Weekend Reading

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Weekend Reading

Synchronicity struck FCW this week. On Monday we reported on a lawmaker who wants to make invoking the Fifth Amendment a firing offense for federal employees, and then on Wednesday, a highly placed IRS official did just that – Gregory Roseman, the IRS deputy director for enterprise networks and tier support systems, asserted his right against self-incrimination at a hearing probing his relationship with a sketchy contractor.

What's wrong with the way our country trains cybersecurity professionals? A recent article suggested there's too much emphasis on certifications, not enough on real-world smarts.

The White House has assembled the 2013 group of Presidential Innovation Fellows, with a new set of challenges.

And throughout the week, we've been profiling federal leaders who -- while often working outside the spotlight -- critical to key IT initiatives. Click here for the full list.

Curious just how pervasive adware is on the web? Ars Technica's Conor Myhrvold conducts a "Supersize Me"-style experiment to find out. Read this before your next download.

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