What Apple-FBI court fight means for mobile users

Photo: Sokkhim Kang, 2016.
Photo: Sokkhim Kang, 2016.

Apple-FBI court fight over a terrorist’s iPhone once again sparks the public interests over the old, long-debated dilemma of national security versus privacy. While the case is based in the United States, its implications reach far beyond the U.S. borders. Cambodia, like all other countries, is no exception when it comes to needing to participate in this discussion of how national security and privacy are and should be handled, especially in the digital age. With one third of the Cambodian population own a smartphone, thinking about the impacts of mobile technologies on national security and privacy is nothing less of an obligation for the Cambodian general public.

I was invited to the Voice of America (Khmer service) in Washington, D.C. to discuss what the Apple-FBI court fight means for the users of mobile technologies in Cambodia and all over the world. You are welcomed to join the conversation on this issue in the comment section.

Update: FBI dropped the case, claiming that a third-party hacker found a way to access the iPhone without having to involve Apple.

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