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BGR Interviews Anna Lysyanskaya About The FBI's Case Against Apple


    Questions of privacy, encryption, and government surveillance are typically complicated, often not well understood by the general public, and almost always politically fraught. Apple's recent refusal to comply with the FBI's request for access to the phone owned by one of the perpetrators of last year's massacre in San Bernardino is a case in point.

    "There’s a danger here," writes Brad Reed of BGR, "that if Apple botches the politics of this fight that it could undermine public support for end-to-end encryption as a whole." To help clarify and add nuance, he consults Professor Anna Lysyanskaya of Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS), who worries that Apple's decision to equate an encryption backdoor with software bypass may confuse the public and undermine support for privacy.

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