“Of iPhones, Backdoors, and Totalitarians,” Foreign Policy

Feb 23, 2016

Is there any doubt that a phone whose security code can be tried unlimited times by a powerful computer, with no delay or wiping of its content, would perfectly suit the internal security services of authoritarian regimes? It is a question our national security community should be pondering at a time when popular discontent fueled by smartphone connectivity has brought masses into the streets, defying repression and corruption from Tunisia to Egypt, Syria, Iran, Ukraine, Hong Kong, and Malaysia.

Does this mean Apple should have its way and the FBI should be denied? Hopefully this does not have to be a zero-sum confrontation.

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