#997 Privacy, security or both (Encryption vs the FBI)

Air Date: 03-11-2016

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Today we look at the arguments for and against unbreakable encryption for smartphones with specific focus on Apple’s current legal battle with the FBI

Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Price of privacy - @DecodeDC - Air Date 2-23-16

Ch. 3: Song 1: Les monstres - David Ari Leon

00:07:03 Ch. 4: Act 2: Will FBI Take a Bite Out of Apple? Former CIA Agent on Showdown Between Apple & U.S. Government - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 02-26-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Secret - The Pierces

00:16:32 Ch. 6: Act 3: Apple vs. the FBI Part 1 - @HumorlessQueers - Air Date 3-6-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: What Is Your Secret - Nada Surf

00:24:26 Ch. 8: Act 4: Politicians Use Scare Tactics To Promote Government Spying - @theyoungturks

Ch. 9: Song 4: The Secret Agent: The Secret Agent Ending - Cello Octet Conjunto Ibérico & Elias Arizcuren

00:31:53 Ch. 10: Act 5: Apple vs. the FBI Part 2 - @HumorlessQueers

Ch. 11: Song 5: Secrets - OneRepublic

00:45:04 Ch. 12: Act 6: Don’t Let California Lawmakers Undermine Smartphone Security via Electronic Frontier Foundation (@EFF) - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: This Fickle World - Theo Bard

00:47:53 Ch. 14: Act 7: Rodrigo Bijou: Governments don't understand cyber warfare. We need hackers - @rodrigobijou on @TEDTalks


00:58:20 Ch. 15: The future of automation and a basic universal wage - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

01:02:33 Ch. 16: Responding to Rambo and gentrification - Allen from Connecticut

01:03:36 Ch. 17: Being offended doesn't help your cause - Trey from Corvallis

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

01:06:08 Ch. 18: Final comments on the important difference and connection between offensiveness and harmful

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone



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Sources/further reading:

Read the entire Assembly Bill 1681

Worried about Apple? California has a Bill that Would Disable Encryption on All Phones (EFF.org)

A Technical Perspective on the iPhone Case (EFF.org) 

CSAIL: Giving Government Special Access to Data Poses Major Security Risks (MIT News)

Hear the segment in context:

Episode #997 http://www.bestoftheleft.com/_997_privacy_encryption 

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman.

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Showing 2 reactions

  • Jay Tomlinson
    commented 2016-03-14 15:29:19 -0400
    I’m with you, Mark. I wanted to present that story right up front because it perfectly represents the knee-jerk, under-informed perspective on the issue so that it could then be systematically dismantled by everything else presented in the episode.
  • Mark Gutting-Kilzer
    commented 2016-03-14 15:25:45 -0400
    The opening story about the murder victim possibly having evidence leading to her killer on her personal phone seems to support the case for decryption tools. I disagree. I enthusiastically support string passwords and encryption, but I prefer bio-security via Touch ID or similar. I recommend on devices protected by such tools, one of more Touch ID profiles be entered by a close confidant. If for no other reason than something happens where you cannot access your own devise. This will also allow easy post mortem access.
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