frozen the company's assets ahead of a trial.

ASIC wants telco interception powers
The Australian financial regulatory agency that accidentally blocked 250,000 websites due to a lack of technical knowledge is now pushing to have the power to intercept telecommunications information to investigate financial crime.

The history of electronic voting in Brazil
Tomorrow, voting machines will be working at full steam as Brazilians go to the polls for the second round of the country's general elections. We take you though the main developments of e-voting in Brazil over the last 30 years.

Tropical tech: IT challenges in remote communities
Operating and maintaining the sensitive IT equipment in Australia's tropical far north can be a challenging undertaking, but NEC Australia has worked out a way to keep things running for some of Australia's most remote communities.