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
UK spy chief throws privacy in the fire, says it's not an 'absolute right'
Britain's new eavesdropping agency's chief publicly sets out his views and possible agenda by taking embracing the "collect it all" side of the debate.
New agency with funky name wants to make federal government IT more agile
18F, a startup embedded within the U.S. General Services Administration, offers itself as an 'agile coach' to tech-heavy federal agencies.
Microsoft makes Surface Pro 3 available to U.S. government users on GSA schedule
Microsoft is slowly continuing to expand availability of its Surface Pro 3 tablets by expanding its reseller ranks, as well as getting the devices on the U.S. GSA government schedule.
Virginia police can now force you to unlock your smartphone with your fingerprint
A circuit judge likened police forcing smartphone owners to unlock their device with a fingerprint akin to providing a DNA sample or an actual key.
Zero Day Weekly: CurrentC hacked, White House breached, APT28 exposed, Verizon shamed
A collection of notable security news items for the week ending October 31, 2014. Covers enterprise, controversies, reports and more.
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The Australian government is going to market this month for its IT hardware panel to provide desktops, laptops, tablets, and servers to Australian government agencies.
The Department of Communications has revealed the full extent of the cost for the panel tasked with conducting a cost-benefit analysis into Australia's broadband options, and the other reviews it has undertaken since the election of the Coalition government.
While on the one hand, the Australian government is claiming that security agencies will not get access to any new data under mandatory data retention, Attorney-General George Brandis has claimed that the legislation is required because there aren't any existing metadata laws.
The Italian region of Tuscany has overhauled its online services presence, hoping locals will respond to a mixture of apps, open data, and more.
The Hungarian ruling party has removed a planned levy on internet traffic from its proposed budget.
Mandatory data retention is not just about national security, but also about cracking down on illicit online file sharing, according to Greens communications spokesperson Scott Ludlam.
The ACMA and the Australian Privacy Commissioner have signed a deal to work together in a bid to streamline telecommunications, spam, and telemarketing matters, and to ease duplication in their respective duties.
The Australian Taxation Office is hoping to save up to AU$4 million annually from an IT contractor panel overhaul.
Australia's proposed data-retention laws still leave too many questions unanswered. Turnbull and Brandis must fill in the blanks.
The Victorian government is dipping into its AU$12 million Technology Innovation Fund to back a program that is aimed at digitising courtroom paperwork and providing a mobile solution for case management and transparency.