ZDNetGovWeek: Fighting patent trolls, new net-neutrality proposal, and cops ticket 20K people by accident

Oddly enough, the American government and it's family of problem-children, the United States Congress, didn't do anything terribly embarrassing this week. So we're left with actual news. Oh, wait, here's a stupid: in New Zealand, police sent out 20,000 tickets by accident.

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

White House renews patent trolls fight with new executive actions
New recommendations from the Obama administration include expanded pro bono legal help for inventors and crowdsourcing prior art.

FCC chairman proposes new net neutrality rules following Verizon decision
The FCC chairman defended that the communications regulator is on the side of creators and innovators, not telco giants.

New Zealand Police apologises for issuing 20,000 notices in error
A computer problem resulted in thousands of people being accidentally ticketed.

Other government coverage around ZDNet

Telco legislation to be repealed on first repeal day
Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said that 280 pages of telecommunications legislation will be repealed on the first repeal day in parliament in March.

Border Protection calls in KPMG to audit asylum seeker privacy breach
Australia's Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison calls in the consultants to determine how the privacy breach occurred.

This AT&T sales email looks like a phishing scam, but sadly it's real
I can't tell you whether this is just a problem in central Florida or if AT&T everywhere has these professionalism issues, but it's getting old.

No, you can't store people's fingerprints in a central database, Dutch court rules
The Court of Justice in the Hague has ruled that fingerprints gathered from individuals getting a new passport can't be held centrally and used in criminal investigations.

Australia's Immigration dept publishes details of asylum seekers
The personal, identifying details of nearly 10,000 asylum seekers in Australia have been accidentally published online.

Radical analytics power welfare change
In what is claimed as a world first, the lifetime cost of welfare dependency is revealed, analysed and segmented.

More carrot, less stick: Clare's plan to reduce Australian piracy
Labor Shadow Communications Minister Jason Clare has said that content providers like Foxtel need to encourage users to find legal methods to get content, rather than asking governments to punish those who use BitTorrent.

Lobby pushing for Australian piracy crackdown donates millions
When Australian Attorney-General George Brandis provided an example of a film that was a victim of online copyright infringement, it happened to be one produced by a major donor to the Liberal Party.