Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Sep 2011 22:26 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption So, people from within Iran have hacked the Dutch company DigiNotar, allowing them to issue fake certificates so they could listen in on Iranian dissidents and other organisation within Iran. This is a very simplified version of the story, since it's all quite complicated and I honestly don't even understand all of it. In any case, DigiNotar detected the intrusion July 19, but didn't really do anything with it until it all blew up in their face this past week. Now, the Dutch government has taken over operational management of DigiNotar... But as a Dutch citizen, that doesn't really fill me with confidence, because, well - whenever the Dutch government does anything even remotely related to IT technology, they mess it up. And mess it up bad.
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NFC cards
by Neolander on Tue 6th Sep 2011 06:38 UTC
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They put electronic tickets on NFC cards around London (Oyster Card), Paris (Navigo Découverte), and Uppsala (Uppsalakort), and they work just fine, except for a early card death from time to time...

However, I don't remember these systems ever being directly controlled by the government. In all three cases, it is a state-owned company, but this essentially means that it gets a big chunk of its funding from it and must work with it on some infrastructure projects in exchange, otherwise remaining basically independent. As good public transportations networks, for all their technical awesomeness, are unprofitable in essence, this sounds fair enough.

The only case where government has to actually strongly step in is when several transport companies can't agree on a common transport pass standard, and it generally goes fine.

Edited 2011-09-06 06:49 UTC

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