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Friday, March 25, 2016 Permalink

Online Data, Information, & Privacy

Johan Larsson / Flickr

Johan Larsson / Flickr


The fight between Apple and the FBI over whether or not an iPhone should be unlocked to better solve the San Bernardino shooting, underscores a larger international debate over the trade-offs between national security and individual privacy rights. 

Just before the FBI-Apple dispute erupted, America Abroad convened an international town hall that brought together cybersecurity, policy and law experts along with privacy activists and business representatives in two locations — Austin, Texas and Berlin, Germany.

In this episode, America Abroad features a transatlantic discussion about the promise and peril of encryption; examines how governments, corporations, and law enforcement try to manage big data, privacy, and security; and hears from individuals who had surprising revelations about their own data.

Airs in place of Insight on Friday, March 25 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Guests include:

Benjamin Wittes: Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution 

Cyrus Farivar: Senior Business Editor, Ars Technica

Deidre Mulligan: Associate Professor, UC Berkeley’s School of Information

Lesley Kyd Rebenburg: Attorney, Microsoft

Maya Indira Ganesh: Director of Applied Research, Tactical Technology Collective

Kristen Eichensehr: Visiting Professor, UCLA School of Law

Felix Naumann: Professor for Information Systems, Hasso-Plattner Institute