Only in America can an election be over with the loser claiming victory, and yet the victory has yet to be etched in stone thanks to that crazy Electoral College which allows a popular vote to be superseded by a fail safe mechanism originally designed to keep out the crazies and to fix a mistake by the voter. If there’s one thing to come out of all this that remains clearly obvious, it’s the need for citizens to demand personal security and privacy loud and clear because the landscape changed overnight and many fear security is going away.
Lock It Up, Cupertino
Society in much– but not all– of the world allows for a free and open exchange of thoughts and ideas. Such antiquated notions are under a relentless attack and the recent election’s results have done nothing to make me comfortable about the government’s role in protecting citizens from abuse of power. Who is monitoring the monitors?
Apple to the rescue. What takes place with Apple’s role in personal communications for the next few years may dictate what direction governments take relative to the will of the people. Unfortunately, that will of the people moves in different directions, and sometimes is, at times, diametrically opposed to both constitutional rights and the government which is put in place by the people to protect its citizens.
Here is what I want from Apple, and probably what everyone else should want from Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows.
That means I should be allowed to view and store my personal information in whatever form or manner I decide, and without government intervention. What is in my brain is mine and cannot be taken away or used to incriminate me thanks to an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. What I save as an encrypted file is an extension of my brain, therefore, it, too demands encrypted safety.
That means my documents, my photos, and anything else I deem mine can and should be hidden– if I so choose– from anyone, whether criminals and hackers, or government spooks or courts.
Apple vs. the F.B.I and the terrorist’s iPhone was merely a minor skirmish in an ongoing battle between overreaching authoritarian forces on one side and libertarians on another side (with many of us taking other sides but none of which changes the battle landscape).
My fear today is that governmental change will also change how the government deals with serious issues; national security vs. personal security. Our country’s history is one where both have been protected but sometimes at odds.
What I want from Apple is clear and distinct and should be a prominent element of a free country. Solid, unbreakable, unassailable personal security options at every level; FaceTime, email, text messages, document storage on personal devices and online. When those are gone, so are the freedoms that voters hire a government to manage.