Let us not–out of fear–destroy what we are most proud of: democracy and your fundamental rights and liberties.
Everyone fails to recognize that the decentralised nature of Android is–while being a “mainstream flaw”–is one of its greatest strengths. Yes, Google wants to have more control over its operating system, but that goes against the very nature of what they intended when they began developing it. The point of the matter, though, is that very little would change if that asshole had used Android instead (considering the likely application of Paranoid Android in such a case). Actually, the whole matter would likely be less of an issue politically because there is not one entity to subpoena. The FBI could subpoena Google to do something, but Google could (in good faith) say that there is nothing they can do if an alternative OS were installed. The takeaway here should not be how much more secure iPhones are (they aren’t necessarily), but that compulsory cracking like this is dangerous to freedom at large.
“There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all.”
Justice Antonin Scalia
This is a brilliant experiment, and one that I shall be putting my own spin on very soon. Keep posted as details come along!
Jonathan Hirshon kept his photo off the Internet for 20 years. Now he’s rallying the troops to hack Facebook and Google facial recognition.
A new report says giving the governments “exceptional access” to encrypted communications would jeopardize confidential data and critical infrastructure.
“It’s just plain old metadata. Nothing to worry about!”
Here’s why that is a problem.
They see you when you’re sleeping. They know when you’re awake.