Monday, February 22, 2016

Of Course Apple is Right !

I tentatively suggested to my friend, "I think Apple is right."  She replied, "Of course Apple is right!" She went on, "I'm thinking of getting my own iPhone."

I'm saddened to see so many blogs drowning in FBI shills making endless nerdy arguments of why the FBI's orders (OK, Court orders) must be respected by Apple.  So, when said Court orders Apple to trisect an angle, we'll have a new day.

On tech matters like this, MondayNote is a reliable source.

This is really quite simple.  The FBI has been making it known for more than a year that they don't like security systems without backdoors, and in particular the security system on the iPhone.  Now they have a celebrated case (though, actually, even in this case, a poor need) for such a backdoor.  And they wasted no time in demanding it.  (If only they had been as good about using the information that was right in front of them, until they messed it up--deliberately???)

But the needs of society for actual security (that is, systems without abuse-prone backdoors) is far greater than the socially valid needs for our police forces to break such security whenever they want to.

Get it?  Society is about much more than policing.

Tech savvy criminals seeking real security can easily obtain it--in open source software.  Others of us have hoped our tech companies would make it available to ordinary people for purchase.  And finally it is.  While we can keep it.  Which may not be long now, if the FBI gets its way.

And that we should Trust Them???  Not for a second!  We trust them When We Can Watch Them, which should be Always.  People have rights to privacy.  Governments...don't!  And they shouldn't be reading other people mail!  (We started down a long ugly road when we decided the reverse.)

Government, and Police, are to serve The People and not the other way around.

That means, there must be things the Police cannot do.  That's not a bug, that's a feature!

Will this make us Less Safe?  Probably not, the #1 thing making for a socially effective police force is #1: valuing peace as the people do.  And not: figuring out how to control anything and everything.  There is a word for the latter.  Pure Evil.

Almost always, when police miss the mark, as say on 9-11, why a few hijackers armed with box cutters overwhelmed a trillion dollar investment in national airspace security...  It's never for lack of technical means.  It's for lack of sharing the public enthusiasm for peace, rather than the reverse.

Bush and Cheney were too interested in how to start a war with Iraq than to bother with making sure they could prevent an instigation.

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