Obama tells tech community to solve encryption problem now or pay later   ◆

Disappointed in President Obama. From the Verge’s coverage of his appearance at SXSW:

“If your argument is strong encryption no matter what, and we can and should in fact create black boxes, that I think does not strike the kind of balance we have lived with for 200, 300 years. And it’s fetishizing our phones above every other value. That can’t be the right answer. I suspect the answer is going to come down to how do we create a system where the encryption is as strong as possible, the key is as secure as possible, it is accessible by the smallest number of people possible, on a subset of issues we deem is important.”

His suggestions are “compromise security now” or “be forced to compromise security in the future”.

He’s either poorly informed, or doesn’t believe in citizens’ rights to absolute security.

No one ever thinks “let’s ban shredders or fire” so criminals can’t destroy evidence.

They don’t say “let’s force safe makers to make safes that make it possible to open them”.

And no one ever says “let’s force people to tell us what’s in their head”.

Well, perhaps that’s all not yet.