#75: War on Drug Phones

May 5, 2016

Has the War on Drugs become a war on phones? The Apple v. FBI saga made encryption a household issue, but while that case focused on counter-terrorism, the vast majority of law enforcement confrontations with the tech sector deal with drug investigations. Is the “going dark” problem really an issue of national security? Or is law enforcement just trying to solve more drug crimes by getting into locked phones? Evan and Eli Dourado, director of the Mercatus Center’s Technology Policy Program, discuss how the War on Drugs fuels efforts to undermine encryption and cybersecurity. For more, see Eli’s post in Plain Text.

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