ZDNetGovWeek: Net neutrality gets neutered (again), more NSA, and Russia clamps down on Facebook and Gmail

The FCC is trying to walk a fine line between completely giving into the the carriers and completely giving into the Netflixen of the world. There's the usual NSA/Snowden news-of-the-week, and Russia is once again not playing nice with others.

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

FCC chairman issues edict on new net neutrality rules
Scheduled to be enforced by the end of the year, Internet service providers will need to disclose all "relevant information" and policies for governing networks.

FCC to propose new net neutrality rules
The FCC's next attempt at rules to regulate Internet service providers in their relations with content providers and consumers includes major concessions to the ISPs.

Facebook, Gmail, Skype face Russia ban under 'anti-terror' data snooping plan
The Russian parliament's latest play could see major Western technology firms banned from the country if they don't store data on its soil — a move that would allow Russian authorities to easily snoop on user data.

NIST finally dumps NSA-tainted random number algorithm
Many years since a backdoor was discovered, probably planted by the NSA, public pressure finally forces NIST to formally remove Dual_EC_DRBG from their recommendations.

Former CIA CTO speaks out on Snowden leaks, Amazon's $600M cloud deal
Former CIA CTO Gus Hunt explained one of the primary reasons why the U.S. intelligence agency contracted Amazon in a $600 million deal to create its private cloud.

Other government coverage around ZDNet

Brazil Internet governance event disappoints activists
United States achieves watered down Net Mundial outcome statement on surveillance - but organizers see the event as a largely positive start of a move towards a less US-centric Internet.

Pirate download ban: Dutch politicians rebel with calls of 'leave consumers alone'
After the Netherlands decided that downloading pirate content was illegal in the country earlier this month, the country's politicians are calling for a debate on the ban.

Brazil governance event raises expectations over Internet reform
President Dilma Rousseff sent a strong message about an Internet management overhaul to the world, but concrete actions are required.

Dutch intelligence is a joke - just not the way you think
When the Netherlands' intelligence agency took to Twitter to answer questions from Dutch citizens, hilarity really did ensue.

What happens when a country no longer trusts its data is safe? It starts building
In Germany, privacy concerns mean an increase in data security centres in the country and interest from international companies.

The Internet keeps getting faster and more dangerous
Akamai's latest State of the Internet Report is out and it shows an Internet that's becoming faster and more dangerous.

Brazilian Senate approves Internet Bill of Rights
President Dilma Rousseff will present Marco Civil as her response to spying activity carried out by the US.

No requirement to destroy collected metadata: ACLI
The government body charged with investigating police corruption in Australia revealed today that it was under no obligation to destroy telecommunications data once it has been obtained for investigative purposes.