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Microsoft's top lawyer defends encryption and Apple

Discussion in 'Network World' started by RSS, Mar 4, 2016.

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    Microsoft's top lawyer delivered a very powerful keynote speech at the recent RSA 2016 security conference on online security and the need for encryption, transparency and trust, while also offering a full throated defense of Apple in its fight with the FBI.

    Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer, spent much of his 30-minute speech (YouTube video) emphasizing the importance of encryption and strong cyber-security practices because the digital world has become interconnected with the real world.

    "The Internet started out two decades ago as something people talked about as a different space, cyberspace, as if it was disconnected from real space and the real world," he said. "But what we have learned today is if they want to shape and impact what happens in the real world they go to the Internet, whether it's to recruit people or espouse their views or to investigate crimes, to learn to study, you name it, the real world now often starts with what happens on the Internet."

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