Apple has chosen not to meet the FBI's demands to help reveal the information that is on the iPhone of one of the killers in the December 2015 San Bernardino shooting. Why is Apple being so intransigent and what are the larger implications for the tech industry? That's what Bill Detwiler and I discussed in a special 30-minute episode of the TechRepublic Podcast.
Bill has a background in both technology and criminal justice so I peppered him with questions about the specifics of this issue, the broader legal issues, and the even larger societal questions about freedom versus security.
Now that we've thrown our perspectives out there, we'd like to hear from you. What do you think is motivating Apple? Should the company cooperate with the FBI? Should other tech companies step up and take Apple's side?
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Links to stories relevant to the topic:
- Apple's Tim Cook: We'll fight 'iPhone backdoor' demands from FBI (ZDNet)
- Apple vs. the FBI: This may not be a war Apple can win (ZDNet)
- In legal showdown, FBI vs. Apple could make or break Silicon Valley (ZDNet)
- Apple tells judge 200-year-old law can't unlock iPhones (ZDNet)
- Why are we still talking about backdoors in encryption? No, really (ZDNet)
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Jason Hiner is Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about how technology is changing the way we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.