Description: The biggest names in the Internet technology world have officially put their legal support behind Apple in its controversial and high-stakes battle with the FBI.
Date: March 3, 2016
Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn, Airbnb and a dozen other prominent companies filed a joint amicus brief in court Thursday afternoon. The amicus curiae, or “friend of the court,” brief is designed to strengthen Apple’s case as it pushes back against the government’s demand to assist the FBI in cracking an iPhone 5c belonging to one of the gunmen behind the mass shooting in San Bernardino.
Questions for discussion:
1. Why has it taken so long for these companies to unite and stand against the FBI?
2. Is the application of mass surveillance worth the potential outcome of “finding terrorists”?