Why Silicon Valley won't enlist in anti-terror fight

Apple and Facebook have designed technology that even they can't break into, because it's more secure

New York

PRESIDENT Barack Obama's Oval Office speech on Sunday night on combating the Islamic State (ISIS) included a plea for "high-tech and law enforcement leaders to make it harder for terrorists to use technology to escape from justice". Hours earlier, Hillary Clinton gave her own speech urging Silicon Valley's "disrupters" to get to work disrupting the terrorist organisation. Neither provided any details - a tacit acknowledgment that it's much easier to make a broad call for technological action against terrorism than it is to navigate the messy specifics that would follow.

Since ex-intelligence analyst Edward Snowden exposed widespread government spying on Americans in 2013, US tech companies...

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