Published On: Mon, Dec 7th, 2015

Obama calls on tech giants to fight ISIS

During his Sunday evening speech about terrorism, President Barack Obama called on tech companies to help America fight the Islamic State.

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“I will urge high-tech and law enforcement leaders to make it harder for terrorists to use technology to escape from justice, ” said he president.

It’s not yet clear what that means. But to many, this sounded like a vague reference to an ongoing debate about encryption.

The government wants to keep terrorists from communicating with tools that avoid surveillance. The biggest challenge in law enforcement today is the inability to track terrorists who “go dark” by encrypting their communications.

Right now, it’s easier than ever for two people on opposite sides of the planet to have private, secure conversations.

WhatsApp and Telegram are apps that encrypt text. The Signal app encrypts phone calls. Wickr sends self-destructing messages. FaceTime, the video chatting app for iPhone, is encrypted too. For email, there’s a tool called PGP. The popular, legal options are numerous.

 

Read the full story at Money CNN, by Jose Pagliery

 

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